Marathon Training Week 2: A HOT week

Hey all!  I hope you’re having a Happy Sunday.  I’ve completed my second week of marathon training and I’m here to tell you about it. Now is your chance to read about week one of training. But first, I want to say, I’m not leaving the blog vacant on purpose.  I have blog posts on blog posts, I just haven’t finished them.  Today, I’m taking the time to work on the blog during nap time to get some of those posts finished.

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But now, you get to talk about my marathon training.  I am pleased to say I had a positive week of running.  My watch is telling me that my pace is improving.  I’m feeling fewer pains because my form is improving and I’m just having a good time.  There are mornings when it’s harder for me to wake up but I have to find my motivations (post coming soon).

Monday and Wednesday were just basic three-mile runs.  I’m in the “easy” weeks of marathon training right now where the miles are low but for me, they feel like work.  The humidity is a killer out there but I’m just trying to power through and make the best of it.  I’m hoping these humidity filled miles will lead to faster miles when it backs off a bit.

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Truth be told, I’m starting to feel like my old self again.  That’s the biggest indicator that I should do more stretching and rolling to keep this marathon training at this standard. My paces are starting to average in the 11’s now which means I’ve made great progress since June.

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On Friday, I ran a local 5k race on the Sabine Causeway.  It’s two passes on the bridge from Texas to Louisiana.  It’s a very challenging race for us because we live in the land of flat.  The race went well for me.  I ran my intervals and finished my fastest 5k since having the baby.

Saturday morning, I got up to run the Habenero Hundred 20K at 12:15 pm in TEXAS.  (You might remember, I ran this race before.) Yes, I’m that crazy and I actually enjoyed it.  That is definitely going to be a blog post for tomorrow.  The goal of that race was to hit paces but to finish. this was a trail run in the middle of the day on some serious sand.  The heat was INSANE. It was a definite struggle and if you follow me on the socials, you already know the story about me quitting the race and then jumping back in.

What made this week challenging for me? The running and teaching my classes at the gym.  I subbed a class this week which threw in an extra workout for me.  I also didn’t have the greatest week of sleep either. Sleep is the most important factor in functioning and I just didn’t get good quality sleep this week.

Running 3 miles has been a big deal to me because I haven’t been consistent.  I have been completely humbled by my return to running because it’s basically starting over.  Except when I first started running it wasn’t even this challenging to me. I really am just enjoying the small victories of the bigger picture.

I ended the week with a total of 21.74 miles.  This week the marathon plan changes and I’m adding more miles.  I’m building up to a longer mid-week run and of course, the long run is increasing.

Race Recap: Habanero Hundred 50K

Race Recap: Habanero Hundred 50K

I spent the past weekend running through the woods with some totally amazing people. Here’s my video: We did the Habanero Hundred ultra that started at noon.  It was a fun fun time. It’s really about the people that make an event so special.  I do spend a lot of time racing by myself and I always forget how great it is just to be around friends.  (Yep, that’s right.  I said it.) I really needed this to get back on track. Our group had 3 relay teams and 4 people doing the individual events. If you’re from Texas, you know… View Post

Running a 50K and other random things

Running a 50K and other random things

I’m taking the plunge and I’m running a 50K this weekend at the Habenero Hundred.  Remember when I said I need to change and be true to myself, well this is just something I need to do. Now, I don’t know if running a 50K in Texas at noon is really being true to myself since I said I wouldn’t be an ultramarathoner last year. But I’ve gotten a couple under my belt now so whether I like it or not, I am an ultra marathoner. I just need to do something to reset myself and running in the woods… View Post

Race Recap: Austin Rattler 25K

Race Recap: Austin Rattler 25K

I did it!  I did a trail run and I enjoyed.  I made myself do this race because I’m afraid of the trails.  It’s very different than road racing and I need to get a little bit more comfortable in this type of environment. I’ve come a long way since my first trail race and I’ve noticed an improvement each time I get out there. The Austin Rattler 25K was about pushing past my “boundaries” and forgetting the fear.  The Austin Rattler is apart of the Leadville race series and I signed up on a whim.  Headsweats made this day… View Post

Race Recap: Brazos Bend 100 Marathon

Race Recap: Brazos Bend 100 Marathon

This past weekend I committed to running the Brazos Bend 100 Marathon.  I orginally signed up to do the 50 miler but then decided that being an ultramarathoner wasn’t for me.  Then after running another ultra, I decided I should try the 50 miler and signed up again…but then I decided to drop down to the marathon. This was my 12th marathon of 2014! I’m not a stranger to the trails.  I know trails are difficult.  I know they can mess with your mind.  But I also know running the trails can be peaceful and beautiful.  Willie was playing chaffeur… View Post