This week I paid my dues to the good old mill of dread. I am sorry to say that three of my six runs were on that torture device. I don’t mind track workouts on the ‘mill, but I don’t like doing tempos and easy runs on it. I used Hollie’s trick of increasing my pace every five minutes to get through my Friday run. By Friday, I needed a distraction and was soooo over the treadmill so that helped pass the time.
In the pole dancing world, I mentioned that I signed up for a pole competition. I’m choreographing a routine to Bieber ft. Skrillex, “Where Are Ü Now“, and I have about two minutes of the routine done. I still can’t actually do everything that I’ve added, but I’ll get there.
And in other news, my car died 😦 I had a 2007 Toyota Corolla. We got it in 2008, and it’s definitely seen better days. I had plans to run it into the ground, and I finally did. It had 150,000 miles on it – which actually doesn’t seem like a lot for a Toyota, so I’m really disappointed. However, in those 150K, we never had any major repairs on it. There were definitely your “maintenance” repairs, like brakes, spark plugs, belts, etc. It was the car that I learned to drive stick on, so we put not just one but TWO new clutches in it (hey, it took me awhile to get the hang of it). Believe me, it was beat up and looked like it was time for a new car, but I just loved my car. Here’s the straw that broke the camel’s back:
Basically that thing goes into the motor and it destroyed one of the cylinder heads. Seeing as my car is really only worth about $2500 right now and a cylinder head is a major repair, it really isn’t worth fixing it.
So for the next few days, I get to cruise around in my husbands HUGE truck, which looks pretty funny. It’s time to car shop (ugh!) and I have no idea where to start. Maybe another Corolla, maybe a Subaru…my main requirement is that it is stick shift and something that isn’t enormous. Any suggestions?
Back to Hansons and training…I am in LOVE LOVE LOVE with my new Garmin, the Forerunner 235.
I know I shared that before. But seriously, this thing is badass. I am still learning about it but plan to have a review out soon. It is really an awesome piece of technology and I can already tell you that I HIGHLY recommend it.
Here’s the pace guide I’m using:
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
Monday, 1/25: 7 Mile Easy Run+ Pole Fitness
We had a snow day from the blizzard, and the roads were actually kind of icy. I spent the day trying some recipes:
When it warmed up and thawed the roads I headed out for a few easy miles. I kept it on the slower end of my easy zone since I went a little harder on my long run the day before. Overall pace, 8:27.
I did my MYRTLs and core, and headed to pole class at night. We worked mostly on some new combos but we learned a really fun way to get on the pole from a handstand.
Tuesday, 1/26: Track Workout: 2.25 mile warm up, Ladder Intervals: 400, 800, 1200, 1600, 1200, 800, 400 (10 miles) + Pole Fitness
We had another snow day, which was a wonderful surprise! I headed to the gym for my track workout since all of our tracks are covered with three feet of snow. This was the first workout where I felt strong and comfortable in my intervals. I started at the slower end of my range, using 9.6-9.7 mph as the treadmill setting (6:15-6:10 pace) and worked myself up to 10 mph (6 minute pace). I really like my intervals to all be around 6 minute pace, but it’s been taking me some time to build my speed back up to that. This was the first week that I didn’t feel like I was really working hard for it. The other problem is I’m scared I’m going to go flying off of the treadmill.
I headed to pole immediately after and worked on my routine. I love the direction it’s going but I have a lot of work to do and really need to practice what I have choreographed. I have a little over two minutes prepared (the song is just over four minutes) and the moves I’ve already added are pretty ambitious.
My sister in law gave me one of her famous manicures that afternoon…
I’m obsessed!! She did that freehand!!
Wednesday, 1/27: Core/MYRTLs/Yoga + Skiing
We had a two hour delay, and I had a “rest” day from running on the schedule. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to swim, set up my bike trainer, or just spend some time on my yoga mat. My body was feeling pretty tired and I knew I was going skiing that night so I opted for the yoga mat. I did about an hour of MYRTLs, core, yoga, and foam rolling. It felt great.
After work, I headed up to the mountain with some of my fellow teachers for ski club. I’m on the right in the plaid, bundled up to high heaven. It wasn’t even that cold but I had so many layers on – I get so cold out there!
We had such a pretty sunset that night, too:
Photo credit goes to Missy – my hands were too cold to take any pictures but she got some great ones! We skied for four hours that night without taking a break, and the mountain had a “Skier Appreciation Week” scavenger hunt. You had to visit certain ski patrol check points on the mountain and get a special ticket all checked off. If you did that, you got a free voucher for a lift ticket! Those things are like $70, and we were skiing anyway. Winning.
Another friend of ours, Sam, showed up later that night and we got to ski a few runs with him. Additionally, a former student of mine that used to come out on ski club nights but graduated in 2012 met us up at the mountain. I don’t stay in touch with many, but I hear from him every winter and we usually get out skiing at least once. He’s an awesome skier so we always have a good time shredding. It was so great to see him and get in a good night of skiing with the group! So much fun, and such a good workout.
Thursday, 1/28: Core/MYRTLs + 12 Mile Tempo Run w/7 Miles @ Goal Marathon Pace + Pole Fitness
Well, they can’t all be awesome tempo runs, right? This run kind of sucked but not in the way that my legs felt poor – they felt great, and ready to rip. My stomach was a whole different story. I don’t know if I was dehydrated, or what the deal was. I did this run on the treadmill because I didn’t know where I could do a 12 mile run with mild terrain for a tempo run. I decided for next week, I don’t care if I’m running up Mt. Everest to do it – outside is better.
Anyway, I warmed up for 3 miles and set the treadmill to marathon pace. I cranked out 7 miles but had to run to the bathroom in the middle. I had the worst stomach cramping for the entire run. I was sweating pretty badly, so I almost wonder if I was dehydrated. I cooled down for two miles and felt really rough after. Last week’s tempo run was faster since I was outside and could run on effort, but I felt totally fine after it was done. I ate the exact same thing this week as I did last week. I don’t know what was up.
The good thing is, the last time I did a tempo on the treadmill was the beginning of the month, when I was coming back from my cold. I could barely hold a 7:24 pace that day (slower than marathon pace) and just did what I could. Yesterday, I set the treadmill for 8.5 (7:03 pace) and my legs and lungs felt good. If only my stomach would have gotten the memo that it was tempo run day.
I went to pole to work on my routine after the run, and while I got some things done, I was still feeling a little nauseous and crampy so it wasn’t most productive class. It was still fun to go and mess around.
Friday, 1/29: 7 Mile Recovery Run + Pole Fitness
Another treadmill run, ugh! I run in the morning on Fridays so I can go to pole class right after work. My road is a main road and with the blizzard last weekend, there is virtually no shoulder to run on. It’s also got sections where the snow melted and froze overnight, and it was below freezing (26 degrees) so I headed to the gym and cranked out my run while watching old episodes of The Office. I think I took that 70 degree December weather for granted when we had it.
At pole class, I continued working on my routine, but I did learn a new move called a Pegasus! I’ve been trying to get that one for awhile but I’d been having a hard time balancing in it. Doesn’t really take the prettiest picture (don’t mind the look of sheer torture on my face), but I had to work for this one:
I met up with a friend, Brooke, to run easy and didn’t check my training plan before – I was supposed to run 8, but instead ran 6. I did a few extra miles on my easy runs earlier in the week so I wasn’t too upset about it. I felt really good running, but that was the morning my car decided to quit on me so I was pretty distracted.
My sister in law drove me to pole class and we worked on our routines. I was still pretty distracted from the whole car ordeal, so not a whole lot got accomplished.
Sunday: 1/31: 14 Mile Long Run
Met up with my fast friends, Megan and Cassie, for my long run. Megan has a marathon PR of 2:47, and Cassie can run circles around me (she is training for an Ironman right now) so I hanging on for dear life. We cranked out 14 at a 7:20 pace on the hills of Bethlehem! I know it’s faster than my designated long run pace, but I felt awesome. It was so much fun, and I was able to talk the whole time. I hope this progress continues, because I like the way my legs feel using this training plan.
As for the training plan, it’s very different and I am LOVING it. In terms of volume, I’m pretty close to what I was doing seven weeks into my plan over the summer. The main differences are that it’s very structured, there’s a lot more speed work, and the long run is every other weekend. Also, I’m only doing 14 miles while others training for Boston are in the 18 mile range. But oddly enough, I’m not concerned. I’m really pleased with how my legs are responding, and it’s a huge confidence booster. I feel good running. Like this past weekend, cranking out 14 fast miles was fun again- not just because of the company, but because it wasn’t a struggle.
TREADMILLS!!! Love ’em or hate ’em? Hater right here!!!
Swim: 0 meters ♥ Bike: 0 miles ♥ Run: 54 miles