I have so much fun stuff to share with you today! Training is going really well. I’m making a very conscious effort to be healthy, fit, and mindful in my training this cycle. I don’t want to jinx it but I think it might be working. Let’s dive in, shall we?
Grandma’s Marathon + Spring Training Week 7
First and foremost, I finally did it. I registered for Grandma’s Marathon in June. I dragged my feet long enough, right? I’m freaking over the moon excited. Not only will I get to return to a place I hold so close to my heart in the north woods, but I’ll get to meet so many awesome blog friends in the flesh (Wendy, Kim, Lora, and Gina)! It’s gonna be EPIC.
I’m now currently training for the 20-Mile Drop, the Football Hall of Fame half marathon, and the Cleveland half marathon — with the added bonus of Grandma’s Marathon to wrap things up in June. Somehow my spring race roster just got fairly heavy. 🙂
Last week my training went really well. I only had one “eh” day — the rest were amazing.
Spring Training Week 7
Tuesday — 6 miles + hips/glutes
I ran three miles with my pup on Tuesday, and then the remaining three solo. It was a gorgeous day and I ran really fast. I didn’t even feel like I was running that fast but I know I was because, looking back on my stats, at one point I was pulling a 6:35 min/mile. How? I dunno.
Wednesday — 7 miles
On Wednesday I did 400s on the treadmill. Not too bad but definitely not as easy as on the track. I definitely jogged slower during my recovery lap on the treadmill than I do on the track, but at least the speed was the same.
Thursday — 6 miles + hips/glutes
Thursday was kind of a mess. I had a steady state run and since the weather was a bit sloppy, I opted to do it on the treadmill. Big mistake. I can’t, for the life of me, run a sustained, fast speed on the treadmill. I’m not sure why — I just can’t do it. It was a total suffer-fest from the start. I was overjoyed when I finished.
After I got off the torturous struggle-bus, I put in some time working on the hips and glutes. I foam rolled in the evening and yowza did I feel that the next day. My abs were so sore. I need to keep up with the rolling.
Saturday — 14 miles
Long run Saturday was super. It started off chilly but quickly warmed up. By the time we finished it was damn near perfect running weather. We had a mixed group of paces and backgrounds which is always welcome. I love meeting new people and learning about them. Plus it was nice to be able to run with a bunch of different paces.
I eventually dropped back and stayed there since I had one of the longest distances to run on Saturday. I had no desire to burn out on a training run. Fortunately, Sara and I ran together most of the way which was fantastic as always. Lots of photo opps and things to laugh about.
After our run we finished up with a group breakfast. That is why we run after all, isn’t it?
This week will include some more faster running and I’m looking forward to it. We’re expected to have some pretty awesome running weather here in northeast Ohio. I’m hopeful I can be outside for almost every run. Plus I love running faster than all the long, slow miles during marathon training. It helps to break up the monotony.
I’ll get to reunite with my friend Noemi this weekend which will be a lot of fun. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve seen her. We’ll get to run with the whole Cleveland Marathon 2015 crew. Epic adventures await!
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