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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 – Fatigue Setting In

Okay, so this post isn’t technically on a Monday, but you’ll have to forgive me. Life happened and I just kind of forgot to write.

Week 6 Honolulu Marathon Training

(Planned miles) Actual miles

Monday (4 miles) 6 miles – A sort of strong 6 miles run with Milestone Running. I ran 4 miles strong, stopped to sit down and take a photo, and pulled a hamstring. -_- Sigh. Some cursing ensued and then I hobbled/ran the last two miles back.

Tuesday (Rest) 6 sets of 10 kettle bell swings, 10 kettle bell levers, 10 inverted rows, and 10 incline push ups – Hello full body workout! This was a “as many reps as you can in 18 minutes.” Turns out, I can do 6 reps. It’s not very fast, but I was also trying to not kill my back with the kettle bells.

Wednesday (7 miles) 8 miles – Achieved the mileage in 2 runs. I ran 3 miles on my lunch break and an additional 5 miles with Fleet Feet San Diego. The latter run unfortunately wasn’t very good. I started out strong, but it was too fast. By the time I hit 4 miles, I was burning out and praying that I’d have a reason to stop and rest for a bit before running again. LOL. Luckily, I did run into someone so I got a breathing break.

By this day, I could feel that my body wasn’t dealing with the running very well. I was trying to go too fast and too hard. Then, that night, I experienced a really bad Charlie horse, one where I was sore for 24 hours even after thorough stretching and foam rolling.

Thursday (5 miles) 5 miles – Without a run group to meet up with and the fact that my calves were still really sore, I just dragged myself to the gym and ran an easy 5 miles on the treadmill.

Friday (Rest) 5 burpees followed by 5 back squats every minute on the minute – When my trainer put the schedule on the board, I thought, “Oh awesome. I’ll have a lot of rest time in between each set. I can knock out the burpees and squats in a few seconds. No problem.” Oh how naive I was. I maybe had 10 – 15 seconds to catch my breath and after the workout, I could barely feel my arms. I hate burpees. LOL.

Saturday (12 miles) 9 miles – Lululemon was celebrating 20 years of being open and in honor of their 10th year in San Diego, they hosted a little fun run relay. A team of 4 would cover about 20ish miles from Carlsbad to San Diego. 🙂 Registration included a Lululemon racer tank and a post finish brunch with mimosas. 🙂 I love their gear and at $45 a person, I figured why not. I was the last leg, which was about 4.5 miles. Since I needed a longer run, I decided to park at the finish and run to the start and then run back to the finish giving me 9 miles. What I didn’t anticipate though was the elevation going up to the start. LOL. IMG_9454

My relay team did end up getting first place so I guess I didn’t slow my team down too much. 🙂

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Sunday (Rest) Yoga – Every Sunday at Balboa park, there is a yoga meet up group. Everyone brings their own yoga mat and does yoga on the lawn. This was my first meet up and it was much harder doing yoga on an uneven surface. I think I’ll keep it in rotation for my workouts to mix things up a bit. 🙂

Total mileage: 28 miles/28 miles

So I hit my weekly mileage, but at the cost of some aches and pains. I also didn’t really have a real rest day, which I think my body really needed. This week, I will be focusing more on listening to my body and do easier runs. Wish me luck!

Question for you: Do you get Charlie horses? How do you get them to go away quickly? I tried holding onto the muscle that was spasming, but it didn’t help and it was extremely painful. 😦 

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Marathon Mondays – A Balancing Act

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.

Boom. I’ve just finished week 5 of Honolulu marathon training and I’m uhh kind of hitting a bump in the road. Since I started cross training, I haven’t really been able to do any runs 3+ miles without having to take a walk break. I’m not sure if it’s in my head, but I think I might be putting too much stress on my body or I’m not sleeping enough. Sigh.

Week 5 Honolulu Marathon Training

(Planned miles) Actual miles

Monday (4 miles) 4 miles – Happy Labor Day! Started the day with a gnarly hill run. The elevation increase was kind of quick from the start, which was probably not the smartest choice and my calves were just not dealing with them well. I had to walk quite a bit to stretch them out.

Tuesday (Rest) 4 rounds of 1 min burpees/box jumps, 1 min ball slams, 1 min V sit ups, 1 min rest – Burpees just kill me every time. Every single time. The day after this work out, my entire body was sore. LOL

Wednesday (6 miles) 6.5 miles – Broke this run into 2. Ran 2 on the treadmill and 4.5 outside. 🙂

Thursday (5 miles) 3.2 miles – The Craft Classic San Diego race has been having social runs at a brewery once a month to promote their race on October 21st. A friend was organizing the event and I couldn’t pass up a raffle that they were having with the run so I went. I ended up winning a gift card so it was a good day. 🙂 Heh.

Friday (Rest) Very quick stretching – I had recently bought a yoga mat and spent about 10 minutes trying to stretch before my long run on Saturday.

Saturday (10 miles) 11 mile long run with 1650 meter swim – Oh god. I went insane on Saturday. I had logged 14 miles over the week and was a mile short going into the weekend so I tacked on the extra mile in this run. Apparently, the stretching the night before did very little to help my running because for the first 4 miles, my legs were very tight and only 5 miles in did I finally hit my stride. 😦 I did feel very strong the rest of the way though. And of course, since I’m a glutton for punishment, I decided that running 11 miles wasn’t enough and added on about a 1 mile of swimming just for kicks. LOL.

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Sunday (Rest) Yoga – After having so much tightness in my calves, I decided to attend another yoga class. Even though I knew it was good for me, I still dreaded doing it. Even 30 minutes into class, I kept looking at my watch hoping the time would pass by faster. LOL. But the funny thing is that 55 minutes into yoga when the instructor told everyone to sit and touch their toes, I still couldn’t, but I could tell that I was making progress. The stretch in my hamstrings felt really soothing and for that brief 2 minutes, I felt happy at yoga. LOL.

Thoughts of the week: This week wasn’t super great for running, but I did hit the mileage. 25/25 miles! Weight lifting was tough, but swimming and yoga felt easier, which is a relief.

Oh and I’m a bit worried that weight training is hurting my running. Does anyone have experience with weight training and running? What should I do? Any suggestions?

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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 – 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!

 

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Honolulu Here I Come!

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.

Yep, you read that right. I’m going to Honolulu baby! 🙂 I’ve never been to Hawaii so I’m SUPER STOKED to be going and the fact that I’m going to be racing around Honolulu makes it even better. This will be my 2nd marathon in 2018 (so much for doing 1 a year LOL) and my 4th marathon overall. The details are below:

Date: December 9th, 2018

Start time: 5 am

Price: $185 from now until September 1st, 2018

Course: The course goes through downtown Honolulu, past Iolani Palace and the Christmas lights, through Waikiki and climbs up and around Diamond Head, before heading out through Kahala and out to Hawaii Kai. Turning back after Hawaii Kai toward Kahala and Honolulu, the course passes Diamond Head again on the ocean side before finishing in Kapiolani Park. (I have no idea where any of these things are, but I will be sure to take lots and lots of pictures).

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Interesting tidbits:

There isno time limit for this race, which is kind of amazing. That means, you could walk it and it’d be fine. 🙂 I don’t plan on doing so, but it’s nice to have the option.

With no limits on the number of participants, it would make sense that this is the 4th largest marathon in the U.S. I personally love running big races. If I’m going to run 26.2 miles, there better be a ton of people cheering me on/runners also suffering with me. LOL. I kid about the suffering part. Sort of. 🙂

There is a 1 mile race the day before called the Kalakula Merrie Mile. It’s a great warm up for the marathon the next day. They also have an elite heat where top international Olympians and top 1500 m/mile runners compete. The event is unique where the women get a head start (based on a time differential between men and women) and the first person to cross the line, irrespective of gender wins.

The medal is not revealed until you cross the finish line. Yup. For those that run for the bling, this might not be your cup of tea, but I like the idea of a surprise at the finish. 🙂 On top of that, you have some nice hot malasadas and your finisher t-shirt waiting for you at the finish line.

If you’ve ever been to Hawaii, please send me your recommendations. I, of course, want to eat to my heart’s content (post-race because I don’t want a repeat of Chicago LOL) and to do all the things. If they’re budget friendly, that’s even better. I will also need a place to stay so please recommend away. 🙂 Much appreciated! 

If you want to sign up for the race, you can use the code “HNLBR2018” for 10% off. 🙂