Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Boston Marathon Training: 10 Weeks!

I have a ton of sweaty running laundry to wash. I always know that I am in the thick of marathon training when the machine seems to always be full of running laundry.
Currently rotating between two versions of the Brooks Ghost 9 in different colors, pondering on ordering the new Launch 4 - especially after I saw my friend Jes's pretty new ones! I love the Launch - it's a tad lighter than the Ghost, the heel to toe drop is 10mm vs. 12 mm for the Ghost (which I realize a 12 mm drop is pure sweetness for my feet, but the 10 mm is good for tempo and speed work).
What else? Training is going well. Smooth as glass, fingers are constantly in crossed mode that it stays that way. I talked last week about doing all the little things to stay strong and healthy. I try not to over think, otherwise I will drive myself nuts - which totally defeats the purpose of running, right?





Psyched to be an official blogger for Women's Running Magazine!! I wrote an article on five of my favorite trail runs in Los Angeles, and you can check it out here!! 




After my daughter's birthday, this was the definite highlight of my week!!! Woot!!

Coach directed me more toward performing a dynamic plank as opposed to a stationary one - so I am in plank position and then raise each leg twenty times - perform two or three reps. I like this so much more than the regular (kind of boring) stationary plank.

Oh, and I am wearing these socks underneath my regular running socks - I bought them months ago when I was on the tail end of plantar fasciitis, and they are so comfortable that I have been wearing them ever since. Anything that gives my foot a little more support, I'll take it.


Here are what my workouts from last week looked like:

Monday January 30th - 5 easy miles. Also, Happy 4th Birthday to my sweet girl!!



She said to me: "Mama, I want ladybugs and butterflies on my cupcakes, please!" 



Tuesday January 31st - 1 mile warm up, 5 x 1 mile repeats (each at 6:27 pace on the treadmill) with .25 jog in between, 1 mile cooldown. 8.25 total miles

Wednesday February 1st - 4 easy trail miles

Thursday February 2nd - 8 easy miles

Friday February 3rd - 5 easy miles

Saturday February 4th - REST. If you follow me on Instagram, you have heard me talk about this before, but I go with how my body feels on the weekend. The plan is always a long run on Saturday - BUT, that is usually after I have been running six days straight. If I wake up and feel beat down tired, I rest. Period. You are not doing yourself any favors if you ignore your body.

Sunday February 5th - 17 miles at 7:34 pace. And there you go - happy body = happy running :)

My splits: 7:33, 7:02, 8:02, 8:01, 7:19, 7:31, 8:05, 7:21, 7:25, 7:23, 7:27, 7:29, 7:27, 7:42, 7:45, 7:22, 7:29



Oh, and by the way - after the run I pulled on the compression socks and put my legs up the wall. Seriously, you could FEEL the blood circulating in my legs and I felt so much better after doing that for 10-15 minutes. #thelittlethings

Total miles for the week: 48.25


Have a great week!!

Happiness Is Running Life.

xo,
Natalie


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