Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Chicago Marathon Training Week 1

Last week I was committed. I always enter a training cycle with fantasies of never skipping a run but sometimes that just isn't realistic...or even smart.

I didn't want to start this training cycle off with any skipped runs, especially since laryngitis and a bad cold forced me to skip a run last week and finish up base training with 18 miles for the week, rather than the 21 I had planned for.

After taking Monday and Tuesday off from everything, I headed out for 4 miles after work on Monday. My legs were tired, my chest hurt and post-nasal drip made the run really uncomfortable. I pushed through and spent the night on the couch. The rest of the week went similarly.

Chicago Marathon Training: Week 1
Total Mileage Last Week: 25
Missed Workouts: Cross-training. I didn't do any form of it at all which isn't good.
Trouble Spots: Really sore hips post run...numbness in my feet indicating a need for new shoes.

Monday: Off
Tuesday: Off
Wednesday: 4 miles
Thursday: 4 miles
Friday: 4 miles
Saturday: 4 miles
Sunday: 9 miles

Yup, that face is a pretty accurate representation of how I felt on just about every run last week.   

Planned Mileage this Week: 28
Goals for this Week: Don't forget to cross train; try and add in some core work.

As you'll see, I ran from Wednesday to Sunday without day off in between. Yesterday's rest day was very welcome.

Was this the smartest way to train? Probably not, but it's what worked and I made sure to try and space my runs out as much as possible and take it easy so as not to really push it. I didn't actually feel good on a run until Sunday, but I felt great on my long run. I was worried that it was slower than I would have liked but when I got home and looked at my training plan, I saw that I was right on pace for where my plan wants me to me which is awesome!

I'm also thrilled to have wrapped up the month of June with my highest monthly mileage total since August of 2013...right before I got injured. It feels so good to be back!

How's your training going?
Have you ever gone on a run streak just to get your runs in?
How did you feel afterward?
What are your favorite ways to cross train? What should I do this week?!

Monday, June 29, 2015

If We Were Having Coffee...

Good Morning! Are you excited about this week? Shortened weeks are always so wonderful, aren't they? Since I've been pretty quiet here this month, I thought I'd write a coffee date post, so sit back, grab a cup and let's catch up!

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I'm so grateful that it was nice and cool in DC yesterday. I wasn't going to be able to get my long run in until the afternoon and that wouldn't have been possible if it was close to 100 degrees but it was cool and overcast which made for an awesome long run dodging tourists around the National Mall.

I would tell you that I'll have a full update on marathon training up tomorrow but that yesterday's run wrapped up my first full week of training and I feel great.

I would tell you that The Pilot and I went on a much needed date night this weekend. With him being in training  and his schedule being really sporadic, we hadn't been on a date night in months. He surprised me and took me to Columbia Heights for some Cuban food which brought me right back to my grandmother's kitchen growing up. The food was incredible (except for the croquetas...they were delicious but no one makes them like my Abuela!) and the place was packed! After dinner, we headed to the movies to see Pitch Perfect 2. It was so funny; I actually liked it better than the first one.
Date night food!
If we were having coffee I would tell you that I'm so excited for my trip to Portugal! I've been planning it all out and there are so many awesome things to see and do in Lisbon! I wanted to go there after running the Madrid Marathon but it just didn't quite work out. I've wanted to see Lisbon for quite awhile! It'll be the 14th country I've visited in Europe!

I would tell you that my summer is filling up quickly! A few weeks ago, I was telling people I was free all summer and now that doesn't seem to be the case! I hope I'm not trying to cram too much into the summer but winter was so long and miserable that I'm excited for a jam packed summer!

I would tell you how happy I am about the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of same sex marriage. #Lovewins

I would tell you that this weekend marked 2 1/2 years since The Pilot and I moved to DC. I've fallen in love with this city in a way I never thought possible and I can't wait to see what other DC adventures await us!

What would you tell me if we went for a coffee date?
Is there a certain type of food that brings back childhood memories for you?
What are your plans for the holiday weekend?
 {Linking up with Tara for the Weekend Update!}

Thursday, June 25, 2015


Feeling... better. I definitely got sick like I predicted last week. I had the worst case of laryngitis I've ever had and felt awful. I still have a pretty bad cough but only at night...so I guess that's good?

Reading... "The Underground Girls of Kabul" by Jenny Nordberg. Carolann sent this to me a few months ago and I'm just now getting around to reading it. Less than 50 pages in and I'm hooked. This is one of the best books on Afghanistan I've read and, having written part of my grad thesis on Afghanistan, that's saying a lot.

Watching... "The Astronaut Wives Club." I loved the first episode. It was great. The Pilot and I are also slowly watching "Orange is the New Black." We're only 3 or 4 episodes in but I really like this season so far. They brought a lot of the characters I like back as regulars which is great.

Listening to... Bette Midler on repeat. One of my mom's ultimate bucket list things has always been to see Bette Midler, so for her birthday this past year, I bought her tickets to see her in DC. The show was Monday and it was incredible. My mama was so happy which made me equally happy. The best part? Her donning her Winifred wig and singing "I Put a Spell on You."

Thinking about... South Carolina. It's so devastating and once again, it's sparking a lot of debate in the US. Yes, mental health is an issue in this country but let's not pretend that someone who taken pictures of himself burning the American flag and posing with the Confederate flag is anything but a racist who committed this heinous act because of hatred.

Working on... planning out my summer. All of a sudden, I went from not having a busy summer to a very busy summer. I don't hate it.

Loving... the wedding we went to this weekend. It was a blast. We had such a ridiculously fun time and it was our first time seeing that whole group of friends since our wedding, which was awesome. We heard some crazy stories about what went on after we left our wedding!

I just love getting dressed up for weddings!
Grateful for... The Pilot flying again. He's out of training and still on reserve which I'm hoping won't be for much longer. His reserve schedule is...erratic and I hardly ever know when he's going to be home.

Excited about... marathon training! This is it! Week 1! I have some catching up to do since I was sick for the early part of the week, but I'm excited to kick it into gear and see where this cycle takes me!

That's all I've got. Sorry for the absence but with being out of town, my mom coming down and getting sick, blogging has been at the back of my mind! I feel like all of June has been like that though...I'll be back to my regular posting schedule soon though!

Happy Thursday!

Thursday, June 18, 2015


Feeling... like I'm getting sick. I think it was the cold weather in Milwaukee that did me in but I've had a sore throat, a cough and some congestion since I got back.

Reading... "The Astronaut Wives Club" by Lily Koppel. I saw the previews for this TV show a few weeks ago and it looks really good! When Katie posted that she was reading the book on Instagram, I decided to pick it up as it fits the "book turned into a TV show" category for my 2015 book challenge. I like it so far!

Watching... "Orange is the New Black." You might be shocked to learn that I'm only 2 episodes in but i just haven't had the time or energy to binge watch anything lately. I went to bed at 9:00 on Tuesday night. Yup.

Thinking about... this weekend. I feel like it's going to be a busy one.

Working on... work. This month has been so insanely busy. I've had jobs where week to week I felt like I had reached the end of the internet, so this is a welcome change! I'd much rather be busy plus, everything I'm working on is pretty exciting.

Loving... this picture from the wedding on Saturday that Andrea snapped. Ir pretty much sums up the whole night our lives.

Grateful for... my mama. She's coming to visit this weekend. I bought her tickets to see Bette Midler for her birthday at the Verizon Center on Monday night so that's on the agenda. I've only seen her once since Christmas...seeing as how I was flying home once a month for wedding dress fittings last year, I'm missing her a bunch!

Excited about... my trip to Portugal! It's getting close and while I haven't had much time to look up what I want to do there, I'm still really excited!

What's going on with you?
Are you an OITNB fan? Have you watched the whole season or are you taking it slow?
Ever been to Portugal? What should we do?!


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

It's All About that Base...Week 6

I wrote all about how base training is going last week and then never finished the post. Oops.

This is it. Week 6. I originally planned on only base training for 4 weeks and training for 18 but with my focus on building weekly mileage, I decided to keep up with another 2 weeks of easy base training to get me to a good place - long run and weekly mileage-wise - before kicking in a full training cycle.

What base training has looked like...by the week.
You might not think there's much of a difference but marathon training brings in hill repeats, speed work, tempo runs, timed runs and a lot of cross training. Base training? I run easy, I do some yoga and I make sure I'm feeling good about getting back into a routine.

Last week was a step back week. I ran 13 miles total for the week and only ran 3 times. That part of it was unintentional but when my coworkers took me for a 10k run instead of the 4 we had planned on and long travel days fell into place, that's just how my week went and I was perfectly fine with it.

This week, I'm gearing up for training. I'll run 21 for the week with a long run if 8 miles. I'll go to a spin class (which I did last week...except the instructor never showed up). I'm still pretty tired from this weekend so I haven't been able to get up for a morning run, but as long as I'm getting everything in I'm not too worried about it. This time of year, evening runs are sometimes better than morning runs because it's not as hot.

As for a training plan...I finally decided what I'm going to do. I'm going to do exactly what I've done for every other marathon I've run. I've run five marathons and have always used the same plan...it hasn't gotten me to a sub-4 finish but it's gotten me damn close. I don't even know if I'm aiming for a sub-4 at Chicago, but I'm going to stick with what works. 

So there you have it. I'm so pumped to start training for my first marathon in THREE YEARS! I learned to love the distance at my last marathon and I can't wait to tackle it again. I'm excited for this training cycle. I think I'm going into it smart and healthy and I'm excited to see what I'm capable of on October 11th! 

Moving forward, these weekly training recaps are going to look a lot different. They'll feature what I'm doing, my highs and lows, lessons learned, areas to improve on, etc. For the first time, I'm also going to be featuring other runners and how their training is going! If you'd like to be featured, let me know! 

What do you think of my training so far?