Hello Hello! I hope you all had a great week! Another week of marathon training is down and I’ve got to say, while for the most part my runs are going well, I’m not feeling super confident for some reason. I still have yet to get off the treadmill. With summer camps and driving all over the place, and as I mentioned before not being able to drag myself out of bed in the morning, I’ve been a slave to the mill. Thank goodness I love the mill! But I am dying to get outside. Hopefully this week I can make it happen. As usual I’m linking up with Tara at Running N Reading again for the weekly recap!
Monday: core (I’m planning on doing a post dedicated to my new core workout soon)
Tuesday: 30 min @ gear 1 (3.5 mi @ 8:59 pace) Iron Strength core & glutes
Wednesday: 60 min @ gear 1 (7 miles @ 8:54 pace)
Thursday: Yoga. I had fallen off the yoga train pretty hard after school let out and I was really missing it. My goal is to go once a week from here on out. This was a tough 60 min yoga class. The class wasn’t tough, but it’s amazing what you lose when you haven’t done it in a while. My body was so incredibly tight, I felt like I had lost all of my flexibility!
10min@1st, 2x 5min@2nd/5min@1st REST This was NOT a scheduled rest day but I got busy with the boys and it just didn’t happen. This is what I’m dealing with. Seriously, it’s a miracle I get anything done.
10min@1st, 2x 5min@2nd/5min@1st 30 min @ gear 1 (3.4 mi @ 8:49 pace). Oops, this was supposed to be a tempo but for some reason I though it was another 3o minute run. I have noticed that my times have gotten faster in Gear 1 though and that is the goal!
In the afternoon the boys and I worked on their medal holders. They have been begging to make a holder for their medals like mine. I had the supplies in a bag for over a month but we just hadn’t gotten to it yet, so we finally did it!
We picked up some boards from Michaels, along with puffy letters and running scrapbook stickers! Easy peasy!
Sunday: 75 min @ LSD
Ok, let’s talk LSD, the Long Slow Distance. When my coach told me exactly what this was I practically laughed. If my goal is to run a 4 hour marathon and cut 28 minutes off my time, why am I purposely running way slower than I am capable of? I am well aware that not all runs should be fast, but this is S-L-O-W (for me). According to my coach, the LSD is supposed to mimic wearing an altitude mask, 3:3 breaths. So that means inhale for 3 steps and exhale for 3 steps…with your mouth closed. I had just gotten used to the 2:2, but THIS? This. SUCKED. Not going to lie. I literally thought I was going to suffocate. And 75 minutes of it? Thank goodness for Breaking Bad on the treadmill. The hubby was out of town as well so I had to make sure the kids were all snacked up and a TV show that would last the entire hour and 15 minutes. Yea…that didn’t quite work….they did pretty well, but I learned how to run this LSD while opening bins on the treadmill. The epitome of multitasking… yea, I’m running, taking a selfie and providing nursing care to Mr. Potatohead.
So back to the LSD. The theory behind the LSD according to Coach Z is that it “lightens molecular stress on muscles by limiting fuel, allowing immense cardiovascular adaptation”. I’ve been reading a lot of articles lately about the LSD and how they aren’t that great anymore and maybe not even recommended, so I really need to follow up with Coach Z and find out what HIS rationale is for this. I sure hope that I don’t have many more of these in my training. I ended up doing 7.5 miles in 76 minutes with an average pace of around 10:08, much slower than my other weekly runs obviously.
And then to add insult to injury, I wore a new skirt and ended up with this..I forgot the body glide….OUCH!
Total Miles: 21.4 miles
This week I’ve got 5 runs on tap. I don’t typically run more than 3 days a week so this will be different for me. I really need to focus on recovery and making sure I”m getting my foam rolling in. This new training is definitely challenging me mentally. The approach is so different than I had been doing and SO out of my comfort zone, but like I said, this is why I hired Coach Z and I”m going to trust the process!
Now, I have to tell you about this amazing dish I made from Cotter Crunch…OMG. First of all, if you don’t follow Lindsay you need to…NOW. She has some of the most amazing recipes. I saw this one on Lindsay’s blog and have been drooling over it every day.
I’m serious, I have literally gone on her Instagram and looked at the picture, every.day. I finally decided to make it although I didn’t have all of the ingredients that it called for so I kind of ad libbed. Coconut Rice and Pomegranate Porridge.
Yea, I know, mine isn’t as pretty but it tasted amazing. I had to make some substitutions to use what I had on hand, so instead of pomegranate I used fresh cherries and instead of pecans I used pepitas. But even with those subs, it was AMAZING. This would be amazing for breakfast for as Lindsay suggests some post run fuel! I made it at dinner time and did add a little chicken to it just because I was craving some protein, but I will be eating the leftover rice as a porridge for breakfast, no doubt!!
What have you done lately to step out of your comfort zone?
What is your favorite post run fuel?
What are your thoughts on the LSD (long slow distance) run?