Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Boston Training Recap - 11 weeks Till Race Day!

Happy February!
I can't believe the Marathon Olympic Trials are only 11 days away!! We purchased VIP tickets to watch the race downtown and I can hardly wait. The Olympic Trials will not be back in LA for a very long time and I think this is going to be an epic experience. 

February is always a beautiful month in Los Angeles. For those of you traveling here for the LA Marathon, you are going to be in for a treat (I'll be kicking myself if it rains all weekend!).
Beautiful blue skies, cool weather for running, gorgeous sunsets. The city is going to be on fire the weekend of February 13th!!!


Running in LA in February is pretty incredible.

Training is going really well. I am so happy that my body feels great and is responding so well to the training plan. I feel so happy running and I look forward to every workout. I get to run pain free!! I am in the space where I smile at some part of every single run.

Mileage really ramped up for January. I ran 206.5 miles - the most I have ran in... well, I can't remember. It definitely hasn't been since the summer of 2014. 
It honestly didn't feel like a lot of miles, which means my body is adapting to running, my fitness is making it's way back and I am going to keep plugging away.

I am racing the Surf City Half Marathon this Sunday! If you haven't done this race, put it on your bucket list! I went last year to cheer on my friend and had a blast! The weather is incredible in Huntington Beach, the course is picturesque and fast + it's a total party!

Here is what my workouts looked like last week:

Monday January 25th: 6 miles easy (my coach prescribes 8:30-9:15 pace for the easy runs and I love it. It is a wide enough range that I run how my body feels.)

Tuesday January 26th: 6 miles easy

Wednesday January 27th: 10.25 total miles
2.5 mile warm up, 3x2 miles at 7:15-7:20 pace (with .25 rest in between each set), 1 mile cool down

My splits: 

Set #1: 7:08, 7:16

Set #2: 7:03, 7:19

Set #3: 7:20, 7:35 (running into a crazy head wind.)

Thursday January 28th: 6 miles easy

Friday January 29th: REST (hooray for rest!)

Saturday January 30th: 13 miles at 8:00 pace
Focused on hills on this run. Lots of rolling, a long downhill, a few intense uphill, flat and more rolling hills.

My splits:
8:25, 8:04, 8:27, 8:23, 7:51, 8:08, 8:43, 7:56, 7:45, 7:43, 7:38, 7:27, 7:26

Happy with the negative split and relaxed pace. Felt nice and controlled, never pushing, with a lot left in the tank

Sunday January 31st: 6 miles easy

Total Miles: 47.25


I found this awesome tart cherry concentrate juice from Whole Foods. 2 tablespoons each day helps inflammation and is great for runners.




And we celebrated this little one's 3rd birthday on Saturday!!!

Those cheeks!! 

And if you look closely, you'll see the cake is half eaten! Later, after we cut the cake, I looked at the photos and didn't like any of the original ones of her blowing out the cake. So, I asked her if we could do it again and she happily said yes! #typeamom


Do you drink tart cherry juice? 

Are you going to watch the marathon Olympic Trials?


Happiness Is Running Life!

xo,
Natalie

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