September 29th, 2014 - 11:30 am § in Exercise, Marathon Training

Marathon Training Week 13

Week 13 of an 18 week plan probably isn’t the most appropriate time to make changes to your training routine, but when you are sitting in a doctor’s office explaining the pain you are feeling in your left IT band and your doctor says you are probably “heading toward a serious injury” you have two choices.

(1) quit and wallow in the disappointment that you are about a month away from the finish line

(2) make some changes and pray that you don’t hurt yourself more and cross that finish line

So I went with number 2, hoping against all hope something I did was going to make a difference, and get me through these last few weeks of training. It was no secret that I have been painfully struggling through my longer runs. Hitting walls at mile 14 that included pain and then run/walking through the rest.

This past week, I cut back on my runs — only two during the week — and decided to go the Hanson Brothers route of long runs. This meant breaking my long run into two days. I don’t know if I fully buy into this method yet, but I had pain free runs this weekend….so who knows.

Monday: yoga/rest day

Had a panel down in Miami so not a ton of time to workout today, did a 20 minute yoga sequence to stretch myself out.

Tuesday: 5 miles

Went to the doctor earlier in the morning, and was told to be careful and start doing this weird shin rotation stretch before I run. I apparently have no hip rotation, which is causing my ITB pain. My evening run was not great, and I felt like there was a sharp stabbing pain in my left leg.

Wednesday: run failure — 2.5 miles

Attempted a treadmill hill interval run with the goal of hitting 5 miles. My legs just couldn’t take it, and I called it quits. Vowed to see if new shoes would make a difference.

Thursday: yoga

Given my 19 mile run looming ahead of me, I decided to forgo day three of running. I did yoga and STILL had leg pain.

Friday: rest day

Services, resting, carbo loading…the normal drill. Got new running shoes….the Brooks Raveena. We shall see.

Saturday: 15 miles

Honestly, it was so humid out. I really did plan to get those additional 3 miles in. But by the time it was 9:30am the sun was blaring and I thought I was going to pass out from heat stroke. I am already getting up at 5:00AM to run on Saturday, I just don’t know how I can physically get up any earlier. Hence the push to the Hanson Brothers training program.

Sunday: 5 miles

Legs were still pretty tired, but no pain. Ran in my new shoes, and I felt like I wasn’t pronating as much as I was with the Asics.


September 22nd, 2014 - 7:45 am § in Exercise, Marathon Training

Marathon Training Week 12

Last week was all about mental barriers. There could have been a lot of excuses about why I couldn’t train, and a lot of emotional crap was festering. It took a lot to get four full runs in this week, and that included stressing myself into a spiral on Saturday night…but it happened. W[...]

September 15th, 2014 - 10:30 am § in Marathon Training

Marathon Training Week 11

This week didn’t go exactly as planned, because….well life. For the last few weeks I have been comfortably busy at work, and then this past week was as if everyone came back to reality.  So my training schedule didn’t go as smoothly as I hoped, and my desire to increase my mileage[...]

September 8th, 2014 - 10:22 am § in Exercise, Marathon Training

Marathon Training Week 10

This week’s long run was really tough. Once again I was the last person back to the store, so late that they had broken down the fueling station. While I was originally somewhat happy that I had even pushed myself 17 miles practically alone for the last 8 miles walking into that store with not[...]

September 2nd, 2014 - 12:32 pm § in Exercise, Marathon Training

Marathon Training: Week 9

I wavered a bit this week. I was just excruciatingly tired.  I wasn’t really sleeping that well and the temperatures reached “hot as hell” proportions at my normal run times. I still got three runs in….though I feel guilty about my long run turning into almost nothing. Physi[...]

August 27th, 2014 - 10:22 am § in Food, Wellness

WIAW: Sur La Table Cooking Class

Last night we had the opportunity to attend a cooking class at Sur la Table. It was the first time I had ever been to a formal cooking class, and I was so excited. I made sure we were front and center…because I wanted to take everything in. Aaron, Jenna, Josh and I took turns making [...][...]

August 25th, 2014 - 9:53 am § in Marathon Training

Marathon Training: Week 8

This is what I like to call the cross over week. It also happens to be half way through my training plan…coincidence? I think not. I call it cross over, because it is the first week where your long run gets you to the point where you are committing to doing more than a half. [...][...]