Marathon #2: Three Weeks In

Monday.  The start of the third week of marathon training.  As usual, I came home from work tired and decided a nap was in order before I got my recovery run in.  But for some reason, I just didn’t feel like sleeping much, and I wanted to do the CrossFit WOD (workout of the day).  Soooo…I decided to combine running and CrossFit.  I only live 2.5 miles from the gym, so at 2:45 p.m. I laced up my shoes and headed out the door.  Don’t ask me why I decided to run at the hottest part of the day!  The good news is that is was only about 97 degrees instead of 101 degrees!  Anywho, I ran a little faster than recovery pace to the gym, did the WOD, and ran even faster coming home.  How did that happen?!  I thought sure 50 deadlifts at 105 pounds would slow me down.  The good news?  The pace was still slower than in times past for recovery runs, and I got my miles in!

Tuesday.  Track day.  Speed work.  Ugh!  Have I mentioned004 that I really don’t like track days???  Today was a 1.5 mile time trial with a 400 meter recovery and then a 400 meter sprint.  I did my 1.5 mile time trial in 11 minutes 42 seconds.  Those 6 laps around the track seemed so long!  But I didn’t stop, as much as I wanted to.  Another 400 meters was a piece of cake after 1.5 miles, and I knocked it out in 1 minute 44 seconds.  Thankfully that’s done for another week!

Wednesday.  Cross training day.  I caught the CrossFit WOD at 5 a.m., rested for an hour or so, then took a 14 mile bike ride along the Arkansas river.  Tulsa really has some great running/walking/cycling trails.  I003 love that about this city!  I’m still working on my cycling fitness.  While I can stay in the saddle fairly easily for an hour or more now, I’m still only riding between 12-13 miles per hour.  The route I rode today also had some pretty good hills which gave me lots of practice with shifting and a great leg workout!  It’s amazing how much harder riding up a hill is than running up a hill.

Thursday.  Today the schedule called for a 3 mile tempo run, running about one minute per mile faster than our base pace.  I caught the CrossFit WOD at 5 a.m. and then headed to a local park/golf course that has a 3 mile walking/running path around the perimeter.  Tempo pace for training is the pace I just naturally default to so it felt good to just run without holding myself back.  On the other hand, my legs were super tired.  Factor in high humidity and the run was rather tough.  Beautiful scenery always helps though!

008Friday.  Rest day.  I got in lots of naps, lots of Netflix, and lots of rolling with my trigger point ball.

005Saturday.  In place of our long slow distance run today, we did the Bedlam run, a fun local run that plays off the rivalry between OU and OSU fans.  Runners could choose between 5K and 10K distances.  Our schedule called for a 1.5 mile warm-up, a 5K time trial, and a 1.5 mile cool down.  Because I’ve run a couple of 5Ks this summer, I decided to just do the 10K.  It wasn’t my best 10K with a time of 58:16, but I still snagged the third place finish in my age division!

Bedlam run 2016 002So what do I need to do differently next week?

  1.  Keep working on recovery pace.
  2. Stay the course with track workouts.
  3. Clean up my diet.  My diet has included way too much chocolate lately, and while I’m not beating myself up, I know that sugar is detrimental to my goals.  Food is fuel, and I want to make sure I’m only fueling myself with the best.  Chocolate ain’t it!


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Anything new and exciting on the horizon for next week?




Author: Juanita

Thanks for dropping in! I'm Juanita. People tell me I don't look like a Juanita since I'm red headed and freckled with super pale skin, but what's in a name, right? I'm a 40-something, single (as in no kids, never been married) gal from Oklahoma. I'm a nurse and most importantly, a follower of Jesus. I love chocolate, am scared of heights, and petrified of snakes. After my fortieth birthday and coming to grips with the fact that I was obese, I discovered I'm a runner and a CrossFitter, and that there's a whole lot of life left to live. I just had to get past the fat, stare down the fear, and realize that 40 is not too old for new beginnings. So this is the story of my struggles and adventures in the quest to live a healthy life in mind, body, and soul.

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