#StockadeathonTraining: Week 5 // The Magic Miles

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 five

Monday October 2 – Sunday October 8

Total Miles Planned: 12 miles.

Total Miles Ran: 12 ran, plus 12 walked.

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Favorite Run: Remember last week when I cut my long run short, turning my prescribed 5 miler into a 3 miler? I made up for it this week. On Tuesday evening, after working for 10 hours and taking a nice 2-mile warm up walk with a friend, I took the long way home and conquered that 5-miler.  It felt awesome to feel so strong after a long day at the office and I was glowing with happiness when I was done.

Least Favorite Run: Totally unexpectedly, all of this week’s runs were enjoyable, it’s hard for me to consider one a ‘least favorite’ this time around. I did struggle through a yoga video, though.

I had wanted to complete a 30-minute post-run stretch, and the video I chose from YouTube had me remembering how much running impacts your entire body, not simply your legs. I’ve been doing a fair job at taking extra care with my back and core [stretching and flowing my way to what feels good every morning before getting ready for work and often again after my evening workouts] but this video reminded me that I can’t neglect my hips!! More one legged pigeon in my future, for sure. 

Other Workouts: Saturday’s 6-Miler felt really great and my ‘1 mile for time’ improved by over 40 seconds since I first timed myself at the start of training.

Listening Notes: I listened to the first few songs on the Hamilton Cast Recording when I ran my ‘1 mile for time’ and although I have made two new music playlists to listen to while running, I’m still on my normal habit of listening to podcasts while logging miles.  Here’s what I listened to this week:

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#StokadeathonTraining Reflections: It seems that each time I reach the 5 and 6 mile weeks of a training plan, I feel I’ve hit some sort of “magic mileage” recipe.  I feel especially strong then, after I’ve taken my time to slowly find my grove and increase my mileage bit by bit.
Now is that magic time; I ran a 5-miler on a Tuesday night and then ran a 6-miler Saturday morning. Running continues to transform me, time and time again.  The pattern hasn’t stopped yet.
Set a goal.
Write a plan.
Face the plan, one step at a time.
Surprise myself with all I learn through training, all I process on the pavement, all I leave out on the road and all I pick up and take back home with me, too.

Now I need to remember what comes next: Keep running through the valley, which will no doubt be waiting for me up ahead.

Race day is still just about 5-weeks away and I want to be careful not to get too far ahead of myself. I want to continue to make smart choices to keep my body healthy, happy, and [knock-on-wood] injury free.  And I want to continue my quest to celebrate the miles and enjoy the act of running rather than focus on building speed. Here’s to taking things one step at a time!

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#StockadeathonTraining: Week #4 // A Reminder: Everything I Do Impacts My Training

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 four.

Monday September 25 – Sunday October 1

Total Miles Planned:  10 miles.

Total Miles Ran: 8 ran, plus 13 walked.

Favorite Run: I ran a strong 3 miles of intervals one evening after work.  I was having some computer issues and feeling frustrated before I hurried out the door to start my run.  It’s been a while since I ran angry, and I forgot how rewarding it can be to put it all out on the pavement and shake off the negativity.  I listened to a comedy podcast as I ran and found myself feeling much better by the time I made it back home.  I’ve been loving the 2 minutes fast jogging + 2 minutes walking on repeat interval schedule these days. 

Least Favorite Run: I cut my run short yesterday, after feeling like my legs were too heavy and my body exhausted, and my attitude was too down in the dumps to keep going.  I was planning on a 5-mile run and instead made it 3.  I made a compromise with myself that I could cut it short in exchange for taking special care of my tired legs instead. I wanted to quit after the first mile, so making it over half way of plan was good enough for me. I made it home and spent about an hour stretching my legs while I watched TV last night.

Other Workouts: Saturday’s speedy 2 miler may have been part of the reason my legs were so sore on Sunday.  I also clocked several 30 minute walks throughout the week – sometimes in the mornings, but often in the evenings after a long work day.

Listening Notes: It was another podcast filled week of workouts; standouts include:

  • Getting a Forking Forkful of The Good Place – Extra Hot Great [EHG.]  If you’ve been around THS for a while, you may remember that EHG is my favorite podcast and one of the shows I often save to listen to during runs as a sort of bribery/reward.  This episode was especially good to run to because the headline topic was a show I love [The Good Place] and the game rounds were fun to play along with – one of my favorite ways to pass the time while running intervals.
  • Will and Grace are Back [but should they be?]  – Nancy. I really like this podcast, which is currently in it’s freshman season. As a television/pop culture nerd, I really enjoyed the discussion about Will and Grace and what the show meant to the hosts and show guests.

#StokadeathonTraining Reflections: This week I was reminded that there is more to my training than simply logging miles.

Making the decision to cut my long run short in exchange for extra restorative yoga/stretching feels like a strong choice for a healthy training cycle.

Not getting enough sleep at night or not drinking enough fluids during the day effects how I feel during my evening runs.

Not eating breakfast and running late in the morning found me feeling off my game, a little light headed and dizzy after my shower [thankfully quickly fixed with lunch refueling.]

It’s important to remember moving forward that the choices I make when I’m not running really play a part on the experience I face when running.

Also, I really dig the fall weather that has been creeping in!