Wednesday, December 13, 2017

F^3 Lake Half Marathon Training Week 3

Week of December 4-10

Monday PlannedGeneral Aerobic + Speed 8 miles 6x12 sec uphill, 6x100 strides
Monday Actual: SNOW DAY. As in, I almost died driving home in the blizzard, so zero miles were run. So much blowing snow. So scary.

Tuesday PlannedGeneral Aerobic 5 miles
Tuesday Actual: Two miles. I couldn't get myself to go any further. Brr.

Wednesday Planned: VO2 Max 9 miles 6x1k @ 3k-5k
Wednesday Actual: We opted to flip flop Wednesday and Monday's workouts as it was a windchill of -5 on Wednesday night and I thought that would make for less than optimal speedwork conditions. We did the 8 GA miles with some strides and hill strides.

Thursday Planned: Rest

Thursday Actual: We attempted do the our speed work for the week. Meaning we got to the track and it was still covered in snow, and I did 1 mile and said EFF IT. And we went home.

But not before we spelled out #jeroni on the track in the snow with our footprints.

Friday Planned
General Aerobic 4 miles 
Friday Actual: Recovery 4 miles. Coffee run!!

Saturday PlannedEndurance 12 miles
Saturday Actual: Rest. I had to work, so I'm not sure why I didn't adjust my training plan to reflect that.

Sunday Planned: Rest
Sunday Actual
Endurance 12 miles. Luckily my BRF was okay with running at 5:15 when I was off of work because I was not feeling it before work. And it was one of the best long runs ever. Two hours flew by.

Total Mileage Planned: 38 Miles
Total Mileage Actual: 27.2 miles,  cutback week came early!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Weekly Reads: Paper Towns

I'm probably the last John Green fan on the planet to just read Paper Towns, but here we are. I love his books SO MUCH that I didn't want to speed read my way through all of them, and then just be stuck in this world where there isn't another one for me to read. I had tried to listen to this on audio several years ago, and could not get into the narrator, but I chose it for an upcoming book club meeting.

I could not put it down, it was so great, and had a really good mystery element. I love John Green.

My rating: 4 stars

Summary from Goodreads:

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer Q gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Being Flexible

And no, I'm not referring to doing more yoga.

If you know me, it may not surprise you to learn that I'm not much of a "go with a flow" kind of person. I once dated a guy who's motto was that, and it should come as no surprise that he is not the guy that is my husband.

I love a plan.

I *live* for a plan.

I appreciate a good plan.

And I will be the first to admit that when my plan doesn't pan out, I kind of lose my shit a little bit. Yes, this is a major flaw of mine, and yes, I'm trying to work on it.

Last Thursday night, I was amped up to do our speed work session. It was cold out, but not nearly as cold as the prior night, and I love speedwork, and based on some new 5k race times, Toni and I have some new target paces to shoot for in said speed work sessions.

All systems go.

Let's do this.

So when we pulled up to the track at 6pm, in the pitch black dark, and I noticed the track covered in sparkly white snow....

I lost my shit.

My first thought was: I want to go home. Eff this.

My second thought was: I should probably let Toni weigh in on this before I decide.

We consulted from the warmth of her matching Subaru our options:

  1. Do the workout as prescribed. (Probably not, my back is hurting and I don't want to risk an injury.)
  2. Do the workout with less of a focus on our paces for the speed work. (maybe this is dependent on the track conditions)
  3. Run 9 miles, no workout. (You couldn't pay me to do 9 miles on a track if there's no specific workout planned and I don't know this area well enough to do a 9 mile route on the fly, also neither of us brought reflective gear or headlamps because we'd PLANNED to do the track)
  4. Go home. (not a bad idea, it's starting to look like)
We finally settled on doing our 2 mile warm up and deciding from there. Grumble grumble. Two laps into our warm up, I was shocked to learn that we had only ran half a mile in the six years that we'd been out there, running through crunchy snow, and I was mentally done. "I'm calling it quits at a mile." Toni was smart and didn't try to convince me otherwise, "ok."

We finished and I think Toni could see I was on the verge of losing my shit (or perhaps that it had already been lost somewhere around our second lap on the track) and she convinced me to spend some time writing out #jeroni in the snow. Thank goodness for this runner girl.

So I guess this is a reminder for myself and others who like a plan, that perhaps a back up plan isn't a terrible idea, especially in the winter. If I could go back and do it again, we should've just gone and run 9 miles. But I didn't know the area we were in by the track and had no clue what a 9 mile route would look like. Had I known the track was going to be covered in snow, we could've just done our normal route.

Lesson learned.

Also lesson learned that I still have a ways to go on my mental toughness game. Uff.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Katy Perry Concert

Emily and I got to see Katy Perry in concert for the second time last Friday night. We saw her last in Fargo and it was a blast, I love her so much. Here are some terrible photos because my camera sucks and we had super high up seats.

Still totally worth it!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Ocean View Half Marathon Official Race Photos + November in Review

The Ocean View Half marathon had free race photos, and that's basically my favorite trend at races lately. You can certainly tell where I'm at on the course (on a hill vs. not) by the grimace on my face. Ha.

I like to hurdle the finish line, don't you?

November in Review

Total Miles:  102.53 miles up from 79.8 miles last month. 55.8 miles last November.

Total Time:  16:53:25 up from 13:14:44 . Average pace dropped from 9:58 to 9:53! 

Total Runs: 19 runs, an average of 5.4 miles/run.

Highest weekly mileage: 
11/20/2017 – 11/26/2017:32.1 mi5:12:439:46 / mi

Most hardcore run: I was either racing or recovering for all of November so there aren't a ton of hardcore runs, but there was one tempo run after we started training for our next half, 8 miles with 4 at tempo.

Favorite run: 9 mile long run with Toni. The miles flew by, and we hadn't run long together in forever!

Favorite Race: Probably the Banquet 10k. I enjoyed the views at the Ocean View half, but it was so darn hard, it's difficult for it to be my favorite. Especially when the 10k went so well.

Favorite Jam: I'm enjoying T Swift's new album when I have to run by myself!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

F^3 Lake Half Marathon Training Week 2

Week of November 27 - December 3

Monday Planned: LT 8 miles 20 minutes at LT, 4 min recovery, 16 minutes LT
Monday Actual: I was sick, so I had an unintended rest day.

Tuesday PlannedGeneral Aerobic 5 miles
Tuesday Actual
General Aerobic 6 miles with Taylor Swift's new album to keep me company.

Wednesday Planned: General Aerobic 3 miles
Wednesday ActualGeneral Aerobic 4 miles at the group run. We dressed 100% identically 100% on accident.

Thursday Planned
General Aerobic + Speed 7 miles 10x100 strides
Thursday ActualLT 8 miles 20 minutes at LT, 4 min recovery, 16 minutes LT. So so so hard.

Friday Planned: Rest
Friday Actual: 4 Recovery Miles at the coffee run with Toni!

Saturday PlannedRest
Saturday Actual: Rest

Sunday Planned
Endurance 12 miles, increase effort last 3 miles at LT pace
Sunday Actual: 12 miles, increased effort last 3 miles, but it was completely dark out so it was hard to see, thus harder to really speed up and not be afraid of falling.

Total Mileage Planned: 35 Miles
Total Mileage Actual: 34.2 miles

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Weekly Reads: When It's Real

When It's Real is a new teen book by Erin Watt. The summary sounded like a perfect escape read, so I was excited to pick it up. It read like Justin Bieber fanfiction and I ATE. IT. UP. It's a really great lighter teen romance that you're not going to completely roll your eyes at. I loved it.

My rating: 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads:

Meet Oakley Ford-teen celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls… and restless troublemaker. On the surface he has it all, but with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley's team decides it's time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he's settled down.

Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett-devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of "normal." Under ordinary circumstances she'd never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn't have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley's team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley's a shallow, self-centered jerk? It's not like they're going to fall for each other in real life…right?

Monday, December 4, 2017

Boston Trip Recap Part 3

On Tuesday morning we woke up bright and early to go to a private yoga class. It was a spine stabilizing practice with some psoas goodness for me. After yoga it was off to Cambridge to explore Harvard!

With a stop at a brewery for lunch, obvs. I had my one major food ordering misstep at lunch, as I was craving a burger and fries and coveted Kathryn's pumpkin ravioli every minute she was eating. I also ordered the brewer's choice flight.

After lunch, we made our way over to Harvard with very limited time to explore before we had to make our way back to pick up Kathryn's youngest from preschool. Harvard on super colossal speed, and go!

Somehow it was already time to go home on Wednesday. :'( Waaaaaaaah!