Lucky week 13

Got off to a great start last week. Thought about going for a perfect week of exercise but Friday I just couldn’t rally. Saturday I was at the kids swim meet all day so we shall consider that a 2-day rest up for my 20-miler. My training plan is off from what I wanted to do but with two 20 milers done, I think I’ll be fine. I’ve been better trained and less trained before. This ain’t my first rodeo as they say.

This week’s baking challenge: none. We did not do any baking ūüė¶

Here’s the training rundown

Planned/ actual miles: 27 / 32.8

I plan for 27 every week, I suppose I should change it for long run weeks. I do like beating my artificially low goal tho

Monday. Nice easy 5 miles on the treadmill after the Maine Half. Catching up on the Affair on showtime. Can I just say how can do much stuff happen to 1 person. It’s getting a little ridiculous in season 4.

Tuesday. Killer workout at Orange Theory. Top 5 highest calories. They changed the formula for the heart rate monitors that should (allegedly) help women achieve more calories burned or more accurate calorie count. I’ve always come in on the low side for calories and time in the “orange zone” (HR above 84% max) but I also have super low resting HR and blood pressure. It takes a lot to get into the zone. I should dig into the science more but for now just try and kill it when I’m at OTF.

Wednesday. Treadmill track workout. 10 x 400M intervals with 200M ish rest in between. The hardest part is keeping track how many I’ve done. I actually bring pen and paper on the treads.

Thursday. Note to self, don’t be late for the tornado. OTF sometimes has the tornado workout and I walked into it 10 mins late due to just losing track time at the office. In the tornado, you rotate every 1-3 minutes between treads, rowing and floor work. It’s fast switching or rotating, hence the name tornado. I got a pretty good workout once I got into the flow.

Friday and Saturday, OFF. Taking some rest days to handle my other life events and issues.

Sunday. The long run, 20 miles.

I drag my feet so much about the long run.¬† My best approach is to do it Saturday morning and get it over with as early in the weekend as possible.¬† this cuts down on the sense of dread, fretting about my outfit, planning the route and all that goes through my mind.¬† It’s true, i don’t love the long run but i did it, yay me!¬† I left the house and decided to do an out-n-back run from downtown.¬† ¬†I lean toward point to point from the house if i can get a ride home after.¬† ¬†There are fewer short cuts when i run from A to B than if i am doing a loop, i can always bail out and cut short the distance.

The weather was actually nice, some clouds moving in but 60s and i was fine in my tshirt.  I took the Camelbak again and this time i drained it by the time that i reached town.  Waves at the beach were high and alot of surfers out there (not pictured on this beach but they were a few miles back at another popular surf beach).

I’m feeling pretty ready for Marine Corps. This has been a decent training cycle and look, i even got my blog back up and running for my 3 followers and a few bots! Yay!

see you out there,

-Jenn

Week 10: Last, last week tonight!

Very late with this update from 2 weeks ago but Week 10 went pretty great!¬† ¬†The highlight was running the Old Glory Relay with Team Red, White & Blue (RWB) on 9/11.¬† ¬†The OGR will run/walk/bike the flag from Boston to San Diego from 9/11 and ending on the West Coast on 11/11 – Veteran’s Day.¬† I recently joined Team RWB in Manchester, NH and this was my first event with them.¬† It was a great day and I met a lot of great runners and veterans from New England and the national Team RWB.¬† The relay is still going on and you can support Team RWB at¬†Team RWB

Monday.  OTF workout.

Tuesday.¬† Old Glory Run Boston!¬† The OGR kicked off with a small gathering at Fenway park in Boston on 9/11.¬† Team RWB and the sponsors said a few words and then the flag was off and running (or walking or biking).¬† ¬†I jumped in the car and headed to leg 5 transition point in Roslindale.¬† I waited around for a while and then another team RWB member came running along.¬† I got the flag and ran leg 5 and 6 through Roslindale.¬† ¬†I didn’t know the route and there were a lot of turns, so i wrote the turns on my arm – poor man’s GPS tracking app!¬† They had the route on a biking app called Ride, but you had to pay $60 to get turn by turn directions, hence the low budget but effective Sharpie options!¬† After a quick stop at Starbucks to refuel (I was starving having driven down to Boston at 0500 to make it to the kickoff by sun up), we drove over to Walpole and I ran leg 16.¬† The relay support folks leap frog from transition point to the next.¬† They snapped this great picture of me where i almost look like I’m running and the flag is perfectly flying behind me!¬† ¬†The relay continued on to Providence, Rhode Island that afternoon and then on from there the next day.¬† They run during daylight hours for the next 62 days ending in San Diego on Veteran’s day, 11/11/18.

 

Thursday.
Orange Theory.¬† I hate it when I just barely miss 400 calories!¬† I was working hard though and got 1 point in the ‘red zone’ that was legit (and not the heart monitor going haywire, which often explains my time in the “red zone”!)

Foggy Friday run.  My plan called for a 10 mile tempo run but i managed to run 7.7 foggy miles.   I finished my latest book on tape (audio file from the library) so that was a plus.

Sunday long run, 20 miles and no fog!¬† So I decided to go for it on my long run and go for 20 miles.¬† I didn’t realize it would turn out to be a beautiful day, I left the house without my sunglasses but glad that i ran back in to grab them.¬† I actually got a little sunburn and temps were pushing 80F after a cool and foggy weekend to that point.¬† I also hit 900 miles this year with this run so that is pretty exciting.¬† ¬† I’ll hit 1000 in early October.

see you out there,

-Jenn

Week 8: 16 miles and Battenburg cake

Nailed it last, last week!¬† (Coincidentally if you have not seen Nailed it on Netflix, please stop reading this and go immediately to Netflix. It a cooking show, sort of, where hapless bakers try and recreate fancy cakes).¬† ¬†I decided to go for a ‘perfect week’ according to the Apple watch, which entails hitting my 3 goals for movement (calories burned), exercise (30 mins- yeah kinda low but not really for cross training days) and stand hours (you need to have been standing/walking for 12 hours out of your day and not sitting at the desk for 2-3 hrs straight).¬† ¬† ¬†I’ve hit a perfect week a few times in the spring, but unless i work out everyday to some degree, I won’t make it.¬† Like my 1000 miles challenge this year, having a goal keeps me motivated to workout.¬† If i miss my morning workout, then i make time to fit in a quick run during the day or after work to meet the goal.¬† I’d call it a healthy obsession.¬† Check out the rings, 100% perfect week!

This week’s baking challenge was Battenburg cake. We made our own marzipan which was actually pretty easy. It turned out great and we received rave reviews from the family. It’s a cake we discovered in London and they made it once on Great British baking show.¬† The key is to have a checkerboard of traditionally yellow and pink with apricot jam in between the squares.¬† We used raspberry which was a nice tart flavor.

Planned / Actual Miles: 27 / 36

I should probably up my weekly goal as I enter into the longer runs of my marathon training plan.  I just have 27 miles as default on Strava which is a good average goal for fall back weeks where my long run is only 10-13.

Highlights this week include hitting all 3 of my quality runs; tempo, track and long run plus running 16 miles for my long run.  And I took the new Camelbak out for 16 miles and it worked great!

Monday.  OTF 0530 class

Tuesday.  Tempo run on the treadmill.  Was a 3 mile tempo + warm up and cool down for 4.3 miles total.

Weds. OTF 0645 class.¬† This was a really good workout and I broke 400 calories which doesn’t always happen in every class!¬† I find that I do get a better workout when the class is 2 groups or 24 people rather than 3 groups/36 max number of people.¬† With 2 you get about 25 minutes on the treadmill side, with 3 you only get 14-15 minutes which makes it harder for me to get my heart rate up.

Thursday.   Interval workout on the treadmill.   2 x (6 x 400).  So 12 0.25 mile sprints.  It was actually not as hard as I thought it would be.

Friday.  OTF #3

Saturday.  16 mile long run! And cake!

Sunday.  Finishing out the perfect week  with a 3.1 mile run on the treadmill.

More in week 9 update!

See you out there,

-Jenn

Week 5 – More Orange, Less Running

I feel last week was a successful week despite again only managing 2 of my 3 training runs–but i did get my long run and tempo runs in, which were the most important.¬† ¬†i went to Orange Theory 4 days this week so that was probably plenty of treadmill sprints and probably also overdoing it on the cross-training.

Planned/ Actual:  27 / 26 miles

Monday. ¬†OTF with coach Nate. ¬†Good kickoff to the week. ¬†Surprisingly the class was not full and only a “2 group” (24 or less people) rather than 3 group (25-36 people).

Tuesday. OTF.

Wednesday. Nothing / rest

Thursday. ¬†Orange Theory Tornado Thursday! ¬†This was a tough workout. ¬†The ‘template’ for the class changes everyday but this one was a real sweat fest. ¬† It’s hard for me to go over 400 calories in the 55 minute class but today I really pushed it to 450 calories and 10 ‘splat’ points (minutes in the orange zone = 84% max heart rate).

 

AND then I ran the Cigna corporate 5K in downtown Manchester, NH. ¬†The race kicks off at 6:20pm which is better than 5pm but still hot and humid as hell. ¬† The course is actually 3 miles of down hill (literally) and then 0.1 of directly uphill to the finish line. ¬†I wish i was joking. ¬†I had hoped to finish under 27 minutes but really felt the heat after mile 2. ¬† My official time was 27:36. ¬† I also probably didn’t need to work out at OTF in the morning and do a 1 mile warm up. ¬†They opened up the fire hydrant at the finish line and that was refreshing! Happy that ¬†I averaged just under 9 minute miles.

Aspirational goal: ¬†I’d love to get a race photo where my feet are not BOTH touching the ground—where i actually look like i’m running. ¬† This one was the best one and my fire hydrant selfie.

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Friday. ¬†OTF session #4 this week. ¬† Had a chance to do the 8am class with my workout buddy John. ¬†We don’t get to work out as much anymore since i am always in the 0530 class and John does not do 0530.

Saturday. ¬† Several things tried to derail my long run. ¬†Rain, overall feeling of malaise, I overslept and my iPad was not working (I was going to run on the treadmill to get over the rain problem). I borrowed my husband’s iPad and ran 13 miles. I started a new series, Sharp Objects on HBO. I’ve read the book, but I’m finding the series incredibly slow. Perhaps because I know the story. ¬†Funny story, my iPad was not working at all, would not connect to the internet to stream anything, get email, check the weather, nothing. ¬†I was super annoyed. ¬†Fast forward to Tuesday and I was looking at my xFi app (xfinity wifi app) and saw that i had ‘paused’ my iPad to test out the feature. ¬†Pausing any device blocks it from using the web. ¬†So yeah, I blocked my iPad, forgot about it, then got completely annoyed the thing wasn’t working. ¬†classic.

Sunday. Rest. And we made and ate a peach cafloutis! It’s a thing and pretty delicious! See you out there, – Jenn

Week 3: 700 miles and the devil‚Äôs alarm clock

Hey there, another week down for marathon training and another blog entry, i’m on a roll! And I signed up for some more races. For August, I’m running the Cigna corporate 5K on August 9th and joined part of my company’s corporate team.¬† ¬†And then I decided to run the Saunders 10K on the 16th. They changed the course to start and end from Odiorne’s Point state park–much better location and course than the original course that starts down by the former Saunders restaurant at Rye Harbor.¬† They razed the restaurant several years ago for condos so the race used to start on the side of the road (literally) with no real parking.

This week I realized that I shouldn’t plan each day in detail because I change the plan every day. I also didn’t do my track workout again this week but on the positive side, I hit 700 miles for the year to date!

Monday. OTF workout.

Tuesday. Rest day

Wednesday. Killer OTF workout. I got over 450 calories which anything over 400 is high for me. There were some visitors from other studios and they didn’t know what hit them.

Thursday.¬† Hey, I got up and ran!¬† So i continue to struggle with the snooze button and getting up to run.¬† I downloaded this app called Alarmy and it’s pretty hardcore.¬† In order to dismiss the ringing you have to either solve math or memory problems, shake the phone hard 30+ times or take a picture of some location that you pre-set.¬† For example, if you set up the alarm to be a picture of your coffee pot in the kitchen, you cannot turn off the alarm until you take a picture that matches the one you set (of the coffee pot). I have not tried this option but I will try it next because the math problems are hard!¬† ¬†I had to set the math on ‘very easy’ just to get something i can solve quickly when i’m awake let alone just waking up!¬† ¬†You have to solve 3 problems to kill the alarm, here is a very easy problem, a “normal” level math problem and a ‘very hard’ math problem. Who can do this?

So i got up an ran my 6 mile tempo run on the treadmill. I tried the alarm on Wednesday but after solving the math i decided to go back to bed and set my iPhone alarm to something more sane and I went to the gym later in the day.

Thursday work out #2.¬† I headed to Orange Theory after work for only to get another bingo square.¬† I’ve been chasing the ‘run/row’ workout square and heard it was happening today.¬† I took the 5:45pm class and it was a lot of weights and inclines on the treadmill.¬† Every ‘run/row’ we did was 0.15 miles run at increasing inclines and a ‘push pace’ (8mph for me) and then row 200 meters then repeat at + 2% incline.¬† I ran the inclines but most days i feign an ‘orthapedic injury’ as my friends keep telling me hills on a treadmill are dangerous.¬† I don’t usually do the jump squats either, I just figure that would be asking for trouble.¬† Bingo is over on the 31st and every row of bingo gets a raffle entry for cash and prizes, so they’ve got me hooked.

Friday.  Racked in for the morning after a double workout yesterday.

Saturday I hit OTF and got 3000 km of rowing so I didn’t feel too bad when later we hit Dairy Queen. My kids are so weird. We gave the these options: get DQ on the way home from dinner out or just go home and have ice cream there. They choose going home. Kids, have I taught you nothing? DQ today and the ice cream at home will be in the freezer again tomorrow.

Sunday. Ran 12 miles down by the beach. All in pretty good training week. Planned 27 miles, ran 26.2. Took 2 rest days and no track workout, but also got up and ran before work.

See you out there ,

– Jenn

Marine Corp Marathon Training kickoff: Week 1

Hey, it’s been awhile. I’ve thrown myself headlong back into running this year and committed to running 1000 miles in 2018. More on that in a next post. I’m more than half way to 1K so far and hope to finish by November.

So after my 2 week vacation in June, I kicked off Marine Corps Marathon training last week.¬† We are 16 weeks out from the race on 10/28 and I feel that I have a good base to start from having finished a 2 spring halfs and a 10K.¬† ¬†Here’s my plan with adjustments for week 1, July 9-15th.

I’m following my own hybrid training plan that is based on the Run Farther Run Less methodology merged with an old Team in Training training plan plus adjustments for various life events or other races.¬† ¬†I generally try to get in two or three 20-miler runs in the the plan leading up to the marathon.¬† For now the plan is on a piece of paper but soon to be updated on google sheets. Here’s how the week went.

Monday: Went to Orange Theory Fitness (OTF)¬† subject for a later post but I am really into this gym/class.¬† It’s HIIT and I can say that it has helped me improve my overall fitness.¬† In the past i never cross-trained, but OTF I will do and it’s a great addition to just running.¬† I usually get between 1.5 and 3 miles total each OTF workout on the treadmill plus rowing and weights.

Tuesday:¬† Nope.¬† took a rest day, already couldn’t face the training plan. Had planned to get up at 6 and run before work but that didn’t happen.

Wednesday: Yay, treadmill track workout to beat the heat. I’m pretty happy that I did get up before work and run my track workout on the treadmill.¬† I am not a morning person so this was the big accomplishment.

Thursday: My usual 0530 OTF Class.¬† I’ll get out of bed for this especially because there is a fee for no-shows.

Friday:  Found time to run on the treadmill while working from home. Then went to OTF at 5:30 for a crazy hard class.

Sunday: wow, so hot and humid.  Was planning to run 10 miles but my stomach was feeling iffy at mile 8 so i ended up with 9.2 miles.

Follow me on Strava if you like.  I am tracking all my workouts and miles there for the year so I can keep track of my progress toward the 1000 miles in 2018!

See you out there,
– Jenn