Archive | January 2013

Cleveland Marathon 2013 Training – Days 28 & 29

Yesterday was a 2 mile run. It’s being harder & harder to run with this cold weather. First, it’s so monotonous. Second, I need a new running belt; there is a big rip in mine. It’s so bad that it makes a thumping kind of sound a it goes round.
The sound was really annoying today when I did my 5 mile run. I can’t believe I did 5 miles at my”comfort” pace. I remember when it was such a struggle to do 1 mile at 5 mph. I’m never going to be fast. My half marathon pace in October was 5.5 mph. So, my comfort pace is faster than that, but not much.  Regardless, I’m so proud. There was a time, not too long ago, that a mile at a slow jog was beyond my abilities.
For full weeks of training down. Sixteen to go.
I think I can, I think I can. And more importantly, I know I will.


Cleveland Marathon 2013 Training – Days 23 – 27

Day 23 was Monday.  And a rest day.

Day 24 was Tuesday.  I was so tired.  But I made myself do my 3 miles, on the treadmill.  At first, I told myself I’d just do a walk.  Because I was tired.  Once I got on my treadmill and got going for a bit, I upped the speed to a jog.  I did my 3 miles at 1 mph less than my comfortable pace.  And afterwards, I was so happy.  So it wasn’t my usual speed.

Day 25 was a 2 mile run.  I did it at 1.2 mph faster than my comfort pace.

Day 26 was Thursday.  It was a 4 mile run.  It’s been incredible cold here and so everything has been on the treadmill.

Today was Day 27.  Cross training or rest.  Today, I went through with the cross training.  I did 12 minutes with a weighted hula hoop, incline push ups (3 sets), and yoga.  This is the first time in the almost 4 weeks of training that I did the cross training on Friday.  I usually let my laziness rule and use it as a second rest day.

I know that I need more weight training and more stretching than I have been getting.  So I downloaded BodBot.  I entered my selections and today was my first instructions.  I picked weight loss and muscle building.  The incline push ups I did.  Those were BodBot’s idea.  It also suggested 60 minutes of running.  I skipped that.  But I will be referring to BodBot for supplemental strength training on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Cleveland Marathon 2013 Training – Days 20, 21, & 22

Day 20, Friday, was a cross training or rest day.  I had intended to do yoga and some strength training.  I didn’t.  I got caught up in some other things and let my laziness overtake me.

Day 21, yesterday, was a 2 mile run.  It was really windy out and, by the time I was ready to run, chilly.  I spent the perfect running hours of the day at the toboggan chutes with my son and my husband.  So. Much. Fun!  I’m not sad that I didn’t run outside because the toboggans were brilliant.

Day 22 is today.  I ran 4 miles on the treadmill at my normal pace.  My normal pace is not my normal pace for anything longer than a 5k.  So, if I can stick to my 5K pace for the longer runs, I will be so happy.

I realized today that I am simply not eating properly to fuel my runs.  I feel sluggish and bloaty.  I’m going to have to be more careful with my food intake because I won’t be able to do those longer runs if I feel like this.

I bought a weighted hula hoop.  I don’t remember if I blogged about this yet or not.  I just got it Friday.  I love it.  As the reviews stated, it does hurt initially.  But it’s also fun.  Today I hula hooped (I have made it a verb, grammar be damned) while I read the newspaper.  Yesterday, I hula hooped while watching my son play a video game.  I can see hula hooping while playing my own video game.  The hoop is large enough that once you get it going, you don’t have to really even think about it.  You just keep moving.

Cleveland Marathon 2013 Training – Day 19

Day 19 was a 3 mile run.  It was cold so it was on a treadmill.  I gave it 0.3 mph faster than my comfort pace.

Tomorrow is a rest of cross training day.  I’m going for yoga and a Gilad video. I would rather sit on the couch.  But I will do the yoga and Gilad instead.

Cleveland Marathon 2013 Training – Day 18

Today was a 2 mile run.  It is killer cold outside so I ran on the treadmill again.

I decided I was going to push myself.  So I did.  I ran my 2 miles at 1 mph faster than my comfortable speed.  Who am I kidding?  No speed is comfortable.  But I did it anyway.

It was rough.  I had to force myself to keep at it.  I really struggled.  And I am so proud of myself.  I feel really good now.  I felt like crap while I was running though.

Now I’m going to go take a bubble bath, read, and go to bed.


Cleveland Marathon 2013 Training – Day 16 & 17

Today is Day 17.  Day 16 was a rest day, during which I had planned to go to volleyball.  But instead, I was a lazy slug.  I played video games, stayed up too late and felt generally crappy this morning.  I am terrible about sleeping enough.  I know that is really important to my training and overall health to get enough sleep. I need to be more disciplined.

Today was 2 miles according to my 21 week plan and 3 miles according to the 18 week training plan I have.  I did the 3 miles at 0.3 mph faster than my comfort speed – one day I’ll be brave enough to print what speed that actually is.  I threw in an extra 0.11 miles to make it a 5 K.

I felt weaker running today than I did before my asthma attack on Sunday.  I really hate my asthma.

Tomorrow is 2 miles.  I want to try the 2 miles at 1 mph faster than usual.  I need to remind myself that I can.  I know I can, I know I can.