Monday, November 28, 2011

Weekly Recap and Misc Ramblings

Okay -- 5 weeks left of base building and I'm not really any closer to deciding what formal training plan to use.  Or if I get help.  I just can't decide what I want to do.  Ah be making up my mind soon.

Last week was lovely.  My stepmom came into town on Tuesday and didn't leave until this morning (very early this morning I might add).  We had such a good time -- she's such an easy house guest and I love her to pieces.  We did a smidgen of shopping on Saturday in my little down town -- but otherwise avoided any big crowds in favor of drinking and eating.  Lots of drinking and eating.  Fun.

I still managed to get 32 miles in last week and 4 of the 5 days were when she was here.  I call that a success -- the old me would have just blown it off -- but the new, OMG, I have to run 26 miles in 23 weeks me was all about getting out for the run.

I did, however, miss the Turkey Trot.  My first DNS.  I had slept terribly the night before and woke up at about 4 and couldn't go back to sleep.  My stomach just hurt like hell too -  so I was praying for the rain that was predicted -- but when I got up at 6, no rain.  So I got dressed, ate a bit (usually that settles my stomach) and thought I'd be able to manage it all.  Then I got in my car and the rain started.  I hate running in the rain -- it just makes me cold and miserable.  I can handle it when it starts while I'm running but to start running in the rain is difficult for me.  This comprised with feeling miserable and tired, I just started to cry.  Pathetic I know -- but I took that as a sign I just wasn't up for it (mentally this time) so I called my friends and went back to bed for a couple hours.

Ended up being the best decision ever:

  • I got two more hours of much needed sleep.
  • Stomach was fine when I woke back up
  • The rain stopped (I think it stopped before I went back to sleep)
  • I missed a 21,000 person run/walk/chaos morning
  • and best of all I ran 5 miles later that morning with my boy!!!!!!
Happy Dance -- will take 5 miles with my boy over anything any time.  

So I pronounce my first DNS a success :) -- however, I don't plan on making a habit of it.  Until I got to the run with my boy part, I was feeling very guilty and pathetic.  

Okay -- weekly run summary (thank god for dailymile -- I already have forgotten what I did when):

Monday:  yoga.  Felt wonderful  -- 

Tuesday:  6.2 miles -- was off of work that day so did it when the sun was out.  That was nice.

Wednesday:  rest, was maybe going to do a small run but never got around to it.

Thursday: 5 miles with my boy!!

Friday:  6.2 miles.  Posted on DM that I was feeling the previous three days of drinking and eating!  ha

Saturday:  10 miles.  Felt decent though a bit slower than the week before when I did 14.  But overall lack of sleep this week was catching up to me.  Not sure why I had such a bad sleep week but I did. 

Sunday: 5 miles.  Thought I should go 6 and wanted to go 4 so split the difference with myself.  Not particularly pleasant but I got it done.  

Just going along pretty well for me.  Trying to decide how to up the miles to 40 -- do I add a day and run 6 days a week or do I just run longer on the 5 days I'm running.  

So many things to decide.  

On to the week....


Terzah said...

I wish I could help with some real advice, but all I can do is tell you what I do. In the past, I've used the Run Less, Run Faster plan--never for a marathon, though. Now I buy custom plans from McMillan Running--I love these. They are fun. But McMillan is conservative with marathoners and miles--I will probably go over 50/week in my current plan, but I didn't in the one for Top of Utah. He's a big fan of gradual progress so you don't get injured. And I'm OK with that even given my deadline.

Anyway, for what it's worth! It will be fun to see what you decide.

Caroline said...

I cannot offer advice on marathon training...but I would add a day
I run 6 days a week and I like it.
I follow the one harder run, one easy run pattern.

Me I pick rain..well LIGHT rain over heat. The heat is coming back this week. I am not happy

Katie @ Will Race for Carbs said...

Sorry about the DNS! I would have gone back to bed too! I hate to run in the rain. I am a fair weather runner(aka a weenie!).

Kathy said...

I slept through the alarm for my Turkey Trot (I didn't preregister so I didn't mind). Instead I ran 3 miles in between dinner prep - and wound up with 9 total - mmm, extra pie!!! I trained with Hal Higdon Intermediate II - a little ambitious for my first run. In hindsight, Intermediate I probably would have been best.