Medina Half Training: Week Four

We are officially a quarter of the way done with this training schedule, and I’m surprised with how quickly it’s going by. I usually don’t feel this way until 12 weeks in, but maybe that means the rest of winter will go by quick as well.

This week was supposed to be my scaled back “easy” week and I took advantage of it for almost all of the runs. I started the week with Body Fusion, but it was a lot harder than a normal. We had a sub, and she had a completely different set up than our normal teacher. It seemed to be a lot more strenuous on my body and my arms were sore the entire week. We also had less time for yoga, which is something I definitely needed.

Tuesday, I ran 3 easy miles on the indoor track. I was incredibly bored and was counting down the laps until I could finish. I’m crossing my fingers it’s my last Tuesday of indoor running, I desperately need outdoor evening runs again.

Wednesday I was back on the track and knew I wouldn’t last another easy day of running. So I decided to run a little faster each lap. My first “quick” mile was in 8:20, thinking it was a fluke, I tried again and ended up with 8:17. At this point I decided to turn it into a semi speed workout and go for one more, and ended up with 8:18. I followed it up with a cool down mile and luckily didn’t feel too worn out. I finished up 5 miles in just over 42 minutes, not bad for an accidental speed day.

Monday: Body Fusion Class – 45 minutes of lifting/abs/squats & 15 minutes of yoga

Tuesday: 3 Miles

Wednesday: 5 Miles- 1 Mile w/u-8:50, 3xMile Repeats- 8:20, 8:17, 8:18, 1 Mile c/d-8:48

Thursday: Off

Friday: 3 Miles

Saturday: 3 Miles

Sunday: Off

Total Miles: 14 Miles

My weekend miles started a day early, when I ran after work on Friday evening. Elayna brought her puppy Ella over to do a training run for the Love-A-Stray 5k coming up in April. The weather was perfect and the sun was just about gone, but it felt great to get some miles done outside after work. We ended up with 3 miles around the neighborhood and little Ella kept up the whole time. She may just win her AG in her first 5k.

My new running partner

My new running partner

Then I finished up the weekend with a short run on Saturday morning. The weather wasn’t as warm as Friday night, but it was still a decent temperature before the snow started. Unfortunately my legs and body just couldn’t get on the same page, and I almost struggled to get 3 miles in. I’m hoping it’s because I ran the night before so my body didn’t get to recover enough.

Overall the week was pretty easy and a nice way to step back from training. Instead of a weekly fact on Type 1 Diabetes, I want to recap each quarter of training to see how I’m doing and what needs to be improved.

Mileage- 57 miles completed, which is a little lower than where I should be. Mileage will definitely pick up within the next 4 weeks of training, so that shouldn’t be an issue. I’ve also not been running as many days as my training says. In high school and college I would run 6 days a week, something that easily led to injury. Now I’m running 3-4 days a week, partially because of free time, but also because I have FOGI (Fear of getting injured). Eventually I’ll get between 4-5 days a week, but I don’t want to hurt myself in the process.

Body Fusion- Such a good decision! I feel so strong and fit since I joined this class. Not only am I seeing a difference in my arms and back, but my legs are toning up quicker than usual too. I’m only hoping this will lead to stronger and faster runs!

Left: Before, Right: After 2 Months

Left: Before, Right: After 2 Months

Diet- As I mentioned last week, my eating habits have become a main focus this time around. I want to make sure I’m fueling my body properly, so I’m not miserable while running. I’ve been doing a great job of hydrating so far, and the food I’m eating is about 75% healthy.

Cross Training- Outside of Body Fusion I wanted to sign up for yoga again. However, something always ends up happening the same time as class and I never make it. I’m hoping over the next four weeks I can get back into yoga. If I can’t make class, I want to find time to watch my yoga DVD at home.

4 Week Goals

  • Run an additional 75 miles-Double digit long runs means more miles
  • Run 4 days a week, each week
  • 1 hour of yoga, either at home or at class, each week
  • Get back to cycling
  • Hit 8:00 mile repeats
  • Raise $250 for Team JDRF

 

Who’s excited to have daylight after work again? Have you ever run with a dog, did they keep up or was it a struggle?

 

Medina Half Training: Week Two

This was certainly an interesting week. It went nothing like I had expected, but I did learn a lot from it. It all started Monday evening as I was leaving for Body Fusion. I had originally planned on going early to get a few miles in before class. Time got away from me, and I ended up leaving about 10 minutes before class started, and about 5 minutes later than I should have. As I was leaving the development, I came across a car parked funny in a driveway. After taking a second look, I realized there was an accident and quickly turned around. I was the first one there and wasn’t sure what to do, but luckily a neighbor, who was an off duty officer came out to help. Within the next half hour paramedics came, got the man out of the car and started to take note of the accident. There wasn’t much I could do, so I headed to the rec to get half of my class in. Turns out it was a drunk driver who admitted he had a problem, but doesn’t remember much of what happened. Makes you think that even on the sidewalk there can be dangers when running. Drive safe and run safe, no matter where you are.

Clearly Monday I wasn’t too focused in class and I definitely didn’t get my full hour in, but I figured I’d make up for it on Tuesday. I headed to the rec for an easy run, but ended up with an off feeling in my stomach and couldn’t keep going. I was disappointed, but hoped I’d feel better for my speed work the following day.

Wednesday I attempted my first speed workout of the cycle and my first speed workout on an indoor track. Because 10 laps equals one mile on our track, I was a little nervous on how it would go, but I just tried to imagine myself on an outdoor track. I started my warm up a little quicker than I had hoped, but was still able to kick it up for the first mile. I recovered with an 800m jog and attempted another mile, this time 10 seconds quicker. I finished up with a very slow mile but was pleasantly surprised when I saw that I had done my complete workout in 39 minutes. I felt great and knew that there would be many more amazing speed workouts ahead for me.

4.5 miles on the track, I'll take it!

4.5 miles on the track, I’ll take it!

But as quickly as I finished, my stomach started to disagree. I headed home, but luckily felt back to normal by the time I got there. I usually prefer evening runs because my body almost always works with me. But unfortunately this week it didn’t. I’ve been keeping up with my hydration (during the week), and trying to eat healthier. The problem? Eating dinner at 9:30 every night. I’d like to say this doesn’t happen much, but because of my and D’s work schedule, 9:00-9:30 is typical dinner time. Now that I’m on a regular running schedule I need to figure something out so this doesn’t happen every week. Lesson two of the week, eat earlier so my body can run better the next day.

Monday: Body Fusion Class – 5 minutes of lifting/abs/squats & 30 minutes of yoga

Tuesday: 2.5 Miles

Wednesday: 4.5 Miles, 1 mile w/u, 1 mile 8:12, 800m recovery 4:38, 1 mile 8:02, 1 mile c/d

Thursday: Off

Friday: Off

Saturday: 1 mile

Sunday: 3.5 miles

Total Miles: 11.5 miles

The week didn’t get better from there. I pretty much failed as a runner this weekend. I only got 1 mile in on Saturday, but I ran with Darren and it was his choice of how far we’d run since it was an optional day for me. The wind was pretty strong, so I’m not sure I would have felt any better after a couple more miles, but it was nice to get outside and not be bundled up in 48 layers.

I knew Sunday would be weird because we spent the night in Wooster celebrating our anniversary. I was in a funk all day and chose Target and wine tastings over my run when we got back home that morning. I never had the motivation to go running, until around 5:00, post nap and a cup of coffee. The only thing to motivate me? The sunset. I had a glimpse of the sun setting over the houses and decided to head out. And I’m so glad I did! I ventured on the back roads, keeping my eye on traffic and decided to venture off road a bit. I climbed around a fence (possibly trespassing) and up a hill to see the most beautiful view.

I live for runs with this view

I live for runs with this view

I headed back down and headed toward home, knowing I had limited minutes left, I stayed on the sidewalks and ended up with 3.5 beautiful sunset runs. It wasn’t a lot, but I felt great and it was exactly what I needed. It wasn’t a good week, but I did have a few good runs. I’m hoping this week will be better and hopefully no surprises! Lesson three, get my runs done early, because putting them off all day won’t help in the end. Although the views can be pretty magical.

Do you prefer runs at night or in the morning? What are your best tips for indoor speed workouts?

 

Weekly Fact about Type 1 Diabetes: What are the symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes? Because Type 1 Diabetes is often diagnosed in young children, the symptoms may be difficult to notice or can be mixed up with another diagnosis. Be on the look out for these symptoms if you think someone may have Type 1 Diabetes.

  • Extreme thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Sudden vision changes
  • Sugar in urine
  • Fruity, sweet, or wine-like odor on breath
  • Increased appetite
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Drowsiness, lethargy
  • Heavy, labored breathing
  • Stupor, unconsciousness

If you notice these symptoms, then contact your doctor immediately. It’s important to test for Diabetes as quickly as you can before it can cause more damage.

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