Every time I read something about a run streak I think about Will Ferrell saying, “We’re going streaking!!” in Old School. 😂 If you’ve seen my Instagram account lately, you’ve probably seen the hashtag #streakingwiththeCOOLKIDS. It’s a fun 30 day … Continue reading
I’ve been thinking about getting a running related tattoo since 2015. I’m clearly not one to commit immediately 😂. At first I thought I’d get 26.2 in Roman numerals like this: And while my marathons are something I’m proud of, … Continue reading
I started posting on Instagram and here to keep myself motivated and to document my journey. I’ve found I don’t feel like I need to do so anymore. I am still doing it, but appreciate the fact that running is … Continue reading
I’m laughing now, but not long ago I was fuming mad. Last year in November I registered for Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and the River Bank 25k. Fast forward to February of this year, and I found myself reading medical journals and doing online research on excessive exercise and the heart because my dad unexpectedly had a heart attack. I decided to back down from the long distance races and focus on heart health with 10k or less runs. So the beginning of March I got online and transferred from the 25k down to the 10k and then read (it must have been on their website because I can’t find any emails) that for event transfer for Gazelle you’d need to pick up your bib and bring it to a special table at the expo to get a new 10k bib. Ok, great!…I thought it I was all good!
Then I saw that the Gazelle 10k was sold out. It made me wonder what happens to all the people that are planning on the 10k but purchased a half bib? It got me thinking though about how much I love the Gazelle half. So I contacted the race director. Looks like their policy must have changed between the beginning of March and now because I was basically told I have no choice but to run the half or defer to next year.🙈 I skipped speed work in training in favor for easy runs thinking I had no reason to be focusing on speed anymore because Nashville is just a go for fun race….so this half I have no idea what to expect. I love Gazelle though, so I am excited to run it once more.
Yup. I’m done running long distances. Well not really. But after the Nashville half this spring, I am not planning to run a half marathon or marathon again due to some medical journals and doctors advice. I’m NOT done running, … Continue reading
I’ve been so excited to have my home gym completed, and it’s actually done! It was a slow process since our builder was doing it as a side project when him and his crew could squeeze in the work. So, … Continue reading
Leave it to my mom to remind me why I am a runner. I am a runner for so many reasons. But I seem to have misplaced my love of running in the chase of getting faster. The past few … Continue reading
I have a gallon sized plastic bag filled with my race medals and have been wanting to get them engraved for a while. Once my home gym is finished they will have a nice display area, so it got me … Continue reading
Happy New Year! 🎉 I love the start of a new year. It’s filled with so much possibility! 2017 has some big shoes to fill, as I ended 2016 with my biggest PR ever. The Grand Rapids Marathon last year is a day I will never forget! I realized I never recapped a bit of info about the plan that I used. So here it goes!
As many of you know, I followed the FIRST Novice Marathon Training Plan from the ‘Run Less, Run Faster’ book. FIRST stands for Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training. This plan was very different from what I did for training for my first marathon.
Here are the basics of this plan:
- Three key runs per week
- Track (speed work)
- 400m-2000m distances are listed in a table in the book with goal times for each distance, which are based off of your 5k time.
- Short tempo (ST), mid-tempo (MT), and long-tempo (LT) are listed in a table in the book with goal paces, which are also based off of your 5k time.
- Long run
- Marathon and half marathon pace per mile is listed in a table, and once again you find your 5k time in the table to determine your goal marathon pace (MP) or half-marathon (HMP) should be.
- Track (speed work)
- Two cross training sessions per week
- FIRST prefers non-weight bearing activities such as swimming, biking and rowing activities to compliment the three key runs.
- Activities you might normally consider cross training like yoga or weight training do not count as cross training in this plan. They’re great additions, but do not count.
- For cycling, it suggests biking in low gears with higher cadence to mimic running (80-100 pedal revolutions per minute). If you’re biking in high gears, it’s not worthless though. It’s more in line with running hills. I personally did a mix of both during the training knowing the course I was going to run did have some hills, but was generally pretty flat.
I have so many pages bookmarked in the book. It was basically at my side for the entire 4 months of training.
How marathon #1 & #2 were different:
- I was running 3x a week, but the runs were not quality driven with my first marathon. I didn’t do speed and tempo workouts. I generally was pushing my pace for all of my runs and I know this lead to burn out and injuries in my first marathon training.
- For marathon #1, I didn’t have a cross training plan set in place. I did random cross training like 30 minutes of biking, a 30-60 minute yoga video, or 30-60 minutes of weight training.
- The biking workouts I did were not quality driven. I was simply biking for that time. There weren’t intervals involved and I wasn’t shifting gears. It was generally an easy to medium effort for the time.
- Most of the time I only did one cross training day a week, so I was only working out 4 days a week.
- I didn’t use compression socks regularly in recovery in marathon #1, and used them after all of my runs with #2.
- Elevation gain on the course was much less with #2, which no doubt helped!
- The long runs were up a mile every weekend with #1. With #2 it had you mostly increasing evenly, but a few times there were weeeks we went down in miles.
- The weather was much better with #2 (high humidity and 80 degrees with 1st, which was basically the opposite of what I had been training in).
- I had my husband with me for most of our long runs for #2. Having someone to run with made the miles fly by and made them much more enjoyable!
- I played around with fueling options and found that the Honey Stinger gels I had been using were likely part of the reason I felt sick during my first marathon. I was happy to find out that a little ziplock bag of organic pitted dates worked great for my fueling.
- Nuun Hudration tablets helped me avoid that awful post run headache I got the first time around due to the loss of electrolytes.
- Wearing a hydration pack was extremely helpful to sip along the way and not have to depend on aid/water stations, and it had pockets for food/fuel.
The training plan I used for #2 definitely made me stronger. I’m planning on trying out the half marathon plan for a few races this year. Getting into the 9’s for pace is a a goal for me in the next 1-2 years, and long term a sub 2 hr. half would be amazing! I think it’s all possible with hard work and a good training plan. The thing that sticks out to me most is that not all training plans are for every runner, so finding a plan that I found success with last year makes me want to stick with it for future races.
I’d recommend giving it a try for anyone who struggles with injury, and anyone who enjoys cross training.
Here’s to a fantastic 2017! Cheers, friends!
Last year I did a blogpost about some races that were on my bucket list. I took a look at it and decided it needed to be updated. I had some on there that sounded fun, but I probably wouldn’t … Continue reading