30 weeks of Marathon training.

just a spot to write about the next 30 weeks….of running.

Speed Thursday

Today was a speed workout.

I swear I am so busy with work and trying to get ready for the certification exam.  (Lately I am not studying, I am just kind of thinking about signing up…so I need to sign up and focus).  I am kind of doing the workouts and forgetting about them until the next one comes up.  It’s kind of the way I am approaching everything.  Mostly, I have been getting home late and I’ve been super duper tired. I am sure that the vacation threw me off, but it was needed in a variety of ways.

It’s been a lot of:


Thursday’s intervals went pretty well.  I was surprised at how well they went.  I suspect that I did not up the speed quite as much as I should have because I was running between 4:30 and 4:45 intervals. They were also kind of comfortable- as in I didn’t get the “I can’t go on” sensation until about the last 10th of a mile.  In the past I have a history of running 4:08-4:17.  Still, they were challenging me and I was having the wretching sensation after most of them, so…I took it.  Effort is where it is at, not time.

Interval for 8 hours of work, in which I received numerous phone calls from the CEO…and also dealt with the ever changing regulations of CMS validation templates.    I got the pleasure of dealing with our Infectious Disease Physician, who is just an ass, so that also brightened my day.

We did have a funny funny moment in the office where we all just wanted to be done with work.  I looked over at my secretary and she said, “I want to go home!”  and I said without even thinking about how strange it sounded, “I wanna go to the gym!”  She gave me the hairy eyeball.


I did an arms/abs workout and ran an extra mile on the TM.

Then I bit the bullet and asked the coach if I could go swim Lucky’s Lake this weekend.  I knew that he would say yes- he generally does to Lucky’s.  We chatted for a bit.  I just have been feeling the need to be close to him lately, for whatever reason I am feeling clingy, so instead of actually clinging, I’ve been focused on avoidance, so I am not irritating… ha ha ha!  What I realized after our discussion is that I really do need to talk to him for a more extended period, when he isn’t at work.  He has a plan for me that is completely developed in his head.  I’m not really aware of what it is or “how it’s going to work.”  This could be ok, or not.  Currently I feel as if I am kind of blindly doing the workouts without any real understanding about what’s going to happen next.  He seemed ok with that, but I am not so sure I am ok with it.  I think too..I just miss him.  He is a great great coach for me because he knows how to build me up without coddling me. So, maybe next week I can get something together.


Tuesday Training

Just my usual training blog entry.  Up and down day.

Monday I got an “invitation”  to explain the infection stuff to the CEO in 24 hours.  This is a good thing, but just not really what I was prepared for…overall.  I also found out on Monday that the Center For Medicaid/care services HAI validation rules had been changed once again exactly 2 weeks to the submission deadline.

I was just overwhelmed by it all.  luckily I had an easy workout that day.  I had a massage that night and luckily that went really well as well. I like my massage therapist and even though it was a difficult one, it was super productive.  He worked a lot of bad stuff out.


I knew I had to get to work kind of early because I was still preparing for the CEO.

So oddly, my phone ran out of battery while I slept but I awoke of my own accord at 4 am.  I just got up and managed to enjoy the dog walk, the coffee and the bread breakfast.

I found a makeshift swim suit (Speedo swim shorts and a tank top…) and managed to get to the pool at 0538 am.  8 mins after it opened. Not bad.  I saw my newly found friend T.  and was cheered by her being there!  I got the swim done.  I then got dressed and hit the run.  It felt good for the first time in a long time.


Yeah, so The full moon was out but it wasn’t pink or red or anything special.  For more info on the super moon…click here.

I really enjoyed the run.  It wasn’t super fast, but I felt strong and nothing hurt too badly.

I had a pretty long work day and returned to the gym for a weights work out.  Weights and I have been struggling.  Today it went OK.  I did exactly what I had planned, and enjoyed some conversation with one of the gym trainers, and some gym members.  I wanted to have a conversation with my coach but he was working and I really had no questions, so I opted not to interact.  I have my plan and my job is to execute.  I had a few frustrating moments with a friend of mine who was going on and on and on and kind of posturing about how great she was… and so I left feeling less satisfied.  Suddenly, I felt kind of alone with what I am doing at work, and what I am trying to do with training.  It’s a strange feeling.  I just was suddenly so simply alone.

I am however, doing 100 happy days.  So..I had to find something to post for 100happy days.  it wasn’t hard to find something I was happy about, but boy…I would have rather whined.  Guess that’s the point of the 100 happy days.

Silverado 10K Race Report

So, initially when I started this nefarious plan of a trip to California…I intended to run this Half Marathon.  My very sensible coach put the breaks on that.  I could have trained for it and run it, but the time in between had no cushion and it was really risking injury, so…I backed down to the 10K.  In retrospect, I am glad I did.

Be warned though, this post also has some “Airing of the grievances”  to it.

This was an OK race.  It is put on by Enviro-Sports.  They seem to be a responsible company out of the San Francisco area.

I registered rather late so the price I paid for the 10K was pretty steep.  We drove from San Francisco, with a stop at the Walt Disney Museum and the Charles M. Schulz museum to Santa Rosa.  This may be where I started to get grumpy.  My friend is not a runner and any attempts to involve him at all in the sport are seen as badgering.  I actually do not care, but the disdain he shows for my hobby was pretty apparent.  It was maybe a kin to “Fit Shaming”  Funny thing is that currently I’m not really really fit.  I’ve put on about 8 -10 pounds that I must lose, and I will as I begin to build miles again, so the whole thing was just uncomfortable.  One thing that non -runners don’t get is how much a runner’s weight can vary through different training seasons, being at the very very beginning of my build AFTER injury…I’m not on the leaner side, to see that, check in with me in December 2014.  In addition, it appears that it was world table top game day.   While my companion kept saying, “I decided it was more important to spend time with you than to enjoy table top game day”  I could tell actually he would have preferred to be playing a game.  I gave him permission to look for one, and he jumped right on line almost desperately searching.  So you know…I felt like a real priority.


At the same time, said companion began to air some grievances about the clock in the room.  It was set to the wrong time.  This is not so pleasant, but of course, we have phones with the correct time, and I generally use my phone for an alarm.  He asked me to call the front desk because, “I hate to call the front desk” .  So I like a good person, call the front desk and ask them to please take care of the damn clock which I do not care one bit about.  We go to dinner, and dinner was good. After which I was treated to walk in a MALL.  We are in Santa Rosa California…and he wants to walk in the Mall?  Yeah, about that.  I am a good sport and do so.  We return to the room and the clock is still not fixed. I cross my fingers and hope he does not notice, not so…I must call again and then the maintenance guy comes and replaces it.  TUrns out there were some clock problems in general, but REALLY?  If you care so much about a clock, Man up, call the front desk yourself.

Anyway with that, I promptly went to bed.  I was exhausted and my legs were super sore and tired and I knew that tomorrows run was going to be a challenge, especially with the clock man.

In the morning, we set out to the race. I am pretty happy because of course I get to run in a race!  He is predictably grumpy because we have to drive to Calistoga.  Funny thing is that I told him multiple times where the race was. I even sent him a link.  He just never looked at it.  So we had a nice beautiful drive over.  At some point he decided to ask me if I wanted special “Race music” I know it was kind of a nice gesture, but I think I wasn’t over the clock yet.

We get to the race and I get my number, and I find myself transported into “My people” circles.  Suddenly we are all talking about the race, the weather (Which was gorgeous), what we are planning on etc.


As you can see, a gorgeous day!

As will be the case for all of 2014..there was a full set of tutu runners.


I’m not a tutu runner, I think they are a little bit silly, BUT, I never mind seeing them out on the course, in fact they are sometimes the most cheerful ones out there. Hmmm.

It had rained the night before I think so the track where we started looked like this:


But that didn’t deter me.  I was ready to enjoy this run.  I was irritated that my legs were so freaking tired from all the sightseeing and then the sightseeing in the MALL…but what can one do.  Race day is upon us.

They sent the half runners out first and then the 10K runners.  I lined up fairly close to the front but not too close- and I forgot to ask if they had total chip timing.  Seems they only time at the end- everyone had the exact same start time.  This is fine, but I should have asked.  This added about 2-3 minutes to my time it seems.  Oh well!

The course itself was really lovely.  Lots of hills for a Florida Gal and lots of wine grapes growing to look at.  I note din the first mile that my legs felt really sore and tired, so I backed off any hope for a PR and just took it super easy.  I enjoyed the super crisp, not wet-blanket humid air that California had to offer.  I chatted with others on the course.  Most amusing moment was when this very traditional Indian couple (like from India) was proceeding up a hill in front  of me. The husband was having some trouble and the wife was trying to encourage him.  What finally came out of her mouth was, “Don’t be a Pussy!  Everyone else is OK…what is WRONG!!!!” I actually offerred him some hope that the downhill part would be more fun, I’ve been a pussy before.  It’s a tough spot!


How often do you get to run by this type of thing?

SO the race itself turned more into a training run.  Towards the end there was a lady who I will call “the Screamer”  She ran by me once and clipped my on the shoulder shouting out “You got this!”  and then continued to shout at herself it seems at regular intervals.  She was clearly jazzed up and having a great time.  I’m not usually that exuberant- especially when alone.  Eventually my watch read 6.11 so I though you know “Screamer” is right near me and still screaming…This is less than a track speed session…let’s open it up.  So I did.  Lengthened out my stride and pushed it, right past Screamer…who continued to yell things like “Look out lady oh my!”  I had kind of misjudged and ran for about 0.60 miles at that top speed so by the end I was truly well winded  and also mystified as to the discrepancy in the course.  THe course itself was fine, I most likely started my Garmin a little earlier and definitely didn’t run the tangents or anything.  It just made for one prolonged sprint.  My coach thought this was HI-larious…as only one who has done something similar can.

Here is a photo I snapped after my finish of the finish!  It was a truly gorgeous day!


My camera did not want to handle the brilliant sunshine.

My companion appeared right as I finished. He had taken a walk around town, which is the form of exercise he prefers.  he showed little interest in the race and we quickly went off to breakfast.  Now…Calistoga is a lovely little town and as he walked around it he said he found some places for breakfast. I am starving.  We end up at a very local place, which sounds lovely, but actually wasn’t.


I was excited when I saw “Mary’s Magic Morning Coffee” on the menu, but it was just regular coffee, served…in styrofoam. The whole place was just not that great. you know sometimes you win when you go into a hole in the wall place, but not this one…anyway i ate up and we made our way back to Santa Rosa- to the now repaired clock and hotel…


How do I feel about the race?  Well.

Pros:   It was well organized. Started pretty much on time, directions on the course were great.  Enthusiasm on the course was good though this isn’t a course with lots of crowds cheering, which is super for me!    There was plenty of water and gatorade on the course as needed and plenty of aid stations.  The scenery was OUTSTANDING.

I did feel the price was steep for a race that didn’t bother with full on chip timing, and handed out a non tech t shirt at the end. No medal for the 10K  which did not bother me at all, because I know I finished it, and I’ve never been one for medals.  The Non-tech shirt was pretty awful though…not very attractive and it didn’t wash that well.

So would I do it again?  Possibly.  IF I lived in the area and didn’t have to travel with the Clock-whisperer.  If I registered at the time of the lowest pricing.

So not a bad race, but not the best either.  I sure would love to do their half marathon in Muir Woods though….coming up April 17th for all your Californians who like running!

Oh my time?  Not a PR.  that’s all I want to say about that mess.


Training Week Wrap Up.

This was a particularly challenging training week.  The workouts weren’t that bad, but I guess situationally they were.

Monday: I was still in San Francisco. noname-10

Yep.  We went to the famous spot.  At that point I was kind of losing my patience with my host. It was a very warm day in San Francisco, and we were driving about looking at the sights.  I had requested a visit to the Japanese Tea Gardens, but apparently this did not interest him because I got a “we can drive by it”  when we did, I really really wanted to go see more, but alas, that for whatever reason wasn’t to happen.  But Haight Ashbury did, which was cool.  Back in the day, I went to a lot of Grateful Dead shows.  My host was surprised that I wasn’t still really “into” the Dead, but you know…we all have to grow up.  Even when I was going to shows, I kind of always felt like the people who hardcore followed the Dead were a little strange.  I mean, great band, great shows…but I wanted to do more than just that. So occasionally when I see people kind of wallowing it in, I feel aggravated, but I was already tired so…  It was actually kind of interesting, but it wasn’t a workout. (To be fair neither was the Tea Gardens)  So Monday.  Rest day.  and travel day at Midnight, I got on a Red-Eye and by about 11:00 am Eastern time, I had been safely landed back in Florida.

All I really wanted to do on Tuesday was actually sleep.  Instead, I visited work briefly, picked up my sweet doggie, and after a few confused moments at home…I went to the gym.  Really I wanted to chat with my coach.  I admit it, over my vacation I missed him.  Kind of silly as we had email conversation through my vacation and such, but I really did miss him.

But first, I had to do my workout, which was the transitions workout.  Swim, then run, then swim, then run.  Oh My sweet Jesus and Mary and Martha.  It was hard. The swim felt fantastic- all stretchy and sunny and like home.  The RUN..felt like my legs were staging a revolt.  Yeah, I learned later what the revolt of the legs really feels like.


OK ok, so it was not this bad, but it felt pretty darn lousy.  The carrot at the end of the stick was that when I completed, I was able to enter the gym area and chat with my coach about my race.  No one else is really interested about racing, so it was great to have someone keen to hear how I felt about the race.  He is a great listener and good at enjoying iphone photos as well.  So we discussed and updated ourselves and I of course felt encouraged and motivated.  Good coaching.

Wednesday I rose early and ran what was labelled  as a tempo run.  I didn’t totally tempo it.  My legs were still tired out and I was physically messed up from the time zonage.  But overall as a 5 miler it went well.  I did weights in the afternoon.  I was given a 45 minute time limit for the weights, so I really had to focus in and get them done.

Thursday for whatever reason, I had a brick…


It was enjoyable.  I then had a long meeting which was NOT enjoyable, but in the end worked itself out.

Friday if you read the post before this one…Killed me.  1.5 mile swim and 3 mile “run”  It was not fun, not fun at all….and very surprising to me as I thought I didn’t use my legs that much while swimming!

Saturday…repeat brick. I was so nervous about the brick because of Friday, but it went very well.  16 miles on the bike and 4 miles of running immediately after the bike.

Sunday- I ran 9 miles.  It went “ok”  but stellar but not bad.  having some odd pains- left achilles up high and right adductor hip flexor complex. Lucky me I have another massage on Monday.

I started out the week feeling kind of frazzled.  On top of travel my washing machine overflowed, and work was really intense.  Now on Sunday, the start of a new week…my washer is fixed (and dang…I think it has been only partly working for a while because now my clothing is SO much cleaner than before.  Check your drains for cloggage people!)  work is going to remain intense, but I feel settled back in.

So goals for the months of April and May:

Try to manage the current aches and pains without getting injured.

No complaining about Heat and training. I live in Florida. It gets HOT.  This is no surprise.  Complaining won’t make it better.

Take the CIC exam that I keep putting off. I am so sick of studying for it that I think I will just sign up and well, if I fail, then at least I have an idea of what I need to know to pass.





It finally happened…..

My Coach Broke ME.


Whew.  I have not been posting mostly due to travel and the monotony of many of my workouts, but Oh WOW, Oh Wow.

This whole week has been tough.

Monday night I took the red-eye from CA to Fl.  It was a very good flight, much more comfortable than the one out, so no complaints.

I landed tuesday to the joy of a Transition Tuesday.  Swam 1500, ran 2 miles swam 500 and ran 1 more mile.  It was to say the least, difficult.  I did it though.


Slept REALLY well on Tuesday and Wednesday had a pretty good workout. In the morning I did a 5 mile tempo run.  It wasn’t a Total ALL out TEMPO, as I was still feeling kind of exhausted, but it went pretty well.  In the afternoon, I lifted for 45 minutes. I am not used to being given a time limit on workouts, so I tried real hard to focus. I managed to get in some good super setting.


I did all the crazy named exercises..like velociraptors.

At the end of the workout, I had a moment of tired…and almost bust out into tears.  So tired.

Thursday…I did a Brick..Spin and run. It went great.  On Thursday evening I had a tough tough massage.


Yeah.  I felt better after but also very very sore.  My adductors have born the brunt of my jet setting.   My therapist and I finally decided that I might have strained both a bit during the weekend etc.

So today…I swam, for an hour straight.  Then I had a short 3 miler.  Well.  About the 3 miler.  I got out of the pool and felt exhausted.  I got dressed and started the run.  It felt really BAD.  I have not had so much of an issue going in years.  I finished the 3 but mostly walked and ran a bit….so Kudos to my coach….He’s finally broken me…though…I have a feeling… tomorrow will be a different story.  It’s not quite Harvest time, but I love this song, so lets give it a listen!


I’m an April fool!

Wow.  So training.  It’s become kind of regimented.


This morning, April Fool’s Day…I awoke, looked at the workout, saw it was a Brick.  Proceeded to post on Facebook- WITH ILLUSTRATION-

“Happy Wednesday, full of Camels and Bricks!”  Several people corrected me which I saw after the workout. I was first convinced it was Wednesday anyway….then I was convinced I’d read Wednesday’s workout and done it on Tuesday.  Then I pulled the email out and indeed saw the joke was on me.  Guess I am so used to Brick on Wednesday…

So thanks actually kind of a funny thing about training.  I don’t know that I have ever been quite so tuned in like that before.  Could be that I am just exhausted though.

Today I remembered also what a build week was like.  Woweee.

Legs on Fire during the cycle then legs on more fire during the run.  Lots of FIRE.

Yeah the Gospel Legends Have a song about that…

But I am not sure my fire was from the Holy Ghost exactly.

Well Happy Wednesday on a Tuesday folks.  Tomorrow looks like Friday… :/


I am starting to hate on this rest week.  Really and truly.  I feel like a slug.

I gotta be honest, I think actually it is more the rest week combined with the weather, combined with the plan for travel next week.


I am going to California.  I will be running a 10K, and also hanging around with a friend from Kindergarten.  Yes Really.  He and I have known each other since we were probably 2-3 years old.  We went to Nursery School together.  He doesn’t run, so the race should be interesting.  I find non-runners typically don’t really handle the race thing well.  He has already shown signs of the usual non-interest, so it’s a bit of a test for him, and I think he knows that.  I’m not in top shape right now, so I also wont be doing too awesomely.  I really didn’t want to do the race, but in a way I do, just to have run a race in California.  I’m not going for any kind of 50 states thing, but…I am always interested in running in a different state. So far…I have run races in these states:

  • Florida
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • Michigan
  • Utah
  • Colorado
  • Ohio
  • New Mexico

I so wanted to add Rhode Island to the list this winter, but that didn’t happen.  I ran there, but…no race. I am a little disappointed that this years race lineup is ALL FLORIDA.  We do have some Great racing here,winter-running-on-tampa-bay-1-425x319

but… Have you run in different states?  Is it a priority for you?  In addition to the enticement of running in California, my coach seems to feel that this race is important for me…probably because I tried to weasel out of it…So I’m going to be a California runner.

Anyway, my childhood friend is an awesome host.   He has already queried me on things and we have so many activities lined up I think I will be entirely exhausted!  We are going to hit multiple cool museums, Alcatraz, Muir Woods, etc.

I should be really Excited!  Part of me is.  The other part of me is worried and concerned about TRAINING. I’ll be out there 5 days.  Saturday can be a rest day pre race, Sunday I will get a nice race in, and Monday can be a recovery.  So that leaves Thursday and Friday.  Thursday I can probably go for a run after I arrive.  And Friday I may also have time for that as there will be a bit of child dropping off on Friday Morning.  It just won’t really be a typical week.  I love routine, and I keep thinking… I’m going to lose fitness!!! Luckily a quick search reassures me that scientifically a few days off running will not kill my fitness.  A few weeks, YES, but a few days…Not proven.  Despite that, I still worry about this.  So…I am trying to look at it this way…this is a break in training…and then When I come back I can start to train with focus for my Fall races.  (Race season in Florida is not like other race seasons, for us it kind of starts in early october and ends in late March…) I’ll then have roughly 7 months to the first Half of the season.. and 9 til the marathon.  Plenty of time to train. Coming on the heels of rest week, I think I am also feeling the sensation of, “Lets get this on” and I know next week won’t be a getting it on week…

How do you handle taking time off?  Does it give you the willies?  Or are you able to embrace the time off with no worries?






Great Race news!

Originally posted on Mizunogirl's Blog:

So…while my laptop was in the shop of course all sorts of things occurred.

One of the most exciting was that I got my marathon sponsored by Pace Per Mile!

Pace Per Mile Podcast has been running several very wonderful giveaways on Facebook including the opportunity to list a race you want to run and get a free entry for it.

I really like the Pace Per Mile Podcasts as well.  It’s a great place to hit up for running in the news, tips and also race reviews that are usually pretty comprehensive.


It was super duper exciting to see that I had won.  We laughed as I had listed Jacksonville Bank Marathon as my race of choice.  Jacksonville Bank is a super great race, it is unique as it is so late in the year that if one runs a Boston Qualifer at that race, one qualifies for…

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This rest week.  Killing me as they usually do.


Here’s a sea slug for you.  Credit to http://digitaljournal.com/blog/18463  

With the exception of my “easy” two mile run which turned into a race…the week has been pretty nondescript.  I am started to feel heavy and groggy…very taper like, but…

I do think the coach knows what he is doing…


Easy week.

This week is an easy week.  It’s kind of got me all turned around and upside down.


Monday was an entire rest day.  My Massage guy cancelled on me (Boo him).  So I foam rolled for about an hour which I think really did help things.

Tuesday I messed up my rest by trying to run with a friend.  She, like she usually does, turned things into a race, making the workout entirely not what it was supposed to be, and entirely irritating me.  Lesson learned for me until next time.

Today I did execute my spin and run pretty well.

We’ll se how the rest of the week goes.


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