Hi! How was your weekend?
I’m six weeks deep into training for the California International Marathon training, with 12 weeks left – one-third of the way there! (New? Catch up on past training here!) So far, I am thoroughly enjoying this training cycle and I feel very good – strong and energized, although my appetite has certainly increased.
Monday: 8 miles with 3 x 1 mile repeats
Mile repeats intimidate me. As I mentioned in Thursday’s post, they’re not a pleasant workout. Mile repeats are a huffing, puffing, burning workout. Although I prefer them to half mile repeats or 1K repeats, because at least they’re over with after just a few repeats.
I was eager to see what these mile repeats would reveal. I hoped to hit somewhere in the ballpark of 6:50-7:10 based off of how my other runs have gone recently. I focused on my breathing – 2 counts inhale, 1 count exhale and aimed for consistent pacing on each intervals.
My miles were 6:56, 6:53, and 6:51. I am very pleased with those repeats, especially since the first repeat was run into a headwind. That’s my fastest set of mile repeats yet!
Tuesday: 40 minutes Pilates
My parents gave me a year’s subscription to Pilatesology for my birthday (thank you again, Mom and Dad!) and I was extra excited to start using it. I did a 40 minute sculpting Pilates workout that included plenty of hamstring, back, and glute exercises. One thing I love about Pilates is how it focuses on muscles that we runners need to be strong but often neglect.
Wednesday: AM: 9 miles with 5 miles at half marathon pace; PM: 20 minutes strength training
I know I said this last week, but I am so excited to have tempo runs back in my training. As my introductory speed segment gradually transitions into a fundamental phase, I’ll be doing more and more longer tempo runs rather than shorter fartleks and hill repeats.
Rain drizzled for the first few miles and I contended with some wind again, but I was again proud of my splits for this workout. I averaged just under 7:30 for each mile, which is what I was running these workouts at in the spring right before my half marathon PR.
Neither Ryan nor I were in the mood to strength train, so we compromised. We set a timer for 20 minutes once we got to the gym and did just a few exercises each. Inspired by Susie’s post on unilateral exercises for runners, I did goblet squats, weighted curtsey lunges, single leg Romanian deadlifts, and Pallof presses plus a round of Myrtls.
Thursday: AM: 7 mile easy run; PM: 25 minutes Pilates
My run was comfortable and easy, highlighted by the fact that the clouds finally gave way to blue skies for the first morning that week.
On Thursday evening, Ryan and I went downtown to meet up with a close friend and her fiance who were visiting. Most of our college and high school friends live back in the Midwest, so it’s always a joy to get to see them! We enjoyed German food, beer, and conversation. I love Seattle in the evening – once all of the commuters have returned to the suburbs, the city is quieter and less-crowded.
Friday: 16 mile long run
I ran this run along a rolling hills to flat to rolling hills route again to practice for CIM’s hills. Although right now I’m a bit more nervous about the hills at the Leaf Peeper Half Marathon in Vermont, but I figured every bit of hill running helps. I think throwing in some hills makes long runs go by more quickly also and keeps my muscles feeling fresher.
I fueled on this run, since my approach this training cycle is to do some runs without mid-run fuel and some runs with fuel. I think this approach will balance out teaching my body to burn both fat and glycogen better while also teaching my stomach to handle fuel on the run. I used Hammer Peanut Butter gel, which is my favorite for easy paced long runs since it tastes like peanut butter (not too sweet) and has a bit of fat in it as well as carbohydrates.
Instead of carrying my gel in packets, I’m using a reusable, sealable gel pouch to hold my fuel so I can easily take what I need at any given moment and close it back up. This worked well – I slowly sipped at about 1.5 gels throughout this run, which was better than having to suck down an entire gel at once or (as I normally do) awkwardly carrying a gel packet for several miles as I sip away at it. (In the photo the pouch is holding twice as much gel as I actually took – I was curious to see how many packets the pouch held!).
Saturday: 5 mile easy run
Ryan, Charlie, and I ran three miles together and then I finished up with two on my own. Running with my two boys fills my heart with more joy than any PR ever will.
Meanwhile, my core was the most sore it had been in a long time. All that Pilates plus a hilly long run really worked it! My tranverse literally ached as how I would imagine wearing a corset would feel. Which is good! I think the new Pilates videos with more complex routines and advanced moves will help my core strength significantly.
Ryan and I went to Seattle Humane to submit an application and look at dogs in the evening. We did not find the right second dog for us yet (we saw plenty of cute ones, but our apartment has some breed restrictions), but now that our application is on file we can quickly adopt if the right dog for us arrives. I want a pup that can run for an hour or longer.
Sunday: 8 mile hike/2000 feet gain
Pratt Lake Trail had long topped our list of hikes to try, but thanks to winter and a long series of injuries, illnesses, and special weekend plans (and the occasional laziness on my part), we had put it off for months. With cool, sunny weather this weekend, we finally decided to hike it! We didn’t do the full 11-mile hike up to the lake, but we did hike 8 miles – our longest hike (not split up by backpacking) in a while.
What a fun hike! The trail included a bit of gentle to moderate climbing but no significantly steep inclines, it was quiet and peaceful, and so beautiful. We plan on backpacking the whole thing next weekend.
Afterward, Ryan and I relaxed by the fire pit with a couple of Redhook beers. I enjoy the balance of long endurance activities like running and hiking with kicking back, relaxing, and having a beer.
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