MCM Training: Week 1 and 2 Recap

Sorry y’all, I’ve been slacking on my blogging about training lately. Thankfully, my running hasn’t been slacking!

Training for the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon officially kicked off for us on June 20th. For previous marathons, we’ve both followed Hal Higdon’s Novice plans (1 and 2). This time, however, we wanted to increase our mileage a bit and really come in under 5 hours. So, we’re both doing Intermediate, which calls for five days of running. The midweek stuff is fine, no real differences there. But running both Saturday AND Sunday, that’s a huge chance. Sundays were our days to kick back, sleep in, relax, and get ready for the week. Now we basically have to wake up early every day. Sucks.

Week 1 was good, actually some cool weather in the mornings, which was nice. We even managed to go out Friday and Saturday night and still hit our runs. Woohoo!

Week 2 was a bit warmer, but still not bad. Already up to a weekend of five and eleven miles, so this plan definitely ramps up quickly. But we’ve been running a lot, including two half marathons in the first part of the year, so we’ve been consistently going 8-12 miles every weekend.

This weekend we also undertook our first semi-serious DIY project around the house. Our pantry (and all closets) have these awful wire shelves, which I hate. I’ve wanted to get rid of them since we moved in, but never got around to it. So on Saturday (after our five milers) we went to Home Depot and bought everything we would need. The project spilled into Sunday (after eleven miles), but we finally finished it all up around 4PM. We were exhausted! But it looks great, so we’re happy with the outcome.

Week 3 has begun, and so has the heat. Not looking forward to those terrible runs when it’s so hot and humid you can barely breath and want to die after five miles.

Happy Independence Day everyone!

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!