Marathon #3 This Weekend!

Things were going well with my marathon training.  I had a good 13.1, 15 and 16 long run.  The 18 was tough, but I was happy with it.  Then… the big 2-0 long run.  The day before I ran 20 (Sept. 20) I started feeling sick.  As a teacher, I’m used to getting the typical sinus infection in the fall.  Lots of new germs going around with elementary kids.  So the sore throat and fever started to hit.  I took zinc like crazy and hoped for the best.  I fell apart on my 20 miler.  I started later that morning and it got hot.  Like, sunny and humidity.  It was not pretty and I walked a lot at the end.

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My first slow split was at mile 9.  It was a long morning.  I pretty much walked the last two full miles.  I finished and was happy to have my typical ginger ale.  I laid in bed for the rest of the day and ate cold pizza.  I didn’t run for over a week after my 20 miler and got antibiotics.  The sinus infection wasn’t getting better and I started to panic.  I was going to blog about all of this, but I was freaked out.

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I skipped the long run (12) the weekend after my 20 and ran an okay 4.5 mile run.  This past weekend, I ran a great 8 (above).  I was still congested and tired, but my legs felt great.

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I ran a faster 4 miler on Tuesday and I’m planning on running my last run (2.5) tomorrow before the big race.  To be honest, I was thinking of dropping out of the race last weekend.  I felt terrible and I didn’t want to run a marathon sick.  I’m feeling better and hoping for the best!  I also got other people to cover my BODYPUMP and CXWORX classes this week so I could take a full week off from classes.

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Steamtown Marathon Link

Wish me luck!

How Les Mills Classes Help My Running

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Hello!! I’m back to school (teaching) and just finished my first week.  I’ve been teaching BODYPUMP/CXWORX and violin lessons over the summer, but on my own time.  Now I’m getting back to a regular schedule and trying to fit it all in again!  I got a little behind on the blogging, but I did a lot of house projects this summer and was enjoying my time with family and our puppy :)  I will definitely post about the home improvements once things are complete, because I had great success with Pinterest projects!

Above is the Hal Higdon Marathon Novice 1 training plan I’ve been following for my upcoming October marathon.  This will be my third marathon!

I am going to finish week 12 this weekend.  I’ve been trying to maintain teaching my Les Mills classes along with this training plan.  Sometimes I’ve dropped a mid-week short run, but I’m okay with it.  I have to stop being obsessed with the training plan and just go with the flow!

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Above are my iPhone workout notes from the past two weeks.  As you can see, I’ve been teaching BODYPUMP and CXWORX each week and trying to fit all my runs in as well.  I have gone DOWN on my leg weights for pump (squats and lunges) to prevent dead legs on my long runs each weekend.  Once I got to week 8, my long run was 13.1 and I need to take care of my legs.  I just want to stay healthy and keep my body injury-free!

 

15milers

I just realized that you can search distances on Garmin Connect!  I had an amazing 15 miler the other weekend, and looked up my other 15 milers from past training seasons.  This 15 was my best, by far!! I like that I can see them all in one spot.  I ran the first 5 on my own, and then my buddy Amy joined me for the last 10!

16milers

After my 15 miler, my body was tired.  I felt tired the next week, was hungry all the time and my legs were tired.  I know that is pretty normal, so I didn’t get upset that my 16 felt tough.  It wasn’t as good as my 16 miler in 2011, but that’s okay.  I didn’t do a 16 miler for my 2nd marathon in 2012 because I pulled my calf.

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I’ve still been teaching BODYPUMP 90, because I like the release so much!  I’m ready to switch out a few tracks for a change this week, but I’m so ready to start memorizing 91!  I LOVE release 91!! I can’t wait to teach it and I’ve been listening to it non-stop on my long runs!

I’ve been trying to focus on my upper body when I teach pump since I’ve been going lighter on my leg tracks.  I can always build my weight back up after the marathon.  I know my legs are stronger from the muscle I’ve built because overall, my running has been so much better.

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I LOVE CXWORX and I’m still teaching release 15.  It’s still hard for the class and still has my face dripping with sweat after the oblique track!  I LOVE the music for release 16 and I can’t wait to teach it soon.  My core is stronger and the class really works my shoulders, BACK, legs and hip flexors.

 

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Not fitness related, we got new furniture and Bella approves!

 

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July Updates

Lots of workouts for me this month!! Between teaching BODYPUMP and CXWORX at the gym and my marathon training, I have been sweating a lot!  I just finished my 8/18 week of marathon training with a 13.1 run.  I am currently following Hal Higdon’s Novice 1 training plan.

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At the beginning of July, I got my “pass” email from Les Mills for CXWORX!  I filmed my CXWORX 15 tape at the end of June and blogged about it here.

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My long runs this month were 10, 7 (back down), 12 and 13.1.  I ran my 12 in Lake Placid for Colby’s Ironman (recap soon!).  The weather in Lake Placid, NY is SOOOOO nice!  My buddy Amy has been running my long runs with me, and it is so nice.  Since her husband was doing the Ironman too, we ran around the lake a bunch of times to get 12 miles.

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Colby crushing his Ironman!  More details soon!

This morning we ran 13.1 on the local rail trail.  My legs were tired, so I bought some ice…

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I am still keeping track of my workouts on my phone.  I’ve been covering a lot of classes at the gym, so I need to add in some YOGA and STRETCHING to keep my legs happy!

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This little lady loves summer and socks.  :)

End Of May

I can’t believe May is almost over!  School will end soon for my students and I have lots of great things to look forward to this summer.

This past Sunday, my friend Amy ran her second marathon and was about 50 minutes faster!  She had a goal of 4:15 and came in at 4:14!  This is a local rail trail marathon.  We ran it together two years ago and it is sooo flat.  Since the trail is open to the public on race day, Amy asked me to meet her for the last 3.5 miles of the marathon to run with her.  I tried not to be too perky at mile 23 and couldn’t believe how strong Amy was at the end!

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A photographer caught Amy, her daughter’s friend and I as we ran her to the finish line!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy at the finish!  Bella’s first race experience!  She did a great job and stayed with Colby while I ran.

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The next day the bug hit me bad.  I signed up for the Steamtown Marathon – October 12, 2014.  I start an 18 week training plan (Hal Higdon) in two weeks! Ahhhhh  – this will be my third marathon :)

I’ve also been training for something else… to become a Les Mills CXWORX trainer!! You can read about CXWORX here and I’ll post more about it soon.  I’ve always LOVED this intense 30 minute class and it is going to be difficult to teach!  I’ve been practicing A LOT and the training is in Baltimore next weekend (June 7-8).  I’m SOOOO excited!