Monday, July 24, 2017

My first pass at a Marathon Training Plan

I am still pretty early in my planning but I am a true planner. I like forecasting and looking ahead. It helps me know what I need to be doing now so that when the time comes to really get serious I am ready. 

Because I have races currently on my schedule throughout the rest of the year and one of those being a half marathon I have gone ahead and drafted a schedule which incorporates those runs and builds into my marathon training plan. 

I am 100% certain that this will be a living document and be adjusted as I get into this further. I talked with some pretty awesome Runner Girls this week who are also marathon training and I am already looking at making some adjustments to this to include some speed work, hill work, etc. I will need to have it set out on my scheduled to ensure that I get it done! As I go I will share my journey and the changes and modifications I make along the way!

I love Hal Higdon and the Hal Higdon Training plans. They, in general, work well with my schedule and I feel good throughout my training. I have taken the Hal Higdon Novice 2 Plan and modified it to fit with my schedule. Really I mainly simplified the week day training and this will be the section that I will tweak as I figure out what works best for me. I will add in pace work, speed work, hill work, etc. The weekend schedule will for the most part remain as is for logging the miles and I added in one day of just walking. My plan also is a 24 week plan versus and 18 week plan and that is only because I wanted to include my training plan for my upcoming half marathon.

WeekMonday TuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
121-Aug3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRestKirkwood 5KCross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
228-Aug3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest7Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
34-Sep3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRestRestAVL Off Road 10K
411-Sep3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest9Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
518-Sep3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest10Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
625-Sep3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest11Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
72-Oct3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest12Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
89-Oct3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRestRestDetroit International Half
916-Oct3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest6Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
1023-Oct3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest7Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
1130-Oct3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRestSouth of the Mountain Trail Run, Bostic, NC8 Miles
126-Nov3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest9Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
1313-Nov3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest10Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
1420-Nov3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest7Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
1527-Nov3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest9Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
164-Dec3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest11Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
1711-Dec3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest12Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
1818-Dec3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest9Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
1925-Dec3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest14Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
201-Jan3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest15Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
218-Jan3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRestRestHalf Marathon
2215-Jan3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest17Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
2322-Jan3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest18Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
2429-Jan3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest13Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
255-Feb3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest19Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
2612-Feb3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest12Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
2719-Feb3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest20Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
2826-Feb3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest12Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
295-Mar3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest8Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
3012-Mar3 Mile Walk3 mile run3 mile run3 mile runRest2Asheville Marathon

I am all in, I am excited about it, I am nervous about and I am going to do this!

“Even when you have gone as far as you can, and everything hurts, and you are staring at the specter of self-doubt, you can find a bit more strength deep inside you, if you look closely enough.” 
~ Hal Higdon

Friday, July 21, 2017

High Five for Friday ~ July 21, 2017

Drum Roll Please....

The highlight of the week is TODAY!!!! Today is my little girls 18th Birthday so first and foremost on this High Five for Friday is:

1. Tess turns 18!!!! It certainly is the highlight of the week although bitter sweet. "Times they are a changin"

We had a fun dinner with family on Wednesday and I have taken the day off today to spend the day with her! She also moves off to school in less than a month!

2. This week I got back my husband's grandmothers ring from being sized down at the jewelers. My sister-in-law gave this ring to me and I am excited to wear it when I wear gold jewelry. It is so dainty and beautiful and the jeweler did a fantastic job shining it up and making it fit me. 

3. Ohhhhhhhh I am super excited to announce that coming soon Juice Plus will be offering a completely vegan Omega blend!!! They should be available this fall.

I have been reading about Omegas and running so I am super excited to add this to my daily Juice Plus routine! 

Simply put running creates stress on our bodies, stress creates inflammation. Chronic inflammation leads to a slew of issues and diseases. Omegas are so so good for joint health, heart health, lung health, etc. 

4. I had a great run, walk and talk with my runner girls last weekend on the greenway followed by a super fun night with them wine tasting at a party!! I am so thankful for this amazing group of women!

5. One of my runner girls loaned me the book Chi Running by Danny Dreyer I am super excited to start reading this book. She has mentioned it to me several times and really feels the method has improved her form. I got to meet Danny Dreyer and hear him speak this past March at the Asheville Marathon Pre-Event Dinner. Danny also leads training programs for the Asheville Events

You can join me in training for the 2018 Asheville Marathon and use my invitation and discount codes to score the best, lowest price, that will be available all year!!

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Tell me what was good about your week!! Share with me your favorite post of the week by linking up below. TGIF!! Have a happy weekend!!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Half Marathon and Marathon Training Prep

Goodness here it is the middle of July and 2017 is already half way over. Crazy!!! Hallmark is counting down to Christmas already this very second!

I am quite a bit behind my mileage goal for the year but I have made some big race commitments in the last couple of months so all hope is not lost.

I will officially begin my half marathon training for the Free Press Detroit International Half Marathon in August and my marathon training for the Asheville Marathon at Biltmore will follow immediately in October but I am starting to get my self geared up for my training season.

 Since I have decided to do this crazy marathon thing I want to be sure that I set my self-up for success as best I can. Even though I have run half marathons I am very aware that a marathon is a totally different experience. 

I do not think I am going to pressure my self on time or set a time goal. At the present I really can not imagine getting to 13.1 (the finish of a half) and have 13.1 more to go! I am really just having not to think about it like that. I will worry less about pace and instead I will focus on staying healthy, injury free and just getting to the finish! I know I can do it!

I plan to start digging deep into my nutrition. I know from half-marathon training that my nutrition will make all the difference. This will be hard because I have my vices…

I need to strengthen my core. The stronger your core when distance running the less likely you are to get certain injuries. Almost every issue from running is directly related to core strength. 

Injury is probably at this point my biggest concern. Injury can significantly impact my training schedule so I have built in time for recovery and I have also put on my schedule self care like foam rolling, stretching, yoga and massages!

Another worry I have is training solo. I know me and I know I won't do it. I have one friend committed to run the same marathon as me thank goodness, another friend who will decide by the end of the month and my other running buddies have told me they can relay with me on the long run days!

I am super excited about what these next several months will hold! I have several races scheduled to finish out this year and have clearly already started working on my goals for next year! 

Be prepared for all things marathon for a while. 

Grace, Peace and Many Happy Miles!

Disclaimer: The memes above were not made by me but rather found through Pinterest

Friday, July 14, 2017

High Five for Friday - July 14, 2017

Happy Friday! This week has flown by! 

This week we have been busy with College stuff for Tess, College Roommate Assignments, MacBook Purhcase for school, Dorm Room Shopping, etc. 

Some of my highlights from the week are:

1. Tess and I drove down to visit with Madie on Saturday

2. We had a family cookout on Sunday. Great Food, Great Fun and Great Family!

3. I found out that I  am the newest Madera Ambassador!!! Stay tuned!! I will have a 40% off discount code to share!!! Woot Woot!!

4. I got this super fresh pair of Crazy Compression in the mail this week!!! I can not wait to wear these fun OTC Compression Socks!! You know I love being a part of the #crazyclan

5. I had a fun girls night out with friends at a local favorite Brown Mountain Bottle Works Thursday Night celebrating a dear friend who is starting a new journey in her career path! It's always great to spend time celebrating with friends. 

Bonus: I couldn't just have five highs this week!! Ok if you know me you know about my love of rap music... This week I also watched The Defiant Ones Series and WOW what an amazing story!!! You need to watch this!!

"They built everything they are today by betting on themselves" ~ Eminem 

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Charlotte Firecracker 5K Race Recap ~ July 3, 2017

As you know one of my goals for 2017 is to run a race each month! YOU NEED THIS GOAL IN YOUR LIFE!! It has been so much fun!!! Setting out to have some sort of fun each month is pretty great!

For July I decided to run the Charlotte Firecracker 5K again. Elizabeth and I had so much fun there last year we decided we just had to do it again. This year it was just the two of us. It is held the evening before the 4th of July. 

We of course dressed up in red, white and blue and drove down to Charlotte with about an hour to spare. I was soooooo sleepy for some reason so we stopped at a nearby Dunkin Donuts so I could grab a coffee.  We got to the event and grabbed our race tanks and bibs. 

There were already tons of people there and there was a DJ keeping the crowd enthused. 
We soon lined up with all the other racers and were off! This race had 529 finishers so not too big and not too small!

The neighborhood really gets involved and you will see families out on blankets on the lawn cheering on the runners and others houses that go all out with a cheering crowd, sprinklers and chalk art on the road! It is great and a fun race that enhances the patriotic spirit. 

At the finish there is a great participation medal and another big crowd of cheerleaders!

I had hoped to finish this race stronger than I did. Several factors I feel affected my pace, it was a hot July evening, I was already feeling really sleepy before the race and the Saturday before the race I ran down Burkemont Mountain with an elevation drop of 1748 ft so my legs were a bit fatigued. I have however learned to listen to my body and so I let my body guide me on this course. I am not interested in getting injured so I prefer to stay in this for the long run and really enjoy the short runs! 

The race starts at Olde Providence Elementary and ends at Windyrush Country Club and ends with a huge pool party and beer and pizza galore!

As we finished up our post race pizza the sky turned super dark and we headed to the car. It was about a .8 mile walk back to the start line and we did not want to get caught in the looming evening T-Storm. We made it just in time!

We had so much sweaty fun and we would certainly do this one again and again.


Now on to the next!

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