Week Recap: July 1st - 27th

July 27, 2016

My main training goal this month was to get a schedule down and follow it. I started a short summer school class, finished volunteer hours for nursing school, worked a few times, and enjoyed some days of fun (lake days, waterpark visits, etc). My dad, older sister, and I flew to visit my grandparents for a quick weekend visit at the beginning of the month and it was very nice to be able to see them.

One night, my sister and I went to swim laps at our university and I discovered a triathlon training group that meets on tuesdays and thursdays. What I thought would be a swim class ended up being a triathlon team! Of course, I joined. I did the whole shebang- bought the team tri suit (it ships in August), meet twice a week for swimming, and signed up for two triathlons. One is August 20th and the next is August 27th. I'm excited to have races to look forward to and be able to focus on training before school starts back. I'm also excited to be on the team and have training partners! Another race that deserves its own post is in October. Soo.. I have three triathlons planned for the Fall!!

Week of July 4th-
M: 4 mi run

Homemade popsicles ^^ recipe post coming! 

T: 4 mi run
W: 30 min swim
Th: 4 mi run + 1 hr swim
F: Rest 

Sa: Rest 
Su: 30 min cycle
miles of running: 12
cross training days: 3 

Week of July 11th-
M: 4 mi run

T: 1 hr swim
W: 30 min cycle + 20 min run

Th: 1 hr swim
F: Rest
Sa: Rest
Su: 7.3 mi run
miles of running: 14.3 
cross training days: 3

Week of July 18th-
M: 50 min cycle + 30 mins weights 
T: 1 hr swim

I ordered new swimming gear which I will share soon on my new tab. To the right of the blog I have a "Gear and More" tab that I will edit soon. If anyone has ideas for other tabs that would be conveniently located on the main page comment below :) I found a lot of racers who love Roka and bought a few items- goggles, swim cap, and a swimsuit. However, I found out black swimsuits show everything. I sadly shipped it back and ended up ordering a Speedo swimsuit that is a cute pattern. Patterns never fail. One thing I love about my new Roka goggles: I can see all the way across the pool! My other goggles fog up so much I literally only see right in front of me. I have clear goggles yay! 

W: 4 mi run
Th: 1 hr swim
F: Rest
Sa: 8 mi run
Su: Rest
miles of running: 12 
cross training days: 3

Now that I have training days planned, it's time to increase weekly running mileage. None of my races coming up are long distance but it would still be nice to have a base in case I decide to run a longer distance race by the end of the year. This week my goal is at least 25 miles.. we'll see how it goes. 

New Goals, Same Races

June 22, 2016

Lately I have been missing racing more than ever. I have been racing less since the beginning of nursing school. I have been searching some races for the rest of the year and I found three that I am really wanting to do. Now, once a busy semester starts in August I may change my mind but for now it is nice to have some goals in mind :)

1. Beat my last half marathon time of 1:36:xx. 

My last half marathon was last Spring. My last PR for the half marathon was in 2014. That was 2 years 2 long! I want to race the Chosen Half in November which is the same race as the marathon I ran to try and qualify for Boston for the first time. It is a beautiful course with a lot of hills.

2. Complete a triathlon.

I haven't raced a triathlon in a long time. I had so much fun during my first two triathlons but then mainly set my sights on marathons. The two tri's I have been deciding between is a Duathlon in July (close enough to a tri) OR a short tri in October. I have been searching the least expensive pools that I can swim at and found one that my sister and I are going to swim at next week. Swimming is a nice break from all the pounding on my legs plus I find it relaxing. I'm looking forward to swimming again!

3. Run the Rock n Roll Marathon in December because I'm officially obsessed with this distance.

I wasn't considering another marathon this year but when I received an email that advertised a new flat course + a finisher jacket I became highly tempted.

All this depends on my Fall schedule which will be a heavy load but I am excited to have some goals in mind... even if I complete none of them I will just have something to add to next years goals. 

Things I've Been Wanting Lately

June 20, 2016

I think visors are so cute. I love just that simple Adidas one in black or even pink.
Also, socks are either too thin or too thick but Bombas socks are the perfect in the middle. 

I usually have Clif Shot Blocks for long training runs but my last training cycle my sister sent me some Pro Bar's to try out and they were the best thing ever. I had no stomach issues after eating them and they left me with tons of energy! I had some of the best long runs when I took these along. They sell them at REI. 

I lost my iPod charger and I am 99% positive it is in the Colorado airport. After going though security  with my overstuffed Boston backpack the guard stopped me and made me empty the entire front pocket because the machine read something weird in it. The entire front pocket had all my charger sets and a watch. I had to dump it all out. They ended up telling me the watch looked like a pocket knife but they were mistaken and I was good to go. Except I wasn't good to go because somewhere in that whole mess my iPod charger went missing and I haven't had the time to go buy a new one. Well.... haven't had the time/I just want to run and sleep on my days off of the twelve hour crazy shifts. I miss running with music and really need to buy a new charger. Asap.

Something is causing me to have some lower leg pain when I run and I don't know if it's my shoes, or posture, or what??? But it is highly annoying and I miss the days when running felt easy. I have heard  positive reviews on these Hokas. Although I love Mizunos, I want to try out a new brand to see if that helps the pain. 

That cycling jersey, oh my! I already own cycling shorts but no jerseys. I think it would be nice to ride with a jersey. 

The Rest of Boston Training...

June 17, 2016

As promised, here is a more in depth look at how I attempted to train for the Boston Marathon. I had my training plan printed and I was ready to follow each workout. However, the spring semester ended up being the toughest semester personally. I don't think I was even prepared to run a full marathon but it wasn't even a question to not push myself to do so!

literally the only picture I took of training ^^^

A monthly recap according to my Garmin (does not include runs I ran without tracking mileage)

January miles: 63.69

I began school motivated more than ever. I would wake up at 5am before class and get my run done. Then I would go to school and study literally all day long. After a few weeks of this I became too exhausted to keep it up. During the weekends I had 11 miles, 10, 7, 12, then 14

February miles: 30.32

My longest run in February was 10 miles. TEN. While most people have a solid base, I was fitting in runs when I could and would only go as long as my legs felt okay.

March miles: 71.79

I shoved every one of my long runs for the month of March. I don't recommend this lol. I had another 11 miles, 16, and then 20.

April miles: 32.62

During April I didn't run anything over 8. During the weeks I would run shorter runs. I ran three days a week + a weekend long run.

So, while I was able to finish the marathon my body is still feeling the effects. This seriously was the worst training cycle but even with saying that I can look back and say I did it. 
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