Tuesday = Start of Week 2

It’s Tuesday! Which means we made it past Monday and we are a day closer to the lovely and ever sought after weekend! It also means that I’m starting week 2 of training for the NYC Marathon! I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be doing this marathon, this year. Honestly I never thought I would be training for another marathon. I was training for last year’s Marine Corps Marathon and transferred down to the 10k since I wasn’t feeling it and mentally just wasn’t in it. After running the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon and walking the last 6 miles I desperately wanted to get out of the 5 hour finish time and into the 4 hours. But last year it just wasn’t meant to be.

This year with the NYC Marathon just 29 weeks away, I have a better mental attitude right now even though I’m running the race by myself. I know that not all days will be insanely good and some days I’ll wonder what made me think I was crazy enough to sign up for another marathon and even question the fact that if I can complete it. In all fairness, I’ve already had a freakout moment wondering if I could even finish the marathon in the allotted time and what my next step would be. I had to remind myself that no matter how slow I go, it’s still 26.2 miles and that I certainly hope that I can finish it.

When looking at training plans that I wanted to work with, I found some that were 30 minutes running 2 times a week; and others that started off with higher mileage. I just wasn’t feeling confident in my abilities starting with a plan like that. So I kept searching for other plans. Which is what lead me to my current training plan. I know it seems silly but starting off with 1.5/3/1.5/3 seemed perfect to get me back on track. My training had been inconsistent over the winter due to working 2 jobs and little sleep. So my 2 half marathons I did this past spring were trying. I still finished, but definitely not my best times by any means. And that is completely ok!

Since I ran the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler on Sunday I decided that today was going to be an elliptical day to get the miles in. I didn’t want to injure myself or have further issues during the training. My mental toughness still needs some work so I didn’t want to defeat myself before I really started to train for the Marathon. Tomorrow is 3 miles and I do hope to get outside for that, it was raining this morning. Another reason for the elliptical. 🙂 It’s still the same right? Ok, I will keep telling myself that it’s the same. Haha.

1.8 Miles – Today’s Total
21.23 Miles – Month Total
109.87 Miles – 2015 Total (that’s sad…I don’t know if I’ll meet my goal for this year)

Weekend Activities

Well I had a good first week of training. It was definitely odd to only have 1.5 miles on my training schedule, but as I posted last week it’s a good thing that I had those miles on my training schedule. My mental attitude was definitely in the dumps and wow, it definitely needs some work. I finished last week Monday – Sunday with 19.43 miles! AND I finally went over the 100 mile mark for the year! (I know, I’ve been severely slacking….oops)

Saturday was absolutely gorgeous with the sun out and so I got up semi early, I did allow myself to sleep in a bit. I went on my virtual 5k run for Team Sparkle and #Ragnar4Rett. Rett Syndrome is much like autism and mainly affect young girls. It robs them of their ability to walk, play, speak and run. So as Team Sparkle was running the Ragnar SoCal, I ran a 5k here on my own. It was so nice to get out and run a little bit and was it windy. I’m sure I got some great and strange looks wearing my purple sparkle skirt. Then I started my journey into DC to pick up the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler packets for the group of ladies that I was running with on Sunday. It was really easy but super crowded. Everyone was headed into the city to see the blossoms and there was a CAPS game. Go figure! It was super easy and the expo was really well run. It wasn’t over crowded so you couldn’t tell how many people were there. I was able to get in and get out with the 5 packets and still view what was around. Thank goodness I took another bag with me so I wasn’t lugging around all 5 clear plastic bags. After I got back home, I had some down time before meeting M for dinner. And a yummy dinner it was! We talked about the 21 Day Fix program and just getting healthier as well. It was good.

Early Morning down by the Washington Moument

Early Morning down by the Washington Moument

Sunday was an early morning. I had set out my race outfit the night before and it was great to just wake up and put that on, not to mention I had to take a picture and post on IG. At 5:30am we all met at one friends house to pack into a car and head down to DC for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler. I was so nervous that we weren’t going to get there on time. There was a race a few years ago that we almost missed because we drove down to it and so I just started to get scared that we were going to miss the start of the Cherry Blossom because we couldn’t find a parking spot. But we did and made the start line no problem. The race day was great! The weather was perfect and it was sunny out! Much different than the last race in DC I had where it was rainy. The Cherry Blossoms were out in full bloom and were absolutely gorgeous! You really couldn’t ask for a better race day. The race started and I started with my run 5 walk 1 and felt great through the first 4-5 miles and then my legs really started to hate me because I haven’t been training and until yesterday had only run max 3 miles. So I’m proud of

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

myself for running the race and I definitely finished. I would have been under my goal of 2 hours had the race been a full 10 miles. There was some police activity between miles 4-6 so they had to reroute us and so the race was actually 9.5 miles. But we still got to see lots of the Cherry Blossom trees around Haines Point and so that was good. It really was beautiful. I had to stop and take some pictures because they were just so gorgeous and we got lucky to race when they were out like they were. I got home yesterday and was so sore. I was able to stretch in the shower and I was so sad when I realized I left my foam roller at work. 😦 I did what I could with my stick after the race and even worked my feet out since they were hurting a little bit. So it was nice to get out and run. I just need to put more songs on my playlist so I’m not listening to it 2 or more times over for my longer runs. Any suggestions are welcome!

Obligatory Selfie with the Trees

Obligatory Selfie with the Trees

Today is a rest day from running, I still have my PiYo to do and get back on track on, so tonight will be more meal prepping and getting ready for the rest of the week. Week 2 of 30 is going to be good. I have another 1.5/3/1.5/3.5 miles to do this week. I think M is joining me for my 3.5 mile run this coming Saturday. It’ll be good to get out and I hope it doesn’t rain. Tomorrow’s 1.5 mile run will be done inside 😦 since it’s suppose to rain. GAH! I may do it on the elliptical depending on how sore I am after the 10 Miler. The elliptical is the same thing right? Just no impact 😉 HAHA At least that’s what I’m going to tell myself.

I hope you all have a great start to your week!

Cheers! 😎

Friday = Rest Day

This week has been good so far training wise. I did a whopping 6.8 miles over the last 3 days and I have faltered already. I know! I can feel all the beady eyes looking at me so you all can stop now. I haven’t cross trained the last 2 days like I had planned. BUT it’s the first week so I should be ok. I was very cautious about stretching and foam rolling regardless how much I actually ran. I don’t want to get injured again. I have had some issues with ITBS and Plantar Fasciitis. Both are not fun by any means. I wouldn’t wish those on anyone in my wildest dreams.

Thursday morning’s run was a real struggle. I didn’t want to get out of bed and go work out. I kept telling myself that I would do it later but the chances of that happening are slim to none so I should just get up early and do it. So reluctantly I did get up and do it. But let me tell you that mental struggle was real on those 1.5 miles. WOW! I know my mental toughness isn’t what it use to be but I was able to power through and had to keep psyching myself out of what was going on on the treadmill. The mental part took more than I could handle yesterday. I was drained after my run for sure.

I have a virtual 5k to run tomorrow. Sparkle Athletic is running the Ragnar So Cal relay this weekend for the girls who can’t. They are raising money for Rett Syndrome. It affects mainly girls and robs them of the ability to walk, talk and play. This year they set up a virtual 5k to help fundraise for the Girl Power 2 Cure foundation. They will be running 200 miles and started this morning so hopefully they will have a fun time and enjoy each of those 200 miles. So I’m running tomorrow to join them, virtually of course and I can’t wait. I will also be running the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler. I can’t believe that the time has already arrived. It seems like yesterday that we were signing up for the lottery. The trees should be out and it should be a great weather day. I’m really looking forward to it. As well as running with a fantastic group of ladies.

It’s going to be a good weekend and I can’t wait to conquer these miles.

Cheers! 🌸

A Brand New Week

I hope everyone had a good Easter or even good weekend. I know I did. It was my sister’s birthday so we had a double whammy today with celebrating. It was nice to visit with family for a few hours. I was able to get the beginning of my week’s meals prepped yesterday which was a good feeling since I’ve been majorly slacking in that respect in the last few weeks.

This week also begins my training for the NYC Marathon. It’ll be a simple week with two 1.5 mile runs and two 3 mile runs and then a short 30 minute walk next Sunday. BUT…I’m running in the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler next Sunday! So in a sense I’ll already be ahead on my “training”. I can’t wait to start again but at the same time so scared because I don’t want to be disappointed in myself. I know that there will be some training set backs and I just hope that they are few and far between. I have my journal set up and I will share more about that later. I also have my excel file where I can keep track of everything as well. I’m taking M to dinner later this week for her Birthday but we are also going to discuss some “shop talk” and figure out what is the best course of me and my training. I picked a 30 week training plan because I wanted to ease back into training and have enough time to get the kinks out getting back into the swing of things. My mileage doesn’t start to really kick up until June or July. I already have some days that I have to switch around due to travel, other races and such. It’s going to be a long 30 week ride.

I’m hopeful that the weather cooperates this week to allow some outside runs and hopefully in the morning, but if not then they will be at lunch on the treadmill or elliptical or even possibly when I get home from work.  I need to make sure that I start these runs off on the right foot. I have plenty of people that I’ve got lined up for some runs or at least shorter runs with me. Not many are quick to say “Hey I’ll go with you on that 20 mile run you have to do”. HAHA. I do have a few friends that I’ve recruited to ride their bikes while I run on my longer runs so I’m not alone or I’ll have friends meet me at certain points and we’ll run a certain length and I’ll keep on going.

I hope I have enough of it together this week and don’t have an “oh my” moment before the end of the week. Hope you all have a wonderful week! I’ll definitely keep you updated on my progress!

Cheers! ✌️

1 week…

1 week to go before I officially start my NYC Marathon training. 7 days. I have the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler on 12 April so that will be a great end to my first week of training. YAY! I was talking with M last week and sharing my racing schedule and how “packed” it is. She wanted to know which races I had in September/October and wanted to join! I love when I get to run races with other runners and friends. From 5k to halfs or even the only other full I’ve done was with someone else. It’s more fun with friends! I even roped in a few for the Color Run when it stops here in May! One of the most fun races ever!

Last week many of my friends got the ever awesome email that let them know they were selected to run the 40th Marine Corps Marathon on October 25, 2015! I’m so excited for them and so sad at the same time that I won’t be joining them. NYC is the week after so that is taking the priority. I will most likely still be at the finish line cheering everyone on since I plan to run the 10k that they put on that day. I’m crazy but not crazy enough to run 2 marathons within a week.

My planning (yes I’m a planner) for NYC is almost done. I have the train tickets and hotel. I just need restaurants and things to do. I won’t be doing many things besides the expo and seeing some sights. I can’t wait to experience it. This will probably be the only time I run NYC unless I travel up there for some halfs which would be fun. So many things to consider for the future. I may plan things but when it comes to training I am lazy and always start off great. I hope that I’m not lazy this time and can keep my poor mental attitude out of it. I have a good feeling about this though so we will see.

So here’s to the start of training and 215 days before I run in NYC!

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Happy March!

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I hope you are having a relaxing Sunday! It is yucky here with sleet, snow and ice. It is going to be a busy month for me with 2 half marathons and a trip to VA Beach. I can’t wait! I hope my feet don’t mind too much and that the plantar fasciitis stays away. I’m going to start lifting more and so I’m hoping that with the cross training I’ll be able to get faster and have a decent 10 miler time in April.

Enjoy your Sunday! I hope it’s been a great start to March for you so far!