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 ūüėõ 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.

Monthly miles: 122

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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”!

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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!

Baltimore Half Marathon 2017: Baltimoron Race Recap

What very well may be my last half marathon of 2017 has come and gone. It was quite the race day; but as always, I’m glad I ran! Yet again, this year was a reminder of why I love Baltimore so much, and also why I love running.

Friday, race-day eve:¬†I got up on Friday morning (a little later than normal) and went out for an “easy” 6 mile run. The run felt like a little more work than I would have wanted it to, but I knew it was a sign that there was a good run coming on. I took my time getting breakfast and getting to the expo. While it is technically an “expo”, the Baltimore Running Festival is a little anticlimactic. I enjoyed trying and buying some Plow On energy gum (just found the rest of one of my packs in the dryer – womp), and a new shoe charm for my friend and myself. I spent the rest of the day relaxing in bed before going out for Harry Potter trivia night with my friends. My friend Kaitlyn was running the 5K with me and spent the night at Jake’s, so we both slept in the living room on couches. We were up until after 1 talking, then were repeatedly woken up by Jake’s roommates coming in the house and drunkards walking/screaming down the street. I most definitely did not sleep well!

Pre-race Saturday:¬†With a severe lack of sleep, I was thankful that Jake lives less than a mile from the start/finish area. After about 1/4 of an english muffin and a bite of Kaitlyn’s protein bar, we were off for the 5K start. I was surprisingly feeling pretty awake but I was worried how my body would feel after little sleep on a very uncomfortable couch.

5k: When Kaitlyn and I got to the start line, it was a complete free-for-all. I estimate that it took us about 4 min to cross the start line. Thankfully, we weren’t going into the race with any goals other than to finish and have fun. Our plan was to run 60:30 run/walk intervals, like we had for the Baltimore Women’s Classic in June. The first mile was very crowded, which slowed us down, but I was okay with it.

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It spread out a bit after the turn-around at the half-way point. I really enjoyed just taking our time and having some girl talk. My favorite part was running up Charles St towards the new finish line in the Inner Harbor. This was mostly because I got to point out Jake’s new place (official this week, hopefully!). We finished with me feeling fresh and Kaitlyn feeling good. We have another 5K this weekend that she needs to be ready for! Our finish time was about¬†38:00 (the picture below is wrong).

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The 1:15 in-between: Kaitlyn and I quickly got our medals and food and made our way through the finisher area. This wasn’t quite as quick as it has been in past years, but this was also a new setup. My favorite part was getting our medals from Baltimore police officers. As many of you know – Baltimore¬†isn’t the¬†safest city, and relations between many residents and the police are not always positive. It was an awesome way for the police to get out in our city and support people from all ways of life ūüėČ Nevertheless, we swiftly made our way south through the Inner Harbor to get back to Jake’s. Kaitlyn had to head home and I wanted to change into some fresh clothes for the half marathon. I was back to the Harbor within 40 minutes. After 2 trips to the porta-pots, a November Project bounce, and running into a friend, I was ready to go again!

My 3rd Baltimore Half Marathon!

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The IT Bands are good – I always tape them in races to be “safe” after MCM 2016

I shared my goals for this race last week, but I mostly wanted to have a decent training run! I ran into a friend while moving through the corral and was happy to keep her some company for as long as we could stick together (no picture = fail). Or really, I told her I was running 90:30 intervals and welcomed her to join me ūüėõ

Miles 1-5: These miles were spent catching up with my friend and trying to keep a steady, modest pace. I didn’t want to run¬†too¬†easy, but also didn’t want to go out too hard. We did skip a few “walks” due to crowding and took some extra time at the first water stop because she didn’t bring any water with her. There was a good downhill around mile 3, but aside from that, the course was a gradual uphill. I didn’t pay much attention to my splits, but noted that they were all under 11:00/mi. Running with someone kept me humble, which really helped. I sadly lost her at mile 4 (she hadn’t trained, but she finished!) but kept on trucking along despite starting to feel a little warm. I knew if I kept it up, that I would set a course PR with the downhill slope in the final miles and my ability to negative split runs (#likeaboss).¬†Splits: 10:56, :59, :55, :47, :52.

Miles 6-10: It’s weird splitting up the race like I always do, because these miles were so split. I finished the long uphill stretch from mile 3 – 6.5 feeling completely in the zone. I was quickly warming up and honestly thought about ditching my visor. I knew it was adding to that “slightly overheated” feeling, but I also didn’t want to lose it. I felt awesome until mile 8, coming along the end of the stretch around Lake Montebello. I suddenly got a massive headache and began to mentally feel weird. I got anxious about very little things and just felt like I was in a “fog.” I saw someone to the left of me who had dropped and was being helped by 4 runners with a police officer running to him. .75 miles later I saw someone on the side of the road getting an IV. At this point I was still running as steady as I could, but physically my body (head) was fading fast. I eventually took a prolonged walk break or two. I told myself I¬†had to make it to the November Project cheer station, then I would re-evaluate.¬†Splits: 10:58, :57, 11:04, :53, 12:18.

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Attempting to smile and wave (just after mile 9). Photo cred: Emily Bryson

Miles 11-13.1ish:¬†After I hit the NP cheer station, I definitely got a little bit of power. Once I made the right turn towards where the “tiger” always is (but was NOT) I truly re-evaluated.¬†By this time it was about 11:30 and it was hot. It was “only” about 72 according to my phone, but with full sun (and non sunscreen) and how I was feeling with my headache, I was nervous. More and more people were stepping off the course and I¬†knew I had not hydrated well the week leading up to the race. I decided to dial it back to 60:30 intervals and take walk breaks as needed.¬†This¬†was not my goal race.¬†The Baltimore Half Marathon is hilly and I am fully aware that I will never PR there. I just wanted to finish upright and not derail my Goofy Challenge Training. While it was hard to step back, I was happy that I remained with the pack I was running with. I ended up stopping at a med tent for vaseline (holy chafing), but mostly kept a slower, but still steady pace to the finish. Pouring water over my head helped, and I was able to kick it in to the finish!¬†Splits: 12:20, :23, :26, 2:19 (.24 nubbin)

The finish: While it wasn’t the same as finishing through Camden Yards, I was thrilled turning left and finishing on Pratt Street. The crowds were thick and the view was as beautiful as always. I was happy to have made it upright. I finished in¬†2:31:12.¬†Six minutes slower than last year. It’s not what I was working or hoping for through the first half of the race. It’s my third slowest half marathon time. But I made it. I was happy to receive my half marathon medal from a police officer, but had to find my own way to my Baltimoron medal, which was just sitting on a table. By the time I finished, this process was quick, and I easily made it through the water/gatorade/food line.

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Post race: The hours after the race were rough. I honestly felt worse than I had after either of my marathons and considered going to the med tent. I was planning on Jake to be there, but at the last minute he wasn’t able to be. I’ve finished many races alone at the finish line but this was a day that I really needed someone to be there. It took me about an hour to make it back to Jake’s house, which was just over half a mile away. Mentally and physically I was shot. I could hardly stomach anything and didn’t even have my typical post-race beer (#dehydrationprobs)!

Post-post-race: Once I started feeling better, I was able to reflect on the day. My half marathon time was slow, but still evened out to be a decent pace for a long run. My numbers may look like I crashed and burned, but I don’t look at it that way. I listened to my body and ran wisely. If I look at the statistics of the whole race, my performance increased percentile-wise, in both age group, gender, and overall place. I also came in the top 50% for the Baltimoron. While I normally am not sore after long runs, I was a little sore the next day. I felt back to normal two days later and the races of Saturday did not negatively effect my training. Overall, I take it as a win.

Verdict:¬†I will never say anything bad about the Baltimore Running Festival. I love this event for so many reasons. The #1 reason is that it brings out such a positive spirit in the city that I love so much. The city shows up on this day and the race organization is impeccable. I¬†would not run the 5K again unless a friend was running it with me. It’s an expensive 5K and while I get that you get a shirt¬†and a medal, but for somewhere that I run all the time and during other (better) 5Ks, it’s not worth the price tag. So I would potentially do the Baltimoron again in the future, or just the half, but not the 5K. Baltimore peeps – you’re better off running Shamrock ūüôā¬†Will I be back next year? We shall see….this year the race was the day before the Marine Corps Marathon…and I’m eyeing either MCM, New York, or Chicago for next fall…but I will be back for years and years to come.

 

 

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 miles: 36.8 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!

Baltimore Half Marathon 2017 – Looking Forward!

While it hasn’t been of huge importance around here until this week – the Baltimore Running Festival is this weekend! This will be my third year participating. It was a hard decision, with¬†many other races happening in the area this weekend. However, the closer I get to race day, the more thankful I am that I signed up.

In 2015 I originally planned to run the full marathon, but got injured three months out. I ran the half marathon¬†undertrained. I didn’t eat well the morning of and went out too fast, leading to a long ride on the struggle bus. I finished the half marathon as my 6th race at that distance with a time of 2:25:48. (I also ran for charity for the first time!)

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In a few months I’ll be living on the other side of that building behind me. Convenient, much?

In 2016, I ran the half marathon just 2 weeks out from my first marathon (Marine Corps). It was my 10th half marathon, or so I believe. I ran with the goal to keep it easy and just “get in the miles” for the weekend. I ran harder than I should have, with the goal of getting a course PR. I finished in¬†2:25:11, a whole 37 seconds faster than the year before. The difference was a much more evenly split, and “better run” race.

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2016 – Mile 9. I don’t remember this part in 2015, but let me tell you, I probably was NOT smiling at that point.

So what’s the deal for 2017??

Well, it’s not a goal race for me, for a few reasons. 1: This race is HARD. The hills are unrelenting for the first half of the race. They aren’t so steep, but long and gradual. It flattens out around mile 7, but I never feel like I’m going¬†down until about mile 9.5. 2: I’m in the middle of Goofy training and I’m not going to hurt myself going hard on a difficult course.

So, I’m running the course mainly for fun, with a¬†C¬†goal of getting in my 16 miles for the day and a B goal¬†of setting a course PR. I’d be real happy if I could run a 2:20 (A¬†goal) but I’m not counting on it.

I’m excited to be taking on the Balti-Moron-a-Thon challenge (5K + 13.1), which is in its second year. I was sad to say “no” to it last year, so it was meant to be this year. I’ll run the 5K nice and easy with one of my best friends. It’ll be our 4th 5K together and we have another next weekend!

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Then after about an hour and a half of a break, I’ll take on the Half Marathon. (Sidenote: I’m thankful my boyfriend lives 5 minutes from the start/finish area so I can change in-between races!) My plan is to run 90:30 run/walk intervals until mile 7-8, then bump up to 120:30. It worked for me for the Charles Street 12, right? The thing is…I’m not tapered for this race and I’m running 6 miles the day before.

My plan is loose, and I’m going in with the mindset that I’ll lower my intervals if need be. I’d love to hit my goals, but it’s not worth a negative experience, or worse…the¬†I word.

This year I feel more prepared than ever, which may be helping with my confidence and excitement. As I shared last week, I ran the course almost two weeks ago during my 15 miler. I took the hills in stride and didn’t die (by the hills, nor the “bad” areas of the city). I ran slow and easy with 60:30 intervals, during which I normally run about 30-45 seconds slower than my 90:30 on a given day

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I can’t wait to experience the city in the way that only happens each October. I love how the Baltimore Running Festival brings out the best of the city, in all of the diverse neighborhoods it runs through (which aren’t many of the¬†“best” ones). No matter how fast or slow I run, Saturday will be a day to remember!

Are you running in the Baltimore Running Festival? What’s your favorite race?

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!

Goofy Challenge Training Week 4 + September 2017 Recap

Happy October, everyone! I’m writing from the comfort of my blue couch at home (in NH) tonight. I should be at bed, because I’ll be up at 2:30 AM on Monday morning to head back to Maryland. It’s been a crazy, amazing couple of weeks, but I’m ready for a week with lots of sleep.

As I shared earlier in the week, things to finish off September got a little nuts, but I was able to stay mostly on track.

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Week of 9/25 to 10/1/2017

Monday: Rest day — I only had time during my afternoon break to run. The treadmills at the gym were being replaced, and it was over 90 outside. So, no run.

Tuesday: Unplanned rest day, again. I woke up ready to run, but my left knee was feeling very odd and I didn’t want to risk injury.

Wednesday: FINALLY, a run. 3.4 miles at NP. During the 5:30 workout I tied my PR, then I stayed for a little bit of 6:30.

Thursday: My run ended up being split into two for various reasons. 3.2 miles in the morning, and 4 miles at the gym in the afternoon. The AM miles were nice and easy, and I ran faster during the PM miles. I was happy to have low heart rate averages for both!

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Friday: Rest and travel day!

Saturday:¬†10 miles in New Hampshire! I planned for 14, but exhausted me slept through all 6 alarms. The miles started out slow (and uphill) but I ended the run feeling strong and with a fast mile average for a long run. It was the best long run I’ve had at home since moving!

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Sunday:¬†3.92 miles at a local race (was supposed to be 4 miles). Finished in 39:50, which I will take for¬†pushing my nephew in his stroller! I had so much fun pushing him and felt like a bad ass aunt. My last two miles were sub-10, and if it weren’t for mile 2 (all uphill) I would have been close to a 4 mile PR if the course was to length.

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Weekly total: 24.5 miles


With Sunday came along October, one of my favorite months! I’m not particularly a Halloween person, but I love fall and October comes with many fun events (and races)! Now I am in the double digit countdown for heading to Disney for 39.3 miles.

September consisted of 2 races, the Charles St 12 Miler (PR/Course Record) and Ragnar DC. I’m proud of my performances at both, and they are reminders that training slow and staying healthy is¬†working. I’ve had a share of tough runs lately, but they are worth it when I show up to a race and am proud of myself.

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At the end of the month, I had logged¬†106.8¬†miles and averaged¬†26.7 miles a week. It’s not my highest, or my lowest. Considering how my new training plan is set up, I’m pretty content with how it went!

I started October with a no-pressure, fun race. On the schedule for this month is the Balti-Moron-a-Thon on the 21st, and the Towson Homecoming 5K on the 28th. I likely won’t “race” any of them, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t running for a course record for the Baltimore Half Marathon. I’ve ran this twice (2015, 2016) and improved by only seconds. I plan to run the course this weekend (+2 miles) to prep mentally because, man, those hills are rough!

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Around mile 9 last year!

Personally, October will also be a big month. Jake and I start up our weekly skee-ball league again, we will share our first halloween together (last year I had MCM), Jake is moving into a new condo, and we have a number of social engagements. Most everything is we right now, and I love it.

My goals for this month are to follow my plan a little more closely (Ragnar especially threw me off) and to run at least 115 miles. I am slightly behind on my 1,200 miles goal (by about 14 miles) and would like to build up some wiggle room!

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!

Do you have anything fun coming up in October? How did your September turn out?