NVHM Training Week 6 – Fitting It All In

Less than 1 month until NVHM. And I still haven’t registered for the race yet. Whaaat?? I’m going to – I swear! I didn’t register right away because I wasn’t 100% sure that I would be able to run it. I was a little nervous that my tendonitis might flare up and keep me from doing the training I need for this race and I don’t want to show up  unprepared.  Luckily, everything seems to be going well with that so I’ll be registering very soon. I’m also still a little worried about the weather – State College in December could be really good..or really bad. Obviously if they are calling for bad weather, I won’t be going and will lose out on another registration fee but at least this one goes to help under-insured families in the State College area. I can get behind that one.

This was a crazy week – there was something every single day this week but I managed to fit it all in!

Monday was my rest day and necessary. All I wanted to do was lay on the couch and be useless, but I had to drive my car out to the dealership and drop it off for it’s inspection.  Once I finally made it home, I got to crash and it was great. Pretty sure I was out cold by 9. Amazing.

Tuesday was extra fun. I had to go back to pick up my car, and Miss Shooter had a vet appointment because we thought she may have broken her tail. It’s kind of a long story, but the good news is there is no break. The bad news is that they don’t know what the problem is. She’s getting better, and can almost raise her tail up all the way again which is good stuff. Running after work wasn’t going to happen, so I got up nice and early to run on the treadmill. I think the most I’ve ever run on the ‘mill is about 3 miles, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I figured 3 would be acceptable but I really wanted to get 4 in. 1 mile doesn’t sound like a big difference but on the treadmill feels like forever. I got all 4 miles in at an 11 min pace – perfect. I’m not going to lie, the first two miles didn’t seem so bad, but 3&4 were a struggle. I played around with the speed and watched TV but it was a battle to keep going. I try to tell myself that running on the treadmill is just as good mental training as it is physical!

Wednesday was strength training, which I knocked out first thing in the morning! Go me! I thought I would have the night to relax, but I realized I had no food in the house so I dragged the Tall One grocery shopping with me. I know you’re so relieved to hear my kitchen is fully stocked now! I thought about doing a WIAW post, but I totally forgot about it until Friday. A little late for that, I think. Here’s a snapshot of my dinner though – SO good!

Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza. Delish!!

Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza. Delish!!

Thursday was my tempo run. I fell about a half mile short of my planned 5 miles, which was ok with me. It was that or potentially have an up close meeting with the pavement and, call me crazy, but that didn’t sound like much fun. As soon as I was done running, we had to drop Tall One’s car off to be inspected. I neglected to ice my legs/stretch after that workout  because I was rushing and I’m feeling it today. Seriously…when will I learn?! I ran 4.5 miles for a 10:56 overall pace. All things considered, I’m really happy with that workout!

Friday was more strength. I feel like I’m finally getting in the habit of doing this. I don’t have the most challenging of workouts right now, but I figure that I’m more likely to stick with it if I gradually increase my workload rather than jump in feet first. In a few more weeks (after the half I think), I’ll up the intensity a bit and see how that goes.

I was hoping for 5 or 6 miles on Saturday, but my legs were feeling Thursday’s tempo so rather than push it and potentially make it worse, I went out for 4 miles of hills  at a 10:51 pace. It was COLD! I dug out my tights and found a long sleeved shirt to wear under my jacket, and realized that I need to make some additions to my winter running wardrobe!

Yay! Hills!

Yay! Hills!

I spent a lot of time in The Boot on Saturday, hoping to alleviate some of the tightness. I could still feel it before I set out for Sunday’s long run, but not enough to stop me from running.

Sunday had 11 miles on the schedule. Now that I’m getting into double digit long runs, it’s time for me to start taking in some fuel during them. Typically for any run 10 miles or under, I don’t like to take any gels but once I start getting into 2 hour territory I like to have them. I also need to have a rough idea of my fueling strategy for NVHM so this is the time to figure it out.  It took a few miles for my legs to wake up and join the party, but once they did this was a pretty solid long run! The weather was much nicer today – 40 degrees at the start of my run compared to yesterday’s 28. I opted for a long sleeved shirt and shorts and was comfortable the whole time. I like to call that look winter on the top, summer on the bottom. I also think there’s some kind of ‘that’s what she said’ joke in there too…but that might be pushing it.

I doubled up on my normal route around the neighborhood and stashed my water bottle/gel near my house. I hate carrying a water bottle with me and will do everything to avoid it. This may pose a problem later on, and it’s something I’m going to have to work on.

This looks much worse than it is

This looks much worse than it is

I have to chuckle at these elevation charts – they make these hills seem so much more dramatic than they really are.  I shouldn’t say anything and let you guys think I’m a total bad-ass trucking up these mountains!

I totaled 23.5 miles this week, and am feeling great! My left leg is a little tight,but nothing that I can’t manage! I’m really pleased that I’m (finally) learning how to juggle and manage my training even when little snafus pop up. Look at me being responsible and stuff.

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Back At It

After I posted my Week 1 “recap”, I felt like a total jerk for whining so much.  Peanut totally gave me the side eye for that one.

Suck it up, Buttercup

Suck it up, Buttercup

 

Now that I’m feeling like myself again, I’m excited to get back to my training plan. I’m slightly readjusting my weekday runs to be Tuesday and Wednesday, since my root canal is scheduled for Thursday and I’d rather not run Friday, Saturday AND Sunday. No particular reason, I just like spacing things out.

Chilly, rainy fall weather has arrived and for the most part I LOVE it (yay for boots, sweaters and scarves!), but the runner in me doesn’t want to give up shorts weather just yet. 

Tuesday’s run was good. Not fantastic, but not terrible either. I did 3.5 miles at 10:51 pace but it felt like was sprinting for a good portion of it. Ohhhh wait. I was sprinting a good portion of it. Want to know why? It’s because I kept running into a pack of vicious, wild turkeys. Seriously. Anytime I came near these buggers, they starting freaking chasing me, and I’d have to book it in the other direction. Most of the time I was still a good distance away from them, but it didn’t matter – once they saw me it was game on. I didn’t bring my phone with me yesterday because I didn’t want to risk it getting ruined in the rain, but I really wished I would have so I could (try) to capture THAT moment. When they start coming after you, they mean business.  I’ve seen them chase a couple of other runners before and I normally try to avoid them, but I didn’t even notice them until it was too late.

 Today was GREAT – the plan was a 4 mile tempo run. 1 mile to warm up, 2 tempo miles, 1 mile to cool down.  I always have a hard time with speedwork – I start out so fast that I can’t sustain the pace and then burn out before I even have a mile in.  I didn’t really have a target pace to hit – I just wanted to make sure the second mile was faster than my first and that the second half of my second mile was faster than the first half.  Did you follow that? Good. I didn’t either. 

9:56, say what?!

9:56, say what?!

Going by that “logic”, or lack thereof, my run was a success. Admittedly, the second tempo mile was way too fast but I was feeling really good so I went for it. I know that I’m not going to be busting out some consistent 9:56 miles but it’s really encouraging to know that those times ARE somewhere in these legs!

I am so grateful that I’m feeling good again and am ready to tackle some great runs this weekend! I have new long run route that I’m very excited to try – I think it’s going to mimic the elevation profile of the NVHM really well!