New Jersey Marathon Training: Week 15

After 20 miles on Sunday morning, I am now in the taper zone! I don’t remember feeling this excited during my last training cycle. However, these next three weeks are stacked. I’m behind on paperwork at work (LOL I’m always behind on paperwork), my mom is visiting, and I need to apply for (summer/new) jobs. So, the taper is hitting at a great time and our trip to the Jersey Shore will be a nice little reward for getting through it all.

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My “peak” week wasn’t perfect, with an unplanned rest day due to some elevated anxiety. All in all, it was decent.

Monday: Rest dayyyy

Tuesday: 4.5 miles super easy/easy in the morning, 1.5 miles at Girls on the Run.

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One day. Two skirts. Love.

Wednesday: Impromptu rest day spent researching trips for the day after school ends….

Thursday: 7 miles of a speed workout. 1 mi wu (60:30), 5 mi of intervals – 2 x 9:00 mi/range, 1 x 8:00 mi/range, 1 easy (90:30), then 1 mi cd (90:30).

Friday: Rest day. Jake and I walked about 3 miles at night to check out Light City!

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Saturday: 7 miles running – .7 miles to the race and 6.3 for the Sole of the City 10K. There may not be a race recap for this one so here it is – ran 5ish miles slow and was out of my mind bored, sped up and ran my last mile in 8:00 and passed at least 150 people. #seeyabye (yes I tried to count). Fun course, though! Ended up walking another 3ish miles that morning.

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Congrats to Beth on her PR (on a long course)! Also love seeing AK and UT!

Sunday: 20 miles. Not my greatest 20 miler, which sucked because I looked forward to it all week. I struggled with quickly rising heat (40 degree difference from start to finish), and a lot of self doubt. I fought a headache the entire way and spent the last 5 miles telling myself I wasn’t going to pass out. Nevertheless, I got it done.

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Weekly miles: 40.2

Training miles so far: 386.28. While training isn’t completely bummed yet, I’m already self-conscious about my mileage this time around is so much lower than for Marine Corps, and I’ve seriously slacked with NP this winter as well. While fast race times and long run paces make me feel confidence that I am in shape enough to succeed come race day, I hope my body will perform at its best.

Now it’s time to peel back a bit and take care of my body (and mind) as race day approaches!

What’s your next race? Any taper tips? This is only my second “real” taper.

I’m linking up with Courtney of Eat Pray Run DC for her Training Recap linkup. Check out how other runners are training this Spring!

NJ Marathon Training: Week 8 + RNR Discount Code

Another week of training is complete! Schedule wise, it wasn’t the most beautiful, but I got my four days of running in. My right quad/hip was still feeling off, so I changed weeks up and used this week as a step-back week to lower the mileage a bit.

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Week 8 (February 13-19):

Monday: Rest – I was actually sore from my long run.

Tuesday: 1 mile on the treadmill. My hamstrings were weirdly tight, and I didn’t realize it until I started running. My form was suffering, so I came off and spent lots of time with my R8 Recovery and foam roller.

Wednesday: 3.5 miles before SkeeBall. My hamstrings felt better, but my hamstring/quad still felt off. Sacrificed an extra .5 mile to have extra time to stretch before hitting happy hour.

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Thursday: Rest day. I had planned to run 6, but between house work and trivia, I didn’t have the time.

Friday: 4 miles before work. It was the coldest morning of the year, but I made myself get up (after some bargaining). Hamstring/quad felt about 80% – didn’t hurt while running but was really tight after.

Saturday: 5 miles in 70 degree weather!! My body was not ready for the sudden heat shift, but I can’t complain. My HR was high for the day before a long run, but I felt great and my quad loosened up after about 2 miles.

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Sunday: 11 miles in BaltimoreI was torn on how much to run, but running out of water and needing a potty break told me that 11 was how far I was going! My leg felt about 90% after 4 miles, but is still pretty tight the next morning (I haven’t gotten to roll it out yet)

Week 8 total: 24.5. Not the best, but I’ll take it for a step-back week.

The next two weeks will have higher mileage (hoping I can break into the 30’s) that I’m hoping will bring some needed life back to my legs. Higher mileage felt so good on my legs during my last cycle, but I just can’t get there as of yet. After that I have a weekend of races – Rock and Roll DC Half Marathon and the Baltimore Shamrock 5K. I’ll likely run both for fun and not focus on any time, but we’ll see.

Have you wanted to run RNR DC but haven’t signed up yet? Sign up with the code BibRave15 and save $15 on the half or full! (This is good for ALL open Rock and Roll races!)

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Also don’t forget about my New Jersey Marathon code – it saves you $5 off the Full, Half, or Relay! (I’ve guilted Jake into doing the 5K, but alas – no discount).

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I’m linking upCourtney of Eat Pray Run DC for her Winter Training Recap linkup. Check out how other runners are training this winter!

Do you have any races coming up?

 

NJ Marathon Training: Weeks 6 + 7

Two more weeks of marathon training have passed, and unfortunately they weren’t the best. Especially this last week. I’ve been overrun with stress and anxiety to the point where I was shutting down in every other aspect of life. In terms of running, it’s left me un-motivated and frustrated. A low-key, relaxing weekend helped me snap out of it a bit, and I’m hoping to further come back with a good week for Week 8!

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Week 6 (January 30-February 5):

Tuesday: 4 miles on the treadmill. I set out for 5-6, but my right quad started feeling odd, and I stopped to have extra time to stretch and roll after.

Wednesday: Not enough time to run before SKEE BALLL. We went 2-0 for the night.

Thursday: 6 miles on the treadmill. I was “so stressed” that I didn’t go to trivia in order to do work. In all actuality, I didn’t do any work and should have just gone out with  my friends. Oh well. My leg was still feeling a bit weird.

Friday: Whatever exercise is involved in lifting beer(s) to my mouth, I did that.

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Saturday: 4 miles that should have been rough, but actually felt great.

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Nothing burns off a couple too many like a cold run.

Sunday: 12.76 miles on the trailsA trail half marathon (that was short). I’ll have a recap up within the next day or so, but it was quite the experience! (Followed by Super Bowl festivities, and sleeping through the second half)

Week 6 total: 26.76 (Sadly my highest so far this cycle)

Week 7 (January 30-February 5): 

(Sunday night and) Monday: Sore. So, so sore. Also came down with very odd shoulder pain.

Tuesday: 3.75 miles. Tuesday at work was pretty rough. Honestly, I can’t remember now what was so bad about it, but I was so anxious. I needed a run – so I went without any intervals or set heart rates. Honestly it wasn’t as freeing as I needed it to be, but it still felt good emotionally.

Wednesday: I didn’t go to November Project due to weird shoulder pain that developed Sunday night. My right quad was really starting to feel funny, so out of caution I took a total day off. #noregrets

Thursday: Had a “snow day” (SO NEEDED), and went to run before trivia….except the wind was blowing at 30 mph and I didn’t bring warm enough clothes with me. WOMP.

Saturday: 3.75 miles. It was supposed to be “super easy”, but on the hills around my house that is easier said than done. I felt very stiff and off, but it felt good to be out in a SKIRT!

Sunday: 15 miles. This run started out badly, and rightfully so. But around mile 8 things started to turn around, and by mile 10 I was in the zone. Long runs are hard in terms of time spent, but they are why I love marathon training.

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Week 7 total: 22 miles. OOPS. 

You won’t be surprised to hear me say I’m disappointed in where I am so far in this training cycle. While my long runs have gone well, I’m not hitting the mileage I hope to run. That’s probably why I was legitimately sore after my 15 miler.

Thankfully, I still have about half of my training to go, and it’s not too late to turn it around. I know I want to run 5 days a week, but with work, Jake, and friends, it’s just not happening! I’m going to try to focus on 4 days a week, with as high of mileage as is reasonably possible (I need to get up to 30 mi/week for my sanity), while truly getting in some strength work – whether it’s at November Project or glute exercises in my room.

#rantover. Ready to start anew this week!

What are your tricks for getting over a funk in training?

Don’t forget, you can run the New Jersey Marathon too!

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NJ Marathon Training: Week 5

Just like that, the first month of training for my second marathon is complete. I can probably rank this as the top week, this far, running wise.

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Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 5 miles on the treadmill, and I didn’t hate it. Did a progressive workout, running faster throughout each 60:30 interval of a mile. Mile 1 started at 5.2 and ended at 5.8, mile 5 started at 5.9 and ended at 6.6. I was pretty dead after.

Wednesday: NP headed to M+T Bank stadium for the week! 1 mile beforehand + 40ish minutes of straight stairs (with some planks interspersed). It was so hard – I was good for the first half but really struggled the second half and started getting some knee pain.

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Thursday: 5.5 miles, easy. This run felt great, mentally, after a long few days at work. My knee hurt slightly from the day before, but not too badly. The run ended at trivia night with my friends, where we came in second!

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 4 miles super easy – easy with my roommate. My HR ran pretty high for the pace, not sure why. I finished feeling good, but slightly tired.

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Thanks for the picture, roomie!

Sunday: 9 miles – w/ 6 miles tempo. This was supposed to be 10, but I cut it short. I intended to run 6 miles at MGP, but they ended up being 1:00/mi FASTER than MGP. I can’t be mad at that, except for I know I can’t keep that pace for a marathon. I was completely wiped by mile 9 when I got back to my car, and bailed on the last mile.

Weekly total: 26.5 miles

Despite not finishing my long run, I was pretty happy with this week. I’m still feeling under the weather and was busy/stressed with work, and managed to get 5 pretty good runs in. This week will have 3 easier runs, before a trail half marathon on Sunday!

Don’t forget, you can join me in New Jersey and save $5 on your registration!

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2017 Race Preview + Discount Codes

With a new year comes a new race season! I’m excited to already have races planned for almost the whole year with a big spring race season. I can’t wait to run new races in new places, while also working in some of my favorites.

January 7th: Walt Disney World Half Marathon! I got a last minute entry when RunDisney opened up extra spots on my birthday. I can’t wait for a girls weekend and for a PR in FUN during the race’s 20th running.

February 4th: Little Patuxtent Trail Half Marathon, Columbia MD. My first trail race in 2.5 years  is going to be interesting. I could be running on trails, snow covered trails, or ice covered trails. This will be a slow one, but a great experience!

March 12th: Shamrock 5K, Baltimore, MD. The first race in the B3 series, which my roommate is also running! I’m helping her train and it’s going to be an interesting run and after-party, sandwiched between a 17-miler and 18-miler.

April 8th: Sole of the City 10K, Baltimore, MD. The second race in the B3 series. This is a fast course which could be a PR, if it wasn’t during the peak week of my marathon training and the day before my last 20 miler. This one will be slow and steady.

April 30thNew Jersey Marathon, Long Branch, NJ. After getting the opportunity to run this race with Bib Rave as a Bib Rave Pro I knew this was the race “to be” for my second marathon. A flat race and *hopefully* perfect spring weather will bring me to my second 26.2 finish line and *hopefully* a little (or big!) PR.

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June 3rd: Zooma Annapolis 10K or Half Marathon. I loved the 10K last year and I’m so excited to be back as an ambassador once again. What distance I’ll do will depend on how recovery from the NJ Marathon goes. Registration is open now and you can save 10% with the code SAMANTHA2017.

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June 25th: Baltimore Women’s Classic 5KI really enjoyed this race last year – it’s a great little jaunt around Federal Hill and truly a great day for running in Baltimore. I struggled with the last mile of this in 2016, so I hope I can improve in 2017.

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July 4th: 4 on the 4th. I’ll be in NH for the 4th of July, so I’m headed back to the 4 on the 4th in Bridgeton, Maine. I ran this a few years ago and had a great time!

July 8th: Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon. This is why I’m heading North in July. This will be a challenging, potentially HOT race. It will also be an absolutely beautiful course with great beer and pizza at the end. I love that registration is low and you can choose to purchase a shirt, hat, and/or pint glass! (I ordered the hat and pint glass!). Portland, Maine is an amazing place and this is a great racecation in the making!

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September 2nd: Charles St. 12 – The 3rd race in the B3 series. I ran this in 2014 and had a horrible, terrible race. This year I’m seeking straight up revenge on this course.

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Pain train for 8/12 miles and a 12 mile time slower than ANY of my half marathons. NOT THIS YEAR.

September 10th: Parks Half Marathon: This one isn’t a definite yet, but I ran the race in 2016 (didn’t recap on here) and LOVED it. If I’m not back this year, it’s because of a packed September.

September 18th: Rock N Roll Philadelphia – My first Rock N Roll race! This was on my list for 2016 but I just couldn’t swing it with marathon training and other commitments. I’m excited to see if the RNR races are as great as everyone says they are!

Past this, I’m an open book. I’m unsure if there’s a fall marathon in my future, or if I may go for the Goofy Challenge at Disney in January 2018. If there’s a marathon, I have a big decision to make. Do I go for MCM again, meaning I can’t run the Baltimore half (same weekend) and potentially should try to run the 17.75K? Or do I enter my name for NYC, or do a smaller race like Richmond or Steamtown? I think this will become more clear as I go through this training cycle and experience my first Run Disney weekend.