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Last Week’s COLD Winter Workouts & Boston Marathon Training Begins!

 

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Happy New Year!! I did my first workout of the year this morning, an 8 mile run. I was planning to run at the gym on the treadmill since it was so cold, but I hit snooze and ran out of time before a dentist appointment so I had to brave the elements. It was 9 degrees when I started and 10 degrees when I finished. But, surprisingly, I felt colder on a run last week when it was about 28 degrees. Or, maybe I was just THAT numb today. I wore MUCH heavier gloves than I normally do (GoreTex ski gloves that i used to use for snowshoeing in Utah!) and an extra jacket. Oh, and I borrowed Tommy’s beanie since mine seem to have all shrunk. I probably should have layered some pants over my tights (even though these Zella leggings are nice & thick) because my legs were bright red as I got in the shower. But, all in all, I felt dressed well enough and surprisingly really enjoyed the run. Ad the moon this morning was INCREDIBLE. I was so grateful to be out there!

I guess I’ve “officially” kicked off training for the Boston Marathon now that we’re into 2018! I’m still not sure exactly what plan I’m going to follow. I’ve used Strava for my last few training plans and my PT’s husband sent me a plan from Advanced Marathoning, but it might just be a little too advanced for me! So…I think I’ll just play it by ear to begin. To be totally honest, I’ve been dreading training since I just have felt so awful on runs lately (even with significantly reduced training), but today was a GREAT run so hopefully I’m out of my rut.

I’m glad I got my run in early because when I went to the dentist afterwards and they found 3 cracks in one of my teeth and had to put in a temporary crown. UGH. But hey, at least it gives me an excuse to drink warm comforting fluids, right? I’m obsessed with Kettle & Fire bone broth lately and I REALLY like the Numo Bone Broth I made last week (just dumped it all into my crockpot with water). I read in Run Fast Eat Slow that bone broth helps with recovery since it’s rich in collagen, glucosamine, calcium and magnesium. Plus, it can help heal the gut and since I constantly try to keep my angry gut happier, I’ll take all the help I can get. And, I just like the way it tastes on these freezing days.

Okay, now onto last week’s workouts!

Last Week’s Workouts

M (Christmas Day!) – REST. I’ve run on Christmas Day every year for probably 20 years. But the wind chill in Boone was -2 and I was still fighting a cold so I skipped it. Alas.

T – REST

W – Crossfit. This was my first WOD in a while but I survived. I also had a Deep Tissue Massage that night with Ashley Holdren.

  • Lifting:
    • Build to heavy single thruster (from the ground) – I worked up to 95#. The clean part is always harder for me than the thruster since my form goes to crap on cleans when it gets heavy.
  • Metcon: 3 rounds for time, using 75% of your heavy single thruster (I used 65#)
    • Every 6 minutes for 3 total sets:
      • 6 thrusters
      • 12 bar facing burpees
      • 36 double unders
      • 3 thrusters
      • My times: 1:40, 1:42, 1:36

Th – 7.2 miles; 8:37 pace + needling/scraping that morning

  • This is the run that I mentioned above where I was FREEZING. I was so glad to have the company of Cheryl (who is actually my PT and does my needling).

It was so dark and even colder by the end.

F – Crossfit. Tommy and I did CrossFit with his brother Sam, before he headed to the airport to fly back to L.A. It was a 15 minute AMRAP, I got through 4 rounds + 72 reps. It was brutal!

  • 60 double unders
  • 30 wallballs
  • 15 deadlifts

Sa – 10.2 miles, 8:50 pace. I ran with Cheryl again and one of her running friends, Keith. It was FREEZING once again and I was grateful I was only doing 10 miles instead of 16 like they were! This was my longest run since the Mistletoe Half and I never really loosened up and was very glad to be done. But, I got back to my car and it wouldn’t start. Tommy came to the rescue (I was completely shivering sitting in wet clothes in the cold) and then I spent 2 hours at the car dealership while they installed a new battery.

Su – REST

Total Miles: 17.4 miles

How I’m Feeling: I’m not entirely sure yet.

This morning’s run was the first time I felt “normal” on a run in a while so I’m hoping that I’m getting back to a place where running feels good. My hamstring is still bugging me, but I’m trying to be more consistent with light stretching, foam rolling, lacrosse balling, and needling. And, I’m REALLY trying to go easy on easy days so I can push harder on hard days (when I add those back into the mix).

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  • Mina
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    I find that I’d rather run in single degree temps – even single negative temps – with no wind, than 20s with wind. For me, wind makes all the difference.

    • Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      That’s almost EXACTLY what I just replied to someone with on Instagram! It’s not the temps that deter me, but the wind!!!

  • Jennier
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    I use Pfitzinger’s Faster Road Racing book for my half marathon training. His mileage is a little high for me, but I just reduce the distances a bit. Typically, I’ll take 1 mile off each daily run, making the weekly mileage total perhaps 5 miles less than it would have been. Maybe it would make sense just to find a different plan, but his general approach seems reasonable to me, and I guess I haven’t really bothered to explore that many other options.

    • Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      That’s a great idea to just reduce the mileage by 1! Do you happen to know the difference between that book and Advanced Marathon? Considering the half is my favorite distance, I’m thinking Faster Road Racing sounds more up my alley! But, does it also have marathon plans in there? Thanks so much!

  • Jennifer
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    Hi Teri,
    Faster Road Racing has plans for 5K, 10K, 15K (I think), half marathon, and multi-distance. The last is intended for people want to race multiple distances between 5K and the half. It also has plans for increasing your mileage up to whatever base level you’re targeting. It does not cover the marathon at all. The lowest mileage plans start at about 28 miles a week, with the lowest mileage half marathon plan peaking at 40 miles per week. I think all the plans are 12 weeks long.
    I haven’t seen the Advanced Marathoning book. I’ve never run a marathon, and I’m not sure I want to, but I hear about it so much, I really should at least have a look at it. There is a lot of general information in the front of the Faster Road Racing one which I would guess is probably duplicated in the marathon book, but I don’t really know.

    • Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      Thank you SO much!!! that’s really helpful! I think I’ll buy Advanced Marathoning since I’m interested in his general philosophy and that’s what I’m training for right now. And then, maybe get Faster Road Racing as a post-race reward since I want to do a fast half later in the year. 🙂