Training Week March 22 – 28, 2010

March 30, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Posted in Boston Marathon 2010, Goals, Marathon training | 1 Comment

This week I backed off of the cross training due to time constraints.  Boy, do I feel the difference!  When I incorporate biking and swimming into my training, I feel much stronger and less achy.  When I add a dash of yoga to the mix, I feel even better!  Anyway, my main focus this week was running, not purposefully…it’s just the way life worked!

Here’s what I did:

Monday, March 22 Easy recovery run 5.25 miles at an 8:40 pace This run followed a tough weekend consisting of an 8 mile run Friday evening, a 10 mile run and 30 mile bike Saturday, and a 12 mile hill run on Sunday.

Tuesday, March 23 – No time! 😦

Wednesday, March 24 – Hill Repeats.  9 mile run consisting of 8 hill repeats.  1500 yard swim immediately after.

Thursday, March 25 – Fartlek run 7.25 miles

Friday, March 26 – Rest

Saturday, March 27 – Long Run.  20.25 miles with the last 9 at 8:57 pace.

Sunday, March 28 – Easy recovery run – 4.25 miles.

 Goals for the week of March 29 – April 4

  • Swim and Bike more
  • Run less with more emphasis on quality runs
  • Get more sleep
  • Eat fewer jellybeans!!
  • Work on keeping my mind positive

Getting Back My Shine

March 24, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Posted in 1 | 2 Comments

Up until about a year ago, I went to Power Vinyasa classes at a wonderful yoga studio in Pittsford, NY at least twice a week.  When I initially began these classes, I quickly noticed my body changing.  My core became strong and legs and arms toned.  More importantly, my mind underwent some very necessary transformations:  I began focusing on the present and on joy, peace, and contentment.  I learned how to shine from the inside out, and  I never felt better.

Now, the yoga is gone and with it went my shine.  My runs lack enthusiasm and strength.  I find my thoughts drifting often to my inability to improve instead of staying present and accepting my body’s current ability.  My joyful, cheerful disposition has been replaced by a sullen, insecure being I don’t recognize.

I need to will get my shine back.  I need to will find my joy.  I need to will focus on the positives of running.  Today is a new day and a new opportunity to shine on.

Today’s Training Plan

March 23, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Posted in Marathon training, Swimming | Leave a comment

It’s Tuesday which normally means a hill repeat run followed by an hour and a half of swim lessons.  Not tonight, though.  My swim instructor is out of town; therefore, tonight will be a run and an hour swim. 

Tonight’s run is supposed to be 8 miles of hill repeats with the emphasis on the downhill.  I love running downhill!  There’s nothing like feeling my feet moving fast and my body still feeling good.  Uphill is another story.  I work on the ascent because I know it’s good for me and I know it builds strength.  Honestly, it’s not easy but, then again, nothing worthwhile is easy!

Looking forward to this evening’s workout!

Running, Biking, Swimming…TIRED!

March 22, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Posted in Boston Marathon 2010 | Leave a comment

Someone once told me that the more I worked out, the better I’d feel.  So, if I’m running, biking, and swimming 12 hours or more per week, shouldn’t I feel like a million bucks?  NO!  I AM TIRED!

I think my problem is that I’m running too much, but how do you train for the Boston marathon if you don’t run a lot?  So many of my running buddies are putting in crazy running miles…60 or more miles per week and they’re running so well.  I’m only running about 40 miles per week but I’m also biking 5 or more hours and swimming at least 3 hours per week.  Does all of this training make a slow, sluggish runner?  HELP!!!  I need some advice!

On another note, I registered my new husband and I for the Cozumel Ironman in Cozumel, Mexico, November 28 this year.  I have a L-O-N-G way to go before then, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.

Dreams Really DO Come True

March 9, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Posted in Boston Marathon 2010 | 2 Comments

A familiar Disney tune from Cinderella chimes,

A dream is a wish your heart makes
When you’re fast asleep.
In dreams, you lose your heartaches;
Whatever you wish for, you keep.
Have faith in your dreams and some day
Your rainbow will come smiling through.
No matter how your heart is grieving,
If you keep on believing,
The dream that you wish will come true.

I happily report that a long-time dream I’ve had is finally coming true.  I’M RUNNING THE BOSTON MARATHON APRIL 19, 2010!  I’m so excited…I just can’t believe it!  Well, maybe I can; afterall, it took me 9 marathons to finally  qualify. 

My training is going fairly well to date.  Actually, I spent a considerable amount of time on the treadmill this winter and I believe that the emphasis on intervals and hill repeats is making me stronger.  The treadmill can be mighty boring but mixing it up with different workouts helps with the drudgery. 

I just can’t believe that I’m running Boston in just 6 weeks…6 WEEKS!  I’m over-the-moon, over-joyed, over-the-top excited!

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