Sunday Runday 8/20

SUMMARY

  • Run
    • Week 17 Total = 24 miles
  • PT 4x  X
  • AUGUST RESOLUTIONS: 100 Miles
    • 75 done, 25 to go!
  • Yoga – 60 minutes X

WORKOUTS

  • Monday 8/14 – Nothing
  • Tuesday 8/15 – 1.44 mi @ 12:05 pace – Much shorter distance than planned.  Bathroom emergency.  Enough said.
  • Wednesday 8/16 – 5.2 mi @ 10:56 – Well, that worked at least.  This time I put my credit card and subway pass in my fanny pack in case I needed a bathroom ASAP, again.
  • Thursday 8/17 – PT – I totally skipped my run this morning.  With the sun rising later and later, it is hard to get up!  Also, Bachelor in Paradise keeps me up til 10pm 2 nights/week now, so it’s impossible to get enough sleep (because clearly I can’t NOT watch it live).
  • Friday 8/18 – 3.4 mi @ 10:30 min/mi
  • Saturday 8/19 – Yoga – Not only did I do yoga, but I also marched 3 miles to protest nazis, so that was fucking cool.
  • Sunday 8/20 – Pre-Run Yoga + 14 mi @ 13 min/mi + Post Run Yoga – So, I accidentally mapped a route on a legit hiking trail – steep incline, rocks, logs, the whole 9 yards.  I had to get off it and just run through neighborhoods, guessing when to head back home and still hit the right mileage.  Oops.

GOALS

  • AUGUST RESOLUTIONS – 100 Miles
  • PT 4x
  • Yoga & Foam Rolling
  • Marathon training — Ok, I didn’t quite get the 5-5-14 this week, but maybe it was more beneficial to run 4 days, instead of only 3?  I’m starting to worry a bit that I’m not running enough…eeeeek.  I’m almost there.
    • Week 16: 5 – 3 – 20
    • Week 17: 5 – 5 – 14
    • Week 18: 5 – 5 – 22
    • Week 19: 5 – 5 – 12
    • Week 20: 3 – 5 – 8
    • Week 21: 4 – 2 – 26.2

Sunday Runday 8/13

SUMMARY

  • Run
    • Week 16 Total = 28.4 miles
  • PT 4x  X
  • AUGUST RESOLUTIONS: 100 Miles
    • 50 done, 50 to go!
  • Yoga – 60 minutes X

WORKOUTS

  • Monday 8/7 – 5.2 mi @ 10:38 + PT – That’s the fastest I’ve run anything over a 5K in a very long time.  Ironic, because my thigh still hurts.
  • Tuesday 8/8 – Graston! + Yoga – Graston was still working on my post tibial tendons (inner ankle), but my thigh is what’s really bugging me right now.  The chiropractor went after it with the Graston tools AND with this deep massage gun thing (literally looked like the weapon of an alien), so hopefully that all helps.  I made 2 appointments for next week after my 20 miler.
  • Wednesday 8/9 – PT
  • Thursday 8/10 – Yoga +5K @ 10:14 min/mi- This was a really good yoga video.
  • Friday 8/11 – 20 mi @ 11:50 min/mi – Umm…holy shit, I ran 20 miles.  AND in the same time it took me to do 18!  Weather was much cooler than usual, which helped a lot.  Every part of my body is in pain, but not debilitating…just what you’d expect after running for that long.

GOALS

  • AUGUST RESOLUTIONS – 100 Miles
  • PT 4x
  • Yoga & Foam Rolling
  • Marathon training —
    • Week 16: 5 – 3 – 20
    • Week 17: 5 – 5 – 14
    • Week 18: 5 – 5 – 22
    • Week 19: 5 – 5 – 12
    • Week 20: 3 – 5 – 8
    • Week 21: 4 – 2 – 26.2

Sunday Runday 8/6

SUMMARY

  • Run
    • Week 15 Total = 28.3 miles
  • PT 4x  X
    • Yeaaaaahhhh, not once.  :-/
  • AUGUST RESOLUTIONS: 100 Miles
    • 22 done, 78 to go!
  • Yoga – 60 minutes

WORKOUTS

  • Monday 7/31 – 6 mi @ 11:38 – Good start to the week, running-wise, and this was an after work one, too!  I do find those hard to plan, with eating all day and unpredictable bathroom breaks, but this one was perfect.
  • Tuesday 8/1 – Yoga – Good hamstring stretch.  Everything is still tight from pole dancing/beach/hangover (not sure the exact culprit hahaha).
  • Wednesday 8/2 – I completely skipped my run this morning.  I truly felt like I needed sleep more.
  • Thursday 8/3 – 4 mi @ 11:48 + Fighter FIT – Making up for my missed run yesterday AND my first time doing this class.  I can’t do kickboxing anymore because the inside of my shin is so sore from tendinitis/Graston, so we decided to try their fitness class.  It’s described as “a program designed to prepare someone for martial arts […varying] from High intensity interval (HIIT) sessions, kettle bell training and calisthenics.”  The class was crazy.  There were cartwheels, gymnast rings, crab walks, and 3 minutes of weighted side lunges that just about popped out my knee cap.  I’d definitely do the class again, but not the night before the long run.
  • Friday 8/4 – 18 mi @ 13:10 – Yeah, I fucking did it.  18 miles.  My glutes were tight, my calves were tight, my thighs were tight.  I had a donut at mile 15 that I think actually saved my life.  I also had a banana around mile 10 and 1.5 packages of Honey Stingers energy chews.  All in all I did really well on fueling, but not great on planning because I have a quad strain and some ankle pain.
  • Saturday 8/5 – 20 minutes of Yoga 
  • Sunday 8/6 – Nothing

GOALS

  • AUGUST RESOLUTIONS – 100 Miles
  • PT 4x
  • Yoga & Foam Rolling
  • Marathon training — Ummm, hello there, 20 miles.  I’m terrified.  Thank goodness I see the doctor on Tuesday to work out my post tib tendons, but I also gotta figure out this quad strain nonsense.  I also need to figure out my running underwear….there’s chafing…ugh.
    • Week 14: 5 – 4 – 12
    • Week 15: 6 – 4 – 18
    • Week 16: 5 – 3 – 20
    • Week 17: 5 – 5 – 14
    • Week 18: 5 – 5 – 22
    • Week 19: 5 – 5 – 12
    • Week 20: 3 – 5 – 8
    • Week 21: 4 – 2 – 26.2

Running Coaches and Coach Up

On Sunday I met with a running coach that I found through Coach Up.  Coach Up made it really easy to find somebody with the right background in the right area, and they’re messaging and payment platform is really convenient, so that you don’t have to give out personal information.  They also ‘vet’ all their coaches and give you the option of ordering a background check, if you so choose.  The only problem is that they charge an extra $15 “finder’s fee.”  I didn’t realize that, and probably could have found a coach for free through forums, Runner’s World, etc.

The hour-long coaching session consisted of showing me proper form on lunges (I had no idea I was doing them wrong!) as a warm up, because they mimic proper running form and target your glutes.  Strong glutes + muscle memory = better form.  Her warm up consists of 5 each: forward lunges, backward lunges, and side lunges.

Then we did some sprint warm ups: skips, high knees, and shuffles (IDK what these are actually called, but when you go sideways crossing your foot in front and then behind).  This was the warm up for sprints.  I did 4×400 and it was really fun.  I never even try to run fast, but in such short spurts, it was awesome.

She said my form was actually really good, so that’s reassuring.  I over-stride occasionally, and that will be helped by maintaining proper form on the lunges and ensuring my knee is always directly above my ankle.  High knees are also good corrective action for this and, now that I know that I’m over-striding, I can also look up more drills that will help.

Overall, it was a good experience.  I gained a really helpful warm up with the “Lunge Matrix” and the confidence to sprint sometimes, and actually try to get faster.  I won’t do it again, since it was expensive ($68, including the $15 fee) and I’m not training for anything.  But, if I do decide to do a marathon, I might want a coach.