Marathon Training Week 14: The Nitty Gritty

This week finds me two weeks out from Christmas and six weeks out from my first full marathon and as Coach HoHo says …”it’s getting down to the nitty-gritty”!  There was little to no ‘recovery time’ following last weekend’s girls trip for the PCB half marathon (race recap here) as there were quite a few miles waiting for me in my email inbox on Monday. 26.2 Continue reading

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Marathon Training Week 11: Soldier Half Marathon

I’ve had my eye on the Soldier Half Marathon for a couple of years now, knowing that Major Hubs would really enjoy it.  Imagine my surprise when I asked Coach HoHo if she could work this race into our training plan and she replied with not only a ‘yes’, but also that she has run this one several times and may could even meet us there! Must’ve been fate, right? Excited about the opportunity to see my ‘Southern Sole Sister’ again, I registered Major Hubs and I and promptly booked our hotel.  Continue reading

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!

Marathon Training Week 8: Road Trippin’

Whew! What a busy week and weekend …but one filled with fun activities! As typical for us Southerners, the weather was all over the place ….cool, warm, sunny, rainy and ending with it being downright cold on Saturday. I’m not complaining, yet, though, as these cooler temps are equating to faster paces …and who would complain about that?

Major Hubs and I love Broadway musicals, so we took a little road trip on Saturday to see a new one at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis. We had such a fun day, but before I tell you about that, let’s take a quick look at my workouts for the week ….and since I was too busy lazy to make it to Marcia’s ‘runfessional’ on Friday, I’ve included a few here that I really need to get off my chest, or soles, whichever the case may be.26.2 Continue reading

Marathon Training Week 7: Fall’s Arrival

It’s Fall y’all ….finally! It has felt fabulous this past week down here in the deep south and I couldn’t be happier. Although, having lived here all of my life, I know all too well, that warmer temps are always lurking just around the corner. Therefore, we do our little happy dances, light our fire pits, cook chili and enjoy the cooler temps whenever we can get them!

Marathon training is going well, mainly because it still feels like half marathon training at this point. I don’t think the reality of full marathon training will hit me until I see a 14+ miler on my plan. Yikes! But there’s no need worrying about that now, as I keep telling myself to just take this one week at a time. Speaking of, let’s see how last week went …

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Marathon Training Week 5: Steady She Goes

Another week comes to a close and once again, it’s time for the Weekly Wrap! I’ve been so inspired and motivated today by all of the Instagram posts of all those who took to the streets of Chicago this morning to run the 40th Chicago Marathon. Congratulations to you all …time to celebrate and relax!

It was an uneventful week of marathon training for me as I am still very early in my training cycle ….so I’m keeping things slow and steady with the sole purpose of reaching the starting line (and hopefully the finish line as well) uninjured.

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Fall Races: What’s on the LadyBird’s Schedule?

Ahhhh, the sights, sounds and scents of Fall …who doesn’t love this season? The sound of a crackling fire, the sweet sugary taste of candy corn, the beautiful colors of leaves floating to the ground, the sound of leaves crunching under foot and the crispness that fills the air ….these are just a few of my favorite things about Fall. I also love that with the arrival of Fall, it usually brings with it cooler temperatures and less humidity which in turn drives most runners to start signing up for every race they can possibly fit into their schedules. Am I right?

Today’s Tuesdays on the Run topic is all about Fall Races, so let’s see where I’ll be running over the next few months. Where will your running shoes take you this Fall?Fall

Those who follow me know that I’ve bitten the proverbial bullet and decided to attempt my first full marathon. With that in mind and now on the schedule, I have a few races in mind between now and then that, hopefully, will make for good training runs. Continue reading