Monday, August 5, 2013

Training mode on

2 weeks of work complete and 14 more to go.

Sheesh, didn't think I'd be here again so soon.
But I am. And I'm loving it.
At least so far I am.

Hard to explain how this really all transpired. All I know is that one minute I talked about how training for a marathon again wasn't going to be on my radar any time soon and the next I was being offered the opportunity to run the Naperville Marathon representing the running store I work for. And I took it. That was back in early spring.

Now I'm two weeks in and have already put in fair a variety of workouts.

There were some mile repeats,
4x1 to be exact with very short recoveries.
6:20, 6:20, 6:18, 6:15

A goal marathon paced steady run that was everything but GMP.
In the general area of that ideal pace at least.
Still need quite a bit of work hammering down this pace.

A fartlek that kicked my butt.
I started out too aggressive and was once again reminded that I have to work from where I currently stand instead of where I think I should be.

A 4 mile tempo on rolling limestone trails.
6:44, 6:38, 6:36, 6:28

That one felt pretty damn good
At this point, 2 weeks in, I'm feeling good. On the right track and building a decent foundation for the next 14 weeks. But it hasn't been an easy feat to get to where I was a year ago and where I am today with running.

There have been a lot of adjustments.
And a completely different mindset.

So I'm taking a bit of a different approach.

Making more of less.
Last time I trained for a goal marathon, mileage and workouts were in ample supply. In my peak weeks I hit 80+ miles and weekly clocked in the 60-75 range for my cycle. Lots of double digit runs, lots of tempos, and lots of 20+ milers. It didn't exactly work out for me in the end, so there is no logical reason for me to take the same path this time around. There is never just one way to get somewhere, so I'm trying something different this time. 

Putting on some weight.
Yes, that's right. Put ON some weight. Intentionally. This is a touchy subject, one that I tend to avoid discussing with most people because I really don't value their opinions about my appearance. I am what I am, and I'm not what I'm not. Okay, I'm thin. I'll admit it. Running has given my body a very athletic build. Lean, strong legs, scrawny arms, and not a lot of excess baggage where women usually carry weight. I don't have control over how and where my body stores weight, none of us do, that's just the way the cookie crumbles. I don't dwell on it much, and I would hope that others take the same approach. But, spending the past year focusing on a little less movement to help me carry around a few extra pounds has done wonders for my energy levels. Recoveries are easier and I have more energy to tackle everything else in my life.

Starting back from the beginning.
Sometimes you have to take a few steps back to get ahead. It can be frustrating and annoying, but there is always a bigger picture is life that doesn't necessarily revolve around running and PR's. Instead of jumping head first into where I want to be, I'm taking things one day at a time and appreciating the work I can put in because of where I currently stand. Good things come with a lot of hard work and patience. So I'm staying patient.

Having ending point flexibility.
While I would love nothing more than to end the year with some shiny new PR's before taking time away from racing to start a family, I'm also still very adamant about avoiding overzealous goals in 2013. That 3:05 dances around in my mind from time to time, but honestly I'd rather be realistic. Maybe that means busting out incredible splits, and maybe it doesn't. Either way, it'll all work out as it should and I'm not stressed about it. Instead, I'd rather enjoy things as they unfold and appreciate the destination it all leads me to.

Training is good.
But life is better.


  1. The last 7 words says it best! And I enjoyed the putting on a little weight section. Even though I'm a guy and usually not the same type of conversation on our end, it is a good blurb on energy and recovery.

  2. "Training is good, life is better"- amazing.

    There is definitely not just one way to get anywhere, mixing things up and trying new ways can do wonders. I am doing that this time around and finding things that work better than before.

  3. You and D are one smoking hot couple! :)

    2 weeks in and you seem to be in a wonderful healthy mindset. It will pay huge dividends for you in 14 weeks! Can't agree with you more "training is good, but life is BETTER." Love this.

  4. I love the end quote. You got this chick! Best of luck to you :)

  5. I've read your blog for a while but first time commenting. First, love your blog! Second, I liked your section on putting on weight - I was running slightly underweight for a while too and kept having nagging injuries. So I added a few pounds and I also experienced more energy, better recovery, and my little nagging injuries disappeared as well! It definitely put my body back in balance.
    Good luck with your training!

  6. Just read this now, sorry for my "foot in mouth" last night. :/

  7. your last line, says it all...xoxo