Saturday, March 1, 2014

Training Update 2/23-3/1

I feel like so much has happened this week! I am currently back in Big Rapids (Michigan) for my spring break, and this time a week ago I was in Newport (Rhode Island)! Makes for lots of interesting runs!

In last week's update I said assume I did my fartlek, which I did that Saturday, BUT I  did not anticipate slipping on a patch of ice! My hamstring was really tight this week. It didn't really affect anything, just meant that I had to skip strides (darn :P), and be a little careful with my exercises. Luckily I had a progression run this week, so that meant I didnt have to run too fast.....if you dont call a 5:41 last mile fast haha. More about that later in the post.

I had two beautiful runs in Newport, RI along Oceanside Drive. The first day I was doing my fartlek, so did not get to enjoy it as much as I wanted to, but I still stopped to take a few snaps in my recovery jogs :P I do not usually run with a phone, but my reasoning was that I needed it in case I got lost :)


Gorgeous views
The second day I just had a regular 9.5 mile run, and I was able to take it in more; the smell of the ocean, the calming sounds of the water hitting the shore, and admiration of the mansions along the way.

Along with chowing down on pancakes in a local diner, I made the most of the New England seafood by having Kung Pao calamari for starter, and clam chowder with clam cakes for dinner on Saturday evening at Anthony's Seafood (featured on Diners, drive ins and dives). It was all absolutely delicious!




On Tuesday I did my progression run; 17 miles of progression, followed by two miles cool down. I ran two loops around the River along Kelly Drive and MLK Drive. The first loop I stayed under control (if you call 6:30-40 per mile under control), and the second lap I picked it up a little more to average under 6:20 for the 17 miles. I felt great, and I am definitely almost back (if not already), to where I was before the marathon. Makes an april marathon seem especially tempting....but I have a gut feeling it is a bad idea, and for once in my life I am going to learn from my mistakes and listen :)

Stretching and drinking my Body Armor after my progression run
My second workout of the week was another fartlek, which I did as part of my second longer run of the week. I felt pretty good, and luckily my hamstring tightness was almost completely gone.

Overall, the week went well, and I am feeling pretty strong (especially with no shoveling this week!). I will be in Michigan till Friday, then I will fly into Boston to watch my athletes in the ECAC/IC4A Championships.

How was your week of training? Did you brave the cold this week?

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24 comments:

  1. great job!!! what beautiful views you had on your runs! BEAUTIFUL!

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    1. Thanks Danielle! It was stunning! I could run by the ocean every single day :)

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  2. I SO wish we could meet while you're in Michigan! Although we are still about 5 hours away from each other. I'm drooling over those pancakes!!

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    1. I know, crazy how we are in the same state, yet still so far away! Thanks, they were delicious! I had pancakes yesterday too! Raspberry and white chocolate! HEAVEN!

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  3. Wow - you are super speedy!! Great job on all of those runs. What a fun way to see new places! Hope your hamstring is 100% again soon!

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    1. Thanks Kim :) Yes, thankfully it is back to normal, so I did the right thing by backing off! Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

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  4. I love Newport. All those mansions and old world opulence. That would be a great place to run!

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    1. I know, it is beautiful! I want to go back there in the summer, I am sure it is even better! Some of those mansions are ENORMOUS!

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  5. Wow, your "not-too-fast" progression run is pretty impressive. :) I'm glad to hear that your slip resulted in tightness and nothing else. Ice is evil!

    I didn't brave the cold this week because during the week, I never made it home before dark (I don't do dark runs). Then I caught the stomach flu (lame), so today I treadmilled just in case I needed to cut it short and not have to worry about getting home.

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    1. Thanks Cassie :) Yes, ice is often worse than snow!

      I dont blame you for not going outside, and sorry to hear about the stomach flu, rest up and feel better! Your body will bounce back quicker if you take it easy! Feel better :)

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  6. You're amazing! I love following your training and seeing how the "faster" half lives :) I braved the cold! Cold I can do. Ice? Not so much. Happy to hear slipping on the ice wasn't too bad.

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  7. I'm glad you had such beautiful views, and that your encounter with the ice only caused a temporary setback.

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  8. wow what a week. I'm glad to see you are doing well after your marathon and you are really building back for some fast races. I think you are smart to not do a spring marathon (however tempting it is for you...)

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  9. way to go woman! you are speedy and you are brave in that cold!

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  10. I used to love running around Kelly Drive when we lived there! Sorry about the ice... did you fall? Your training always amazes me!

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  11. Glad you got a chance to get away and that you're recovering from the icy spill. If I ever ran a single, sub-6 mile at my age I would be happy, so yes, I would call a 5:41 speedy. I understand it's all relative though and you are a rock star! Happy training.

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  12. Diners, Drive-ins & Dives will never lead you astray! Your progression run is incredible. And, yes, I consider 5:41 fast. I was thrilled when I finally broke 6 minutes & that was only one mile!

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  14. Great job on the training this week lady :) I love the gorgeous photos that you took!

    I am also drooling over your food photos.

    I hope you enjoy your time in Michigan <3

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  15. Whew girl you are so speedy!! I bet those runs were gorgeous! My week was pretty dull, didn't do a thing until my race yesterday!

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  16. I haven't been to the east coast since 2006 and I have to say, probably one of the things I miss most - the seafood. Sure, Los Angeles has some good seafood but it really is nothing like what you might find on the East Coast!!!! Ugh.

    And I am envious of you. I woke up this AM really feeling like I need a BREAK - but nope, no break in sight! :(

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  17. Very cool! I actually live in Newport/Jamestown in the summer so I know that area well- it doesn't get much prettier in terms of running routes :) I'm actually hosting a giveaway for a race in Newport, Jamestown, or Providence on my blog this week. Reading this is making me miss my summer runs even more!

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  18. Wow. Especially with my low mileage right now, it's so cool to read your training for the week. Have a wonderful spring break!!

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  19. Thanks for NOT inviting me to Anthony's Seafood! GOSH!!! WTF!

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