Mountains 2 Beach Training Week 9

Monday 2/25

It seemed like a good day to do two workouts… FlyBarre in the morning and track at night. And it was! FlyBarre was tough but track was tougher. The workout was 8×400 + 400 easy followed by 4×200 + 200 easy – 7.7 miles total including warm up and cool down.

Tuesday 2/26

Tired legs but I wanted to get some miles in. In the morning, I warmed up for 10 minutes on the bike followed by 3 miles on the treadmill. Then I finished off the day with 3 miles after work.

Wednesday 2/27

5 miles at 8:54 /mile – easy effort. I immediately checked the weather forecast when I woke up and saw that it was 45 degrees with a chance of rain. No big deal! I gave myself a goal of running “easy” at a 9:00-9:30 pace and just went for it.. hills and all.

Thursday 2/28

TEMPO THURSDAY! 8 miles at 8:31 /mile – 1 mile warm up + 5 x 5/3/2 tempo + 1 mile cool down. I set my alarm for 4:30a, started my run at 5:30a with Randy/Sarah and we got it done.

Friday 3/1

Active rest day with a FlyBarre Arms & Abs workout. I was debating on running or doing a second workout but decided to take the time to recover.

Saturday 3/2

Set out for a run around Raleigh. I knew that I would be happy with anything from 11 to 16 miles. Ended up with 12 very hilly miles, not to shabby!

Sunday 3/3

Hit the trails for 6 miles – wow!!! Sunday is usually my rest or easy day but I didn’t want to pass up an opportunity to get outside on the trails. It was hilly but we took it slow and enjoyed the miles.

TOTAL: 44

Mountains 2 Beach Training Week 8

Hello, North Carolina! I landed Sunday night and will be traveling for work for the next couple of weeks. I’m not sure how the traveling will affect my runs but I guess we’ll see how this goes!

Monday 2/18

First morning in North Carolina! This California girl needed a little more time to adjust to the weather so I opted for 6 miles on the treadmill this morning. It went surprisingly smooth considering it was 6 miles on a treadmill.

Tuesday 2/19

It was still cold but at least it wasn’t raining.. so I went outside – 4 hilly miles around Raleigh. Yes.. much hillier than I’m used to.

Wednesday 2/20

Rain.. cold rain. I decided to try out a new gym after work so I went for an easy 3 miles on the treadmill. This did not go well.. the gym was crowded and it stressed me out. I quickly finished up the 3 miles and went home.

Thursday 2/21

Woohoo back to Flywheel! Felt great to do something else and I even ran 3 miles after work. Kept the effort super easy.

Friday 2/22

I decided to do an active rest day today so I tried out FlyBarre – Arms & Abs. It was SUPER challenging and I loved every minute of it.

Saturday 2/23

A little sore from FlyBarre but somehow knocked out 17 miles in the cold rain! It felt great to meet up with my old running group – I could have run a full marathon!

Sunday 2/24

Easy day.. I wanted to try out another gym so I biked 9 miles and ran 3 miles.

TOTAL: 36

Mountains 2 Beach Training Week 7

False alarm, I’m thankfully not injured! I took this week “slow” at first, which was actually really fast and luckily, the pain went away by itself.

Monday 2/11

4.5 miles at 8:23 /mile. I went out with the intention of going slow, I even consciously took shorter strides to avoid adding more stress to the pain. Overall, not too bad though.

Tuesday 2/12

5 miles actually slow on the treadmill. It sucked but at least there was no pain!

Wednesday 2/13

Rest day.. trying to avoid injury so I gave myself a break!

Thursday 2/14

First day of funployment!!! I started my morning off with a 6.4 mile run at 8:13 /mile but had to cut it short to get home to the puppy. Then I went back outside for 3.2 miles at 7:50 /mile. KILLED IT!

Friday 2/15

1.1 mile to literally RUN errands.. I didn’t really feel like running today.

Saturday 2/16

14 miles at 8:30 /mile ish.. started out strong. It wasn’t supposed to rain but then it poured. I had to stop and wait for a break because the water was irritating my contacts. Eh oh well, I finished.

Sunday 2/17

3.3 miles on the treadmill! I flew out to Raleigh and decided to hit the gym at the hotel before going to sleep.

TOTAL: 38

Mountains 2 Beach Training Week 6

Did I get my mojo back?! Almost did… until my psoas starting hurting towards the end of the week. But that is to be continued…

Monday 2/4

4 miles outside in the rain and wind, followed by my leg circuit.

Tuesday 2/5

5 miles at 8:50 /mile. Decently easy run in 41 degree weather! Even though this is nothing compared to what I ran in when I lived in North Carolina, this was COLD. I had to look around for my running tights and gloves! I was wanting to do a hill workout but my legs said not today.

Wednesday 2/6

8 miles at 9:01 /mile. So I was planning to run 4-6 miles but Emily texted me and asked if I wanted to run (she was planning to run 10 miles). I agreed to try for 8 miles if we ran slow; and we did. My legs were bust after but it felt good to get a longer weekday run done!

Thursday 2/7

EPIC. 5.2 miles at 7:47 /mile. I planned to take it easy but everything just felt good. I started at an 8:18 on the first mile, then progressed to 8:01 /mile on the second.. quickly went to 7:25 /mile and 7:31 /mile… AND finished with 6:54 /mile!! This was fun but I may have pushed it a little too hard.

Friday 2/8

Following yesterday’s epic run, my psoas feels like it is pinching a bit. Rest day it is and hopefully it will be fine for tomorrow’s long run.

Saturday 2/9

Not fine… planned to run 14 miles and finished with 9.5 miles. I got to the turn around point and started to slug my way back home in pain. Luckily, Christine had driven to her run nearby so I gave up and asked for a ride home. I was disappointed but as I limped my way back, I kind of knew that I made the right decision.

Sunday 2/10

Ok, I went for it again. I went out for an easy shakeout run and planned to go REALLY slow just to test things out. I swear it felt like a 10:00 /mile pace but I somehow finished 3.2 miles at an 8:27 /mile. My psoas was a little uncomfortable but not too horrible overall.

TOTAL: 35

Mountains 2 Beach Marathon Training Week 5

Tired. Have you ever had one of those days where you just don’t feel like doing anything? I had a whole week of them. I ended up taking most of the week off which may not have helped me physically but it will definitely help me mentally. So TL;DR there isn’t a whole lot going on in this week’s recap.

Monday 1/28

4 slow miles on the treadmill. No, it wasn’t rainy.. or dark.. or windy. I just didn’t feel like getting out there but at least I got a few miles in followed by my leg circuit.

Tuesday 1/29

SORE. I have no idea what hit me.. my workout on Monday was mediocre at best.

Wednesday 1/30

Tired and still sore? I really didn’t think I pushed it hard enough to be this sore but I was fine with taking another day of rest.

Thursday 1/31

What’s the point now? This was honestly just laziness.

Friday 2/1

Continuing the laziness trend at this point.

Saturday 2/2

I FINALLY RAN. Lol.. I actually woke up and still wasn’t mentally ready to run.. even after four days of rest. It was rainy and windy so I wanted to stay in bed but Christine made me commit to run an easy 7 miles with her before our races on Sunday. And it felt great to be outside! It wasn’t my planned 14 miles but my ankle was hurting a bit anyway.

Sunday 2/3

Race day – San Jose 408k! I didn’t have a lot of pressure on myself for this race but I’ll save the details for my race recap.

TOTAL: 16

Mountains 2 Beach Marathon Training Week 4

Vacation is on my mind this week as I head to Hawaii for a cousin’s wedding. I don’t usually run too well on vacation so I plan to lower expectations and just continue to build my base mileage.

Monday 1/21

6.9 miles at 8:43 /mile. My legs felt dead but it was a 3-day weekend so at least I didn’t have to run at 5:00am. I can tell that this is going to be a tough week on my legs but I know that I need to keep building my base back up.

Tuesday 1/22

Hill repeats AGAIN. 6 miles; 3 mile warm + 12 hill repeats on a 20% grade hill. At least it wasn’t raining this week but boy, I just wasn’t feeling it. I wanted to quit after every repeat but was motivated to finish all 12 so that I could finish at an even 6 miles.

Wednesday 1/23

Rest day! Knowing that I will be traveling tomorrow, I planned to do a short run today. Oh well, hopefully the extra day of rest will keep injuries away.

Thursday 1/24

Thought I was going to have to take a second rest day in a row but Cade surprised me and wanted to go for a run in Waimea! 3 slow miles in the country – amazing.

Friday 1/25

Sad to break my weekly Flywheel streak but happy to be running in paradise. 5 slow miles today – 2 by myself and Cade joined me for another 3!

Saturday 1/26

Here’s where I knew that it would get tough. My plan called for 14 miles but I decided to go out and get done whatever I could. I ended up with 11 miles, slow but happy to have been able to get it done.

Sunday 1/27

I was dying to get one last run done in Hawaii but my ankle was a little sore so I took a rest day before my flight back to San Francisco.

TOTAL: 32

Mountains 2 Beach Marathon Training Week 3

Monday 1/14

An “easy” run – 6.1 miles at 8:50 /mile – with my last mile at goal marathon pace. Then I ended with my leg circuit (2×10 weighted front squats, 2×10 single leg deadlifts and 2×10 weighted lunges). Today felt pretty good!

Tuesday 1/15

BEAT YESTERDAY (or in this case, last week). 6 miles; 3 mile warm + 12 hill repeats on a 20% grade hill in the RAIN! Emily joined me again this week and we decided to go for a little more than we did last week.

Wednesday 1/16

Rest day! I was originally thinking about using this day to do a back and biceps workout until my alarm went off and I chose to get an extra hour of sleep instead.

Thursday 1/17

It was pouring outside with some really strong gusts of wind! I decided to take it indoors on the treadmill – 3 mile warm up + arm circuit #1 + 1 mile hard + arm circuit #2 + 1 mile hard + arm circuit #3 + leg circuit. It felt easier to be indoors but it was still a decently hard workout.

Friday 1/18

Flywheel for a third week in a row! Who am I?! Not going to lie, this week was hard. My legs felt dead and I felt like I was on the verge of coming down with a cold. But I managed to come in first place and beat the leaderboard!

Saturday 1/19

13.1 miles at 8:29 /mile – WOW, what happened?! Christine happened (lol). Truthfully, I was nervous about running with Christine and Emily because I didn’t want to slow them down but we ended up with a pretty fun run! Finished with my leg circuit.. killer.

Sunday 1/20

Convinced Cade to do a mile shakeout with me.. aka 2 miles but I just pretended that it was one. Legs felt super heavy but I was glad to get outside.

Mountains 2 Beach Marathon Training Week 2

My second week of training is in the books and it felt SO good!

So first things first, what’s the deal with my leg circuits after my runs?

After being sidelined by a few injuries last year, I decided to make a conscious effort to add strength training to my marathon training routine. Part of that effort means that I need to stay accountable and the easiest way to do that is to do it right after my run. I am currently working with my physical therapist on my current circuit and can feel myself getting stronger already. I’m excited to see what comes next!

Monday 1/7

A short, “easy” run but can anyone say negative splits?! 4.1 miles, 8:40 /mile followed by my leg circuit (2×10 weighted front squats, 2×10 single leg deadlifts and 2×10 weighted lunges). Not anything spectacular but I’m starting to feel in my groove again.

Tuesday 1/8

What the HILL! Decided to do my first hill workout of the year, though it has really been awhile. My friend, Emily, joined in for the 5:30am fun. We warmed up for 2 miles and completed 10 repeats on a 20% grade hill, totaling 4.5 miles. And wow, I’m beat.

Wednesday 1/9

Rest day – after seven consecutive days “on”, I knew that I needed a real rest day. Not an active recovery or cross training day, but a rest day of doing nothing. I was expecting to wake up tired and feeling sore from the hill workout but instead, I woke up at 4:45am ready to go. As I laid in bed, I thought about going to the gym for a short biceps/back circuit but I opted for an extra hour and a half of sleep instead.

Thursday 1/10

THANK YOU AGAIN, EMILY! 6 miles easy today at 8:50 /mile. After the hills on Tuesday, Emily joined me at 5:30am again for some easy miles. Both of us were pretty beat so we definitely struggled a bit towards the end but appreciated the company!

Friday 1/11

Flywheel class. Again? Is this turning into a weekly routine?! My legs are exhausted.. but what a great cross-training workout. I dialed up the effort and finished with a higher number than last week – WOOHOO!

Saturday 1/12

11 miles at 8:50 /mile – BOOM! This felt AMAZING. There were a couple moments of struggle but I powered through and put the miles in. First double digit run of the year!

Sunday 1/13

My plan was to do an easy shakeout run but I took an extra rest day instead. Ready to start week 3 strong!

TOTAL MILES: 26

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Mountains 2 Beach Marathon Training Week 1

Well, here we go! I took a break last month from running and now it’s time to get back into the swing of things to start training for the Mountains 2 Beach Marathon in May.

Monday 12/31

My final run of 2018! 5.1 miles at 8:22 /mile. My pace might have been fast but it was anything but easy. After returning from Hawaii, where I did minimal running and a lot of eating, it was tough to get started. The weather was colder that I would’ve liked but I wanted to run one more time on the Los Gatos Creek Trail before heading up to San Francisco.

Tuesday 1/1

Happy New Year! In Japanese culture, we celebrate the new year on 1/1 with a lot of really good food.. and it continues throughout the day. So I took a rest day – truth is, I needed it after my 5 mile run and I am also trying to build my base slowly to avoid any injuries this year.

Wednesday 1/2

4.1 miles easy effort, 8:53 /mile. First day back to my early morning workouts – this was brutal. I slept through my 5:00am alarm, my 5:10am alarm and my 5:15am alarm. It is actually amazing that I was somehow able to start my run by 5:36am. The run went “ok” and I finished with my leg circuit (2×10 weighted front squats, 2×10 weighted single leg deadlifts and 2×10 weighted lunges).

Thursday 1/3

3.8 miles easy effort, 9:07 /mile. Yesterday was hard but today was even harder. I was decently sore from yesterday’s workout so I took it easy and managed to get through this run to put the miles in.

Friday 1/4

This was supposed to be a rest day but I signed up for a Flywheel class instead – hey, at least it was still a day off from running. I really liked incorporating this in my schedule and will hopefully continue to do something like this in the future!

Saturday 1/5

Shockingly not sore from Flywheel today. I woke up and was dreading the idea of running outside with the rain and wind advisory. Despite my efforts, I just couldn’t motivate myself to run outside.. so I took my miles to the treadmill. It started well… until 3.5 miles in when I decided that I absolutely needed to stop for a break. From then on, I ran three mile repeats with my leg circuit in between. I didn’t make my planned 8 miles but it was a tough workout nonetheless with 6.5 miles.

Sunday 1/6

The weather today was worse than it was yesterday but I knew that I couldn’t wimp out of another run outside in the rain. It was so hard to get myself out the door but once I did, it was perfect. 3.8 miles at 8:17 /mile. I left my music and phone at home, ran through puddles, challenged myself against the wind and ultimately had a blast. This was by far, the best run that I have had in awhile.

Total Miles: 23