Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wow--Those Two Years Went By Fast!

I cannot believe I haven't updated this blog in more than two years!  I enjoyed keeping it, and then some things in life threw me off track so I decided to step back for a little while.  I have planned on starting back up for so long now, and I really don't know why it has taken me so long!

I'll never be able to catch up on the past two years, so I'll just start with where I am at now.  I'm training for marathon number two, and with a little more than three weeks to go till race time I am starting to feel the pre race jitters.  Training hasn't gone completely as planned (does it ever?), but I am feeling pretty good after a couple kick butt training runs at some pretty solid paces.  Of course my treadmill broke about a week and a half ago which I know this is going to cause me to miss some runs, but I just need to get in what I can at this point.  I am really going to focus on my key runs the next couple of weeks, which include speed work, tempo, and my longest long run of this training session.  I had my most solid tempo run last week of 8 miles with 5 miles that I ended up running much faster than my half marathon pace (splits of 7:12, 6:55, 6:47, 6:51, 6:48).  That was such a confidence booster because most of my tempo/speed work had been done on the treadmill.

This week includes 8 miles with 4x1200@ 5k pace with 600-800m of recovery and a long run of 20 miles.  I also have a couple of 6 mile runs on the schedule and I am hoping I will fit in 4 runs, but will be happy with 3. 

Here is the quick strength training workout I got in yesterday:

I completed each exercise for 50 seconds with a 10 second rest before moving on to the next completed 3x through.

Barbell Squat
Barbell Shoulder Press
Barbell Deadlift

Followed by a Tabata of:

High Knees/Spring in Place
Squat Thrust

20 Seconds on 5 Seconds Rest completed 4x through.

I've been trying to supplement marathon training with 2-3x weekly full body strength training.  Enough to keep in shape, but not be super sore for my runs!

I'll leave you with a photo of my two little ladies who are now 6 and 4, crazy huh?!
1st day of first grade for Devin!
Anyone else training for a race?  If so what distance?
Ever gone through a funk with your blog?