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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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Marathon Mondays – Cut back week

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.

Marathon training has kind of all been a blur to me the past few weeks. There are weeks where I feel phenomenal and there are weeks where I’m thinking to myself, holy crap why am I doing this to myself? Of course, the latter feeling goes away pretty quickly after I finish the training run and I find myself wanting to pursue an ultra. -_- C’est la vie. Hah.

The Aftershokz 26.2 experience training plan called for a cutback week this week. This is a week where you cut back on the mileage to allow your body to recover. I was more than happy to oblige. Here’s how the week went.

Week 4 Honolulu Marathon Training

(Planned miles) Actual miles

Monday (4 miles) 5 miles – This run was bittersweet. The local running shoe store that I had run with for the past year and a half closed down its doors this past week and Monday was my last run with the store. It was kind of a last hurrah before the store closed and so a lot of people who had run with the store in the past few years came out. I even heard that some people left work early to make it to the run. The experience was quite touching. The store had a really strong meaning to me and I was happy that it meant a lot to others as well. 🙂

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A new running shoe store called Milestone running will be taking its place and it seems that a lot of the same people will still be there so I am looking forward to seeing what the staff at Milestone Running will bring. It’s kind of amusing though because I had actually purchased my first real running shoes at Milestone’s 1st location so it’s kind of come full circle. 🙂

Tuesday (Rest) 1 mile warm up with 3 sets/15 reps of squats with kettlebells, pull ups, and V sit ups – I guess that I can’t just lift weights without a warm up. LOL. My trainer made me jog a mile before some weight work. It was nothing too intense, but I was sore the next day.

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Wednesday (5 miles) 4 miles – On Tuesday, I spoke with some running friends who were asking me to do an ultra with them next year. They didn’t have a specific ultra in mind, but they just wanted to run it past me. I, of course, in the heat of the moment, said “I’m down.” LOL.

Now, most ultras are done on trail and I’m primarily a road runner. I mean, I can still count the number of times I’ve run on a trail with one hand. LOL. Fleet Feet San Diego must have read my mind or something because they had us run on trails this week.

Running trails is always an interesting experience. The terrain is a bit more uneven and there are a lot more ups and downs. On this particular trail, there was a portion where it was really rocky and I basically walked across the entire thing. Didn’t want to roll an ankle. I will probably keep trying to run more and more trails and maybe one day next year, I’ll be running an ultra or at least a trail race. 🙂

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Thursday (5 miles) 3.5ish to 4 miles – Treadmill dreadmill. I find it highly amusing how I’ve changed as a runner. I used to love running on treadmills. It was easier on my knees and I could watch Netflix when I did it. Now, I don’t like it as much. Running in one place for more than a mile makes me sad. LOL. Also, treadmill running isn’t terribly accurate. The treadmill said 3.5, while my Coros Pace watch said 4. The treadmill was probably right, but I had a weak moment and stopped because my watch said 4. LOL.

Friday (Rest) Rest – Hallelujah

Saturday (6 miles) 6 miles – Fleet Feet had their 2nd anniversary shindig with a 1, 2, 4, or 6 mile run. They had raffles, a snow cone maker, a waffle maker, breakfast burritos, and a lot of awesome vendors showcasing their cool new shoes. 🙂 I couldn’t resist a good party so I attended. I ran 6 miles, had a snow cone, an awesome waffle, and won a $50 gift card. Hooray!

Sunday (Rest) Rest – I try to do some active recovery on Sunday, but my feet just wasn’t having it so I rested.

This week was just okay in terms of training. My runs were somewhat difficult, but I’m trusting the process and this week will be better. In other news, I logged 93.7 miles for the month of August. 🙂

Question for you: How was your August? Do anything interesting? 

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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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Marathon Mondays – The Struggle is Real

Eek! Cutting my Marathon Mondays post kind of close. Life has been kind of hectic, but nevertheless, I got my post in. Hooray! And without further ado, my week 2 recap.

Honolulu marathon training 

(Planned miles) Actual miles

Monday (4 mile easy pace) 5.5 miles – Since I was short on time, I broke up my 5 mile run into a 2.5 and 3 mile run. It was 2.5 miles on the treadmill and 3 miles outside with my run group. I also ran an additional mile because I knew I wouldn’t be able to do 6 miles on Wednesday.

Tuesday (Rest) 1 mile warm up with 21, 15, 9s – I will preface this by saying that I basically do no upper body workouts unless I absolutely have to …which is probably why this workout absolutely destroyed my arms for the rest of the week. LOL. Seriously. I could not sleep on my right arm because it hurt so bad. Q_Q

It is called 21, 15, and 9 because these are the #s of times you have to perform a certain action. I did 21 squats with a barbell and some weights followed immediately by 21 burpees. Then, I did 15 squats, 15 burpees, 9 squats, and 9 burpees. To make things worse, I had to increase my intensity meaning I had to do it FASTER over time. God, what did I put myself through? LOL. By my last set, my arms were shaking a ton and when I got back to my desk to resume working, I realized that it hurt to type. -_- Let’s just say the rest of the workday was not pretty.

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Wednesday (6 mile easy pace) 4.5 miles – It was warm, but I powered through with a running buddy. Celebrated with a capri sun. LOL

Thursday (5 mile easy pace) 4 miles – Broke up another run with 3 miles and 1 mile run. I intended to weight lift this day as well, but my arms said otherwise.

Friday (Rest) Rest – Hallelujah! 🙂

Saturday (8 mile easy pace) 8 mile run – Another tough long run. Despite waking up early to go for a run (7 am), it was still rather humid and the humidity was just killing me on the run. My shoulder was also still very sore so I was on the struggle bus for a good chunk of the run. At 4 miles, I had to take a walk break and at every mile thereafter, I had to take a walk break. Luckily, a friend had run with me and was being a great sport about walking with me when I needed. 🙂

Sunday (Rest) Yoga – Helloooo active recovery. Stretching is something that I’m just so terrible at, but on Saturday, I bought a nice yoga mat and decided that I would try and incorporate more yoga into my life. I’m not going to lie. I hate stretching. It’s painful and 30 minutes into a yoga class, I was sweating more than I thought I would (for a non hot yoga class). LOL. But after the class, I feel like I accomplished something. Sooooo what I guess I’m saying is that I will continue to do yoga and hopefully one day, I’ll like it. Hah!

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Question for you: Do you like or dislike yoga? If you do like yoga, what’s your favorite kind? 

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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 – Honolulu Marathon Training has officially begun!

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.

Marathon training has officially commenced and after some careful consideration, I have decided to opt in for a modified version of the Aftershokz Marathon Training Experience plan. This plan is available through the Motigo app and if you remember a few months back, I tried this app out at the Big Sur marathon. This app allowed my friends to leave me cheers at mile markers so even though they couldn’t be there, I could still hear their cheers. This time around, they’re expanding their repertoire by providing training plans. They partnered up with Aftershokz, BibRave, and the Honolulu marathon to create a plan that is tailored to beginners. The CMO of Aftershokz will be running her first marathon there so I figured that it’d be a nice beginner plan to use. The plan will also have some audio to go along with it so it’ll be interesting to hear what types of tips they may be give out during the training runs.

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I treat myself to capri suns after a workout. 🙂

I’m not technically a beginner marathoner anymore, but I thought this would be a fun one to use since I’m not really aiming for a specific time goal. Thank you to everyone who had suggested plans for me when I asked. I definitely looked into all of them and will actually be taking bits and pieces of them to add into this plan to tailor it to my needs. I will most likely not be following the Aftershokz plan too closely as not all of my social runs match up with their run days so I will modify the plan accordingly and keep you all updated here. 🙂

I’m also incorporating some cross training into this plan. I have plans to begin lifting a bit and I’ve even started swimming. 🙂 I thought I was going to die the first few laps of swimming, but after a few hundred meters, I got into the groove of things. 🙂

Hopefully, all of this cross training will help better prepare me for this marathon and for future marathons to come. I’ve even started to compile of marathons that I’d eventually want to run. So if you have a list that are on your bucket list that you’d want to share, please share away. 🙂 I’d be happy to add another one on my list.

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After my first 1600 meter swim 🙂

Now let week 1 of my Honolulu marathon training commence! 🙂