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Marathon Training – 12 Weeks Out

16 Sep

Last week marked 12 weeks out from the St Jude’s Marathon. We had a much needed break from the hot humid weather, which made the training a tad easier.

Monday – 6 miles, 9:00 pace. Easy run with Ramsey. Recovering from my long run the day before!

Tuesday – 8 miles, 8:08 pace. Hard morning at the track! 5 x 1000, with a goal of under 4:00 min each. Ran 4:06, 3:55, 3:55, 3:53, 3:50. Not sure why I was so rusty on the first one but was able to work it out for the rest of them. Legs were screaming!!!

A little couples track morning.

A little couples track morning.

Tipsy Tuesday thanks to a Wednesday rest day.

Tipsy Tuesday thanks to a Wednesday rest day.

Wednesday – OFF DAY!!! Slept in and spent some time doing my physical therapy exercises.

Thursday – 10.25 miles, 7:43 pace. Enjoyed the gorgeous weather but will admit my legs were pretty dead4. Ran 2 miles warm up, then picked up the pace for the next 6 miles. 7:50, 7:11, 7:17, 7:22, 7:07, 7:04. Totally tricked Ramsey into doing this run. The poor guy thought we were going out to do an easy 7 and this is how it ended up. He did amazing though. So proud!!

Who wears matching socks???

Who wears matching socks???

Friday – 4.85 miles, 8:50 pace. Easy run but hit some killer hills. Finished with 4 x 30 second stride outs.

Saturday – 15 miles, 8:50 pace. Took this long run nice and easy. After what felt like a really hard week, I knew it was better to relax on this run and just get in the miles. I did love this run because I got to spend lots of time with Diana and catch up!!

Operation Breakthrough Homecoming dance! I wore my prom dress from high school. I still love it!!!!!

Operation Breakthrough Homecoming dance! I wore my prom dress from high school. I still love it!!!!!

Sunday – 6 miles, 8:33 pace. This one hurt a little after a fun night out on Saturday. My head was pounding at the start and my legs were sore after participating in a dance competition…and winning it. Ran from my house to my friends Ellen and Brian’s. Then they treated me to breakfast. It was great.

Total Miles: 50.13

Until next time….

xo,

Ali

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Life Always Gets in the Way

28 Mar

Hospital Hill Bloggers Series

The last Hospital Hill blog post I wrote was a moderate level training plan you could use over the next few months. For this post, I would like to discuss sticking to the plan and following through with training.

For me, one of the hardest parts of training is balancing your running and your life.

Life will ALWAYS get in the way.

Throughout a three month training period you will always have reasons you don’t want to run.

And it’s not just you.

I have made every excuse in the book why I can’t run or don’t want to run. Here are my top reasons to skip a run:

  1. I am tired
  2. It is too cold
  3. It is too hot
  4. I’d rather go to happy hour
  5. I don’t feel good
  6. I don’t even like to run (in the last year all of my running buddies have yelled this at some point)
  7. I am on vacation
  8. I’m too busy at work
  9. I don’t want to run alone
  10. It is dark outside

All of those excuses are ones I make often. And I can only imagine how much harder it gets when you are balancing children and spouses too.

You will ALWAYS find an excuse why you can’t run, or why you shouldn’t run. But how you deal with these excuses is what shows on race day.

As you go through your training, think about WHY you are doing it. Are you running to complete your first half marathon and push yourself to new limits? Or to get back into the sport? Or to PR?

Whatever your purpose for running this race is, I will guarantee you that if you cave to the excuses you will pay for it when you start the race on June 1st.

You must stick to the plan to meet your goal. And you will be so much happier if you do.

The next time you consider skipping a run, think about WHY you are skipping and if you really need to skip. If you are injured or sick, it is OK and a good idea to sit it out. But if you are tired, cranky, hot, cold, etc. get that booty out on the pavement and run towards your goal!!

One of my best ways to deal with the excuses is to visualize the finish of my race, as I am meeting my goal. That right there, gets me outta bed every single time 🙂

Good luck these next few weeks!!!! I have enjoyed meeting so many of you over the last few weeks and hope to meet you in person on race day!

xo,

Ali

P.S. Consider volunteering for the race! I am working packet pick up on Thursday afternoon. (click here)

Half Marathon Training Plan

28 Feb

In my last Hospital Hill blog post, I talked about when you should start training. In this post, I would like to share a training plan I put together.

I made this plan based on a few I found online, as well as my own experiences training for races. I am not a certified coach, or a running coach at all for that matter, but I do believe this is a good schedule based off my experiences.

This schedule is great for intermediate runners, or someone wanting to get back into running and challenge themselves. If you would like to follow a more advanced schedule, add miles to your Tuesday/Wednesday workouts (which happen to be your harder workout days). I have been using schedules very similar to the one below for years, and my hard days and total mileage adjust to the race and goal I have.

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For a larger view, click on the schedule and it will open in a new window.

This schedule is listed by week, Monday – Sunday. I like to start my weeks on Monday for a couple reasons, the main one being that this is the way Daily Mile tracks your training 🙂

At the top of this schedule, it includes an overview of what that day of the week will usually look like. For example, Monday and Friday are off days, Tuesday and Thursday are your hard days, etc. You will notice not every week follows that format, but the majority of your weeks will.

Your first two weeks of training are about getting getting used to your new routine. You should already have a base built up and be able to run the first couple weeks of miles easily. If you cannot run 4 miles at a time, it might not be time to train for this race.

Take these runs easy and get in your groove. Sticking to your first two weeks will be the hardest, but the most important. These two weeks will help you get into a routine and build a base for the harder weeks ahead.

Now for the rest of the schedule….

Off Days

On this schedule, off days are suggested as Monday and Friday. I find that it can be hard to get runs in on Mondays, and Fridays are just a great day to take off. I prefer 2 days off a week, and 3 days off if you do intense cross training throughout the week (spin, bootcamp, etc).

Hill Workouts

Tuesdays of this training will be your hill days. You are running Hospital Hill, so you definitely don’t want to forget this vital part of training! You can do your hill workouts a couple ways. One being to find a a good hill, and do repeats (run hard up the hill, recover on the way down, do it again). Another way is to plan out a hilly route and run hard on all the uphills. Try to get in a 2-4 hills per workout. Your first mile of this workout should be easy to warm up your body. Then the middle mile(s) will be for the hill work.

If you are more of a beginner runner, don’t stress on hill repeats. Just be sure to get some hills into your training or the race will be very tough.

Tempo Runs

A tempo run is picking up the pace and running faster for a couple miles. During these runs, you will leave your comfort level. Try to run 30 seconds to one minute per mile faster than you normally do (example if you are training at 10min/mile pace, try to run 9:30-9:00min/mile pace). This will feel hard the first couple weeks, but then you will get into the groove and feel yourself getting fast (which is very exciting!!).

Long Runs

On this schedule, your long runs will be on Saturdays. While I realize that not everyone’s schedule will allow for Saturday long runs, but it has worked best for most people I know. If it doesn’t work for you, switch your Friday or Sunday to be your long run. This schedule works your way up slowly to 12 miles. While 12 might sound crazy right now, you will be pleasantly surprised with yourself on this run if you follow your schedule in the weeks prior!

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If at anytime during your training, you feel an injury coming on, listen to your body and take a break. If you don’t think you can do another day of hills or tempo work – that is OK too. We want you at the starting line injuring free and happy as can be!

Any questions about this or want me to message/email you the file of this schedule?

Two options…

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Good luck, and happy training!!!

xo,

Ali

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