So much to recap! I’m still crazy busy with holiday preparations – I even ended up taking a day off of work to get some things done. We have such a big family and I host a fancy Christmas Eve dinner for 25 people at my house, so my life is consumed by holiday preparations these days. I need to get caught up on everyone’s lives, but I really didn’t want to skip recapping my first week of Boston training, so here it is!
As for my post last week, I was asking what to get my mom for her 60th birthday. I am going to take her to see Cirque du Soliel in Philadelphia. The show isn’t until May, but I got us front row seats. The show is called Ovo, and I can’t WAIT! We live about an hour outside of Philly and I used to go there very often. My parents are from New York City and we live about an hour and a half from there, so when they want to go to a city, it’s usually New York. I’m excited to take my mom to Philly. I’m thinking brunch before in Rittenhouse Square, and then we can walk around the shops on Walnut Street.
I still had a pretty relaxed attitude towards training this week, but I started following the plan. Technically, my training plan didn’t start until Wednesday and it was supposed to begin with a rest day, but I took Tuesday as my rest day instead. Moving forward, I don’t plan on shuffling the days around if I don’t have to but with the holidays and being so busy with life in general it just needed to happen.
At this point, I’m not really posting too many paces because they are all the same – slow (for me). It is starting to feel easier again, and I think a few track workouts and tempo runs will really help. I am at least able to say that my legs feel better when running. For awhile, it just felt awkward, clumsy and so hard. Now it just feels hard.
My goal for the spring isn’t a secret, and I’ve been chasing a 3:05 for awhile. Technically, I’d love sub-3. But my PR of 3:06 is almost two years old, and the closest I’ve come to touch it it was a 3:12 this past October. I was torn between using the paces for a sub 3:10 or going for the 3:05. I’m going to stick with the 3:05 but adjust if things get too nasty and I start to feel burned out.
The paces I’m using come from the Hansons plan are as follows:
Marathon Goal – 3:05
Marathon Pace/Tempo Runs – 7:03/mile
Recovery Runs – 9:11/mile
Aerobic A/Easy – 8:36
Aerobic B/Easy – 8:01
Long Run: 7:42
Right now, every run on my schedule should be in the easy pace range – even the the “long” runs are listed as easy for the first two weeks. The only modification I’ve made is with the tempo run. Those begin in week 3, and it begins with six daunting miles at marathon pace. With the break I had and how running has been feeling, I just didn’t like the idea of going from 0 miles at marathon pace to six. It seemed like a bit too much on my body and I wanted to ease myself into it.
Last Thursday (since those will be tempo days), I did one mile at marathon pace in my run. This past Thursday, I did three (and it was HARD!). Next week, I’m shooting for 4, then 5, and then the real tempos begin. Once I’m doing formal tempo runs, I like how you stay at the same distance for three weeks in a row. When I start the six miles at marathon pace, I do it for three weeks in a row before I increase to seven. It doesn’t make it any less scary, but I am hoping it will help trick my body into running fast for a longer period of time.
Monday, 12/14: 5 Mile Easy Run + Pole Fitness
I don’t remember much about this run except that I felt better than I deserved. I remember that I went to the parkway after work, and I remember expecting it to feel hard because of the 10 I did the day before on the hills. To my surprise, I sort of felt like the old me (just a bit slower). It was a good run. Afterwards, pole class was fun. We worked on something that I don’t know the name of. The teacher was calling it a “Pegasus” variation, but I have no idea what a Pegasus is:
Glorious. I got my nails did for the holidays:
I’m not usually so girly but my sister in law, Tracie, does them for me. She is a hair stylist and has the machine to cure the gels at her house, which is conveniently located 2 miles from me.
Wednesday, 12/16: 5 Mile Easy Run+ Pole Fitness
Another good run! I’d planned to do this run on Tuesday, but had to move it to Wednesday to accommodate life. I was soooooo tired when I pulled up to the trail to run, but once I started I felt really good. I headed right to the pole studio and felt pretty decent. I learned a variation of the Fleur De Lis:
The original Fleur De Lis is one of my favorites, where you keep the top leg bent. The straight leg variation is a bit harder to do, but I think the original is prettier.
Thursday, 12/17: 8 Mile Tempo Run w/3 Miles @ Goal Marathon Pace + Pole Fitness
This was a win. I wanted to do 2-3 miles at marathon pace. I really wanted to make it to three miles because it would make my progression to six miles at marathon pace a bit easier, but I had no idea what to expect. I took the day off from work to get some holiday stuff done, and it was absolutely POURING. I considered the treadmill, but figured since it was over 50 degrees to suck it up. I headed out and managed three miles in the midst of it all slightly below marathon pace, around a 7:00/mile. I used to try to get my tempo runs under 7 minute miles, but that isn’t my goal yet so I’m staying as close to the pace guidelines as possible. Besides, shit is going to get real when I need to be doing 10 miles at that pace. I need to stick to the plan and take one day at a time.
In a few weeks, when the real tempos start, I will be dropping my Thursday night pole classes. Until then, I am still going. It’s great strength training so I see it as a bonus, and it forces me to stretch a little. I was tired but so glad I went because I learned a really hard combo that I’ve been eyeing up for awhile. It’s still rough but once I get it perfect, I’ll post a video. The combo ends with one of my favorite moves, a Janeiro. Except it was a variation of the move that I never did before, and I might like it better than the original Janeiro:
Friday, 12/18: 6 Mile Recovery Run + Pole Fitness
I keep trying to go to bed early, but it isn’t working. I ended up staying up so late on Thursday and almost skipped this run. I wasn’t willing to do it during my lunch based on what happened last Friday with the fire drill, and I really wanted to go to pole after work. So I hit the road at 5am. I don’t love running on my road. It’s out and back, and you are always running slightly uphill or slightly downhill. I didn’t feel awful, and considering the tempo and pole class the day before I’d call that a win. Pole class at night was fun, but I was still working on that combination from Thursday. I was up so late getting things done for the holiday – wrapping presents, baking, knitting, etc.
Saturday, 12/19: 6 Mile Easy Run
Since my husband is one of ten brothers and sisters, my mother-in-law always has a separate day for their family Christmas. We call it Fiorini Christmas, and it’s usually the Saturday before real Christmas. We spend the entire day – from early in the morning until night – at my in-laws. It’s a long day, but lots of fun. I got up early and got my run done, but that was all for the day. We had a great time at my in-laws and got to spend the day with family:
Sunday: 12/20: 10 Mile Easy Run
I woke up with a headache (probably from all of the sugar the day before) and had a bad feeling about this run. I was feeling like it might suck. It was my mom’s 60th birthday, so I was in charge of making a cake. I made this Salted Caramel Apple Cake with layers of peanut butter buttercream, chocolate ganache, and homemade caramel. You know those pictures on Pinterest – the fails – that they caption, “Nailed It”? Well, that was my cake. I wish I took a picture of it. It was horrendous looking, but actually tasted pretty good. I guess that’s all that matters, right?
In between making the cake and the other components, I left for my run. I felt okay as I began running, and was surprised when I looked down during my first mile and was cruising around an 8:08 pace and it felt effortless. I’ve been having a lot of trouble with my pace lately and thought that might be a touch too fast to start my run, especially since last week’s 10 felt ROUGH. I was using the same route as last week, and it’s really hilly.
I hit the second mile and my pace dropped below an 8 minute mile. I was concerned but decided as long as I felt good, I would just go with it. I kept my pace extremely consistent for the rest of the run and ended up with a 7:54 pace overall. For long runs, I will need to pick that up a bit (my long run pace according to Hansons is 7:42) but this run was still labeled as an “easy” run on my plan and so it was actually faster than it needed to be. I didn’t mind since I have to pick up the pace on my long run in week 3. It will be good to ease myself into it.
My last mile was my fastest one, and it felt great to finish a run and not feel like death. We had a blast going out to dinner and then back to my house for cake to celebrate my mom’s birthday.
I love the holidays, but they are kicking my ASS this year!! I will be more consistent again after this week!
How’s your holiday season treating you? Do you have a lot of family obligations, or do you spend time relaxing? I grew up as part of a small family, so having to prepare for the holidays with my husband’s huge family is still an adjustment, and we’ve been married for 10 years!
Swim: 0 meters ♥ Bike: 0 miles ♥ Run: 40 miles