Hi everyone! How was your weekend?
The theme of this week was rest. I like to cut back on running and give myself some extra mental and physical rest the week before I begin race training. I find this prevents mental burnout and overtraining before the long weeks ahead of hard training.
I begin training for the California International Marathon today with a base building and speed segment. No marathon specific work yet – it’s far too early for that – but I do want to boost my mileage up sooner than later and throw in some speed/hill training while I can.
I’m excited to share that I am an Runkeeper Ambassador for the remainder of the year! You can connect with me on Runkeeper, especially as my running becomes more exciting with training for CIM. I still rely on my Garmin for tracking mileage and paces (GPS watches are more accurate than phone GPS – it’s a device issue, not any fault of Runkeeper’s – in fact overall I have found Runkeeper to be one of the more accurate phone apps for running).
Monday: 5 mile run
Whether they’re fast or slow, long or short, Monday runs are a necessity.
Tuesday: AM: 7 miles with 3 mile tempo run; PM: Core & hip exercises
I decided mid-run to make this a short tempo run after mile 3 clocked in at 7:38. My route was hilly and involved several crosswalks, so it wasn’t ideal for a tempo run, but since I wasn’t concerned about splits I just enjoyed a bit of faster running. I averaged somewhere in the 7:30s for 3 miles, and then cooled down for two more miles to reach 7 for the day.
In the evening, I spent about 40 minutes working on my core, hips, and hamstrings. After a short warm up with the jump rope (to help with turnover), I did this stability ball workout and then some hip mobility and glute strength exercises.
Wednesday: AM: 4 mile run + 4 x 100 m strides; PM: 15 minutes Pilates
I wanted to run further, but I was aiming to keep my mileage under 30 miles this week, so I ran 4 miles and indulged my desire to do some more speedwork with a few strides after my run.
I received this Race Day Running Cap from Trailheads and immediately loved it after my first run in it. The cap is made of breathable mesh, which means no sweaty hair after a run or trapped water on a rainy run. It’s specifically sized for women (they also make men’s gear), so the hat fits well and is actually flattering.
Thursday: AM: 3 mile run; PM: Strength training
Charlie and I ran 3 easy and slow miles together.
I threw some burpees into my strength training routine – 15 with pushups and 15 without – and wow, I forgot how challenging burpees are! I was actually sore the next day, which was humbling. Why burpees? Because becoming a better marathoner (and a healthy marathoner) begins with becoming a better athlete.
Friday: 8 mile run
I ran this run slow and easy, especially since I need to get used to slowing down my long runs for marathon training. My pace falls very easily into a higher end of easy range during the off-season, but I know that I benefit from polarized training paces and very easy paced runs during marathon and half marathon training.
That evening we saw Jason Bourne, went to REI for Ryan to exchange his daypack, and enjoyed Whole Foods hot bar for a late and lazy dinner. Action movies, gear shopping, and a healthy meal served with beer is my idea of the perfect date night (and Ryan’s too, which is why we’re married!).
So I slacked at blogging on this day and didn’t take a single photo, even though we filled our rest day with plenty of fun activities.
Ryan and I took Charlie to the dog park in Redmond and treated him to an hour or so of off-leash playtime. Charlie fell in love with a few Rhodesian Ridgebacks (and I did too, they were so cute!) and we walked maybe a mile or so around the dog park.
After Mass, Ryan and I headed to REI again so I could try on new daypacks. My Deuter was comfortable enough but was not fitting my long torso well. Since REI allows members to return items within a year of purchase (they then resell items at their garage sales), we returned my Deuter pack and had me fitted for an Osprey Kyte 46 pack that I can use for day hiking or shorter overnight trips. I’m so excited to try it out on our backpacking trip to Mt. Rainier next weekend!
We also scoped out GPS watches, since I want to upgrade my Garmin Forerunner 10 for my birthday this year. The Garmin 230 is my top choices right now – has anyone tried either of these?
Ryan’s launching his gear site today, so we spent Sunday working and relaxing before the busy work week.
Linking with Weekly Wrap!
Have you tried the Garmin 230? What GPS watch/app do you use?
Are you training for all fall races?
What new gear have you tried lately?