Marathon Training Week 10

Ahhh yes ….I did miss last weeks Weekly Wrap and other link-ups as well, but not to worry, I am still in marathon training mode, still trying to fend off pesky injuries and still working out. To be honest, I was just plain tired last Sunday and didn’t have the energy to recap my week. The previous night, while Major Hubs was out of town for Guard drill (because doesn’t everything bad happen while our hubbies are gone???), I was awakened at 1:30 in the morning by the ear-piercing, heart pounding, nerve wrecking sound of my car alarm blaring inside the carport. Without going into all of the details, I’ll just summarize the incident by saying that apparently my key fob had lost its ‘brains’ and was sending erroneous ‘panic’ signals to my car every 10 to 20 minutes,  all night long! Needless to say, there was no sleep happening for me or my neighbors and I was totally wiped out the next day. After a couple of days spent at the dealership, a new key fob and a little ‘attitude adjustment ….all bells, buttons and whistles have been reset and she’s purring like a kitten again!

Other than that little hair-raising adventure, things have been pretty quiet and uneventful in my world. Marathon training is skipping along and while I still haven’t faced one of those 13+ mile training runs yet, I do have a half marathon on the plan for next weekend. But before I get ahead of myself, let’s look at this past week’s training.

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Monday: Strength Training

I’ve been hitting the gym again the past couple of weeks making sure to get in at least two hour long sessions. I know that when I’m diligent with my strength training, I feel my healthiest and typically experience less running related injuries.

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3 sets of 12 of these babies will give you a total body workout!

Tuesday: 5 mile easy run – avg pace 11:28

While it was still quite warm, humid and misting rain …the fall colors were out in full force!fallneighborhood

Wednesday: Strength Training, 40 min. Elliptical, 40 min Treadmill walk

Went to the gym early to get my strength training and cardio done. Major Hubs was planning on hitting the treadmill after work for his speed intervals, so I decided to go with him and get a little extra dose of cardio done. Although I really wanted to get a nice sweaty stairmill workout in, I also didn’t want sore legs and glutes for the remaining runs Coach HoHo had on my training plan. So, I decided to just do an incline walk on the treadmill. Wow! 40 minutes at an incline of 7 to 8 will definitely get the old heart rate up!

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Battling with the ‘battle ropes’

Thursday: 4 mile progression run – 10:47, 10:31, 10:11, 9:58

I’ll be honest, when I saw the target paces Coach HoHo had for me, I thought …’no way that’s happening’  However, not only did it happen, but I actually completed them a little faster! I know, I know ….now I’ve set myself up for an even more challenging progression run next week. Sigh.

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 8 miles – avg pace 11:17

It was a beautiful, crisp, cool morning in the low 50’s …perfect running temps in my book. My target pace was supposed to be at least 11:00 mm. Even though I actually felt good during this run, I just couldn’t sustain that pace for the entire 8 miles. My ankle started bothering me the last couple of miles so I just backed off and finished easy. While I really do want to push myself to reach certain paces and finish times, I have to keep reminding myself that my focus has to be on the marathon and getting to the starting line uninjured. I know my body’s weaknesses and pushing myself to run faster too soon will get me injured quicker than anything else.  Not gonna lie though, it’s hard. I have a goal time in mind for next weekend’s half marathon and I’m not hopeful that I will be able to accomplish it ….that is, without aggravating an old injury.  I’ll just have to keep telling myself ….the marathon is the goal, the marathon is the goal.  We’ll see how effective that will be, I’m pretty hard-headed.

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Will I see any of you in Columbus, Georgia next weekend?

Speaking of soldiers, have you taken the time to thank a Veteran this week? After all, it is because of their service, sacrifice, dedication and love for this great nation that we all enjoy the freedoms we so often take for granted. As I wrap up this week’s recap, I’ll leave you with a picture of my favorite veteran, my hero and my love …Major Hubs! #hooah

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Deployment Homecomings are the best!

I’m linking up with Holly and Tricia for the Weekly Wrap. Be sure to visit these blogs this week as these two have had an exciting weekend! WeeklyWrap

xoxo,

Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, one week at a time!

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34 thoughts on “Marathon Training Week 10

    • Actually, I was afraid my key fob had gotten too much moisture in it from my run that morning. But apparently that wasn’t the problem… it just died. The problem with these ‘push to start’ cars is that without the fob, you are pretty much screwed. Disconnecting the car battery was the only way to turn the alarm off. Ugh.

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  1. Congrats on a great week of training!

    Sorry to hear about your car alarm 😦 My car did that a few years ago and it was such a crazy/annoying experience! Glad that you were able to get it fixed.

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  2. OMG! Somehow after reading this I want to hold onto my 17 year old car. No bells & whistles but it’s not gonna keep me up at night!

    You’re doing great. I assume that Coach Hoho also has a time in mind for your half? Stick the plan, girl,she knows what she’s doing. Isn’t it nice to have someone tell you what to do?

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  3. If it wasn’t a prerace taper week, you’d bet there would be some speedier progression on the plan. 😉 Staying healthy is the most important part of training. You are smart to always listen to your body. I can’t wait to see you this weekend. We’ll be talking about that race strategy… Thanks for linking!

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  4. You had a great workout week! OMG that key fob! Once I dropped my keys in the toilet at the YMCA pool. Of course I had to bite the bullet and grab them out asap but ever since that happened the back hatch on my car would pop open at will. When I was driving, parked….anytime. It was a mess!

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  5. What a great picture of you and Major Hubs! Two of my friends joining us for our girls’s weekend were veterans, one Air Force and one Navy.

    Our house alarm started blaring at 3:30 AM on Saturday morning and scared the heck out of us, so I know exactly how you felt! Of course, I had my husband at home so I didn’t have quite the same scare you must have had. Something had happened to the sensor in one of the library windows…

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