Monthly Archives: July 2011

Registered! And Marathon Training Week 2

It’s official!  Maggie and I are running the Walt Disney World Marathon in January 2012.  I am so excited – for my first marathon and a trip to Disney World!  I’m not sure which I’m more excited about 🙂

The reality that I’m running a marathon has not set in yet.  But I’m continuing with the training plan as scheduled, and hopefully I’ll be ready once it does sink in.

Tuesday – 3 mile tempo run

I was traveling again, so I did this one on the treadmill.  It was hard to get started, but it wasn’t so bad once I got into it.  After walking the first 0.10 miles, I ran the rest of it!  And then walked another half mile after I finished.

  • Mile 1:  12:11
  • Mile 2:  9:42
  • Mile 3:  10:44

I was excited about my pace for the fast mile.  I tend to run faster outside (when it’s cooler out), so I hope this is a good sign that I’m picking back up to where I left off.  Okay, not quite, but it feels like a good start.

Wednesday – 3.75 miles speedwork (quarter miles)

Speedwork isn’t so bad on the treadmill, but trying to run 7 quarter miles felt like a lot.  I tried to up the speed on a few of the quarter miles, working my way up to 6.7 mph on a few of them.

This week’s speedwork was a little better than last week’s.  I finished the 3.75 miles in about 42 minutes.  I walked a little more for an even 4 miles.

Saturday – Long Run

I missed my 3 mile easy run this week, but I’m not going to worry too much about that for now.  I think running 3 days per week will be good for the half marathon in November, but I think I’ll really need that 4th day as I build up mileage for the marathon.

Maggie and I ran our 5 miler at the park.  It was so nice to be running outside again!  Except… it rained the entire time.  Mostly just sprinkled, but we were soaking wet by the end of the run.  It was nice because the rain cleared out the park and it felt much cooler than it has in a long time.  But it was still incredibly humid.

We alternated running and walking, but I felt like we ran a lot more of this one.  Our splits:

  • Mile 1:  10:44
  • Mile 2:  12:52
  • Mile 3:  10:33
  • Mile 4:  11:53
  • Mile 5:  11:30
  • Total:  57:33 (11:30 average pace)

We’re so close to our goal of an 11:20 pace for the marathon – just need to speed up by 10 seconds, multiply the distance by 5x plus a little more, and we’ll be there.  That doesn’t sound so bad does it?  Ugh… so hard to imagine the distance of a marathon!

Next Week:

Next week doesn’t look so bad.  Just a slightly longer speedwork run and one more mile added to the long run.  Knowing that we’re able to walk quite a bit during the long runs has helped me to get through them mentally, but I’m hoping to build back up to running most of these distances.  I may just have to wait until better weather for that to happen though.

Any Disney planning tips?

Have you seen Harry Potter?  I watched Deathly Hollows part 1 last night to get ready for the final movie.  If I don’t see part 2 this weekend, it’s definitely on the agenda for next weekend!







Week One of Marathon Training – COMPLETE!

I’m not officially registered yet, but I am (mentally) committed to running the Disney Marathon on January 8, 2012.  Maggie and I are plotting our trip, the plan has been built, and as of yesterday, week one of training is complete!

When we started talking about running 26.2 miles, I wasn’t sure I’d be in.  I think of how I felt after running my first half marathon, and have a hard time imagining running that times two.  It’s a really scary thought.  At the same time, I think the feeling of accomplishing a marathon would be awesome.  And Maggie pointed out that running “26 when we’re 26” is right in line with my “30 by 30” goal.  And what better place to run my first marathon than Disney?

I’m so excited at the thought of running and marathon, and maybe even more excited by the thought of a trip to Disney 🙂  It was just the motivation I needed to start training again this week.  After 2-3 months of only running 1-2 times per week (and walking much of it), this week kicked my butt a little, but it felt great!

Monday:  Maggie and I did a 3 mile tempo run.  We jogged/walked the first and last mile and tried to run the middle mile at our goal half marathon pace or better.  Our goal half marathon pace is 9:55, which give us a time of 2:10.

  • Mile 1:  13:00
  • Mile 2:  9:53
  • Mile 3:  13:30

I was happy with the run!  I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that the Houston heat and humidity are going to slow me down.  But we still managed to run our second mile slightly faster than our goal pace – and that second mile even included a short walk break!

Tuesday:  I was traveling, so my speedwork was done on the treadmill.  I alternated 6 speedy quarter miles with quarter miles of either walking or slow jogging.  My speedy sections were done at a pace of 6.0 – 6.5.  It was rough (and took about 39 minutes to finish 3.25 miles), but I finished.  I even followed up the speedwork with 1.25 miles on the elliptical.

Thursday:  I had a 3 miler scheduled.  Still at the hotel, I opted to do it on the treadmill.  I told myself I could walk as much as I needed, but I wanted to try to run the first full mile without stopping.  I finished it with a slow jog and decided to try for 2 miles without walking – this would be the longest I would have run consecutively since early May!

I finished 2 miles and wasn’t feeling too bad, so I decided to go for all 3 with no walk breaks.  And threw in the nubbin just so I could say I ran an entire 5k!  It was a great feeling, and gave me the boost I needed to realize that running in A/C (or cooler weather) is much easier than running in 90 degree/90% humidity weather.

I finished the 5k in about 34 minutes, walked a half mile and threw in one more mile on the elliptical for an even 5 miles.

Saturday:  We scheduled our first “long” run for only 4 miles.  I know we need to build up our mileage slowly, to avoid injuries.  We ran late morning and it didn’t even feel that hot, just extremely sticky outside.  My family is visiting this weekend, so my dad came with us.  My dad runs 5 miles just about every day, so he took off ahead of us – the weather didn’t seem to hold him back!

We ran a little over a mile in the beginning, but then took full advantage of walk breaks.  About halfway through our run, we saw a local animal shelter offering a “Jog with a Dog” program.  You just take off with a dog for a walk or a run, and then return it.  How fun!

We picked up Dolce, a male puppy about a year old.  He took the lead, letting us know when he wanted to run and when he was ready to sniff around and walk a bit.  He probably slowed us down even more than we would have otherwise, but that was okay – it was fun to have him join us.

We also passed a Kind bar truck on our run.  They were handing out free Almond Cashew bars.  I just tried an Almond Coconut bar for the first time last week and loved it.  Unfortunately, I dropped my bar in a pile of Dolce’s poo while trying to pick it up 😦  I hope they’re back again next week!

Our splits:

  • Mile 1:  10:54
  • Mile 2:  12:41
  • Mile 3:  13:59 (picked up Dolce!)
  • Mile 4:  13:03 

All in all, a successful week of training!  Here are the first 2 weeks of the training plan – I will try to post the entire plan soon:

What race are you training for now?  In addition to the full marathon, I’m still focused on the San Antonio Half Marathon in November!