Boston Marathon Training: Week 1 & 2

Two weeks into Boston Marathon training and I’m feeling GOOD!

After taking so much time off in October and gradually increasing my miles in November in prep for Honolulu, I was kind of worried about what my state of running would be in when Boston training began. My Achilles is feeling good. I do feel a creak every now and then. That’s got me a little concerned. I’m keeping on top of foam rolling and just bought The Stick to really dig into my calf knots. But my endurance is just fine. There’s no problem with that at all. That’s not to say every mile has been easy.

Two years ago when I trained for VCM, I did a weekly vlog about my training progress. I thought it would be fun to share my workouts again. It’s kind of fun for me to look back and review online in addition to my training journal.

A few of you have asked what training plan I’m following. It’s actually a mish mash of the plan from our Team Stonyfield coach and my own ideas. I have the prescribed workouts written out for each week but I’m trying something new this time around. I’m not going to be a slave to the plan. In the past, I’ve followed the plan to a T. If it said it, I did it. Now I’m going week by week, workout by workout. Some weeks I may run 5 days. Some I may run 3. I’m really going to try to listen to every single creak and ache in my body. Hopefully there won’t be TOO many or any at all. I’m serious about kicking my injury addiction.

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Week of January 5 – 11

Monday – Bike trainer 50 minutes, 15 minutes PT exercises, weights (upper body)

Tuesday – 6 miles: 1 mile WU. 10 X 1:00 @ 7:20; 2 min easy pace recovery. 1.5 mile easy pace/CD. Core, PT exercises.

Wednesday – sick!

Thursday – 6 miles: 15 min w/u, 20 min tempo @ 7:41 – 7:47, 15 min C/D. Core/PT exercises.

Friday – REST

Saturday – 13 miles, 1:54, avg pace 8:46. FREEZING cold run. Couldn’t feel my legs for hours.

Sunday – 5 miles recovery. BOSU ball workout.

Total mileage: 30

Week of January 12 – 18

Monday – Bike trainer 50 minutes, core/glute, weights (upper body)

Tuesday – 7 miles, 1 mile w/u, 90 seconds hill climb@ 6% on TM x 8, 60 seconds recovery , 3 miles easy pace. Glute/core/PT exercises.

Wednesday – 5 miles, easy pace. Glute/Core/PT exercises, weights (upper body) P.M. Yoga

Thursday – 8 miles, 1 mile warm up, 5.5 miles at easy pace, 8 x 20 sec strides, 1/2 mile cool down. Glute/Core exercises.

Friday – Active REST. Easy yoga. Glute/Core/PT exercises. Full body weights.

Saturday – 3 miles easy. Glute/Core

Sunday – 15 miles, 2:13, avg pace 8:50. Much better temps but had to walk 2x through sections with deep snow. Glutes/core. Easy yoga.

Total mileage: 38

Overall, it’s been a marvelous 2 weeks. Despite having a respiratory virus, I was still able to get my runs in. Running actually made me feel better. But then again, doesn’t it always? I’m now recovered and ready to tackle more miles. I’m ready for week 3!

Are you training for anything?

How do you track your training?

Evolution Fresh #3DaystoGreen

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I’m participating in the Evolution Fresh blogger campaign and received compensation as part of the program. 

“It looks a little like sewer sludge.”

That’s the initial reaction of most people who first see a green juice. Let’s face it – it’s GREEN. As it should be because it’s made with ALL the greens.

What’s wrong with green? To me it screams FRESH!

Recently, I linked up with Evolution Fresh in their #3DaystoGreen campaign. It’s the start of the new year and new goals. One of my goals for this year is to cut back on my random snacking. As you know, I’ve been participating in Laura’s 21 Day Reset and have been happy with the results so far. My snack cravings for breads, crackers, chips and cereal have mostly disappeared. I’ve been focusing on eating real food which ultimately means my veggie eating has increased. I thought I was good before but now I’m really good.

Evolution Juice #3daystogreen

Evolution Fresh juices – Sweet Greens and Lemon, Essential Greens, Organic Sweet Greens and Ginger, and Smooth Greens – have over one pound (ONE POUND!) of green vegetables in every bottle and less than ten grams of sugar per serving. And there is nothing added – no preservatives, no sweeteners, no flavors – not even natural ones. All you get is pure, delicious juice.

You can choose from four delicious flavors – Sweet Greens and Lemon, Essential Greens, Organic Sweet Greens and Ginger, or Smooth Greens. My local Whole Foods only had two varieties available – everything else was sold out!

I took the challenge and began my first morning with a Sweet Greens and Lime. I am not going to lie – it was very green. I could taste a lot of parsley, which isn’t my favorite green. In my opinion, if you are not used to green juice, it’s not the first one to try.

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At work, I have fallen into the habit of having a cup of coffee around 10:30 every morning. I decided that instead I’d have a juice. The second day I popped open a Sweet Greens and Ginger.YUM! It still had all the green taste but way less parsley. This was by far my favorite.

By day three, I had another Sweet Greens and Lime as an afternoon pick me up. It definitely gave me a little extra zing to power through the rest of my workday.

I can’t say I noticed a whole of difference in my overall being. I tend to eat a lot of kale, spinach and other greens everyday anyway. I did feel like it gave me an energy boost particularly during the afternoon slump.

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On to meal planning for the week – last week of the reset plan!

What’s for dinner this week?

Sunday: Salmon + roasted veggies

Monday: Egg Power Bowls

Tuesday: Crockpot Two Bean Veggie Chili

Wednesday: Chicken stir fry over spaghetti squash “noodles”

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: out

Saturday: Rainbow Tofu Spring Rolls + Ginger Peanut Sauce

Are you a fan of green juice?

What’s for dinner this week?

High Five Friday

5 from instagram 11615  happyfitmama.comIt’s High Five Friday!

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1. It’s hard to believe this picture is from a couple of weeks ago. Now everything is covered in snow.

2. Home yoga practice problems. My mat is never just my mat.

3. This week I ran 3 times on the treadmill (check out the 3 workouts I posted earlier in the week!). Not because of the weather, just because I would have had to run at zero dark thirty solo. After the creeper incident in November, I’m not ready to even think about running alone in the dark just yet.

4. Chocolate. Banana. Soft. Serve. YUM!

5. Planning. Learning. Always.

5 Things

1. This Girl Can – If this video doesn’t want to make you move it, I don’t know what will.

2. Never Summer Nordic Yurts: Lower Montgomery Pass – Staying in a yurt. Backcountry skiing. Two things that I’ve always wanted to do. Even if you’ve never ever thought of doing something like this, check out Heather’s post just for the beautiful pics and video. I don’t even think I’d mind the -7 temperatures.

3. 12 Habits of Highly Motivated Runners – I’d like to think of myself as a highly motivated runner. My #1 reason? I love it. If you need more than that for motivation to keep setting goals, check this out.

4. The Stains on My Yoga Mat – This post from Rebecca stuck with me. My relationship status with my yoga mat was “on a break”. Her post reminded me WHY I would go to my mat. Not just for the good stretch or relaxation. More for the strength and a place to just be present in the moment. FYI – are status is now “in a relationship” again.

5. Mile Markers: Layers – A good reminder for this time of year when the weather is always a factor and there are a ton of excuses NOT to put the work in. The fire must come within.

What would you like to high 5 today?