BSIM Training Week 12

This past week was one of those weeks where every run was perfect. I ran my fastest tempo. I ran my longest run of the year. I ran the most hills on a run ever. Yet most of all, I received this little piece of inspiration this week, “every day is a gift”, from Momentum Jewelry. I have multiple pieces from them but this one held so much meaning to me this week. (I may or may not have a discount code coming in the next few weeks so stay tuned).

Monday – 6.2 miles on the track

Tuesday – 3.1 miles on the treadmill

Wednesday – 8 easy miles

Thursday – tempo

  • 2 mile warm up
  • 4 mile tempo
  • 1 mile cool down

Friday – rest day.

Saturday – 18 miles, so stoked!

Sunday – 6 mile trail run/hike

BSIM Training Week 11

I’m baaaack! Well, kind of. The focus last week was to add some miles back in slowly and make sure that I wasn’t pushing any injury too much.

Monday – 5.2 miles, slow and easy.

Tuesday – cross training day.

Wednesday – 3 miles on the treadmill to minimize the impact on my foot.

Thursday – 7 mile progression run.

Friday – rest day.

Saturday – 13 miles, I was planning on 17 with the group but I stopped early to avoid running through the pain.

Sunday – rest day.

BSIM Training Week 10

Welp, this blog post is long overdue. I was avoiding this recap of last week because I was mostly sidelined with a couple aches and pains. Although it was a rough week, it wouldn’t be marathon training without any injuries, right?

Growing up playing basketball and many other sports, I have run into injury after injury. We were always coached to play through the pain or to suck it up. After years of running, I realized that sucking it up is not the best option at all when it comes to healing injuries (yikes!).

I went for my usual run on Monday, the focus was on hills. While on my run, I felt this discomfort on the top of my foot and my heart dropped a little. Pain meant rest, rest meant no running, and no running meant end of life as I knew it. (That was SO dramatic!)

Part of running is understanding your body and trusting the process. It is so mentally challenging to have to step out of your routine and make yourself rest. Looking back on the past week, I am so proud of myself trusting the process. I may have gained a few pounds from eating the office Valentine’s Day cupcakes without my running to burn it off but I know that my body will thank me in the long term. My foot is not 100% but it is doing much better and I am making sure to take things slow with a lot of stretching and icing.

Lastly, I am trying Active Release Technique treatment on Friday so I am super excited for that. Be sure to look out for my future post on it!

BSIM Training Week 9

What a fun and challenging week to put in the books. My legs are definitely still feeling it this morning. You will notice that I took more rest days but ran more quality runs this week.

Just a picture of part of our Fleet Feet group having fun on the trail this weekend!

Monday – Speed workout, alternating 400s/800s at tempo.

Tuesday – Rest day.

Wednesday – Easy, 7 miler.

Thursday – 2 mile warm up, 4 mile tempo, 1 mile cool down (WOW! That was difficult.)

Friday – Rest day.

Saturday – 14 miles with the crew!

Sunday – 4 miles, easy – just wanted to enjoy the weather.

BSIM Training Week 8

Last week was definitely a building week for my training. The miles became longer but my effort was easier.

Monday – Fartlek (4 min, 3 min, 2 min, 1 min) – 8.1 miles!

  • A system of training for distance runners in which the terrain and pace are continually varied to eliminate boredom and enhance psychological aspects of conditioning.

  • Find out more about fartleks here.

Tuesday – Hopped on the treadmill and got in an easy 4 miles.

Wednesday – 5.5 miles outside.

Thursday – 6 miles TEMPO!

  • 2 miles warm up
  • 3 miles tempo pace
  • 1 mile cool down

Friday – rest day.

Saturday – 12 miles long run, 8:53 /mile felt good!

BSIM Training Week 7

Oops, a little late this week! Ironically, this week’s focus has been on journaling my runs and really paying attention to effort. If you are not already keeping a journal of your training, I highly recommend it. It is also really fun to see your progress!

Monday – Speed workout with FleetFeet, 5x1000s which came to 6.7 miles.

  • Warm up for 10 minutes
  • Run your first 1000m at marathon pace.
  • Recover for 200m
  • Run your second 1000m 5 seconds faster than your first.
  • Recover for 200m
  • Continue to beat each by 5 seconds, repeat until you’ve done 5.
  • Cool down for 10 minutes

Tuesday – 3 miles, easy

Wednesday – 3.8 miles

Thursday – 4 miles, TEMPO!

Friday – rest day

Saturday – 12 miles long run at 8:45 /mile!





BSIM Training Week 6

Another tough week in the books! While last week challenged me with weather, this week challenged me with being sick. 

This week I received an important reminder from a friend who sent me this awesome piece from Momentum Jewelry that says, “just breathe”. As runners, we often get caught up in our training when we really need to take a step back. After being out sick for the majority of the week, I needed the extra reminder that I don’t necessarily need to push myself to reach that set pace or that set mileage just yet.

Monday – speed workout with Fleet Feet, 6.6 miles.

Tuesday – rest day.

Wednesday – 3 miles.

Thursday – rest day.

Friday – 3.5 miles.

Saturday – 10 miles.

Sunday – rest day; for as much as I want to be outside, I am making myself rest.

BSIM Training Week 5

WOW, another solid week in the books. I wish that I got more miles in this week but I decided to play it safe.. after all, I do have over 100 days to go. This week dealed with leftover ice/snow and running with the Fleet Feet training program!

Monday – Did a little bit of cross training since the roads were still covered in ice.

Tuesday – Finally got outside for a short 2 miles!

Wednesday – 3.2 miles of moderately difficult speedwork.

Thursday – 6 miles enjoying the 70 degree weather outside. Yes, it snowed one day and then reached 70 degrees a couple days later!

Friday – Rest day.

Saturday – 8 miles long run with Fleet Feet, got in a solid 8:47 /mile pace with our group!

Sunday – Rest day, running errands and preparing for this next week!

BSIM Training Week 4

This week was a tough one. With traveling, severe weather conditions and my health on the verge of sickness, I needed to make myself take a break.

Monday – Traveling back to North Carolina from California.

Tuesday – Rest

Wednesday – Rest

Thursday – 6 miles

Friday – 4 miles

Saturday – 1.5 miles in the snow.. still bummed that I couldn’t get my long run in.

Sunday – all ice outside, XT indoor.

Not my favorite week but next week can only be stronger!

Snow Running

Another snow day! To run or to take that extra rest day? 

I never had to train in the snow until I moved to North Carolina. Even then, we usually get more ice than snow in North Carolina. Ice means a definite rest day for me since it also limits me from driving to the gym and working out inside. A rest day is also better than slipping and getting injured. On the other hand, we finally had some fresh snow with very little ice this weekend so I decided to give it a try and it was a surprisingly do-able run!

These are my 3 main takeaways from my run in the snow:

  • Take it slow.
  • Run in short strides with your feet closer to the ground.
  • Focus on the ground in front of you – be aware of icy areas, cracks in the snow, holes, etc.