Things that are Marathon Training Week 7 Recap

Sunday, May 31

I'm going to be honest with you today - I injured myself pretty bad on Monday. Bad enough that I will not be able to run for the next 2-4 weeks.

Here's my recap to the best of my physical abilities this week:


Monday: Ran the "Run of Remembrance" with Chase, Alli, Carolin and Michael. Ran 6 miles in 1:09:54. I also played soccer with some friends and we had a 2 on 2 game going, and I twisted and fell on my knee. It didn't start hurting until the afternoon, and I eventually couldn't bend it past 90 degrees and straighten it all the way. I iced it that night and just tried to rest it and keep it elevated.




Tuesday: Went to my general doctor in the morning - yes, I skipped out on work. I was worried I wasn't going to be able to get it fixed, and was worried I really injured myself. The Dr. said he thinks it was an MCL sprain, and possibly tore my meniscus. He also said to just stay off of it and do physical therapy. I convinced him to let me do physical therapy with my chiropractor who deals with sports injuries.


Wednesday: I was able to get in to see my Chiropractor. He did not believe that it was my MCL, but that it could be 1. Capsular ligament of the knee, 2. ACL, 3. meniscus. He was pretty sure it was my capsular ligament because it hurt on the front and back of my knee, not just on the front. He didn't think I needed to get an MRI unless it didn't start healing on it's own. He gave me a bio-puncture with homeopathics, on either side of my knee (injecting into the knee itself), it was pretty painful. Then he put a swab of inflammatory herbs and put a patch over the medial side of my knee. He told me I should start working on my flexibility/mobility and that I could probably start running again in about 2-4 weeks. I go back to see him again next week.

Thursday: At work I was able to be on my feet for a little while, but then would sit down. Trying to balance between resting and being mobile.

Friday: I did the same thing, but I was actually on my feet a lot more and my knee was definitely more swollen.

Saturday: Chase and I went on a 1.86 mile walk with our dogs, I did yard work, and a lot of resting. I tried to not wear my brace, and it seems to not be as swollen as it has been. You can see in the picture below that its still somewhat swollen.
Sunday: Rest day for sure!
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Things that are Memorial Day 5k/10k/1mile Race Recap 2015

Saturday, May 30

Monday started out pretty good. Chase and I got up early to go run the Memorial Day 5k/10k/1mile in American Fork.

I found out about this race because I got an email from Runtastic Events for Run of Remembrance. I am not affiliated with Runtastic Events and am not getting paid to give this race recap - I just really like race recaps. It was a free race so a lot more people were there than I had expected. They definitely appreciated donations, and all donations went to "Afflicted War Heroes."

I had planned on using this race for marathon training. I ran the 10k because my plan called for 6 miles on Tuesday. Even though Chase isn't running for a specific event, I convinced him that he should run it too. He decided that he could only handle the 5k, which is fine. I'm still proud of him for doing it with me.

The course was the same for 10k and 5k up until mile 2 when I continued up the ginormous hill, and Chase turned right. The last 0.25 mile for both 5k and 10k ran through American Fork Cemetery.

This was the first mile when I took this picture and I was running so fast, not expecting it to get hilly and not really paying attention that I would have to run an additional 5 miles..
We passed my sister who was running at a pretty good pace (I can't catch up to Alli and my Step Dad, Michael).
Just after mile 3 I took this awesome picture, then turned left and ran another uphill.

After the race I ran into one of my works UPS drivers, he does a lot of Ultras and is pretty really fit. He's pretty cool, and I can't believe how much running he does!

I had to get one with Alli. She's such a great sport!


Even with the huge hill from mile 2-3 I still had an average pace of 11.14 a lot faster than what marathon training should be. But with all the running I am doing I should be getting faster and fitter. 

Results: 1:09:54 - from my watch, I started it shortly after I crossed the start line.

It definitely was not my fastest 10k. My fastest actual 10k race was back 3 years ago and I finished it in 1:07:53.
Pros: No race bibs to worry about, lots of people to run with (though some may say that is a con because too many people can cause anxiety), started shortly after 8 - which is great! Finish line was on a downhill.

Cons: Huge hill (what doesn't kill me will make me stronger), no race results (due to it being a free race), congestion at the start line.
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Things That Are Week 6 of Marathon Training Recap

Sunday, May 24

This week I didn't feel so busy, and I felt like I could actually get my workout in without having to give something up. Life definitely has been busy ever since I started training for this Marathon. I know it's not going to get any easier, and will in fact get harder and harder to try and squeeze in a run.

I'm running the Memorial Day 10k called Run of Remembrance tomorrow (5/25), if you want to run it with me (it's a FREE race) you can sign up for it here


Monday: Went to Barre at the gym. A lot of fun, and I felt sore the next day! YES!

Tuesday: Ran 4 miles in the rain after work in the rain.



Wednesday: Soccer - the other team forfeited so we just practiced the whole time. I stepped on my foot wrong and couldn't flex my ankle. That night I made sure to massage my ankle as well as my anterior tibial muscle.

Thursday: Rest day. I felt as though I needed to rest since my foot really hurt. I think that was a good decision on my part - knowing that if I pushed it too hard I could injure myself even further.

Friday: Rest day.

Saturday: Ran 8 miles. I started at the parking lot for the Provo canyon trail and walked up 800 north to the start of the Murdock Canal trail. The first 4 miles were really rough, my ankle was sore and it seemed like it was a gradual uphill - but it wasn't. By the turn around I felt better and after getting some encouraging texts from Chase I was able to run the last 4 miles with no problems.

There were a few times bikers rode past me and I jumped because they scared me (the volume on my headphones was on the lowest - and I only had one headphone in too). To me it's a courtesy thing to say "on your left" when riding past you. Out of the 50 or so riders that passed me I had only 1 biker say "on your left."
 On the way to Provo river trail parking lot.

 It was so pretty on my run yesterday.

Sunday: Rest day

Week total: 12 miles
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Things that are Marathon Training Week 5 Recap

Sunday, May 17

This week was a little busy for me. I had to find time to fit in my runs and other activities.

Monday: Did a 30 minute swim - I think I swam a 700 and was short on time.

Tuesday: Went running in the morning and ran 3.42 miles. The run seemed really hard and I think it had to do with me getting up early and the fact that my legs were really tired and tight.

Wednesday: Soccer for 30 minutes.

Thursday: I was supposed to do a 35 minute tempo run. I miscalculated the amount of time I was giving myself for running the actual tempo and only did a 20 minute tempo. Ran 2.21 miles on the treadmill at the gym in 30:32.

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Ran 6 miles, along the Provo River Trail (3 miles in, 3 miles back). Surprisingly I ran it faster than marathon pace and faster than what my long runs should be. I did notice that it was downhill out and slight uphill on the way back. I had positive splits even though I was under 12 minute mile each mile. I felt really good and I just felt tight in my hips, knees and IT band.


Sunday: Rest

Total miles for the week: 11.6 miles
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Things that are Elevate 5k Race Recap 2015

Wednesday, May 13

Saturday started out cold and wet. It had rained on and off for at least 3-4 days leading up to Saturday. Saturday was supposed to be gross, which it was, just not the whole time.

Chase and I got to SecurityMetrics around 8:30AM. He dressed up as Iron Man! (why wouldn't he?!)

Since my Sister, Carolin, ran I felt like I needed to stay with her (I kinda felt bad for leaving her at the half marathon back in October - don't tell her!). She did struggle with running - but that was only because she was sick and congested, but I stayed with her, because I wasn't in it to get a PR. I just felt funny that morning, and knew I wasn't going to run my best. My sister did amazing and I am so happy that she is running more! Hopefully I gave her motivation to keep running - because she did great.


I also ran with my step dad, and Alli. Alli beat my step dad, but not by much - he said he could see her the entire race... She came in at 25 minutes (not sure on the exact time - they haven't posted results yet. They both did way better than me! :)

Okay! Pictures from the race:
 Alli, Carolin and I before the race. We were all so cold!

 Chase and I after the race
 My mom has never gotten a picture with Iron Man before - so she HAD to have one!


These were all the super hero's from the race (I'm still not sure what Ariel is doing there...) Marval and DC Comics. Gotta have both right?

Results: 43:34 - from my watch, because they still don't have race results yet...

Pros: location is close to me, gotta see some fun super hero's, is a family friendly event (they had bikes, strollers, scooters), its for a good cause (we helped raise money for 3 families in need).

Cons: 2 uphills (I told you I hate the uphills!), didn't start at 9am (started about 20-30 minutes late), the finish was uphill (ugh).
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Things that are Marathon Training Week 4

Sunday, May 10

This week I have felt a ton better and I think I am officially over my sickness that I had. I seriously tried everything to get rid of my congestion and nothing was really helping. Then I tried doing nasal rinses, and it has helped clear so much gunk out of my sinuses. I feel much better.

I tried really hard to cut back on soda this week, a habit that I think I will always struggle to break. I did pretty good. I found that one of the gas stations I go to has a Dr Pepper slurpee = yum! I have noticed that when I cut back on soda, I cut back on the sugar in my body and I start getting headaches, they aren't migraine headaches, they are sugar lacking headaches. There is a difference between the two.

I also signed up for the Dopey Challenge for 2016. I'm pretty Dopey for doing it, but it's a once in a lifetime thing! It's my first Disney race, and I'm really excited to run it with friends! Now in addition to training for my first marathon, I get the pleasure of training for a sort of ultra marathon. I am excited I get to run a half marathon on my birthday next year! Should be a great day to celebrate me being alive for 30 years!

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Anyways the recap from this week...



Monday: Chiropractor appointment - we worked on strengthening my ankles. After my appointment I went to Barre class at the gym.

Tuesday: Ran 3.5 outside with a few up and a few downhills.

Wednesday: Soccer - we lost! BOO! BUT they were the winning team, and they only beat us by 3, not 5 or 11 like the other teams they beat - so that's saying something, right?!

Thursday: I was going to get up and go running early at the gym, but then when I woke up I had a sore throat and was worried that I was going to get sick again, so I climbed back into bed to get another 40 minutes of sleep. Which ended up being a good decision.

Friday: Rest + Run around our building in the hail/rain with some co-workers = so much fun (as you can see from my face below)! You can see how wet I got... My feet got pretty wet due to the puddles.


Saturday: Ran the Elevate 5k with my sister, step dad and Alli (recap of the race to come). I took it easy for the 5k, knowing that I was going to run 2 additional miles later. I went to the gym and ran 2 more miles inside so I could warm up after the cold rainy weathered run.


Sunday: Rest day (as in I stayed home from church and watched TV all day).

Total miles for the week: 8.5
  Yes the miles are low, but I think taking it easy getting back into running will truly help. I know that I will have plenty of more miles to run in the next 20 weeks of training.

**My chiropractor told me that for each week I don't do a long run I need to cut back 10% on my long runs. So I was supposed to cut back 20% for the 2 long runs I missed. Since I didn't run on Thursday, I thought I gave myself enough rest to run 5 miles on Saturday. Which turned out fine, and I still feel pretty great. We'll see how this next week goes!
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Things that are Marathon Training Week 3

Sunday, May 3

 
This past week was horrible! I was home sick Sunday-Tuesday. I didn't go to work either Monday or Tuesday. And surprisingly I was SO busy this week, even with being sick.

Monday: Rest - Slept most of the day to get rid of this nasty head cold and cough.

Tuesday: Rest - Tried sleeping a lot, but only took 1 good nap, and went to the doctor to make sure I wasn't deathly ill...

Wednesday: Soccer for a little bit. Played as much as my poor body would allow (and probably shouldn't have played but it felt good to be out running).

Thursday: Nada - didn't do anything. I did reach my step goal of 10,000. Did get to go to a special showing of Avengers: Age of Ultron, which was pretty fun. Chase dressed up as Iron Man of course!

Friday: Nada again. Reached my step goal for the day, but that was about it.

Saturday: Worked out in the yard, but no long run. I know I will have plenty more runs to do, and this shouldn't set me back too far.

Sunday: Another rest day
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In March I participated in the Lucky Sock Exchange and had a fun time. I met and got to know an amazing woman who is trying to get pregnant just like me! Well I mailed my package out to her (and totally forgot to take a picture!) and here's what she sent me! Oh man! She is amazing! and I LOVE the socks! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you again! :)

Onto the next week of Marathon training for me!

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