Saturday, March 10, 2018

Grandma's Marathon Training Week 4 Recap

This past week was pretty much a shit show.  My big project at work is going strong, which messed with my sleep a bit.  You know something is a little out of whack when you wake up at 1 AM, and get out of bed to make flow charts just so you can go back to sleep.

Additionally, I have overscheduled us these past weeks.  I signed my daughter up for a drama class on Saturday mornings last Fall, and then I also signed her up for swim lessons.  She already takes a weekly piano lesson.  ARGH.  To top that all off, we leave for vacation tomorrow.

I am in need of taking a step back for sure.  Good timing with the vacation!

I still logged 30 miles, but I only ran 5 days.  

Sunday, March 4
Plan Says:  Off.

What I did: I ended up doing two different runs.  My family wanted to do a bike ride, so I ran while they rode their bikes to the park.  They stayed to play on the playground and I did a bit more of a run, and then as we were about to head back, my son could not go any further.  The first bike ride of the season and all...these kids are soft! ha ha ha.  My husband pedaled home to get the car for them and I waited at the park and then the three of them returned home via car and I ran back.

4.23 miles 34:46 (8:14 avg pace)
1.25 miles, 9:56 (7:56 avg pace)

Monday, March 5
Plan Says: 4 miles easy

What I did: 4.55 miles, 36:13 (7:58 avg pace) after work.  Beat the bus!

Tuesday, March 6
Plan Says: Off

What I did: Off.  

Wednesday, March 7
Plan Says: easy 4 miles

What I did:  5.26 miles, 41:53 (7:58 avg pace) 
So there have been sightings of a cougar in our village - with video tape and all.  These have freaked me out and I have been avoiding morning runs.  However, I am really limited with time/mileage if I only do afternoon runs so I knew I would have to face the cougar.  I woke up early and got out there and just as I was almost done, a cute fox ran across the street.  I truly burst out laughing at the sight of him.

Thursday, March 8
Plan Says: easy 4 miles

What I did:  6.2 miles, 51:48 (8:21 avg pace)
The first morning was a hit, so I made it two in a row. 

Friday, March 9
Plan Says: easy 4 miles

What I did:  Off
I had a shitty night of sleep on Thursday night - this was the night where I got out of bed in the wee hours to document flow chart brainchilds.  So by the time I fell asleep, I shut my alarm off.  (My sleep machine documented 10 wake-ups for me this night - argh!).  I got to work and two hours into my workday got the dreaded daycare call - my son was sick.  I went to pick him up and worked from home which was good because I still was able to leave my work in a good place before vacation, but it also meant that I was DEAD by the time 5 PM rolled around.  I went to bed at 7:15 and skipped my run.

Saturday, March 10
Plan says: easy 5 miles

What I did:  9 miles, 1:10:01 (7:47 avg pace)
My daughter had her last day of drama class, so parents were invited to part of the class for a performance.  Thus, I needed to get my run in BEFORE class.  (The last two weeks, I did a run while she was in class.)  It was a cold one, but I was able to log 9 miles, even though it took me about 8 to get into a groove.

Weekly Total
Plan says: 21 miles
What I did: 30.49 miles

I wanted to get closer to 35 miles and I know had I not skipped my Friday run, I would have hit it.  I know I made the better decision to go to bed instead of run.

The approaching week is the last of my easy buildup weeks before track and tempo workouts enter the picture!  I will be soaking up the Florida sunshine on my easy-paced miles!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Grandma's Marathon Training Week 3

Another week where my only goal was to get 6 days of running in.  I'm still in the "easy" weeks of the plan so just trying to slowly build mileage.  One thing I don't really like about the beginner Hanson's plan is that if you follow it by the book for the first six weeks, you have a big jump in weekly mileage from week 5 to week 6.  Thus, to avoid that big jump, I'm trying to use the first 6 weeks as more of a build up so that by the time Week 6 comes, a 40 mile week won't seem so shocking.

Sunday, February 25
Plan Says:  Off.

What I did:  5.16 miles, 40:32 (7:52 avg pace)

Monday, February 26
Plan Says: 4 miles easy

What I did: 4.15 miles, 32:38 (7:52 avg pace)

Tuesday, February 27
Plan Says: Off

What I did:  5 miles, 38:07 (7:37 avg pace)

Wednesday, February 28
Plan Says: easy 4 miles

What I did:  4.6 miles, 33:56 (7:22 avg pace)

Thursday, March 1
Plan Says: easy 4 miles

What I did:  4.0 miles, 30:19 (7:34 avg pace)

Friday, March 2
Plan Says: easy 4 miles

What I did:  Off

Saturday, March 3
Plan says: easy 5 miles

What I did:  8.5 miles, 1:04:01 (7:32 avg pace)
Repeat of last week - I ran while my daughter was in drama class and my husband and son grocery shopped.  HIGH FIVE.

Weekly Total
Plan says: 21 miles
What I did: 31.42 miles

I have logged two 31 mile weeks in a row.  Looking back at last week, I didn't do any morning workouts (again) so I am limited by time in the afternoon which limits mileage.  Looking forward to week 4,  I am again aiming for 6 running days/week but aiming for >35 miles which means that I am going to have to get up in the morning.  Cougar be damned!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

February 2018 Mileage

I ran 109.38 miles in February!

On one hand, this is my lowest mileage February in the 4 years that I have been diligently tracking. 

2015   111.59 miles
2016   148.78 miles
2017   125.89 miles
2018   109.38 miles

On the other hand, I got my first 30+ mile week in over four months in February.