Marathon #2: On to Week 7

Monday.  Here we go again.  Believe me.  I’m smiling as I say that–well, half smile, half grimace.  Sunday night was a pretty decent night at work, but unfortunately, my relief was late meaning I was leaving the hospital in a mad dash to get to class on time.  Our classes start in the gym with a workout (how’s that for a class?!) now that I’m finally into the core classes, and today was circuit training.  That woke me up!  Then it was a nap and a run downtown with my new running group.  I got my 5 miles in without too much of a struggle today.  Off to a good start!

Tuesday.  Class started off with an arm workout.  Yeah, boy.  Hello002, pects!  Wow.  Then it was off to the track.  Summer has reappeared here in Oklahoma, and it was super hot.  The workout tonight wasn’t too bad though–2 x 800, 2 x 400, 1 x 800, 1 x 400.  I was doing fine until my belly started cramping.  What brought that on?  It had me all looking like this, and I had to do the last couple of laps in increments since it’s kind of hard to run fast shaped like a question mark.  Scowl.

Wednesday.  I knew we had a leg workout on the schedule for class today, but I was missing my CrossFit peeps.  Yeah, you got it.  I went to CrossFit at 5 a.m., deadlifted 115 pounds, and then did a tough leg workout, ending with weighted walking lunges UP a hill.  Owwwie.  Needless to say, when it came time to run tonight, my hamstrings were sore and tight…and the run was a hill run.  Sweet–NOT.  But I hung with my group and ran up every hill.  I’m using tough runs like these to really work on the mental aspect of training.  I wanted to just walk up a couple of the hills because my legs were so tired, but I pushed through and kept going.  Unfortunately, I only ran 3 miles instead of 5.  My legs just couldn’t take another 2 miles.

Thursday.  Today was going to be my rest day, but class participation is part of my grade so I did the best I could in our kickboxing workout.  I’ll call it an active rest–unlike Sunny, who just finds an empty spot, desk or wherever, and hangs out.007Friday.  Finally, a rest day.  And boy, did I rest.  A long nap was the first order of business when I got home from work, and the day ended with an 8:00 p.m. bed time.  Yep, that’s how I roll on a Friday night!

Saturday.  Up bright and early at 4:30 a.m. for our long slow distance run.  008Every few weeks we “step back”; we run fewer miles than the week before.  It’s a way of allowing our muscles to rest and recover and get ready for the next big push up in our long runs.  Today we only ran 8.5 miles.  I was thankful for a short run, though.  After mile 7, my legs were just done.  I’ve done a lot of fast running and leg work this week.  I found myself coaching and pushing myself mentally to just keep running because I was at the point of wanting to walk.  I don’t like runs like that, but I’m trying to appreciate the opportunity to develop that mental fortitude that it so important in running a marathon.  That’s been a big focus for me in this training season.  So I focused on my music, the breeze in my face, the sound of feet hitting the pavement, and what do you know?  I ran the distance without walking!  Yes!

And when we got back to the store–watermelon!  Our coaches are the best;  they brought chocolate milk, beer and watermelon.  I’m not much of a milk drinker and not at all a beer drinker, but that watermelon hit the spot.  I could seriously eat my weight in watermelon!  And after a day so humid even my moisture wicking shirt was sticking to me like it was made of suction cups, that was the best treat ever.

So overall, a pretty good week of training.  What do I need to do differently next week?

  1.  Stay the course.  I’ve been on a pretty good path these last 2 weeks.  I think I just need to continue to follow that schedule and get those runs in.  Running with the intermediate group during the week has helped tremendously.
  2. Don’t forget to try different nutrition.  A short run would have been the perfect time to try new nutrition, but I just grabbed a packet of my tried and trusted Gu for Saturday’s run.  I need to try something else next week on our 16 mile trek.

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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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