9 weeks complete, 9 more to go. Sing it with me now, “WOAH, we’re halfway there…”
I’m not ashamed to say that “Livin’ On A Prayer” is one of my favorite songs ever. Now, on to what went down this week in marathon training (“planned” workout in green/“actual” in bold):
Monday: Rest or cross-training/rest.
Tues: 4/4 + strengthening/PT. Typical Tuesday morning slog, with a side stitch throughout the run. Boo.
Wed: 9/9. Changed up my route a bit, which helped to relieve the monotony. There was also a tiny bit of elevation gain (~200′).
Thurs: 4/4. I think I’m going to make Thursdays my short interval/speed days. This week, I did a short warm-up, followed by 10 x 1 minute fartlek/HIIT intervals + 2 minutes rest, finishing with a cool-down. My splits were nearly identical to the workout I did at the beginning of July, but I’m not taking too much stock in what that means re: my speed or fitness. It was just fun to get out there and run fast for a little while.
Fri: Rest or cross-training/20 min yoga. “Rise and shine” yoga download podcast. This was fine, but I think I need to get myself into a real studio soon.
Rest/13.2 trail miles with 2500′ elevation gain. Headed over to Cathryn‘s neck of the woods to explore new trails. We started off in Huddart Park and ran over to Wunderlich Park. In between were miles and miles of beautiful single track in the forest, surrounded by coastal redwoods, eucalyptus, and oak trees. We saw 2 horses, about 5 cyclists, and less than 20 hikers and runners the whole time. Very peaceful! The only downside was lack of water and toilets. By the end of the run, we were both almost out of water. Once we got to a spigot at Wunderlich, we immediately refilled our bottles over and over again — I guess we were thirsty! After the run, Cathryn, her husband, her son, and I went to Alice’s for a delicious lunch. I was starving and my scramble with hash browns really hit the spot! It was a really fun adventure and I’m already looking forward to our next one, which will hopefully be in the Marin Headlands.
You can read Cathryn’s take on our trail adventure and a more detailed description of the trails we ran here.
Half marathon/3 recovery. I took advantage of the cut back week to sleep in and enjoy a relaxing morning with the Gypsy Runner. I must’ve been tired because I slept for over 10 hours! In the afternoon, I left all of my gadgets at home (Garmin, iPhone), and set out for 3 easy miles around the Lake. It was fun to see the weekend crowd out and about – I saw a capoeira group, a woman slacklining, and an impromptu drum circle all within 1/4 mile. Gotta love Oakland!
Wrap-Up: 30 miles/33.2 total. This was a slightly weird week because I had a half marathon on the schedule, which I obviously did not do. I’m not following the schedule next week either, since I’ll be running the Skirt n Dirt 25K on Saturday in the place of my 19 mile long run. I’m considering it an equal exchange, since I’ll probably take the same amount of time to run the SND 25K (with its nearly 3000′ elevation gain) as 19 road miles. Wish me luck!
Two random notes from this week:
1. Earbud fail. After a few recent hiccups, my iPhone earbuds have finally quit on me. I spent almost 2 hours researching replacement earbuds, and thought about getting this pair, but ended up deciding to get another pair of Apple earbuds. The problem was that they were sold out at Target, and I was too lazy to fight through the back-to-school shopping mania to get a pair elsewhere. I settled for a pair of Skullcandy Ink’d earbuds. They were the cheapest pair I could find that had an in-line mic and play/pause controls. I’ve only tested them out in my apartment so far, but I’ll let you know how they perform on the run.
2. Runger = running + hunger. The “problem” with 40 mile weeks? I’m hungry ALL THE TIME, even though I’m eating ALL THE TIME. It’s a weird kind of hunger, as in I’m not always getting the normal hunger cues. For instance, last week, I developed this horrible headache. I thought maybe I was dehydrated, so I drank a bunch of water. Then, I ate a couple of pieces of fruit. Still, the headache persisted. Finally, I thought about all that I ate that day (a couple of Clif Bloks and a Gu, 3 tacos, 2 pieces of fruit) and all of the running I did that day (2 hours on the trails) and realized that I hadn’t eaten enough. Duh! I ended up scarfing down 9 pieces of California Roll before gorging myself at a friend’s BBQ. And guess what? The headache disappeared. Don’t get me wrong — it’s really nice to eat what I want to eat without thinking too much about it, but at the same time, it’s kinda annoying to always be hungry. I think I ate 6 meals on Friday. #marathontrainingproblems