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#StockadeathonTraining: Week #10 // Reflections on Race Day Eve

In the late summer of 2017, I set out with a goal to train for a 15K with a different perspective than my norm. I decided to document the process of my training, hoping that it will help to keep me accountable to my goals if I revisit them on the regular.  This is week ten.

Monday November 6 – Saturday November 11

Total Miles Planned: 3 miles.

Total Miles Ran: 3.5 miles, plus 2 miles walked.

Favorite Run: Instead of running 1 mile for time as originally intended when I wrote out the plan, I decided to run an easy ‘about a mile’ and stop when I felt like it.  I had a frustrating day at work and ended up running just over 1.5 miles at a bit faster than my normal pace these days. 

Least Favorite Run: Only because I was SO. FRICKIN. COLD., Thursday’s 2 miles were a reminder that we’ve had unseasonably warm weather lately and that this temperatures ranging from 20-30 degrees truth is normal for this time of year.   

Other Workouts: I’ve done a tiny bit of stretching and yoga throughout the week, and am planning on enjoying a gentle flowing practice later today. 

Listening Notes: Catching up with favorite podcasts again; Pop Culture Happy Hour Thor: Ragnarok and What’s Making Us Happy and The Inner Circle S30 E17: One In A Million.

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#StokadeathonTraining Reflections: Time goes by so quickly! It’s hard to believe I have completed 10 weeks of training for the 2017 Stockade-athon and that the start line is less than 24 hours away! 

It has been a LONG time since I ran a race and I forgot about the little pre-race day jitters that have already started to creep in today.  My stomach is butterfly-filled and my thoughts continue to fall on my plan for tomorrow, my lack of plan for tomorrow, my need of a revised plan for tomorrow, etc.  Some may call this ‘race eve anxiety.’

Last weekend – yes, a full week before race day – I laid out my planned race gear.  At that time, the forecast had us looking at a 30 degree temp at the start line, creeping up to the low 40’s by the time I finish. Things have changed.

Tomorrow morning’s forecast is now somehow colder [oh, I know how – it’s November in Upstate New York.] and due my obsessively checking the online forecast I now know I need to consider an extra layer of clothing and maybe a heavier ear warmer choice; 23 degrees at the start, creeping to 32 at the finish. 

Why didn’t I choose a summer race to run this year? How did I make it this far into the training cycle before remembering it could be cold and unpleasant? When will Mother Nature bless us with the heat wave I’ve been begging for? How cold is TOO cold before I give up and stay under the blankets watching Blue Bloods on Netflix?

I can’t give up though. I have legit started training for the Stockade-athon four times since I started running and not yet have I managed to make it to the starting line due to injury, laziness, and shifts in priorities. THIS YEAR THAT CHANGES.

When I trained for a half marathon in 2014, I genuinely believed that running became a sort of super power I could rely on. It’s time to tap into that magic and make the miles happen, cold or not.

#StockadeathonTraining: Week #9 // Less Than One Week Out; Setting Race Goals

In the late summer of 2017, I set out with a goal to train for a 15K with a different perspective than my norm. I decided to document the process of my training, hoping that it will help to keep me accountable to my goals if I revisit them on the regular.  This is week nine.

Monday October 9 – Sunday October 15

Total Miles Planned:  12 miles.

Total Miles Ran: 12 run, plus 3 walked.

Favorite Run: Again, the long run of the week is the winner. I ran 6 miles on Sunday morning, heading out around the same time as I will be running the race this coming Sunday.  I decided on a simple 3-mile out and back for my route. Choosing a road I often run was smart; the familiar landmarks popping into view as i approached was a nice way to pass the time. 

Least Favorite Run: Note to self: do not run ‘1 mile for time’ the day after your long run when your legs are most likely to feel like stones.

Other Workouts: At this point in the training, my mid-week runs aren’t remarkable.  I’m simply getting the miles done; always running in the evenings after work.  I’ve been making a habit of including my run in my commute home from the office, adding an extra loop here, or detour there, to hit my mileage.

Listening Notes: Another week of podcast filled running. Throughout the week days, I listed to portions of This American Life #630: Things I Mean to Know and Pop Rocket: Monsters Under the Bed during my workouts.

For long run Sunday, I made a playlist of shorter-than-normal episodes and segment-heavy shows, as is my “pass the miles” way.  6 Mile Sunday Playlist includes:

#StokadeathonTraining Reflections: The last few weeks of training have been a lot of going through the motions and sticking to a plan because I made a plan and it is visible. And I signed up for a race and I won’t waste the money. And because I started updating my blog about it and apparently accountability IS a thing that works sometimes. And because, honestly, a lot of life right now is going through the motions and having something like a weekly long run to look ‘forward towards’ and ‘back upon’ has been one thing that may be helping the onward motion in a figurative sense as much as, if not more than, a literal one.

Regardless of whatever place mid-slump I find myself in now, it’s hard to believe that race day is now less than a week away!  Please join me in begging Mother Nature for an upswing in temperature for Sunday morning, because as of my writing this we’re looking at a 27 degree forecast at the start light. BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.  Not a fan; but I promise I will layer up and not refuse to show up at the starting line no matter the temperature. [come onnnnnnnn, 40’s!!]

I’ve been really diligent about my meal planning this week; packing veggie and protein balanced breakfast and lunch for each week day at the office and prepping all the ingredients to throw together dinner after work each day.  The goal is to be satisfied by the healthy foods I’m choosing and be in the best shape I can for race day morning. Since cold season is creeping in, I’m also boosting up with extra zinc and vitamin C to make sure I’m hitting the recommended dosages.

Now is the time that I need to focus in on my race goals.  I really believe in the A-B-C goal setting technique I’ve been using for my last several races.  Here are my goals for the 2017 Stockadeathon 15K:

  • Goal A, achievable goal: cross the finish line.
  • Goal B, stretch goal: sub 2:00:00
  • Goal C, kicking butt and taking names goals: sub 1:55:00

#StockadeathonTraining: Weeks 7 & 8 // Learning Lessons in the Miles I Run and Those I Choose Not to Run, Too

In the late summer of 2017, I set out with a goal to train for a 15K with a different perspective than my norm. I decided to document the process of my training, hoping that it will help to keep me accountable to my goals if I revisit them on the regular.  These are weeks seven and eight.

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Monday October 16 – Sunday October 29

Total Miles Planned: Week 7, 15. Week 8, 13.

Total Miles Ran: Week 7, 11.5 ran, plus 2 walked. Week 8, 13 ran, plus 3 walked.

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Favorite Run: My week 7 long run felt incredible, even though I somehow managed to take a left instead of a right and not notice it until I had run a mile an a half in the wrong direction.  OOPS.  I had 8 miles planned but thanks to mishap, I was still 3 miles from home when I hit my mileage goal. I texted Nick who came to my rescue, and we met at the Denny’s parking lot. My legs felt really strong, even after quick sprint repeats for the half mile I ran at the end of the run to Denny’s. 

Least Favorite Run: The first run of week 7, a two miler, was ROUGH. My legs were incredibly tight from week six’s training and I really had to focus on just moving forward and not giving up to get it done.

Other Workouts: Along with my short and easy runs throughout the week, I’ve been making post-run yoga stretching a priority after my weekend long runs and trying to fit in a 10-20 minute morning and/or evening session a few times a week, too.  I still swear by Yoga with Adriene on YouTube, but have added a few other yogi’s to my rotation, too:

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Listening Notes: During a 1 mile for time run during week 7 I listened to the first few songs on the Hamilton cast recording, but all other miles were logged with podcasts in my ears.

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#StokadeathonTraining Reflections: [in list form this time around, because let’s face it, listing is my favorite.]

  • One of the runs that feels most successful this training cycle is the four mile run I skipped in week 7.  I’m the kind of person that struggles not completing 100% of any given task, so the concept of not completing a run I had originally intended is frustrating to me. Even if I intended it 8 weeks ago when I wrote out the plan without any insight of the future.  Choosing to skip the run all together without any intention to “make it up” later was the right choice for my tired and sore body, but that doesn’t mean it felt 100% easy to follow through with that choice without doubt and negative self-thoughts.  But I did it. I fought the doubt. And I fought the negativity.  And I am darn proud of fight I put up for the sticker-less “4” on my 15K training sticker chart.
  • Along with choosing to not run that four miler, I also re-evaluated my plan after seeing a HUGE difference in how I felt after my long run in week 7 than I did in week 6.  Scaling back my mid-week mileage seems to be making a great difference, because my long run this weekend felt pretty darn awesome, too.
  • Even though I had forgotten that the route I decided on started with a 4 mile uphill climb.  UGH.  But the long, slow downhill 5 miles that followed totally made it worth it.  The race route is not nearly as much of a elevation climb, so I think I’m just about done with giant hills for the year Winking smile 
  • I got new running shoes and my legs are very very happy about it.
  • I love fall running oh-so much [the colors are looking REALLY pretty these days!] but Saturday morning I postponed my run a few hours because when I first got up to run it was 34 degrees and I’m just not ready for that, yet.
  • The race is now less than 2 weeks away and I’m pretty much stoked. I’ve started training for this race SO MANY TIMES over the past 10 years, but have not once found myself at the starting line due to injuries, schedule conflicts, and downright laziness. Actually running the race this year feels like a giant victory in itself, so that is definitely goal number one for race day!