Monday, October 15, 2018

Madison Marathon Training: Week 13 Recap

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I began this week staring at the intended weekly mileage number.  62 miles.  That is how many miles I had to cover in six days of running.  Last Sunday was a bit of a zoo - I had had very little sleep the Saturday night before and then got up to spectate at the Lakefront Marathon, quick zoomed home to change for a baby shower and then I just could NOT will myself out the door to go running.  So I started off a high mileage week with an unplanned rest day.  Not exactly the best start.

Except that it was.  Starting my week with a rest day was exactly what I needed.  I had a decent week and I logged 62.14 miles, a new weekly mileage PR.  I got all the workouts done and even CRUSHED my tempo run, which is mentally the most challenging workout for me.

My long run, the second 16-miler of the 3 prescribed over the course of 18 weeks, was actually my worst run.  I am attributing a lot of it to the weather.  I had to wake up EARLY on Saturday morning to get it done if it was going to get it done and it was dark for half of this and also freezing.  As in the temperatures were in the 20s.  I know as winter progresses, temps in the 20s will feel heavenly, but Saturday was not that day, especially when temps at the beginning of the week were in the 80s. For real!

All in all, I know not to rest on any one workout, good or bad, and the accumulation of miles is really my goal for this training plan to put myself in a good position to chase an OTQ in 2019.  I am doing well with this - a few stats:


  • This October, I have already surpassed my monthly mileage from one year ago.  I logged 105.65 miles in October 2017 and today, 10/15/18, my monthly mileage is already at 116.41 and I have 16 days to go!



  • I have already put on 114.55 MORE miles in this marathon buildup at this stage than in my previous marathon buildup.  After 13 weeks of training for Grandma's Marathon (my current PR and first sub-3), I had logged 504.23 miles.  This cycle, after training for 13 weeks, I have logged 618.78 miles and I am feeling good.  I mean, I am definitely tired, but I don't have any weird pains, niggles or anything.  Project Pile-On-The-Miles-And-Get-To-The-Start-Line-Healthy is going well so far!


Generally speaking, I was terrified of the Advanced Plan, but it isn't too different than the Beginner Plan in these last weeks.  I thought the beginning weeks of the Advanced Plan were more difficult for me because the mileage ramped up so fast as compared to the Beginner.

Well, enough blabbing.  Here was my week last week:

Sunday Oct 7
Plan says:  Off

What I did:  The plan didn't really say "off" - I was supposed to do 8 easy miles - but as I already mentioned, I took my rest day a day early.  The gamble paid off.

Monday Oct 8
Plan says:  8 easy miles

What I did:  Here again Monday should have been my rest day, but having taken it already, I had 8 miles to do.  Ok. Done.

8.3 miles, 1:11:21 (8:36 avg pace)

Tuesday Oct 9
Plan says: 1.5 mile warm up, 3 x 2 miles with 0.5 mile recovery in between each set, 1.5 mile cool down

What I did:  I felt a little off on this and did not do a good job pacing it - as you will see, I got slower with each rep.  Part of this was that the temps were unusually high.  It was sunny and already mid-70s when I did this. On the positive side, at least all 3 reps were under/at my goal pace of 6:37/mile and the second mile for each set was faster than the first.

1.5 mile warm up, 12:34 (8:23 avg pace)

1 - 2 miles, 12:38 (6:19 avg pace) / 0.5 miles 4:37 (9:14 avg pace)
2 - 2 miles, 13:00 (6:30 avg pace) / 0.5 miles 5:00 (10:00 avg pace)
3 - 2 miles, 13:14 (6:37 avg pace) / 0.5 miles 4:43 (9:26 avg pace)

1.5 mile cool down, 12:56 (8:37 avg pace)

Wednesday Oct 10
Plan says:  easy 7 miles

What I did:  A tired, slog of 7 miles

7.01 miles, 1:02:00 (8:51 avg pace)

Thursday Oct 11
Plan says: 1.5 mile warm up, 9 miles tempo, 1.5 miles cool down

What I did:  I am sensing a theme of oversleeping on tempo run day.  ARGH.  I left work early to get this done before my kids came home and really it was a perfect run.  I felt a little creaky to start but all of a sudden, it was on.  I played it safe and did a shorter warm up in case I had to bail.  I didn't have to bail and made my cool down longer to accommodate.

1.01 mile, 8:03 (8:00 avg pace)
9 miles, 1:00:38 (6:44 avg pace)
2.01 miles, 16:59 (8:28 avg pace)

Friday Oct 12
Plan says:  easy 8 miles

What I did:  I felt really good, unexpectedly, for this and probably ran it too fast which came back to bite me on my long run.

8.2 miles, 1:06:59 (8:10 avg pace)

Saturday Oct 13
Plan says:  long 16 miles

What I did:  As I said - it was mentally so challenging to even get out the door for this.  I had to pull out the winter running clothes.  It was dark.  It was so so cold.  I was still tired because I went to bed late.  Mental victory here!  But wow, physically this was difficult and never got easier.  Mental victory here for not giving up!  I JUST squeaked by in the pace department for this one.  My "long" runs should be in the 7:17-8:47 range and my avg pace for this was 8:38. 

16.1 miles, 2:19:07 (8:38 avg pace)

Plan Total: 62 miles
What I did: 62.14 miles *New weekly mileage PR

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Product Review: Buff® Original Reborn Headwear


Product Review:  Buff® Original Reborn Headwear

Disclaimer:  I received a Buff® Original Reborn headwear for free in exchange for a review as part of being a BibRave Pro.  Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!

The weather has TURNED in Wisconsin.  What a crazy week.  Earlier in the week, our temps were in the 80s and yesterday, I did my long 16 mile run in the 20s.  What the What?!

It was a good week to test out my new Buff® Original Reborn headwear.  This is not my first Buff® (it's actually my 4th) so I have to say that before getting this in the mail, I was already a fan of the company and its products.  I was first introduced to the company several years ago while helping a colleague who had lost her hair to chemotherapy try to find comfy headwear. 

The Original Reborn line continues to live up to the high standards of the company.  It is pretty cool because each Buff® in this line is made out of 100% recycled material.  In fact, each Buff is made out of two water bottles!  The fabric might be new, but the product still delivers on high performance and versatility.  It is also nice and soft.



I like wearing the Buff® either as a headband or a neck gaiter.  The headband helps to keep my hair and sweat out of my eyes and on cooler days, I will just bring the fabric down around my ears.  You can also still have a nice ponytail going with this look!  I had an AMAZING tempo run last week, thus the thumbs up:


The Buff®-as-ear-warmer also works well with headphones and sunglasses.  I had a mid-distance easy run on Friday that I listened to Rich Roll interview KJ Dell'Antonia about being a happier parent (highly recommend that one too).  My Buff® fit nicely over my headphones and sunglasses without being too tight or irritating.

In really cold temps, I prefer the Buff®-as-gaiter for extra warmth around my neck.  The first really cold run of the year is always a bit shocking.  I had thought I was going to be overdressed, but I was thankful for each and every one of my layers on Saturday morning:


The gaiter is nice for warmth when I am not doing physical activity.  I put it on the other day to wait for my kids' bus to arrive!

Do you have any Buff®s?  How do you like to wear yours?

Monday, October 8, 2018

Madison Marathon Training: Week 12 Recap

Disclaimer:  I am running the Madison Marathon presented by SSM Health in November as a BibRave Pro, which means my entry fee was covered for me. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador) and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!  Wanna run Madison with me?  Enter code MMRAVE18 at registration for 10% off!

Another week of marathon training under my belt.  I had a hard time gearing up for another week after the sixty one mile week.  I honestly was so tired and poured a lot of mental and physical energy to hit all of the miles in the previous week that I couldn't fathom doing it again. 

But the fact is the miles still got logged.  If marathons reward consistency than I better get a big reward come November 11.

Sunday Sept 30
Plan says:  Easy 6 miles

What I did:  My son announced that he wanted to go running so of course I took him up on it.  He is four years old so I knew it would be an interesting adventure.  He made it 0.5 miles of running super fast, then stopping to walk, then restarting with some skipping and shifting to galloping.  It was a fun way to start a recovery run, and one that I felt every step of coming off a high mileage week.

6 miles, 54:08 (9:00 avg pace)

Monday Oct 1
Plan says:  Off

What I did:  Off

Tuesday Oct 2
Plan says: 1.5 mile warm up, 4 x 1.5 miles with 0.5 mile recovery in between each set, 1.5 mile cool down

What I did:  I've taken to doing my speed/strength workouts on Tuesdays because I work from home on Tuesdays and it allows me to sleep in a bit more and run in the daylight.  This workout went very well.  I felt really strong.  My goal pace for these is 6:37 and I ran them too fast, but again, I decided to go with it.

1.5 mile warm up, 12:30 (8:20 avg pace)

1 - 1.5 miles, 9:25 (6:17 avg pace) / 0.5 miles 4:38 (9:16 avg pace)
2 - 1.5 miles, 9:25 (6:17 avg pace) / 0.5 miles 4:43 (9:26 avg pace)
3 - 1.5 miles, 9:31 (6:21 avg pace) / 0.5 miles 4:48 (9:37 avg pace)
4 - 1.5 miles, 9:30 (6:20 avg pace) / 0.5 miles 4:37 (9:14 avg pace)

1.5 mile cool down, 12:55 (8:37 avg pace)

Wednesday Oct 3
Plan says:  easy 6 miles

What I did:  WOWSA.  I was TIRED for this one.  This is what I get for overdoing it on the strength workout!

6.1 miles, 55:37 (9:07 avg pace)

Thursday Oct 4
Plan says: 1.5 mile warm up, 9 miles tempo, 1.5 miles cool down

What I did:  EFF.  I woke up at 5:37 AM for this which is 37 minutes late.  I had no choice but to try to get as much done as possible that morning because the calendar was not going to allow any makeups later in the day.  I ended up shaving off a mile from the cool down.  This was a tough one for me.  My legs felt fine but overall I think I was fatigued because I felt like I was running faster than I actually was and could not make the legs fire faster. 

1.5 miles, 13:28 (8:59 avg pace)
9 miles, 1:02:21 (6:55 avg pace)
0.5 miles, 4:16 (8:32 avg pace)

Friday Oct 5
Plan says:  easy 10 miles

What I did:  You can run when you are tired.  Are you sensing a theme this week?  There is a such a fine line between the cumulative fatigue that is a normal part of marathon training and "bad" fatigue that is counterproductive.  I think I toed that narrow line last week. 

10 miles, 1:26:46 (8:40 avg pace)

Saturday Oct 6
Plan says:  easy 10 miles

What I did:  I was excited to run with some of my high school cross country teammates this morning as part of a reunion run that a friend organized.  Logging miles solo can get old so a group run was a welcome refresh.  I did five miles with the group and then stayed on the trail to do 5 miles by myself to get my 10 logged for the day.  I was feeling really good on my second set of 5 that I was clocking MP miles without trying.  {Insert SHRUG}  Marathon training really messes with your head!  I mean the day before I was spiraling down the "Omg am I overtrained? Why am I so tired?" path and twenty four hours later I am effortlessly running sub 7 miles.  Who knows?!

4.98 miles, 43:19 (8:43 avg pace)
5.02 miles, 35:50 (7:08 avg pace)

Plan Total: 55 miles
What I did: 54.13 miles

Monday, October 1, 2018

Madison Marathon Training: Week 11 Recap

Disclaimer:  I am running the Madison Marathon presented by SSM Health in November as a BibRave Pro, which means my entry fee was covered for me. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador) and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!  Wanna run Madison with me?  Enter code MMRAVE18 at registration for 10% off!

Week 11 was to be my first ever week in the 60+ weekly mileage territory.  To say I was a little freaked out was an understatement, but as with all marathon training, I just focused on each day at a time.  And I did it.  Logged every one of those 61 miles.  

Sunday Sept 23
Plan says:  Easy 8 miles

What I did:  8.1 miles, 1:08:49 (8:30 avg pace).

Monday Sept 24
Plan says:  1.5 mile warm up, 6 x 1 mile with 400m recovery at marathon pace minus 10 seconds, 1.5 mile cool down

What I did:  Overslept.  We had plans to watch my niece run cross country in the afternoon so there was no fitting this workout in given that I missed it in the morning.  I took my rest day a day early.

Tuesday Sept 25
Plan says: Off

What I did:  Mile repeats!  I am now in the "strength" section of the Hanson's marathon training plan.  This is all familiar to me - starting with the mile and work up to 3 mile repeats.  My goal for this section is to pace everything at a 6:37 mile pace.  I don't know if it was the rest day, if it was the cooler weather, the fact that last week I had to do mile repeats at a speedier pace, but I ran all of these way too fast and felt good doing it.  I've learned not to put a lot of stock in a single workout, good or bad, but I do think having a really good workout is good for confidence building. 

1.5 mile warm up, 12:32 (8:21 avg pace)

My miles were: 6:08, 6:10, 6:16, 6:12, 6:20, 6:20

1.5 mile cool down, 13:01 (8:37 avg pace)

Wednesday Sept 26
Plan says:  easy 7 miles

What I did:  switched my Thursday and Wednesday so I wouldn't have two big workouts in a row.
7 miles, 56:45 (8:06 avg pace)

Thursday Sept 27
Plan says: 1.5 mile warm up, 8 miles tempo, 1.5 miles cool down

What I did: Decent tempo run.  It was my last 8 mile tempo run - next week these get bumped up to 9.  The 8 mile tempo runs were good.  I actually got every single one of them in at/around goal marathon pace (6:52). 

1.5 miles, 13:13 (8:50 avg pace)
8 miles, 54:40 (6:50 avg pace)
1.5 miles, 12:47 (8:31 avg pace)

Friday Sept 28
Plan says:  easy 8 miles

What I did:  8.4 miles, 1:13:03 (8:42 avg pace)

Saturday Sept 29
Plan says:  long 16 miles

What I did:  The longest run you do on a Hanson's plan is 16 miles and you do 3 of them.  This was my first one and it went very well.  I felt good.  Overall I felt tired, but my legs had enough pep where this wasn't awful.  I took that as a good sign.

16.01 miles, 2:05:14 (7:49 avg pace)

Plan Total: 61 miles
What I did: 61.04 miles

SIXTY ONE MILES.  I am proud of this week.  We can do hard things!!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Product Review: Nuun Immunity

Product Review:  Nuun Immunity

Disclaimer:  I received a tube of the Orange Citrus Nuun Immunity and a tube of the Blueberry Tangerine Nuun Immunity for free in exchange for a review as part of being a BibRave Pro.  Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!

I have used Nuun products throughout the last several years of training so I am always excited when they release a new product. One of their more recent new products was Nuun Immunity. I will take all the help I can get with my immune system as I get closer and closer to my fall marathon.  I purchased some of the Nuun Immunity with my last order and thus was more than happy to participate in this campaign.



I like that Nuun products are small and do not take up a lot of space.  I have tubes of the stuff all over - my pantry, my purse, my desk at work.  Nuun Immunity comes in the same packaging that the other Nuun hydration products come in and work the same way:  Just drop a tab into a water bottle and fill with water.  Wait a few minutes and voila.  Instant immunity boost.  I also like making it with hot water to have a tea of sorts in the fall/winter.

Nuun immunity comes in two flavors: Orange Citrus and Blueberry Tangerine.  Lucky for me citrus based flavor profiles are my fave so I liked both flavors and would be hard pressed to play favorites.  The key ingredients in either flavor of Nuun Immunity are elderberry, turmeric, echinacea, ginger powder, zinc/selenium and vitamins a, c, d and e in addition to electrolytes.  I think the strongest contributor to flavor is the turmeric, which also colors the water when the tablet has dissolved:
Nuun Immunity in Action
I used this product at work most of the time to both boost my hydration and immunity.  I keep it next to my hand sanitizer!

I traveled a lot in the last couple of weeks and of course I stored a tube in my carry-on bag to drink on the airplane to NYC as well as on the road with my kids.  We used one of the empty tubes to hold crayons in the car:


Then, of course, sickness hit my kids' school.  My daughter brought home the dreaded flyer from the school nurse.  My son woke up and vomited one day and you can bet I was chugging Nuun Immunity the whole day while home with him (in between games of princess Yahtzee).



Despite sick kids, traveling, having a crazy busy month and running all of the miles, I haven't gotten sick!  I am crediting the Nuun Immunity for sure.  I already ordered my third set of both flavors!

If you would like to try these products, use HYDRATEBIBPRO for 20% off at NuunLife.com through the month of October.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Madison Marathon Training: Week 10 Recap

Disclaimer:  I am running the Madison Marathon presented by SSM Health in November as a BibRave Pro, which means my entry fee was covered for me. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador) and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!  Wanna run Madison with me?  Enter code MMRAVE18 at registration for 10% off!

Week 10 came.

My son was sick which threw a wrench in my intended plan once.  I opted to continue conversation with some of my oldest girlfriends and thereby spillover into my run time which threw another wrench in my plan, although I was happy to throw this wrench in my plan myself.  On top of this all, I had a lot of trouble sleeping last week.  ARGH.

Week 10 went.

I did as much running as I could muster and fell 4.67 miles short of my weekly mileage target.  Good thing last week was a cut-back week.

Sunday Sept 16
Plan says:  Easy 6 miles

What I did:  6 miles, 50:16 (8:22 avg pace).

Monday Sept 17
Plan says:  1.5 mile warm up, 3x1600 meter repeats with 600m recovery, 1.5 mile cool down

What I did:  This went well - I felt good.  Much better than 3x1600m from two weeks ago.

1.5 miles, 13:47 (9:11 avg)

1 mile, 6:05 / 0.37 miles recovery, 4:12 (11:16 avg pace)
1 mile, 5:58 / 0.26 miles recovery, 2:58 (11:17 avg pace) *I inadvertantly hit my lap button which caused the workout to advance, thus cutting this recovery time short.
1 mile, 6:06 / 0.37 miles recovery, 3:28 (9:19 avg pace)

1.6 miles, 14:06 (8:49 avg pace)

Tuesday Sept 18
Plan says:  Try to get in easy 8 so I can take Saturday off again

What I did:  Off - My son was home sick from school. Guess I will be running on Saturday.

Wednesday Sept 19
Plan says:  1.5 mile warm up, 8 miles tempo (goal: 6:52), 1.5 mile cool down

What I did:  Another decent tempo in the books.  I felt absolutely GASSED at the end of the tempo.  I recently switched to trying Honey Stinger gels and I don't know that they have enough gas for my usual plan of taking a gel every 5 miles.

1.5 miles, 12:57 (8:39 avg pace)
8 miles, 54:36 (6:49 avg pace)
1.5 miles, 13:25 (8:55 avg pace)

Thursday Sept 20
Plan says: easy 6 miles

What I did: What a day.  I overslept, had a long day at the office, and then spent most of the night at my kids' school for parent information night.  I took an unplanned rest day.

Friday Sept 21
Plan says:  easy 10 miles

What I did:  I had 26 miles to make it to the weekly mileage for my plan so I thought I could easily do two 13 mile runs to cap off the week instead of the planned two 10 mile runs.

This was the first day where I truly felt and smelled fall in the air.  A rave run for sure.

13.11 miles, 1:43:20 (7:53 avg pace)

Saturday Sept 22
Plan says:  long 10 miles

What I did:  I spent Friday night at the lake home of one of my best friend's dad's so I was excited to do a run around a new-to-me place.  As I said earlier, we were up early on Saturday morning but the coffee was too good (hello Jura), the coversation too great and I didn't get out to do my run until late morning and I only had an hour to run before I had to get to my SIL's baby shower.  Oops.  It was another beautiful fall morning run though!

8.1 miles, 1:04:23 (7:57 pace)

Plan Total: 50 miles
What I did: 45.33 miles

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Madison Marathon Training: Week 9 Recap

Disclaimer:  I am running the Madison Marathon presented by SSM Health in November as a BibRave Pro, which means my entry fee was covered for me. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador) and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!  Wanna run Madison with me?  Enter code MMRAVE18 at registration for 10% off!

In my week 8 recap, I said I was waiting for a glimmer of hope in this training cycle and week 9 delivered!

One of my favorite parts of training for marathons (despite also hating this part), is it is so so hard...until it's not.  It is just so hard. (Note the drop of one "so").  I love the part when you can literally feel your body get into shape.  Recently I read The Miracle Morning, and while I do not recommend this book, one thing I wrote in my journal from it was "Everything is difficult before it is easy."  Things are still not "easy" but the light is beginning to peak through the cracks!

I am officially halfway through this training cycle and I celebrated with my highest mileage week EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  It's true.  I had to go back and look at previous training cycles but before this point, my highest mileage week was 56.37 miles during the week of May 12, 2018.  The new weekly mileage PR is 57.04...and looking at the weeks ahead, will get broken again during the coming 9 weeks.

Here is the daily detail:

Sunday Sept 9
Plan says:  Easy 8 miles

What I did:  8.1 miles, 1:10:14 (8:40 avg pace).  I got up early and got this done before our families came over to celebrate my daughter's 8th birthday.  

Monday Sept 10
Plan says:  1.5 mile warm up, 6x800 meter repeats with 400m recovery, 1.5 mile cool down

What I did:  I finally had a decent speed work session!!!  One thing that has been challenging for me this cycle is that what normally is one of my strengths has been just sucking wind.  My speed workouts have tanked and so it was nice to have a good one.  I did this during the hot afternoon.

1.5 mile warm up, 12:25 (8:17 avg pace)

1. 0.5 miles, 2:56 (5:54 avg) / 0.25 miles, 2:19 (9:19 avg pace)
2. 0.5 miles, 2:58 (5:58 avg) / 0.25 miles, 2:28 (9:54 avg pace)
3. 0.5 miles, 3:01 (6:03 avg) / 0.25 miles, 2:24 (9:36 avg pace)
4. 0.5 miles, 2:58 (5:58 avg) / 0.25 miles, 2:26 (9:45 avg pace)
5. 0.5 miles, 3:01 (6:03 avg) / 0.25 miles, 2:33 (10:13 avg pace)
6. 0.5 miles, 3:05 (6:10 avg) / 0.25 miles, 2:25 (9:41 avg pace)

1.5 mile cool down, 12:55 (8:37 avg pace)

Tuesday Sept 11
Plan says: easy 7 miles

What I did:  Tuesday is normally my rest day, but the past several weeks (and this week) I had to rearrange due to our weekend plans.

7.1 miles, 59:03 (8:19 avg pace)

Wednesday Sept 12
Plan says:  1.5 mile warm up, 8 miles tempo (goal: 6:52), 1.5 mile cool down

What I did:  I didn't get up early, and it was almost 90 degrees on my way home from work so I opted to flip Wednesday and Thursday around. 

8.01 miles, 1:06:19 (8:17 avg pace)

Thursday Sept 13
Plan says: easy 8 miles

What I did: The early morning alarm went off.  I could no longer avoid it.  Tempo time!  Two high fives for a successful tempo run.

1.5 miles, 13:48 (9:12 avg pace)
8 miles, 54:30 (6:48 avg pace)
1.5 miles, 12:55 (8:38 avg pace)

Friday Sept 14
Plan says: long 15 miles

What I did: I was a little concerned about doing two of my three big workouts back to back this week, but just as speed workouts have been my downfall this cycle, long runs seem to be no big deal.  Who am I becoming?! Next thing you know I will say I want to do an ultra.

15.31 miles, 2:04:06 (8:06 avg pace)
I was pleased with the progression of this run:
8:46 / 8:33 / 8:38 / 8:35 / 8:23 / 8:18 / 8:20 / 8:08 / 8:01 / 7:51 / 7:54 / 7:42 / 7:23 / 7:45 / 7:25 / 7:24

Saturday Sept 15
Plan says: OFF

What I did:  Seems odd to take a rest day on a Saturday (my second time doing this during this training cycle), but we were in New Buffalo, MI for a friend's wedding all weekend and I knew getting a run in would likely not happen.  I was glad to have a true rest day, hanging out on the beaches of Lake Michigan.  We did climb up a large sand dune, but other than that, it was truly a rest day - and even included a NAP.   WHAT THE WHAT?!

Plan Total: 57 miles
What I did: 57.04 miles