TCM W18:D1

Easy 5

Target: 12:05-12:55 min/mile
Actual: 12:34 min/mile

It’s marathon week!!! To celebrate, I ran in my finisher’s shirt from last year!

I thought I was getting a cold earlier today and I got really angry. Seriously body?!? I’m actually feeling better, and I’m glad I didn’t opt for the rest over the run. Only two runs left and then the Ultra Loony Challenge begins!

Two days of work and a conference and then I’m home free until Tuesday!

two-o-nine: Favourite Harry Potter character and why?

carolynruns:

Fuck, Brooke. This is some fucking Sophie’s Choice shit right here.

Hermione seems like the obvious choice, as I empathize oh so much with her—brainy, know-it-all social outcast (who later blooms!). But in the same vein, I think I am drawn more strongly to Minerva McGonagall. I love a badass lady professor who is master of her craft, holds her own (and then some) amongst the dudes, takes NO FUCKING SHIT, is completely independent, and will not hesitate to cut a dark lord when the occasion calls. 

Also she transfigures into a cat so.

These two are currently on my night stand, so I appreciate the Sophie’s Choice/HP linkage. 

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Twin Cities Marathon Weekend Meetup

Blue Door Pub Longfellow

Friday, October 3rd @ 6:30pm

I will be arriving early to grab a table or put a name down for the wait for delicious cheese curds!

Please let me know if you can make it out so I can grab the right # of seats!

If someone else wants to take the lead on a Saturday meet up, please do! I’m probably going to the Wild game on Saturday night with marathonmelissa and runningforme if anyone wants to join us!

TCM W17:D7

Easy 8

Target: 12:05-12:55 min/mile
Actual: 11:41 min/mile

Okay, so I ended up running at long run pace. I really do have to scale back my pace for the rest of the week. Last run at the park and the Manitoba hills, as pathetic as they seem. It was rainy but my running partner ran with me and it was nice to discuss Minneapolis plans and marathon training. Made the rain more bearable.

One week today, I’ll be in the middle of the marathon!

TCM W17:D6

Easy 6

Target: 12:05-12:55 min/mile
Actual: 12:00 min/mile

Six hot miles with Mckenzie through Fort Whyte alive, followed by yoga. I’m still struggling with child’s pose because my body hates everything currently. It’s fine. Especially the just-popped-up-today chaffing from my shorts liner. I’m going to be a cut up mess by the end of the marathon because no amount of body glide seems to help already-chaffed parts. Don’t really care as long as I hit my goal. Note to self: do not take vaseline at aid stations. They will not let you have the Popsicle stick and you will have lube hands. How can you hand out high fives with that sort of goop on your hands?!?

Also, my dear runner friend, Sherri, gave me a throw away coat for the marathon. She acquired it at the Fargo Marathon. It makes me look like I belong on Breaking Bad, no? Hilarious!

TCM W17:D6

Easy 6

Target: 12:05-12:55 min/mile
Actual: 12:00 min/mile

Six hot miles with Mckenzie through Fort Whyte alive, followed by yoga. I’m still struggling with child’s pose because my body hates everything currently. It’s fine. Especially the just-popped-up-today chaffing from my shorts liner. I’m going to be a cut up mess by the end of the marathon because no amount of body glide seems to help already-chaffed parts. Don’t really care as long as I hit my goal. Note to self: do not take vaseline at aid stations. They will not let you have the Popsicle stick and you will have lube hands. How can you hand out high fives with that sort of goop on your hands?!?

Also, my dear runner friend, Sherri, gave me a throw away coat for the marathon. She acquired it at the Fargo Marathon. It makes me look like I belong on Breaking Bad, no? Hilarious!

Marathon Season

Tumblr has this awesome community of marathoners who have been busting their asses all summer long in pursuit of their fall marathon. It’s exciting that for the next month, I will be watching some of my favourite Tumblrs run 26.2 miles. Does anybody else get chills when they read race recaps? There is something magical about them to me. I love reading about the dedication it took to get to the start line and the strength it took to get to the finish line.

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TCM W17:D5

Easy 6

Target: 12:05-12:55 min/mile
Actual: 12:26 min/mile

Okay. So pre-run I was in a mighty panic because I’ve misplaced my body glide and oh boy, do I need it. Especially when it’s 80+ degrees! I got seriously betrayed on my tempo run yesterday and have some pretty cruel chaffing from my sports bra. Seriously?!? The glory that is marathon training, I tell ya! At any rate, body glide is still MIA, but I apparently was okay for tonight’s 6 miler. New BG to be acquired tomorrow. 

As part of the taper, I’m working to respect the pace and not push it. I think I nailed it tonight. 

Russell is sad I didn’t take him out running but enthusiastically licked the sweat off my face. Ummm, thanks?

Yoga & a run tomorrow morning, followed by a nap, 5K race, and football!

TCM W17:D5

Easy 6

Target: 12:05-12:55 min/mile
Actual: 12:26 min/mile

Okay. So pre-run I was in a mighty panic because I’ve misplaced my body glide and oh boy, do I need it. Especially when it’s 80+ degrees! I got seriously betrayed on my tempo run yesterday and have some pretty cruel chaffing from my sports bra. Seriously?!? The glory that is marathon training, I tell ya! At any rate, body glide is still MIA, but I apparently was okay for tonight’s 6 miler. New BG to be acquired tomorrow.

As part of the taper, I’m working to respect the pace and not push it. I think I nailed it tonight.

Russell is sad I didn’t take him out running but enthusiastically licked the sweat off my face. Ummm, thanks?

Yoga & a run tomorrow morning, followed by a nap, 5K race, and football!

TCM W17:D4

Tempo 10

Target: 10:52 min/mile
Actual: 10:49 min/mile

Plus 1 mile warmup (12:06) and 1.65 mile cool down (18:33). Total mileage: 12.65 miles. 

I decided after Tuesday’s hellacious hot hot run, that there was no way I was running in 30C/86F for my last SOS training run. As I wasn’t able to shift my work schedule to a late start, I got up at 3:30am, was at the office shortly after 4am. I stepped out for my run around 6:45am, and was back and working at my desk just after 9:30. Not quite as diehard as fromthebackofthepack! 

Mentally, I needed this run. I needed that one last SOS run to build my confidence and make me believe that this pace is sustainable for 26.2 miles. I hit my target, I felt amazing, and I loved the route I chose. I ran through the Assiniboine Forest, and eventually to Assiniboine Park and back. 

After 661.32 training miles, I am finally at the taper. The schedule shows that I should’ve run 643.81 to date. So I’ve completed 102% of the plan (despite missing 1.5 runs). 45.3 more miles to run until marathon day! I can. I will.

TCM W17:D4

Tempo 10

Target: 10:52 min/mile
Actual: 10:49 min/mile

Plus 1 mile warmup (12:06) and 1.65 mile cool down (18:33). Total mileage: 12.65 miles.

I decided after Tuesday’s hellacious hot hot run, that there was no way I was running in 30C/86F for my last SOS training run. As I wasn’t able to shift my work schedule to a late start, I got up at 3:30am, was at the office shortly after 4am. I stepped out for my run around 6:45am, and was back and working at my desk just after 9:30. Not quite as diehard as fromthebackofthepack!

Mentally, I needed this run. I needed that one last SOS run to build my confidence and make me believe that this pace is sustainable for 26.2 miles. I hit my target, I felt amazing, and I loved the route I chose. I ran through the Assiniboine Forest, and eventually to Assiniboine Park and back.

After 661.32 training miles, I am finally at the taper. The schedule shows that I should’ve run 643.81 to date. So I’ve completed 102% of the plan (despite missing 1.5 runs). 45.3 more miles to run until marathon day! I can. I will.

3 years ago today, I ran my very first race.  The Imagine 5K Race.  I finished in 34:48.  This was the race that got me hooked on running.  I have never been more proud than I was that day.  The girl who hated running ran 5kms! 5 whole kilometers!  I knew that day that I wanted to keep running, but it took a long time to really fall in love with running.  Countless 5kms and 10kms, 16 half-marathons, and 2 full marathons later, I love it.  Good days, bad days - I’ll always keep coming back to the run.  

3 years ago today, I ran my very first race.  The Imagine 5K Race.  I finished in 34:48.  This was the race that got me hooked on running.  I have never been more proud than I was that day.  The girl who hated running ran 5kms! 5 whole kilometers!  I knew that day that I wanted to keep running, but it took a long time to really fall in love with running.  Countless 5kms and 10kms, 16 half-marathons, and 2 full marathons later, I love it.  Good days, bad days - I’ll always keep coming back to the run.  

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TCM W17:D2
Strength 6x1 mile (with 0.25 recovery)
Target Split: 10:41 Actual Splits: I HAVE NO CLUE
My Garmin is currently stuck in limbo. It won’t turn off. It is just stuck in to be transferred mode (but frozen - that bar isn’t moving). I’m frustrated and worried my Garmin is toast. Anybody want to trouble shoot?
Update:  It looks like Garmin somehow corrupted my workout from tonight.  Thanks, Garmin.  At any rate, here’s what I do know about tonight’s workout:  9.5 miles total in 1:46:44.  On paper, I actually think I had a “good” run.  I was near all my targets when I was running (right around 10:41 or less for each mile from what I remember).  But in actuality, this run was hell on earth.  My legs felt clunky the entire 9.5 miles.  It was 83F when I started. This weather is breaking my spirit - as if doing Hansons wasn’t enough!  I guess, what I’m trying to say is that through 17 weeks, I’ve given everything.  I’m exhausted.  I want this marathon to be over.  I want to not have to worry about temperature and washing workout gear and body glide and hitting tempos.  And in 11 days, I can stop worrying.  

TCM W17:D2

Strength 6x1 mile (with 0.25 recovery)

Target Split: 10:41
Actual Splits: I HAVE NO CLUE

My Garmin is currently stuck in limbo. It won’t turn off. It is just stuck in to be transferred mode (but frozen - that bar isn’t moving). I’m frustrated and worried my Garmin is toast. Anybody want to trouble shoot?

Update:  It looks like Garmin somehow corrupted my workout from tonight.  Thanks, Garmin.  At any rate, here’s what I do know about tonight’s workout:  9.5 miles total in 1:46:44.  On paper, I actually think I had a “good” run.  I was near all my targets when I was running (right around 10:41 or less for each mile from what I remember).  But in actuality, this run was hell on earth.  My legs felt clunky the entire 9.5 miles.  It was 83F when I started. This weather is breaking my spirit - as if doing Hansons wasn’t enough!  I guess, what I’m trying to say is that through 17 weeks, I’ve given everything.  I’m exhausted.  I want this marathon to be over.  I want to not have to worry about temperature and washing workout gear and body glide and hitting tempos.  And in 11 days, I can stop worrying.  

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