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Marathon Mondays – Another 30 mile Training Week and my PBFest 5k Race Report

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Honolulu Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.

Sooooo turns out, now I’m actually halfway done. LOL. I didn’t realize I was a week off until the end of my long run on Sunday when the audio on my Motigo Training Plan said I was halfway done. Oops. It feels like I took a few steps back, but that’s okay. I’m still pushing forward. There’s still quite a bit of doubt in my mind, but I think I’m resilient enough to get through my fourth round of marathon training. 🙂 This week was kind of all over the place because I had some runs I had planned to go that didn’t really adhere to the schedule. More on that below.

Week 9 Honolulu Marathon Training

(Planned miles) Actual miles

Monday (4 miles) 6 miles – Starting my run with a run group always gives me that extra push that I need to do extra miles. That’s why I rarely adhere to my Monday planned miles. Hah. Those extra miles also give me a buffer in case I slack off later in the week day. 😊

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Tuesday (Rest) Rest – I spoke to my trainer and after mentioning that my pecs still hurt from dips last week, he suggested just taking a real rest day where I did nothing. I couldn’t have been more ecstatic. LOL 😊 Hooray!

Wednesday (7 miles) 5.5 miles – The miles were slow, but the run was much more enjoyable, which is a bonus in my book.

Thursday (6 miles) 3.2 miles – On Thursdays, I usually run on the treadmill, but there was 5k social run for the Craft Classic San Diego half so I jumped at the opportunity to run outside. There was a pretty steep hill, but I thought it was a better alternative to running in one place.

Friday (Rest) Banded dead lifts – Why on earth do people do dead lifts? LOL. I tried these banded dead lifts with just an empty bar bell and it was a bit difficult. (I’m so weak😂) I also looked super awkward doing them so maybe that’s why I don’t like them. I even tried recording myself doing them so I could see my form and it was just so horrendous that I deleted it. LOL. I guess this will just be something that I have to work on.

Saturday (13 miles) 3.1 miles – So I had a 5k race scheduled on Saturday that messed up my running schedule a bit. I didn’t run as long earlier in the week because I knew I had to run twice during the weekend. My friend really wanted me to do the Pacific Beach Fest 5k with him and when I got a free race entry to do it, I figured why not?

The course starts out on the beach and for a mile and a half, you’re running on the beach and trying to avoid the tide. I probably should have looked into beach running a bit more before attempting this because I think I did it wrong. I didn’t want to get my shoes wet so I ran more along the looser part of the sand, which also happened to be the least stable of the sand. With each step that I took, it felt like I was using a lot more of my calf muscles to propel forward. I did end up getting closer to the tide, but whenever the tide came in, I had to make sure to move in as to not get wet. After the mile and a half of beach, you get to turn around and run on pavement. This was a godsend. I had never been so relieved to be running on pavement. LOL. Too bad pavement running didn’t last long. About a mile on pavement, they directed us back into the sand for the last half mile. I was devastated. LOL. My legs were really burnt out and after that, I vowed to not do another beach run ever again. Of course, this could change after time has passed and I forget how painful it was. LOL 😊

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Sunday (Rest) 13 miles – I woke up on Sunday with dread as I didn’t have my usual run group to go with. The first three miles were really tough. My legs still felt heavy from the beach run and I wasn’t sure if I could make it to 13 miles. Then miraculously, they loosened up and I started planning my route. I found that one of the perks of running solo is that I was in charge of the route. If I wanted to go right, I’d go right. I may have been too in charge of my route as I got lost a few times, but hey, that’s part of the fun.

Total Mileage (30 miles) 30.9 miles

Training has been tough, but I don’t think I’ve ever had an easy training cycle. I think it’s just part of the process and as everyone says, I’m trying to enjoy the process. But seriously, dead lifts and beach running sucks. 😊

Question for you: Do you like beach running? Or what is your favorite type of running? Beach? Trail? Road? Not running at all? LOL

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Marathon Mondays – I’m halfway done!

Woohoo! Good news is that I’m halfway done with marathon training program. The bad news is that the second half is going to be so much harder than the first. LOL. Week 8 marked the end of my 2nd cutback week. Week 7 had me doing 30 miles a week, whereas week 8 had me doing 24. Let’s see how I did, shall we?

Week 8 Honolulu Marathon Training

Planned miles (Actual miles)

Monday (4 miles) 6 miles – Week after week of terrible runs, I finally got a win on Monday. I actually paced myself and during the last half mile, I was even able to sprint up an incline. Plus, I won a pineapple from a group run. Hooray!

Tuesday (Rest) 3 sets of 5 eccentric pullups followed by 20 gliders – Apparently whining pays off. LOL. I told my trainer that my legs were getting heavier on my runs and that I was concerned. Voila. I only got upper body workouts for the day.

Wednesday (7 miles) 5.4 miles – Thank goodness for friends who run with me. I knew I needed at least 5 miles on Wednesday and despite the route being only 3.5, my friend agreed to run around for that extra mileage that I needed. And of course, I celebrated with capri suns.

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Thursday (5 miles) 5 miles – Thursdays are probably my most tiring days (aside from those pesky long runs). On Thursdays, I try to do some weightlifting on top of a run, but that day was just not my day. A long day at work had me break up the run into a 3 miler during lunch and a 2 miler after work with no weight lifting.

Friday (Rest) 10, 9, 8, etc assisted pullups and dips – More upper body workouts. Woohoo. Thank goodness my legs got a rest.

Saturday (8 miles) 8 miles – I’m typically a morning runner for long runs, but on Saturday, there was a slight hiccup and I couldn’t find the trail head to start my run and by the time we figured it out, it was getting too warm. So instead, I did a night run with lots and lots of hill repeats. Slow running is the key to happiness. LOL. I ran at a much slower pace, but I definitely enjoyed the run more. Hooray!

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Sunday (Rest) 1850 meter swim – After a long run, I needed a little active recovery and what better way than to swim. 🙂  I am a super duper slow swimmer, but I really do enjoy just gliding in the water. Too bad the open water isn’t as calm or else I’d consider doing a triathalon sprint. Are there any triathlons in a pool setting? LOL

Total mileage: 24 miles (24.5 miles)

Thoughts of the week: I am beginning to hate Thursdays. I typically run on the treadmill on those days and treadmill running is just terrible. LOL. Sorry to all the treadmill runners! Also, I’m pretty nervous about ramping up the mileage. Ack. Self doubt. Boo!

Question for you: What are some good active recovery activities that you do? I’m looking to try out all sorts of active recovery. So far, I’ve done swimming and yoga. Are there any that you do?

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Marathon Mondays – It’s Getting Real

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Honolulu Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.

If you’re interested in signing up for the Honolulu Marathon, use code “HNLBR2018” for 10% off the registration.

You know the marathon training is getting real (and terrifying) when you have your first 13+ mile long run. This week, it got real. Here is that recap of the week’s training.

Week 7 Honolulu Marathon Training

(Planned miles) Actual miles

Monday (4 miles) 6.2 miles – Having not slept enough the night before, I was debating between running 5 or 6 flat miles. Little did I know that Milestone Running had something else in mind. The 3rd Monday of every month, this store does a 10k challenge up and down Mt. Soledad. Over the course of a 5k, you gain 600+ feet and it is not fun. LOL. If you’ve been following along, you’ll know that my calves are a major pain point for me and you’ll also know that running uphill sets them off. 😦 I was pretty slow up the mountain, but I made up for it on the way down. 🙂 See my splits below. LOL. Uneven much?

Tuesday (Rest) 5 sets of 30 sec handstands with stair running and 10 v sit ups – Everything about this workout was challenging. Holding a handstand at first felt fine, but after the 3rd round, my arms were shaking and I thought I’d fall flat on my face.

Wednesday (7 miles) 5.3 miles – The nice thing about having a group to hold you accountable is that they also become an awesome group to hang out with. I had a really bad work day and one of the staff members at Fleet Feet San Diego stuck this duct taped note onto a Capri Sun. (If you’ve been to my IG lately, you’ll know that I’m obsessed with Capri Suns. LOL). It just made my day.

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Thursday (5 miles) 2.4 miles and 5 sets of jump roping singles and 15 lb weighted lunges across the room – Running on the treadmill isn’t very fun and during a very busy work day, I was only able to get in a few miles. I then spent after work doing some light weight work.

Friday (Rest) Rest

Saturday (14 miles) 14 miles – This was the longest run yet for this training season and boy oh boy, it sucked. I was fairly strong for 6 miles, but then it got warm and the clouds disappeared. I ran with a friend who kept my spirits up and we got to 9 miles together. Unfortunately, that’s when things got a lot harder. I was on the struggle bus the last 5 miles. I was able to jog 2 miles more before starting to take more walk breaks. Luckily, another friend found me and jogged/walked with me the final 1.5 miles. Doubt was on my mind the last 5 miles. This run made me wonder if I could ever do an ultra. 😦

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Sunday (Rest) Yoga, 1600 meter swim, 1 mile run – After my long run on Saturday, I was basically bed ridden for the rest of the day. LOL. So Sunday, I decided that I should probably stretch and do a bit of active recovery. By Sunday, I was short 2 miles and attempted to run the two, but my legs were so sore that I only managed 1.

Total mileage: 29/30 miles

This week wasn’t a great week in terms of running, but I think it’ll be okay. That 14 miler was HARD, but we all have those days…I think.

How do you deal with doubt on your runs? Or in general? Do you just brush it off? Please share. 🙂

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Marathon Mondays – Getting into a Groove

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Honolulu Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.

And just like that, 3 weeks of marathon training has gone by. If you’re just tuning in, I am training for the Honolulu marathon in December, which will be my 4th full marathon, which is kind of amazing. Four years ago, I could never imagine running a full. I was one of those “I’m only half crazy” people and now I’ve gone “full crazy.” LOL. Who knows. Maybe I’ll decide to run an ultra in 2019/2020. Maybe.

Week 3 Honolulu Marathon Training

(Planned miles) Actual miles

Monday (4 miles) 6 miles – Every third Monday of the month, there is a 10k challenge up a mountain hosted by Movin Shoes. Movin Shoes, after 40 years, will be closing its doors at the end of this month so seeing as this was their last 10k challenge, I decided I’d go all out. Little did I know that my calves had something else in mind. The 10k route is an out and back course that has an elevation gain of 689 feet and of course about 300 feet up, my calves cramped and I had to take walk breaks and stretch them out before continuing. It was really tough, but once I made it to the top and caught my breath, the downhill portion was easy peasy.

Tuesday (Rest) 3 sets of 10 reps Medicine ball squat throws/Medicine ball slams – My arms were almost back to 100%, but I didn’t want to risk injuring it again so I had a really short workout. Not going to lie. The first time I did it, I threw the ball into the air and it almost hit me on the head. LOL. Oops?

Wednesday (6 miles) 6 miles – I had no intention of running 6 miles, but after meeting up with my run group at Fleet Feet, they somehow convinced me that 6 miles would be a good idea. LOL. Spoiler alert: It was.

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Okay, I had a few mishaps along the run. There were a few gnarly hills and my stomach decided to be stupid at the end, but I enjoyed the longer run overall.

Truth time: Every Wednesday, I make the excuse to run the shorter distance because I don’t want to be the last one to come back. This Wednesday, Adam, a staff member at Fleet Feet, assured me that he’d make sure that we weren’t left behind and he stayed true to his word. He waited for my friend and I at a critical intersection and ran with us the rest of the way. It was very much appreciated. 🙂

Thursday (Rest) 12.5 lb dumbbell plank row with box step ups for 15 min – Another short weightlifting workout.

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Friday (6 miles) 4 miles – 4 easy miles on the treadmill.

Saturday (10 miles) 10 miles – This was my first double digit run since June and I was pretty nervous about it. On top of that nervousness, I completely forgot to bring my phone with me to run, which meant I had no music. ACK! I am someone who always runs with music unless I’m running with friends. Unfortunately, none of my friends ran the 10 miles so for a good chunk of the run, I was by myself with no music. It was an interesting experience, but it’s not something I’ll repeat any time soon. Too many thoughts in my head for a 10 mile run. Heh.

Sunday (Rest) Rest – The intention was to do yoga, but after waking up, I decided against it and actually rested.

Total mileage: 26 miles

Overall, despite the ups and downs, I honestly feel like I’m finally getting back into the swing of marathon training. My first double digit run was strong and I think I found a nice balance of running and cross training. This upcoming week will be a week of cutting back the mileage to give my body some more rest so hooray! 🙂

Question for you: Do you listen to anything while on a run or do you prefer to just hear the sound of your own feet hitting the ground? If you don’t listen to music or podcasts, what do you focus on? Listening to my thoughts for an hour and a half was brutal and it’s not something I’d like to revisit any time soon. 

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Feel the OoFoam – Running Recovery in my Oofos Fibre Lows

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Oofos OOMG Fibre Low shoes to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews! All opinions are my own. 

Last year, I was able to test out the Oofos sandals, which you can read about in the Post-Marathon Recovery. I had just run the Chicago marathon and recovering in those sandals was the best choice I ever made.

For the past 4 weeks, I’ve been able to test out their OOMG Fibre low shoes, which is their first set of actual shoes. One of the downsides of wearing the sandals was that it wasn’t work appropriate so despite having run a race on Sunday, I would have to hobble into work on Monday with regular shoes. Now that I have these shoes, I can wear them into work with no issues. 🙂 Hooray!

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I so fancy in my new Oofos fibre lows

Their fibre low shoes has the same technology as their sandals. The shoes are made of OOfoam, which is their patented technology that has been scientifically proven to absorb 37% more impact than other footwear. Because it absorbs more of the impact, it allows your body to recover faster and I’m all about recovering faster. 🙂 Their footbed is also designed to cradle your arches. Hooray!

I initially had some issues walking in the shoes as the back of the shoe would sometimes dig into the ankles, but after some wear, this no longer became an issue. These shoes can be worn with or without socks. I was initially worried that my feet would sweat too much and that some chafing would occur so I wore them with socks. I then later took the plunge and tried them without socks and they were just as good. I didn’t experience any chafing. 🙂

I haven’t been able to try these shoes post-marathon or anything, but based on the feel of it, I can attest that there really is no difference in their technology between the sandal and the shoe. If you love their sandals and want to wear their shoe version, this is the one to try. In terms of sizing, I wear a size 8 in running shoes so I chose a size 8 in these and they fit perfectly. They’re not too narrow allowing your feet to sit comfortably.

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Just strolling around in my shoes kissing bunnies 🙂

One last thing to note is that 3% of their OOFOS.com sales goes towards breast cancer research through Project Pink. Their Director of Marketing was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer and in an effort to support her, they are donating $10 of their Project Pink shoes or 3% of their other shoe sales towards Dana-Farber Breast Cancer Research.

If you have any questions about these shoes, please let me know and I’d be happy to answer any of your questions. If you’re interested in reading more reviews, other BibRave Pros have tried them and you can find their reviews below:

Amy W – Joe – Teddy – Danielle – Vanessa – Melissa – Amy SRyanKevin – Amanda – Juan – Alastair

 More reviews will be posted as soon as they’re written. 🙂

Question for you: How do you recover after a run? Do you slip into some comfy shoes? Take an epsom salt bath? Both? Let me know. I’m looking into recovery methods outside of wearing my Oofos.

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Marathon Mondays – Week 1 of Training done!

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Honolulu Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.

Holy moly is my body sore. I think I may have bitten off a little more than I can chew. LOL. Let’s recap how this past week of marathon training has gone, shall we?

(Planned miles) Actual miles

Monday (4 miles) 5 miles: I was supposed to log 4 miles, but because I normally run a bit shorter on Wednesdays, I upped the mileage here to 5. It helped a lot that I was at a group run and the friend I ran with was so in shape. LOL. It pushed me to keep going when inside, I was mentally finished. I had gone swimming the day before and it was my first time swimming in years soooooo there was a lot of soreness happening.

Tuesday (Rest) Rest: Tuesdays are normally my day for intervals, but with this plan, Tuesdays are rest days. I did in fact rest, but I’m not sure I will in the later weeks. It was incredibly difficult from running every Tuesday to not running. I was intending on filling up the rest of my Tuesdays with some short weightlifting sessions so we’ll see how that goes.

Wednesday (5 miles) 4.5 miles: Another group run and managed to push myself to 4.5 miles. A lot of walk breaks were taken during this run once I was running by myself. LOL.

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Thursday (5 miles) 2 miles: I had an extremely busy day at work and with the weight lifting plan I needed to do, I could only squeeze in 2 miles before speeding off to have dinner with friends.

Friday (Rest day) 2 miles: I felt pretty guilty about being behind by 3 miles already during the first week so I made a quick trip to the gym during my lunch break to squeeze in some extra miles.

Saturday (6 miles) 7 miles: Being only a mile behind in my plan, I decided to add it to my long run. It was extremely warm when I started in the morning so I made it a treadmill run.

Sunday (Rest) 1 mile swim: I figured that since I had access to a pool this past weekend that I should take advantage of it so I went out and swam a mile. 🙂 It was low impact and apart from inhaling a little pool water, the swim felt great.

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Total mileage (20 miles) 20 miles + 1 mile swim

Thoughts: I probably should not have squeezed in those extra miles on my actual rest days as I was exhausted by Sunday, but I’m happy I hit my target mileage. This next week will be 23 miles so wish me luck. 🙂

Question for you: Are any of you training for a marathon? Which one? 

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Marathon Mondays – Running in the Summer

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Honolulu Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.

It’s almost been 2 weeks since I got back from Asia and holy moly, am I out of shape! LOL. It’s either that I ate too much during vacation or that it’s summer time and it’s humid as hell.

Okay okay. I know I shouldn’t be complaining because I live in Mediterranean climate, but I’m a spoiled brat when it comes to weather. I’ve never lived in extreme weather before so when summer time rolls around and it hits above 80F, I start to melt a little, which isn’t good because I expect it to be around 80F in Honolulu in December.

I haven’t officially started training for the marathon yet, but I am rebuilding my base slowly, but surely. It’s been difficult, but I’m not deterred. 🙂

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My official start date will most likely be in August, which gives me 3 to 4 months to train for my fourth marathon. I will not be racing this marathon for time as I’ve never been to Hawaii before and I want to be able to soak in the scenery as much as possible. I will also be training with my SO who will be running his very first marathon and uh, he is not a runner. He does not consider himself a runner and he probably never will. LOL. He’s doing this because it means a lot to me. 🙂

So this is where I need your help. I know there are ton of training plans out there and I want to find one that is suitable for my SO. He doesn’t have a significantly strong base and so I don’t want to deter him with a training plan that has 5 + days of running. I did that during my Chicago marathon training days and it was exhausting!

If you have a training plan that you really liked that didn’t have crazy high mileage, please comment with a link. 🙂 Also, if you have any tips on how to make this experience as pleasant as possible, please comment. 🙂 Thank you!

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My Movin Shoes Running Group

Also, on another note, if you would like to join me and run the Honolulu marathon, you can use the code “HNLBR2018” for 10% off your registration!