Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Marathon Training Monday {Week 3}

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Welcome to Marathon Training Monday!
{on Tuesday this week}

With Monday being Labor Day, I figured most people would be out enjoying the unofficial end of summer and wouldn't be visiting their typical Monday blogs-- hence, Marathon Training Monday on Tuesday! :)

Can you believe we are already three weeks into MCM Marathon Training? Wow. This race will be here before we know it! As you will see when you get into the details of the week, it was a rough one.

The Details

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Monday: The 100 Rep Countdown workout. You can check out the full details here. I didn't time myself, maybe 15-20 minutes? It was tough.

Tuesday: 6 early morning miles. A little bit slower than last week. My legs felt really tired. I thought it was from Monday's workout, but Nick thought it was from the weekend. Pace was 9:51 min/mi.

Wednesday: Speed Day! 10 minute warm up followed by 12x1:00 min repeats at 8.6-8.8 mph with 1:00 min rest in between. This workout was pretty disappointing. I know I can go faster than that, but my body wasn't having it. It was a struggle just to hit those times and I never felt recovered after my rest. Total distance was 4 miles.

Thursday: Morning yoga with Grokker and I taught evening Boot Camp for the first time!! My friend and Boot Camp instructor was out of town and let me fill in for her :) Stay tuned for a post on my lessons learned later in the week!

Friday: 3 uneventful morning miles. Pace was 9:19 min/mi.

Saturday: Pretty much a rest day. No defined exercise, but I did a bunch of painting and some yard work. 

Sunday: The long run-- 20 pretty terrible miles. It didn't start out so bad. But about 10 miles in I just wasn't feeling right. My legs were very heavy, my heart rate was extra high, and my food didn't seem to be sitting right in my stomach. I was struggling. Bad. To the point that Nick almost made me turn around and go wait at Lowe's while he ran home for the car. I didn't turn around. I kept going. At one point I got my foot caught in a vine on the side of the road as I moved over for traffic and fell-- hard and full out. I hit my knee {needed to ice it when I got home} and scratched my knee, elbow, shoulder, and hands. I kept going. A few miles later I took a walk break and was eating an orange slice and suddenly said to Nick, "Uh oh. Hold on." and proceeded to throw up on the side of the road. I tend to "cry wolf" a lot and claim to "feel like throw up" on long runs, but this time it actually happened. My stomach felt a bit better after that. The last 4 miles were a combination of short 5 minute run intervals with speed walking intervals. To save my dignity I will not be telling you my split times or average pace :)


"Some weeks #marathontraining feels like an emotional & physical roller coaster #runwiththemarines #sweatpink"

Parting Thoughts & Takeaways

Something needs to change.

I don't know if it's mental or physical, although I tend to lean towards mental, as I know my body is strong and capable.

I did a lot of thinking during those final miles. 

Why do I feel the need to push myself this hard? A half marathon is pretty darn good-- why do I need to keep signing up for marathons? 

Who am I trying to impress? Sometimes I feel that it's myself I'm trying to impress or prove something to, but other times I'm pretty sure it's external. Am I doing it for Nick? Am I doing it to "keep up with the Joneses"? Am I doing it to impress other people {who's opinions frankly, really don't matter}?

Here's a few things that have been on my mind as I review the previous training week:
- My body seems to be really tired all the time {you're probably thinking, "Well, duh, you're training for a marathon!"}.
- Am I getting enough sleep? Is it quality sleep? Probably not. 
- My legs seem to be heavy all the time. I stretch regularly. But it must not be enough. I get charlie horses almost ever single night too.
- Is there something critical I'm lacking in my diet? I like to think I eat a pretty nutritious and well balanced diet. I probably am not drinking enough water though.

It's so easy to compare yourself and your training to others. I find myself doing that when things aren't the best. I actually said at least once during the long run that it seems everyone else who is training for a fall marathon is doing just fine. 

Thank you to everyone who shared kind and encouraging thoughts on my Facebook post after the bad 20-miler. You all helped me feel a bit better and I appreciate you :)

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Your turn! I know a bunch of you out there are also training for MCM-- How are you feeling about your training? If you're not running MCM, I want to hear about your plans for fall running. Anyone else ever struggle so bad during the long run?
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♥AK

P.S. Are you on Periscope yet? You can find me @amanda__maureen.

This post is linked up with Jill Conyers for #TheFitDish and MCM Mama Runs for #TOTR. Stop by and check 'em out!