Glass City Training-Week 8

Remember all that talk about being fearless and taking chances? It has officially become my motto for Glass City. Be bold, be fearless. I’m posting my Week 8 training midway thru Week 9 and so far, things have been going great. I even got to run outside a few times….words cannot even begin to express the joy. Spring is no longer a fickle mirage miles in the distance. She’s right around the corner, I know it. Kids seriously, I spied 50s next week #suckitwinter.

And now for a little Type A fodder….Glass City Week 8 Training:

Sunday: 5.7 miles @ 8:56/ spectating my amazing friends at Last Chance for Boston
Conditions: Outside, frigid AM
Fuel: Banana before, water
Thoughts: Can’t remember the last time I was just a spectator. Marcie and I had so
much fun making signs and cheering everyone to the finish. Lots of our girls were
running the 5K and hoping for a PR, conditions (snow covered portions of the
course) did not allow #suckitwinter. Our girls Meggie and Allison won the Half
Marathon relay. How anyone can run a one mile loop course for 26.2 miles is
just beyond me.

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: Speedwork- 10:00 warm 6 x [2:00 @ 7:15 pace/ 2:30 recover] 5:00 cool
Conditions: Treadmill AM
Fuel: Banana before, water
Thoughts: Felt good and strong despite being on the treadmill. It is REALLY hard for me to run fast on the treadmill. Maddening actually. Not
to mention supposed pace is completely not accurate, effort/pace is
completely misaligned on my TM. Even more maddening.

Wednesday: Easy/Foundation Run- 6 miles @ 9:04
Conditions: Outside, cold and windy, super AM
Fuel: Banana before, water
Thoughts: One of those BLAH runs, never really felt warmed up. Did get to meet up with
my 430 AM Wednesday crew, had been weeks since we had been together
(#suckitwinter). Love my girls but did not love this run.

Thursday: Easy/Foundation Run- 4.25 miles @ 9:24
Conditions: Treadmill PM w/ the added atmospheric challenge of small rowdy rugrats
circling me like a kettle of vultures
Thoughts: No thoughts, just the following outbursts…”Get off the treadmill!”
“No, no, no, no backflips on the couch.” “No, I can’t Facetime your friend’s
mother to relay specific Minecraft instructions to your friend so you can
hook up right now.” Wait, no I lied….one thought, damn I need a drink.

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Long Run- 9 miles @ 8:46
Conditions: Outside PM, gorgeous and sunny, chilly
Fuel: Banana before, water & Honey Stinger waffle during
Thoughts: Love my solo miles esp on the OT. Ran into Marcie who was nbd crushing 18 miles. Actually felt crappy and did not feel like I had enough in the tank.
Legs felt really heavy. Ready for Whole30 to be over….I’m having a lot of
difficulty with keeping my carbs up with such a restricted diet.

Total Mileage: 29.15

Did I say I’m over this Whole30 biz? 5 more days until I eat all the bread.

xo

Reflections

Yea, it’s been a while.

But I’ve been working hard kids. This Sunday I will be running the Nationwide Children’s Columbus Half Marathon. This will be my second time running this race and I am beyond super stoked to get after it this weekend. I have a goal of hitting sub 1:50 and have already committed and convinced myself that this goal is absolutely 100% obtainable.

I haven’t really stuck to a training plan this go around…..crazy I know. I did stick to the long run schedule (Hal Higdon’s Intermediate 1) with the exception of swapping this past week’s 12 miler for an 8 miler for more of a taper. I’ve never run more than a 10 mile long run during my past cycles so I was totally fine with this. The furthest run this go around was 11.3 (yes random, we were supposed to stop at 11 but overshot our turnaround point and just kept running). I’ve learned that I do better with a proper taper and really like to give my legs a lot of time to rest.

This week I plan on doing an easy 3 this evening and my last run will be Wednesday for 4 easy miles with my Wednesday group.

Speaking of my Wednesday group, I’ve come to the realization that this past training cycle has been a culmination of a bunch of firsts for me…

1. First time running with a proper group– I was lucky enough to have found a group (Mom’s Run This Town- Columbus, OH chapter) that I absolutely adore. I started running with the group about half way thru my training cycle and have already made some amazing friendships. The amount of support that emanates from these fabulous ladies is just unbelievable. I now know first hand how amazing this running community is and am so grateful to be a part of it.
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2. Super early AM runs– No I’m not talking 7am kids. I’m talking drag your ass out of bed at 3:45, slap on your Garmin and Sauconys and meet the ladies at 4:20 type of early AM run. Revolutionary. Yes, I want to keel over by 7:30 PM but it’s a fair trade for ridding the mommy guilt of going out for a run after dinner after you’ve been away from the kiddos all day. I was able to squeeze in a lot more miles on weekdays that I previously was not able to do d/t restricting myself to evening runs.

3. Running without music– We all know music is a HUGE part of my running. I had it in my head that I physically cannot run fast (or slow) without a little push from Glassjaw or Lil Jon (yes hello I have schizophrenic taste in running music). For the first time this training cycle I learned that that is simply not true. Most of the miles were accompanied by chatter instead of pounding bass and I actually enjoyed it (who am I?). Disclaimer: I do still love to have music when I’m running solo or if I’m racing. That’ll never change!

4. I listened to my body– Really, I did. I did not stick to a regimented plan and really let my body dictate the pace of the workout. If I felt like running faster that day, I would. If my legs weren’t having it and I wanted to ratchet it back, I would. I felt like it alleviated a lot of stress from fretting over whether or not I could hit a particular workout. If I didn’t want to run a weekday run, I skipped it. If I wanted to run 8 instead of 6, I did. We’ll see how this shakes out race day but it really lessened the load mentally throughout these past 12 weeks.

All in all I am super excited to leave it all out on the course this Sunday. Looking forward to crushing my sub 1:50 goal and everything beyond.

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Thursday Tunes- My fantastic Earth Day Half playlist

So initially the goal of starting and (ahem) maintaining this blog was really more to share my new found love for running and racing above all others. However, for those who know me it’s no secret that I am equally as passionate (if not even more so) about lots of other things including music.

I grew up in a very musical family. Thanks to my mom and dad music was always a common denominator in our daily lives. All of my childhood memories have specific soundtracks attached. I started playing piano when I was 5 years old and was formally trained beyond elementary school and into high school (with a brief hiatus due to adolescent rebellion shrouded in lots of black eyeliner, Nirvana t-shirts and Doc Martens). I sang a lot too… Show Choir, Cincinnati May Festival Youth Chorus, on and on.

It’s no secret that mommy hood introduces such a potent concentrated passion into your life that there are times when your passions must fall to the wayside…at least temporarily. One of the best things about being a mom is, as your children grow, learning and NURTURING their passions. Thankfully for me, I’ve got a little girl who is equally as geeked about music as I am.

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Yea, more on that later.

And a super speedy little boy…

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Bases covered.

So today I declare Thursday officially Tunes day on RunJessRun. To kick it off here is my fantabulous Earth Day Half playlist. Happy listening!!

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#2 is officially penciled in…

It’s been a while since I’ve posted….about four weeks since I ran my very first half marathon.

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Quite possibly still on a runner’s high from that dang race.

I unfortunately haven’t been doing that much running the past few weeks as a result of a busy end of the school year schedule, however I’m squeezing in my miles as much as I can to maintian somewhat of a base. The first week in July starts training session #2 of the year for something I am super stoked about…..

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Sunday, October 20th 2013

And no crazy kids I will not be doing the full….yet. Half Marathon #2 coming at ya in October. I’ve heard so many amazing things about this race, the course (flat flat flat) and how flawless of an event it is, so I’m really excited to finally add this one to my race list.

Am I crazy to already be obsessing about my training plan, analyzing every detail and already entering it into my Google calendar??

Nah, I didn’t think so.

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My biggest cheerleaders

 

Week 11 Recap

And as of today it’s officially taper time! 6 days until race day and it was super high on my list of priorities to nail the workouts scheduled for week 11. I was coming off of a confidence boosting 10 miler and was ready to tackle whatever my training plan was throwing at me…

Sun: Rest

Mon: Speedwork on the mill

Tue: Abs (with a hefty dose of 90s fitness perfection)

Wed:  Rest

Thu: Tempo (4 miles 2 @ 8:00 pace)

Fri: Easy (4 miles)

Sat: Race Sim (8.1 miles)

My sister and I are both training for the Earth Day Half (her second, my first). We both have aspirations of finishing sub 2:00. Although we haven’t been able to run together as much as we originally wanted to given her school and weekend work schedule, we were able to get together yesterday for the all important 8.1 at race pace (9:05) yesterday.

According to my current training bible, the idea behind the race simulator is to practice your race day fueling plan and to really tackle the prescribed distance (8.1 miles/13.1 km) as you would on race day. Not only will we be road testing our gear and tummy testing our fuel of choice, but it will ultimately be our last hard workout before race day.

Bla bla bla bla…..can we sidebar to talk about the most adorable little creature/cheerleader we found at the park??!! A-freaking-dorable!

Despite the distraction of cuteness that followed us around, we dominated our 8.1 and nailed it.

Split Time Avg Pace
1 09:01.2 9:01
2 09:00.4 9:00
3 09:05.0 9:05
4 09:08.6 9:09
5 09:08.8 9:09
6 09:18.9 9:19
7 09:01.6 9:02
8 08:42.7 8:43
9 :53.1 9:02
 Summary 13:20.3 9:03

Week 11 mileage: 21 miles