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Marathon Mondays – Another 18 miler is in the books!

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Week 13 of Honolulu marathon training is officially done. Hooray!

I would like to say that the hardest part is over, but then that would be lie because my hardest week is actually this week with an expected weekly mileage of 40 miles and a long run of 20 miles. LOL.

Despite the longer long runs, I don’t actually feel incredibly fatigued. That being said, I did sleep 12 hours the night of my 18 miler. LOL. I have been missing my weekly mileage the past couple of weeks, but not by much so I think I’m not doing too bad with training. I have also hit all of my long run miles so that’s a bonus. If there’s anything I’ve learned in marathon training, it is to NOT skip out on my long runs. I will skip the shorter ones if I have to, but I make damn sure to check off on the long runs because those runs are the ones that mentally and physically prepare me for the marathon distance.

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During those long runs, I practice my fueling strategy. I test different gels (Hammer Nutrition, HoneyStinger, Gatorade Endurance) and I test when I need to hydrate. I have not yet hit the infamous “wall,” and I honestly don’t plan to. I’d rather fuel more than I need to rather than not fuel enough. I’m a wimp when it comes to pain.

Speaking of pain, my long runs are a great time to test where I typically chafe. According to a friend, she makes fire with her thighs, which is why she can’t wear shorts during her long runs. Luckily, I don’t think I’ve ever made fire with my thighs, but there have been a few close calls. LOL It’s probably a good survival skill though if I’m being honest. 😛 My lower back and my arms are also common places where I chafe. With Honolulu being pretty humid, I expect the likelihood of chafing to be an all time high and am planning on body gliding it up. Hehe.

This past 18 miler wasn’t easy (ie it was hilly), but I think I took it like a champ; Although, I think my boyfriend might beg to differ. 😛 Due to his injury from last weekend, he wasn’t in a great place to run with me so he volunteered to skateboard alongside me for 18 MILES. LOL. Fortunately, there were a lot of things to see along the run so I think he was cool hanging out with me for 3.5 hours. He even took footage of my awkward running (Check my IG for that video) and got some cool photos. 🙂

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Week 13 Honolulu Marathon Training

(Planned) Actual mileage

Monday (4 miles) 6.03 miles

Tuesday (Rest) 5.02 miles

Wednesday (10 miles) 5.3 miles

Thursday (5 miles) Rest

Friday (Rest) Rest

Saturday (18 miles) 18 miles

Sunday (Rest) Rest

Weekly mileage: 37/34.2

So I missed my weekly mileage by 2.8 miles, but it’s not a big deal. I closed out October with 144.8 miles, which is my highest mileage of the year. Not too bad. 🙂 Another week down and another 5 more to go before Honolulu. Wheee!

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Marathon Mondays – The Trials and Tribulations of Marathon Training

Why hello there readers! I am done with another week of Honolulu marathon training meaning that I am 12 weeks into my 18 week training program. That means I have 6 more weeks before conquering the Honolulu marathon. Eek.

Am I totally stoked to be running the Honolulu marathon? Hell yes. Am I excited to be putting in 6 more weeks of marathon training? Nope. LOL. Don’t get me wrong, there are lot of joys in marathon training, but there are also sacrifices that must be made during the training season.

This week, I want to talk a little bit about the ups and downs of marathon training.

Marathon training is no joke. It’s not something that you can easily do and for those who say otherwise, they’re lying. LOL. Marathon training requires time, A LOT of it. I have given up lots of Friday nights binge watching Big Bang Theory in order to go running early Saturday mornings. I know. I lead a very exciting night life. LOL. I have also given up a lot of sleeping in on Saturday mornings because I know that if I miss my group run, the possibility of me running later goes from 100% to 0%. IMG_0369

In addition to time, you are putting your body through a TON of stress. I have experienced lower back pain, knee pain, and lost more toenails than I care to admit due to marathon training. I mean, the lower back pain was probably just me getting older, but the knee pain and the toenails were definitely attributed to marathon training. In all honesty, I don’t mind losing the toenails as much. It’s kind of a source of pride for me nowadays. I’m a runner and that’s the type of thing that can happen. LOL. I also find it really funny when non-runners are grossed out by it.

So why do I run or put myself through it? Maybe I’m a masochist. I’m actually not sure. LOL. But I do know that I love running. I love pushing myself to what I believe are my limits and then  breaking them. I love finishing a 10 mile run Saturday morning when my non-runner friends are just waking up. I love the camaraderie that comes along with running with friends. You’d be surprised how much you and friends can talk about on a 3 hour long run. LOL. You also suffer and bond together. 😛 Last, but not least, runners are kind of cool. 🙂

The reason I wanted to discuss the ups and downs of marathon training is because of something that happened this past week. On Saturday, my boyfriend jumped off a curb while running and sprained his ankle. We were starting our 12 mile run and within 5 minutes of running, he landed on his ankle wrong and it swelled up A LOT. It’s too early to tell, but there is a possibility that he won’t be able to run the marathon with me. 😦 I’m hoping that it will heal up quickly and he can resume training, but if he can’t run it, it’s still a-okay. 🙂 I will just run it solo and he can watch or sleep in while I run 26.2 miles. LOL.

And just to keep consistent with all of my other marathon mondays, a recap of my training below. I unfortunately have not been doing as much cross training, but I did do a short trail run on Thursday and climbed up a crazy mountain that was only 0.1 miles in length, but had a 275 feet gain. I also got a laser engraved pumpkin from the trail run, which was AWESOME. I was short 2.3 miles in my training plan, but considering I have another 18 miler coming up next week, I’m going to take all the rest I can get. 🙂

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Week 12 Honolulu Marathon Training

(Planned miles) Actual miles

Monday (4 miles) 6 miles

Tuesday (Rest) Rest

Wednesday (8 miles) 5 miles

Thursday (6 miles) 1.58 miles Trail

Friday (Rest) 3 miles

Saturday (12 miles) 12 miles

Sunday (Rest) Rest

Question for you: What ups and downs of training have you experienced? 

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Marathon Mondays – The Influence of Other Runners

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Runner friends are just the worst.

And when I say that, I actually mean the exact opposite. LOL. Let me explain. I went into week 11 of Honolulu Marathon training with a bit of hesitation. I had an 18 mile long run scheduled at the end of the week and it was my first 18+ miler since FOREVER (ie January 2018, when I did the Walt Disney World Marathon). I wasn’t sure if I could do it, but as the days went by, my confidence grew. Or maybe it was my friends’ confidence in me grew. I’m not really sure which. LOL.

On Monday, I did my usual 6 miles with my run group. Coming off of a 15 miler on Sunday, I was pretty worried I wouldn’t have it in me to pull off the 6 miles, but for some reason, I felt okay to run. The first 3 miles were great, but the last 3 miles weren’t. LOL. I had started a little too fast chasing the sunset that I had drained my legs the first 3 and had to run slower the last 3. It has been helping that it’s a been a lot cooler in the evening and since it’s darker, I’m a bit more scared and will try to speed up my workouts.

I had no intention of running on Tuesday, but at the end of my Monday run, a friend was pestering me to go so I did. Again, I wasn’t sure if I could run faster over the course of 6 x 6 min intervals (Do you see my pattern of self-doubt? -_-), but in the end, I did and I felt fantastic. Who knew?

On Wednesday, I put in 5 miles with my usual run group. It got dark really fast and everyone sped up as to not lose one another. LOL. If I couldn’t see the light from the runner in front of me, I had to run faster and the person behind me did the same. I guess it’s a blessing in disguise. 😛 I DID run faster as a result.

On Thursday, I decided to run a mile. At work, I put together a to do list for my colleagues to participate in for the month of October. We’re pretty sedentary at work so I chose to include a Run/Walk streak for a week as one of the activities. Despite being tired as hell, I got that mile in. I also did some core workouts with TRX since my lower body was really fatigued from running.

On Friday, I managed the mile and did some more core workouts with a yoga ball. It hurt. LOL.

On Saturday, my friend from out of town, Nicole ran with me. She had a 22 miler and so our long runs would match up for the most part. Thank goodness I ran with her because it made the time pass by so much more quickly and I enjoyed the 18 mile run so much more. A huge thank you to her for making that the most enjoyable long run I’ve had in a longggg time. Who knew that I could hold conversation pace for 3.5 hours and learn so many new things about her? LOL. If you have a long run scheduled, try to run with a friend. It’s just so much better and who knows what stories you’ll get from one another when you do. 😛

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I was scheduled to rest on Sunday, but my boyfriend hadn’t gotten around to his long run so I offered to bike with him as he ran. I was able to log 10 miles on a bike and boy was it fun. So much easier than running. LOL. I’m still too scared to ride a bike more consistently though. The fear of getting hit by a car is too great. 😦

TLDR? Below is a recap of my training. I was short 0.5 miles of my goal (37 miles), but I’ll still take it as a success. This week will be a cutback week so I’m so stoked to rest and recover from last week’s mileage. 🙂

Question for you: How was your week? 

Week 11 of Honolulu Marathon Training

(Planned) Actual mileage

Monday – (4 miles) 6 miles

Tuesday – (Rest) 5.5 miles (1 mile warm up with 6 x 6 min intervals, 1 min rest)

Wednesday (9 miles) 5 miles

Thursday (6 miles)  1 mile with core workouts on TRX

Friday (Rest) 1 mile with core workouts on yoga ball

Saturday (18 miles) 18 miles

Sunday  (Rest) 10 mile bike ride

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Marathon Mondays – Whatever it takes

Week 10 of Honolulu Marathon training was a bit intense, but luckily I got through it more or less. 🙂

(Planned miles) Actual miles

Monday (4 miles) 6 miles – I had run 14 miles the day before and normally in most training plans, they will tell you to rest the day after your long run. Due to some inflexibility in my schedule in the middle of the week, I couldn’t rest. So I ran 6 miles and it actually wasn’t so bad. I was shocked that my body was adjusting so easily. Probably because my body was thanking me for not putting it through another grueling 14 miler. Anything under 8 miles is easy, right? LOL Yeah, right.

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Tuesday (Rest) 4.3 miles – I normally don’t run on Tuesdays, but I couldn’t run on Wednesday so I met up with a run group and did some interval work. As tired as I am, I always finish intervals with a feeling of satisfaction because I give it 100%. I start off slow and progressively get faster. The faster I get, the stronger I feel. That is, until I gas out because I didn’t pace myself well enough. LOL 🙂

Wednesday (8 miles) Rest – After 4 straight days of running, my body was ready for a break.

Thursday (6 miles) 4 miles – My boyfriend joined me on a night run around a bay. 🙂 Trying to get him to enjoy the running process has been a challenge, but I think he’s not hating it so I’ll take that as a win.

Friday (Rest) Rest – My body was trashed by the end of the week so I took another rest day with no active recovery.

Saturday (15 miles) 4 miles – I was missing 4 miles before my long run so I did a 4 miler with a friend who was getting back into running.

Sunday (Rest) 15 miles – When life gives you an official unofficial half marathon and a scheduled 15 mile long run, you combine the two and have yourself a great time. The local running shoe store, Milestone Running, hosted it’s second annual official unofficial half marathon this past weekend. It’s called their official unofficial because roads were not blocked off for this race. This was about a hundred or so people getting together, running a 13.1 mile course, and getting paper crowns as our medals. Haha. People also brought food as there was a potluck at the end. Because I had 15 miles planned, my friend and I parked a bit further away and ran to the start line and after the race, ran back to the car. Nice planning, right? 🙂

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The 15 miler was really tough for me, but I think that because I ran with lots of people, I was mentally a lot stronger. It also helped that some of the others were doing ultra long runs like 20+ and that made me push harder because I just needed to get to 15. 🙂

Thoughts of the week: It was really difficult getting those planned miles in, but miraculously I did. I will continue to find a way to get them in, but if I don’t, it’ll still be okay. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself. With 7 or so weeks to go, I suspect that I will miss some miles here and there, but keeping myself injury free is more important. One of my knees is starting to feel like it’s going to buckle so I will have to be very careful the next few weeks. Eek! Wish me luck!

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

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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

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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. 🙂