TCM W13:D7

Long 16

Target: 11:41 min/mile
Actual: 11:37 min/mile

If the forecast on marathon day calls for 16C/61F and a monsoon, I’ll be just fine. So much rain today! But I felt really great the entire time. Fuelled with honey stingers every 4.5 miles. Perfectly hilly route. Even if I run this pace on marathon day, I will still have a 55 minute PR. So yeah, that’s pretty awesome. No breaks except to tie a shoelace and change up music. Heck yeah!

TCM W13:D6

Easy 6

Target: 12:05-12:55 min/mile
Actual: 11:57 min/mile

A mere eleven hours before my long run, I ran over to hang out with friends for ciders and a bonfire. The route was pretty perfect - just over 6 miles (I finished at 6.11 miles). Nothing of fun to note. But I’m glad I got it done!

Can’t believe August is in the books!

16 miles…in the rain. Time to get this party started!

16 miles…in the rain. Time to get this party started!

TCM W13:D5

Easy 6

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

Run complete. On target. So let’s talk about a few other things:

I went to a walk in clinic this morning for fear of an ear infection. I lost hearing in my right ear earlier this week. Pressure and pain were getting progressively worse and had actually spread to my jaw. The doctor gave me good news: no ear infection, just an excessive build up of wax. He cleaned out my ears (simultaneously the best and worst pain) and I was all fixed up! Everything seems so loud now - I feel like I have super human hearing!

Going to Fargo in the morning to pick up some exercise equipment that Andrew bought on Craigslist. And then I’ll drag him to Scheels and get a new pair of Asics.

Russell peed and pooped in the house today. Not cool, Russell. In fairness, we were home later than usual so he probably just couldn’t hold it any longer. But it still sucked. Poor guy looked so guilty!

Weather looks on point for running this weekend!

Have a good one!!

TCM W13:D4

Tempo 9

Target: 10:52 min/mile
Actual: 10:53 min/mile

Plus 1 mile warm up and 0.85 cool down.

Putting this one in the win category. I threw up dinner at mile 7. Bacon, why’d you fail me now? I actually think it was probably the heat that got to me (81 with a humidex of 91 - seriously it was a high of 55 on Monday - go away summer. Nobody likes you.). Anyways, I made it through, I was on target for most of the run, and I listened to the worst playlist songza ever made. So much Van Halen. Too much, I’d say.

Easy 6 tomorrow. And a long weekend!

TCM W13:D2

Speed 3x2 mile (0.5 recovery)

Target split: 21:20
Actual splits: 21:17, 21:17, 21:16

Plus 1 mile warmup and 2 mile cool down. Total mileage: 10.5 miles

Nailed it. Strength sessions are definitely my favourite. They build my confidence every week and then on Thursday, tempo runs bring me back down to earth and shatter dreams. I kid, I kid. For now, I’ll just enjoy rest day.

Advice needed:

I wasn’t planning on racing before the marathon, but there are two 30K races coming up locally and I’m wondering if I should deviate from the Hansons’ schedule and run one of them - just to get in some extra distance? Thoughts and/or opinions from my fellow Hansoners?

TCM W13:D1

Easy 7

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

It’s 52F/11C outside! Or in my world: the most perfect running weather! I know the 50’s aren’t here to stay yet but it felt so lovely. Legs felt really good today. I’ve been cherry juicing like a champ. I’m thinking about foam rolling. All in all, solid Monday. 

And I’ll just leave this here:  40 DAYS!

TCM W13:D1

Easy 7

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

It’s 52F/11C outside! Or in my world: the most perfect running weather! I know the 50’s aren’t here to stay yet but it felt so lovely. Legs felt really good today. I’ve been cherry juicing like a champ. I’m thinking about foam rolling. All in all, solid Monday.

And I’ll just leave this here: 40 DAYS!

TCM W12:D7

Long 10

Target: 11:41 min/mile
Actual: 11:39 min/mile

It was 77 with a humidex of 91 when I started! Gross. Give me back my 60s. I had to stop and take a call mid run which actually broke my rhythm and I had a hard time getting my legs going after ten minutes of rest. By the 6 mile point a cold front moved in and the wind picked up. Yay! In the end it was a decent run although my knees are hurting (just normal wear and tear!) I’m getting my running mojo back!

7 miles tomorrow!

TCM W12:D7

Long 10

Target: 11:41 min/mile
Actual: 11:39 min/mile

It was 77 with a humidex of 91 when I started! Gross. Give me back my 60s. I had to stop and take a call mid run which actually broke my rhythm and I had a hard time getting my legs going after ten minutes of rest. By the 6 mile point a cold front moved in and the wind picked up. Yay! In the end it was a decent run although my knees are hurting (just normal wear and tear!) I’m getting my running mojo back!

7 miles tomorrow!

TCM W12:D6

Easy 8

Target: 12:05-12:55 min/mile
Actual: 11:44 min/mile

After some major struggles, I got out of bed, put on my running shoes, and went out. I ignored my watch entirely and just ran. Pleasantly surprised to end up faster than target. Plus it was in the mid 60’s in the middle of the afternoon. Can’t complain about that weather!!

I rewarded my efforts with new running socks, a restock of honey stingers, a Butterfinger chocolate bar, and Pitch Perfect on DVD. Sometimes you just need a little retail therapy.

Thank you for all your kind messages and words of encouragement earlier. It’s good to know that I’m not alone in the struggle. I just need to keep pushing and breaking through the burnout. The real reward is crossing that finish line in 43 days. And PRing the heck out of the Twin Cities Marathon.

TCM W12:D6

Easy 8

Target: 12:05-12:55 min/mile
Actual: 11:44 min/mile

After some major struggles, I got out of bed, put on my running shoes, and went out. I ignored my watch entirely and just ran. Pleasantly surprised to end up faster than target. Plus it was in the mid 60’s in the middle of the afternoon. Can’t complain about that weather!!

I rewarded my efforts with new running socks, a restock of honey stingers, a Butterfinger chocolate bar, and Pitch Perfect on DVD. Sometimes you just need a little retail therapy.

Thank you for all your kind messages and words of encouragement earlier. It’s good to know that I’m not alone in the struggle. I just need to keep pushing and breaking through the burnout. The real reward is crossing that finish line in 43 days. And PRing the heck out of the Twin Cities Marathon.

I’m losing my motivation to run this marathon. I’m exhausted and my body hurts. I don’t actually know if I can go another 6 weeks.

Me. As texted to my running partner today.

TCM W12:D4 Take Two

Tempo 9

Target: 10:52 min/mile
Actual: 11:41 min/mile

Plus 1 mile warmup and 0.3 mile cool down.

That was rough. 94% humidity at 4am. Cranky legs. But most of all, a weak mindset. It’s ok though, these runs build character. Or something like that. Five more easy miles tonight.

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