Friday, May 2, 2014

Training Update 4/20-5/3

May! It is MAY! I still can't believe that! I am writing this update a day early, as we are leaving for Amherst, MA for the A10 Conference Championships (my last one with my explorers) :(

I apologize for the lack of post last week, and for not being around much this week, but I am sure you were able to survive without knowing how my running is going! I have one final left on Tuesday, and then I am finished with my MBA!

Overall, it is going very well, but my workout yesterday was a total fail. I will go into that more later.

Frances snapped this immediately after I finished my run during the super rain storm; SMILE!
Last week was a crazy week, but I still managed to get two workouts in. The first was Yasso 800s, which is theorized to predict your marathon time, based on the average time you can run 10x800 with equal rest. I ran this with only one day rest after a 6:39 paced 20 mile long run, so took  it conservatively, especially as it was very warm that day. I ended up averaging 2:37, which in theory, says I can run a 2:37 marathon. I would definitely say that matches up with the shape I am in right now. However, this makes me wish I was racing a marathon in a few weeks, not just a half :)

If you are interested in giving this a try; you run 10x800 on a track, with the same recovery as you ran for the repeat. Ideally, you should run this workout between 2-3 weeks before a marathon as one of your last hard workouts. People also use this workout to see how far they have come; running it halfway through the segment, and then again 2-3 weeks before. I have known a lot of my running friends who have tried this and agree it works. From my workout, I agree!

My second workout was a "short" (for me) tempo. I ran it without my Garmin, without looking at a watch; just ran. This was important as it was another way of proving I am listening to my body. I had been stretching myself too thin with all I had going on that week, and did not want to jump over the injury line. It went well, and I was happy with my pace.

With Penn Relays in full swing, I took the weekend easy, and ran my 18 mile progression run (+1 for cool down), on Monday. This went very well, although I could only use the mile markers on the ground, as I still had not recieved my new Garmin. I did not look at them as I went, just split the watch each time. I averaged 6:18 pace for the 18 miles; including my last 4 miles under 6:00. This shows me I am definitely in good shape.

Yesterday was a big mess. With this being the state of Kelly Drive, I had to look for an alternate location to do my 1.5 mile repeats.......


Stupidly, I decided I would be able to run to a bike path in Manayunk.....not realizing just how far it was from my apartment. I intended to do 3-3.5 warm up, but at 4 miles I was still a mile away. I decided to start my first repeat anyway........down a giant, very steep hill, very aware that I would have to run up this on my final repeat if I was going to avoid going significantly over on my mileage that day. By the second repeat, began to panic, hyperventilating, and on the verge of tears. Each repeat became progressively slower, and I considered quitting. On the fourth, I did. I was very disappointed in myself, and proceeded to run as hard as I could up the hill on the way back, but I do not  quit workouts! I do not know what happened here, but I hope it shows that everyone has bad days, everyone lets their mind get the better of them sometimes.

Many people think running comes easy to elites, but I hope this post shows you that we are only human, I am only human, and as tough as I am, I panicked up, and I quit. I am hoping this will come to mind in my race at the Brooklyn Half in a few weeks as a reminder to push myself on to reach my goals.

This post is now close to being a full essay, so I will end here. Training is going well, I know I am in good shape, the only other issue I should mention is that I am STILL having issues with my stomach on almost every workout. Yesterday was the first workout I did not have to stop midway.....I really need to figure this out as fast as possible. I eat very bland the day of workouts, so my only thought is stress right now.

Do you ever let your mind get the better of you? How do you deal with stomach upsets? What is your favorite workout to do before a marathon?

Wish us luck this weekend! I am going to miss my explorers!
 
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38 comments:

  1. Yay! Congrats on finishing up that MBA. Isn't it the best feeling? My mind gets the better of me all the time. I have been meditating in the morning. That helps tremendously.

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    1. Thanks so much Tara! It is such a wonderful feeling!!! It will be even better on Tuesday :) I think I need to start meditating too....I need to learn to relax!

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  2. Hmm. I bet it is stress of anticipating the stomach issue at this point since you are eating bland. What do you think? I can't think of any other reason...I don't quick workouts either but sometimes we just have to, we are human. Not machines. And really, machines have their issues too. I mean, my computer likes to freeze up and not do as it is supposed to a lot of times! The race I "quit" last month has played with me a bit mentally and I hate the feeling. Hoping to reverse this mental state of mine in this Sunday's half.

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    1. Yeah, I am thinking so....gonna see how it goes over the next few weeks, also maybe as I know a big change in my life is coming....may be a little anxious. Thanks so much for your support, and you are so right! My computer breaks all the time and it is annoying!!! You will definitely use it as motivation tomorrow! GOOD LUCK!

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  3. Ohh no I'm sorry about your stomach... I know stress probably doesn't help but I do hope you get to the bottom of it. On a more positive note, congrats on finishing your MBA!!! Well, come Tuesday. That's something to celebrate for sure.

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    1. Thanks so much Erin, I am hoping it calms down now my life is not so GO GO GO! Yes, Tuesday is going to be WONDERFULLLLLL! Thanks so much for your support!

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  4. You have so much coming up! Good luck to you and your kids, and I think that you should have just used that water to your advantage and done some resistance training :D My favorite workout to do before a marathon is anything that gives me confidence in my mind, stomach, and legs. Likely a nice, solid, mid-long run, or some tempo surges.

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    1. hehe that makes it sound like I have a LOT of children :P I havent been THAT busy Suzy :) Hahahah love your suggestion, someone else said I should just start training for a tri :) You are so right about workouts, whatever makes you feel good!

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  5. Congrats on finishing your MBA! Wow!

    When it come to running, there is so much mental that goes on. It's easy to let your mind takeover!

    Will be thinking of you this weekend! :)

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    1. Thank you so much :) I am looking forward to slowing down next week....may need a few tips :P

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  6. You are an incredibly dedicated athlete and super stud. I know I don't have to say it, but that one workout won't make or break you. You are in amazing shape and can't wait to see how that plays out for you in your next event!

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    1. Thank you so much Amanda, what lovely words, you truly know how to make me feel better. You are right, I need to keep that in mind :) Thank you!

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  7. Congrats on wrapping up your MBA! Of late I've been losing the mental battles - something I need to work on. Good luck this weekend!!

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    1. Thanks Michelle :) I think we all go through phases where we are not as strong, we can work on this together, be strong :)

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  8. We all have workouts like hat one but look at how great the other ones were!! You're still a beast at running! Haha so this is weird but used to get so sick after running and ended up finding out I wasn't getting electrolytes. I started drinking smart water before a workout (or Gatorade/powerade/anything with electrolytes) before a workout and have no problems!!

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    1. Thanks Heather, I need to keep that in mind :) That is very interesting....unfortunately I already drink Body Armor before for electrolytes, and I am always hydrated.....usually need to pee during every run haha. I am glad you have it figured out

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  9. Oh man, that really sucks about the workout! Although bad workouts make the good ones seem so much better :) You still had some amazing workouts at the beginning of the week anyway! Good luck! :)

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    1. Thanks Leigha, you are SO right, that is exactly what I tell my athletes :) Great minds think alike! Thanks so much for your sweet comment as always :)

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  10. Congrats on your MBA!! That's so exciting and a huge accomplishment. You are in incredible shape and will do great. I didn't realize you were running the Brooklyn Half! I hope to be out there cheering!

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    1. Thanks Christine! How exciting! I will hopefully get to see you at some point, and hopefully I will be flying along on my way to a huge PR :)

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  11. Yay and congrats on your MBA! You know you're kind of amazing :)

    I have to laugh with your easy pace and short. It's all relative.

    How did you know? I totally thought running comes easily to you. I also think elite athletes never get injured, never miss a workout... look up, that's the [unrealistically high] pedestal I put amazing athletes on ha :)

    Good luck to your explorers!

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    1. Thanks Jill, you always know what to say...I know I am being a bit of a brat complaining, but yeah, it is all relative. I am sure many of the women I run against would be embarrased to run my times, but I would KILL for theirs :P

      Now you see we are all the same, and my guest post showed that too! :)

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  12. running is never easy all the time, especially for elites. the body can really talk, eh? let me know if you need any tummy talks. ;-) and congrats on the MBA!

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    1. Yeah, it can....it knows what it needs! I think I do need to talk to you about it sometime soon actually, I know you are the queen of a happy tummy :)

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  13. A good reminder that we all have bad days-- in life and in running! During my marathon training cycle, I do some 800's, but also mix it up with some other speed work as well. I did not know that 10X800 with equal rest is a predictor to your marathon time--interesting.. now I want to go out and do some 800's!

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    1. Thanks Lisa, yeah we do.....and also a good reminder we need to back off a little. I know, it does make you wonder...I was kinda bummed I did not get to do it before my marathon, but it was also fun so you should give it a go sometime!

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  14. Congrats on the MBA!!! When I have a bad workout I just remind myself that they happen to everyone and focus in the good one's! It is so easy to dwell on the bad ones...but I try not to let myself :)

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    1. Thanks Jen! That is very true, I tried to do that on the cool down back....although I was pretty exhausted. My coach did a good job at exactly that after though. Thank you so much for your support!

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  15. Congrats, congrats, congrats! That is awesome that you finished your MBA. I am so sorry that you are still having stomach issues. I hope that you are able to recover from that soon.

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    1. Thanks so much Carla :) It is a big weight off my shoulders! I hope so too....hopefully stress was a big part!

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  16. It's crazy how rainy it's been this week. We were flooded out here too. At least the weather is nice this weekend. :-)(

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    1. I know! It was insane! I am in MA, not as warm up here, but Philly weather looks great next week too!

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  17. Firstly I hope the last MBA final goes well :)

    I am intrigued by those Yasso 800s they sound interesting. So you are supposed to sprint for 800m then recovery 800m?

    We all have bad days, the days that push us mentally. Sometimes you can push through but some days you do need to just be kind to yourself dust yourself off and know you will try again tomorrow harder than ever.

    Happy Monday!

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  18. You are my inspiration, lady. (Running is keeping me sane during this crazy time in my life.) Bad days suck. But it's just our body talking to us, I think. Telling us to rest. Or testing us to make your mind-muscles stronger. Or both?

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  19. Congrats on completing your MBA!!! It was the best thing I ever did for myself.

    That flooding is insane... oy!

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  20. Just when I think you can't amaze me more, you do! So proud of you Tina for all your achievements. Hard work does pay off & you'll always be rewarded for it! Hope you had an awesome weekend w/ your kids! Looking forward to catching up soon :)

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