On Track

Well, as much as we can be. We are getting closer and closer to Dopey in January, and I’m proud to say that other than missing a long run for my birthday the other week, we’ve been nailing our runs. Either four or five days a week, getting some miles in. Sure, our long runs aren’t quite up to par (we are WAY behind on that), but at least we’re getting there.

Since we can’t catch up to the plan at this point, it was time to start developing a new one to get us as close as possible. The next three mini Dopey’s are 4/8/18, 4/9/19 and 2.5/5/10/20. Our longest run to date has only been 11, so that’s not gonna happen. Instead, here’s what we’re going to do:

    The Plan

  • This week: 3/6/14
  • Two weeks: 4/8/16
  • Peak week: 2.5/5/10/18

It’s aggressive still, but it’s the best we’ll be able to do given our current fitness levels. I think a good portion of the longer segments will need to be run/walk as well, so we will train for that.

But otherwise, we’re doing ok. We did our three miles on Thursday and six miles this morning, so tomorrow will be 14. Longest I’ll have run since Louisville, and after two days of running, so it’ll be interesting to see how our legs are feeling during and after the run. Going to be an early bedtime I think!

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Weekly Recap: 4/3-4/9

Another week down, one more closer to the Kentucky Derby half marathon. I’ve got a solid chance at getting sub-2 at this one, given the flat course, but weather (could be hot!) or other issues (could be poop!) could ruin that.

Weekly training recap for 4/3-4/9

Four runs, 26+ miles. Not bad, but I’m not getting in enough miles to close the gap on where I should be to hit my goal. Marathon training/Dopey training should take care of that in the second half, though. I just don’t want to get too far behind. Saturday’s run was a little rough. It’s definitely started to warm up, and I was caked in crusty salt at the end. Time to get back to using Nuun, which I found very useful a few years ago. Normally on long runs I just have water, but I need to replace electrolytes. Plus, it tastes delicious without being super sweet.

Obviously, I only biked once. I biked on Sunday last week, so I took Monday off, and then this Sunday I was a bit hungover sick. I biked this morning though, a solid 30 minutes. Getting there!

Plan for this week is four runs and two bikes. I’ve been feeling off lately; some odd chest pains. I don’t think I’m having a heart attack….I’m 35 and I obviously exercise often. It hasn’t impacted working out…I did all my runs last week, my pace didn’t suffer. It just comes and goes, more of an annoyance, but probably worth getting checked out.

Until next time…

Weekly Recap

Pretty solid week of training. Plus, I have some more news…

Training for Week of March 27 – April 2

I managed four runs this week, which is what I have been averaging this year so far. February was all five runs a week, but March had more difficulties (two trips wreaked havoc on my schedule) so I’m happy with four. On the week, I ran 26 miles: three five-milers and a long run of 11. For the long run, I did five miles easy, four at my goal HM pace, and another two easy. The average over the 11 was 9:19/mile, which is pretty damn close to the 9/mile I want to be to ensure I hit sub-2 in Louisville.

Weekly Training

Even better though, I managed to bike 3 times. Last time I rode my bike? Sometime in early summer 2016. Last time I rode it outside? 2014. Yes, it’s been awhile. But if I want to do my long-term plan of an Ironman some day, I need to get out and ride more. So I did. Monday and Friday were short rides on the trainer, and Saturday I went outside. Yay!

bike ride

Out riding

30 seconds after taking that photo, I fell over trying to clip back in.

Five minutes after that, my cell phone managed to fly out of my back pocket and into the fields at Overton Park. Thankfully, a good samaritan found it and returned it when I went back a few minutes later.

MCM

Accepted into MCM

As mentioned earlier, I’ve got some news that I alluded to in my 2017 Running Goals post. The wife and I will once again be heading to DC in October to run the Marine Corps Marathon. We ran it back in 2013 as our first ever marathon. This time, it’ll be a training run/confidence booster for Dopey.

Until next time!