Goofy Challenge Training Week 13: 11/27-12/3/17

Week 13 is over! Less than 4 more weeks until I am done with the Goofy Challenge! This is the week where I started to get over the feelings of overtraining/burnout that I was experiencing for most of November. I also experienced some pains in my right foot and quad that caused me to run less than I wanted to. Nevertheless, I’m feeling more like myself again.

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Monday: Rest day – unplanned. I couldn’t get out of bed and was busy during my mid-day break so a run didn’t happen.

Tuesday: 4 miles during my mid-day break. Instead of running at the gym, I explored the neighborhoods around my office! It was a beautiful afternoon and was a pretty decent run.

Wednesday: 3.68 miles at November Project. It was a little rough getting up and moving, but running with two different people helped keep me going. I went much easier than I normally would on PR day. However, my right quad was feeling very tight and I didn’t want to cause any more discomfort.

Thursday: Rest day. I considered heading to the gym to cross-train, but I ended up doing some extra work during my break.

Friday: Rest day – unplanned. I planned to run, but when I got up I had an aching pain in my arch that felt like deja vu of my plantar fascitis days. SO instead, I walked to move my car, then went back to bed. I spent half an hour in the evening using all of my self-massage tools.

Saturday: 13.25 miles.  My foot felt fine, and while my quad felt tight it was alright. I ran 60:30 not to hurt it more. I started out really slow and sped up like normal. While it took me a while to get out the door, I did enjoy the run! I just went to use my R8 roller and it’s so cold!!

No long run picture, but we had a mighty Friendsgiving!

Sunday: Rest day

Weekly miles: 20.9. Once again, totally not where it should be right now. But, it is what it is.

The next two weeks bring my 19 + 20 milers. I may not do 9/19 and 10/20, but will surely do doubles with at least 5 miles both days. With my mileage being so low, I don’t want to bring it up too quickly again and hurt myself (especially with how my legs are feeling now). I got burnt out at a really unfortunate time in training, and it’s getting to me because I was feeling so good through October. However, now I know how far I can/can’t push myself before I break and I’ve been taking much better care of myself to try and find more balance in my life. I’m planning for 5 days of running this week, which will probably be close to double the mileage of last week. That means slow and easy runs while I’m hitting “peak week(s)” at a really weird time fitness-wise.

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Goofy Challenge Training Weeks 11 + 12

So long, so quiet! Things haven’t been quite silent around here, but I’ve slowed down a lot since getting sick a few weeks ago. To be completely honest, November has not been what I was hoping for. I started off the month aiming for my first 150 mile month, and I’ll barely hit 120. However, things are starting to feel a little better. It’s just in time, because there are just 2.5 more weeks until taper time!

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Week 11: (11/13-11/19)

Monday: 5 miles of a “workout” on the treadmill. I was feeling pretty motivated. I ran with longer, harder run intervals and finished with a 10:12/mi average – my fastest of the training cycle so far. “Daily” plank and 30 burpees.

Tuesday: 5 miles on the treadmill, again. I could not muster up the energy to get up and out of bed. Again, the “daily” plank and 30 burpees that I was trying to start up again.

Wednesday: Literally no.desire. to run.

Thursday: Typical rest day.

Friday: 8 miles. 2 miles, 2.5 miles of hills at NP, then finished up the daily miles. It took a lot to get going, and I really hated it. I didn’t enjoy the run at all. When people asked me how training was going, I didn’t have a positive word to say.

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Mid-NP photo by Gio Vargas!

Saturday: 18 miles was on the docket. 0 happened. You could have paid me $1,000 and I wouldn’t have ran. I was done. No fire in me. Instead, I enjoyed a relaxing day and a friendsgiving. I tried so hard not to think about, or talk about running. When my friends kept asking/talking about it, I tried to change the subject (for once). It was very needed.

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Sunday: Rest

Week 11 total: 18 miles.

Week 11 was #rough. I was the first time since I started to run that I truly felt an aversion to running. I was exhausted, stressed, and was putting so much pressure on myself to train as hard as possible for the Goofy Challenge. It killed me that I was working so hard to run a race that wasn’t “for time,” even though my paces have been great lately. I needed a change in mindset, and I needed it fast.

On Saturday morning, I posted in a Dopey Challenge training group on facebook about the struggles I was facing emotionally. Finds out, I wasn’t the only one feeling this way. It felt great to rant about it to people who were training for the same (or a similar) event and I saw that I wasn’t the only one in this state of mind. I just need to finish the marathon. It may not be fun, but it will be done.


Week 12: (11/20-26)

Monday: 3 miles. It took all I had to get out in the morning and I ended up running without my watch! I wasn’t feeling well, so I turned around when I felt like it.

Tuesday: 5 miles on the treadmill. While I ran, I watched WDW marathon videos on youtube and it really helped keep me moving. I teared up a couple of times, even!

Wednesday: Rest day.

Thursday: 3.15 miles at a Turkey Trot with a friend from work. We went to have fun and finished in 31:54. We were aiming for under 30, but it was hard with all of the weaving we had to do, as well as a few good hills. We kicked it in good and finished the last .2 at under 7:30/mi pace!

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Friday: 5.1 miles in the afternoon, as I took the morning to do some shopping. Actually, I ran this after a lunch and movie with beer and lots of popcorn. I ran without structured intervals and it felt wonderful.

Saturday: 18.1 miles. The run was a little rough, with 3 potty stops (with no feeling of relief), an outfit change, and some wonkiness in my legs. I felt pretty weak, and ended up running 60:30 for the entire run. Nevertheless, I was proud of myself for running the entire distance.

Sunday: Rest.

Week 12 total: 34.35 miles. A bit more back on track.

I shortened my weekday runs this week, mostly just to run enough days, but not to kill myself in the process. I focused a lot more on getting good sleep and taking the pressure off of myself. As of Wednesday night, my legs still don’t feel 100% after Saturday’s run. I’m thankful this weekend only calls for 13ish miles – which I’ll be sure to run easily. Hopefully I’ll be back to 100% by next week. Just two more hard weeks of training!

Goofy Challenge Training Week 10: 11/6 – 11/12/2017

Ladies and Gentlemen (okay, probably many more ladies, just sayin), Week 10 is over! In terms of my “training plan” that I loveeee it was supposed to be a “down” week, but it was much more “down” than was planned.

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I started feeling sick on Sunday night. It ended up getting better, than worse. I finally think I’m over the hump and hopefully in a day or two I’ll be nearing 100% again.

Monday: Rest. I wasn’t feeling well and had so much to do at work. I took it as a sign to work extra instead of heading to the gym.

Tuesday: 4 miles on the treadmill. I ended up doing a mini-workout (looking back, I totally should have taken it easier). I did 3 x .9 mi run with .1 mi walking recovery then 1 mile straight run. It was nice to just run instead of doing intervals. I need to do it more often!

Wednesday: 5 miles at 120:30 intervals (what I hope I’ll do marathon #4 at, if not Disney), then 2.5 miles at November Project. Once I got to the workout, I started to feel real crappy, so I ran laps with some girls who were tapering for a race weekend instead of hitting the stairs. 7.5 miles total.

Thursday-Friday: Rest. No typical gym on Thursday and no run on Friday. I ended up leaving work early on Thursday, which I never do. I just felt that crappy.

Saturday: 14.22 milesI originally had plans to run with a new friend, but I cancelled them when I was feeling pretty sick. But after a morning on the couch, I felt up to at least trying once it warmed up a little. I ended up having my best long run of this cycle so far. I ran a nearly 7 minute negative split and had some great reflection time. But it WAS cold and I was absolutely freezing at the end! (I also took many “gotta blow my nose” breaks.)

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Weekly total: 25.77 miles. About 10 miles less than was planned, but everyone gets sick sometimes, right? I’d rather it happen now rather than later.

As I was afraid of, I’ve started to kind of “dread” my double weekends, especially with working extra hours at work. I’ve been working Fridays on and off so I don’t use my PTO days for holidays (my office doesn’t close on Federal Holidays, don’t even get me started….) but thankfully I was smart enough to plan them on weekends opposite my really high mileage weekends.

This week my plan jumps up in miles to 5/8/5 for my weekday runs. Just 5 more weeks until taper time! 8/18 next week, 9/19 two weeks after that, then 10/20 two weeks later. It’s go time!

Are you training for anything right now? Will I see you at Disney?

Goofy Training Week 9 + October 2017 Recap

With week 9 being done, I am now officially halfway though training for the 2018 Goofy Challenge! Today I ordered my park tickets and booked Fast Passes – it is all feeing so real! The 7+17 double this weekend also made it feel real 😛 I definitely spent some time re-thinking this challenge this week, but I know it will be worth it in the end.

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Monday: 4 miles on the treadmill, with some arm/leg weights. My orange Hoka One One Arahi’s felt pretty dead, so I was happy that I had already purchased some new ones!

Tuesday: 4 miles on the treadmill again, because I was lazy AF in the morning. I made myself do a hill setting and got progressively faster. It felt mostly good, except for in my calves. I hate hills on a treadmill because I feel like my legs are always trashed after!

Wednesday: 7 miles fast (for me!). I don’t really have a goal race “pace” for the marathon, but I ran with 120:90 intervals, which is my goal interval setting for the marathon. I ran faster than I probably should have, ending with a 10:12 average pace. But I felt fantastic and had so much fun!

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Thursday: 25 miles on the bike, and leg day in the weights section!

Friday: 7 miles of hills- 2 easy, 3 miles of hill repeats with November Project, then another 2 easy. I loved the hill repeats, especially pushing myself to run without intervals. While still slow compared to a majority of the other tribe members, I ran near a friend most of the time and felt strong.

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Saturday: 17 miles – These were not the best, but looking back on it, 17 miles isn’t ever going to be easy, especially after 7 miles with 625 feet of gain (a lot for me)! I didn’t last as long at 90:30 as I had hoped, but I held a similar pace once I moved down to 60:30. By the end of the run, my legs were feeling pretty rough. Some miles were rough, but 6-13 were pretty smooth!

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Sunday: REST DAYYYY….and started to come down with something, I think. Crossing my fingers that it passes quickly!

Weekly miles: 39.06 miles

Like I mentioned before, I am struggling more during this training cycle than in my first two marathon cycles. I am just so not gelling with this plan, even with the modifications I have made to the “down” weeks. I am also starting to struggle with the idea of putting all of this work in, and not really running for a time on January 8th. I’m so tempted to sign up for a local marathon in less than 3 weeks just to see what I can do even though I would be undertrained. However, I don’t want to screw anything up going into WDW Marathon Weekend!


Also, October is obviously over! It was a really good month of running for me, although not all runs were perfect. I only missed one run, ran a few races, and crushed a goal.

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2017 miles to date: 1,009 <– A THOUSAND miles!!! Seriously, this has been a goal since I started running. I was about 30 miles short last year. I hit my 1,000th mile while running with friends at the Towson Homecoming 5K and couldn’t imagine it any other way. Seriously, if my running gets someone moving a little more, that makes my heart happy. I’m now working to meet my second mileage goal of the year, which is 1,200 miles!

Races: 4 miler (short) with my nephew, 2 5Ks, and the Baltimore Half Marathon. None were crazy good or bad, but I was happy I did them all. I don’t have any races coming up between now and Disney. I’m sad about it, but realistically, there aren’t many that fit with my training schedule and I’m trying to save the $$$ for new race experiences.

I’m looking forward to: DISNEY – of course! Also I’m looking forward to races I already have planned for spring 2018 and some potential hard halfs or a full in April/May. I want to keep up this momentum for a PR in 2018! I also just joined the Oiselle Volee, to try to make more running friends, hopefully people to travel to races with. I’m looking forward to getting to know other members of the “flock”!

Goofy Challenge Training: Week 8

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend is now just 10 weeks away!! I’m excited to really get into the longer runs now and run some serious mileage!

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Monday: 4 miles at the gym. I was feeling a little down from the weekend, so I did some random speed work. 1 mi easy, 1 mi without intervals at moderate-hard effort (8:54!), 1 mi easy, then 1 mi w/ 4 x .2 mi at moderate pace with .05 walking recovery. It felt so good and I miss doing speed work! Did arm and ab weights after.

Tuesday: 3.16 miles easy in the morning, 4 miles progression run on the treadmill in the afternoon. I had a long commute this day, so felt nervous time-wise about getting 7 done in the morning but I got the miles done!

Wednesday: 4.75 miles at November Project. I worked hard during the 5:30 workout and set a small PR for PR day, then ran part of 6:30 with a friend. My legs hated me when I went up stairs at work after!

Thursday: 20 minutes on the bike, leg weights. I moved up the weights on all the machines, which made me super happy!

Friday: 5 miles easy. This one wasn’t on my training plan, but I really wanted to get in another run. It was cold enough to wear leggings! I was a happy, happy runner.

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Saturday: 6.7 miles solo then 3 miles during a 5K with friends. I should have ran the extra .3 to make it 10 even, but oh well. And in new shoes, my legs felt so great!

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Sunday: Rest dayayayay!

Weekly miles: 30.61 miles

My glutes/hips are starting to feel better, but I definitely need to do better with foam rolling this week to really kill it for good and to keep the discomfort from coming back! I’m also really struggling mentally with a desire to do another half marathon this year, but I can’t find one that fits my schedule and seems worth it. Meanwhile, I’ve picked out some potential marathons for later in spring 2018!

This week I’m linking up with Tricia at misssippipiddlin  and Holly from HoHoRuns for the weekly  Wrap Up. Check out their page to see other bloggers’ weekly wrap ups!

Goofy Challenge Training Weeks 6 + 7

Happy Tuesday everyone! Sorry my training post is a week and a day late! Week 6 of training wasn’t a great ,so I decided to combine posts. This weekend was simply busy!! Week 8 is going to be just as busy but I’m happy to be taking some to sit down and reflect!

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Week 6 was a bit of a lackluster.

Monday: 3 miles easy on the treadmill. I’m sure I did some sort of workout at the gym after!

Tuesday: 6.2 miles. I set out for an easy run, and ended up running a perfect progression on a beautiful morning. My right glute and left quad/hip flexor were really bothering me for the last mile or so, and continued to be painful for the rest of the day. I had planned to do cross training at the gym later in the day, but traded it for an epsom salt bath and a good rolling sesh.

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Note of advice: Even for 50% off, don’t buy “lightly used” sneakers…

Wednesday: Forced rest. And a trip to Fleet Feet for new shoes!

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I am surprisingly in love with these Brooks Adrenaline 18’s. 

Thursday: 3 miles easy to test out my legs and my new shoes. My legs felt much better, but not 100%.

Friday-Sunday: NOTHING. I had intended to do my long run on Saturday…However, I woke up on Saturday morning feeling the couple of extra Miller Lights from the night before. With work and family in town, I didn’t have time on Sunday for my 10-12 miles.

Week 6 miles: 12.2 miles. Whooops. I feel like every training cycle has one of these weeks. Maybe it was a blessing with the way my legs were feeling.


Week 7 – A new week! This week my miles through the Hal Higdon Dopey Training Plan (which I’ve slightly modified) increased.

Monday: 4.14 miles downtown, by the water! It was so quiet and peaceful. I followed this with 20 minutes of biking and arm/ab weights at the gym.

Tuesday: 7.1 miles. After last week, I ran the same roads but did more of a “figure 8” to vary the elevation a little more. My legs survived the hills and I felt strong going into the race weekend! In the afternoon, I did another 20 minutes of biking at the gym, and leg weights.

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Wednesday: 3.24 miles at November Project. It was a fun workout, but towards the end I kind of “cheated” to make sure I got to run more to get closer to the goal of 4 miles for the day. No gym in the afternoon – I was simply BEAT from running, early wake-ups, and late nights. I also bought another new pair of shoes!

Thursday: No cardio, but I do remember going to the gym. I don’t remember what exactly for, though…

Friday: 6 miles “easy” around the Harbor. I tried to keep it easy paced, but my heart rate was pretty high. I think this was due to a variety of things: poor nutrition the day/night before, excitement for the next day’s race, and some overall anxiety. I’d say my legs felt good, but I wore my newest pair of Cliftons, which just aren’t working for me…

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Saturday: 13.38 miles total at the Baltimore Running Festival. A recap will come soon! (As well as the second part of that Ragnar recap…)

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Week 7 miles36.8 miles!

I’ll get into more about Saturday soon, but overall, I was happy with the last week of training. Week 8 will require some maneuvering to get in all of the runs that I’m hoping for. This is technically supposed to be a “down” week, but I am not gelling with having a “down” week every.other.week. I’m hoping to add in a few more easy miles, but I’m working an extra day and my “traveling” days have been moved around. Just 11 more weeks of training to go!

Goofy Challenge Training: 10/2 – 10/8/2017

And just like that another week is gone. 13 weeks to go until the Goofy Challenge! I can’t say much more before mentioning how inspired I was while strolling through Instagram this weekend. This weekend was huge in the running world – there were big marathons in Chicago, St. George, Portland, and countless other races. Seeing an American once again win Chicago (was it clean? I sure hope so…) and Jordan Hasay have a huge showing was incredible, but so was every other performance out there. I’m so inspired and have some extra motivation for my training and the race I have in a few weeks!

BUT I’m not inspired enough to get to bed so I can rock my run in the morning…I still need to look at how many miles I need to run! I love spending my Sunday nights reflecting on my week of running.

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Monday: Travel & Rest. Foam rolling was so needed after the weekend’s running and traveling!

Tuesday: 4 miles at Planet Fitness; I was way too tired to get up on Tuesday morning. I ran nice and easy with a hill with increasing steepness added in during each mile.

Wednesday: 6 miles. I didn’t necessarily to run near tempo/race pace due to a lot of hard efforts lately, but I purposefully skipped November Project so I could get some quality miles in. A faster run sort of happened anyway. I ran 90:30 intervals, had an average pace of 10:49 and my heart rate was low for that speed. I spent some time at the gym in the evening – a quick cardio warm-up and full body weights.

Thursday: Rest

Friday: 15 miles for my longest run since the NJ Marathon! I ran the entire Baltimore Half Marathon course. It helped with confidence going into the race, as the course is rough. It goes up and up and seemingly doesn’t go down at all until mile 10. The elevation gain isn’t horrible, but the hills are long and gradual, and simply just drain your legs! Either way – I was happy I did it but I will not do it alone, again. Some of those areas should only be seen while running with thousands of other people.

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Saturday: 5 miles easy for my first successful double training weekend. Yup, I haven’t followed any weekend schedule to a T yet. OOPS. I got hit with a mighty cold on Friday night, but still had a great recovery run.

Weekly miles: 30 – first 30 mile week of this training cycle!

I’m glad this week was good, and also that it’s over! After some crazy weeks, I’m happy to be back on a routine again, especially with my running. This week is a “down” week, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’ll be making sure my mileage is close to 30 again – I just feel so good when I’m around that number. Just 13 weeks to go!

How was your week? Were you inspired by anything/anyone this weekend?

This week I’m linking up with Tricia at misssippipiddlin  and Holly from HoHoRuns for the weekly  Wrap Up. Check out their page to see other bloggers’ weekly wrap ups!