Alright, I am so ready to get back on track!! This week brought the start of Marine Corp Marathon training!! Week 1 baby! I had big plans for how this was going to start, but they kind of got pushed to the side. I ended up resting for most of June due to this pesky hip issue, that we still can’t seem to pinpoint what exactly is going on except that it is muscular and most likely from a hip imbalance. Anyway, I had big plans to keep my mileage fairly high in June so I could start my long runs around the 13 mile mark, but that isn’t happening now unfortunately. So the plan got revamped and here I am!
Before I get into the training recap, I alluded to some more drama that happened over the last week. I’ve heard that bad things happen in 3’s, and I’m counting on that because I’m not sure I can take any more drama!! It started with the phone, then my niece and the seizure and the 3rd thing was my Mini #2 had a near drowning experience on Tuesday. Yea. Not good. Thankfully he is ok, but it really shook me up for a few days.
We were at our community pool and actually getting ready to leave. Of course my oldest was giving me a hard time and refusing to get out of the pool. Mini #2 was sitting at a table like I had asked him to while I got his brother. I walked to the pool to coax him out which took a little while. He is a little fish and never wants to leave the pool. Anyway, I turned around and Mini #2 was gone. I scanned everywhere and finally saw him submerged underwater with his fingertips just touching the surface, struggling to get up for air, but alas he doesn’t know how to swim and he wasn’t wearing his float apparatus. The kicker of the whole situation was that the lifeguard watched him jump in and watched him sink and start struggling and didn’t do a thing. I saw him and yelled to the lifeguards to help, but they didn’t budge. I had to jump in to get him. Now mind, you it was probably only a matter of 10 seconds or so (10 seconds is a long time underwater though for a kid who doesn’t know how to hold his breath under water), but they still did NOTHING. When I started screaming for them, another lifeguard walked up to me and told me it was my responsibility to watch my child. I couldn’t believe my ears. Did she really just say that to me?? Yes, I realize it’s my responsibility to watch my child, but what the F*$! are lifeguards there for? They are supposed to jump in and help if a child/person is struggling in the water which he clearly was. It was extremely upsetting. Needless to say, the community association heard about the incident and they are taking care of the situation but I truly couldn’t believe the lack of urgency or response from a group of THREE lifeguards who all witnessed a 3 year old that didn’t know how to swim, jump in the water without me seeing. Completely unacceptable.
Let this be a PSA to all of you out there. These things happen in the blink of an eye. Turn your back for a second and this can happen (not the lifeguard part but the kid jumping in the pool carefree and overconfident). And please please know…drowning IS SILENT. There was no screaming or splashing from him at all. Nothing. Complete silence. Please, if you have kids and you go to a pool over the summer, watch THIS VIDEO. Even the most aware, attentive parents can fall victim. Thank goodness I turned when I did.
Whew, ok, now that is off of my chest here is how my 1st week of training went!
I had told ya’ll that I”m working with a coach again this time around. A different one from last time. I felt like I needed a change in strategy and so I felt like this was the guy for me. I’ve had to make a few adjustments from my typical training plan that I’ve been doing all along. All of my runs are time based this time around which has been very hard for me to adjust to. I’m used to having a mileage and pace goal. Yep, throwing that out the window this time. We are focusing on time and breathing instead. The premise for my pacing is based on “gears”. Say Whaaa?
There are 4 gears I will be running in.
Gear 1–2:2 (breaths in:breaths out)
Gear 2– 2:1
Gear 4– 1:1
Let me tell you, this is hard. When you aren’t used to focusing on your breathing this is a HUGE adjustment. So this week was my adjustment period.
Monday: Core work
Tuesday: 30 min run on treadmill in Gear 1 (3.5 miles @ 8:59 min/mi) , Iron Strength x 30 min
I’ve been testing out these new Mizuno Wave Enigma 5’s! I got the opportunity to try them out as part of being a Fitfluential Ambassador and they are awesome. I’ve worn Mizuno’s in the past, Wave Rider’s to be specific which I thought were ok. But these? These are awesome. I love a cushioned shoe, and this one is cushioned and light weight and fits my foot like a glove. I will definitely be throwing these into the shoe rotation!
Iron Strength. The killer workout that had me limping around for a week. Shockingly if you actually do it consistently you don’t get as sore the subsequent times you do it, lol. Shocking, I know.
Thursday: 45 min run on treadmill Gear 1 (5 miles @ 9:22 pace), core work
Friday: 30 min run on treadmill (3.2 miles @ 9:32 pace), Gear 1
Still adjusting to this breathing thing, you can see my paces aren’t consistent because of it.
Went to my chiro for some work on my hip. Yep, it’s STILL bothering me. It’s gotten 100x’s better, but I still notice it here and there if I sit in certain ways and definitely after a run. I think we’ve ruled out any major issues such as a tear or bursitis though, so that’s good. It seems muscular so I’m sticking with the hip/core/glute strength training to see if that will help and some TLC from the chiro.
Saturday: Rest. After I woke up from sleeping after my night shift, we went out on our friend’s boat on the Potomac. It was Alexandria, VA’s birthday so every year they have a festival and fireworks. We thought it would be fun to take the kids out on the water, have a picnic dinner and then watch the fireworks from the boat! One of the coolest DC moments we’ve had since we’ve been here. The kids had a blast.
Sunday: 60 min run (6.5 miles @ 9:14 pace), Gear 1. This was an unusual run for me as I’m usually a morning runner and I did this at 5pm. Luckily I felt amazing the entire run and my hip didn’t even hurt!! Yey for small victories!
My coach keeps telling me that the first few weeks are practice at figuring out the “gears” but I’ve got to say, I’m not very confident about it. In fact I found myself a few times on the treadmill saying “screw it, just run the way you normally do and don’t focus on it.” But apparently, this is the key to his training. I’m trying to be open minded, I really am, but I’m not sure I can do this. I’ve really got to do some self talk and be positive, this is why I hired him right?? I wanted a change in approach and that’s what I’m getting, but I just don’t know. We’ll see how it plays out!
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Well, that’s it for week one! Onto week two! Hopefully I can get some outside runs in, but Mr. Cupcakes work schedule has been super busy, so i haven’t been able to get outside. So we’ll see what this week brings! As usual, linking up with Tara from Running N Reading for the Weekend/Weekly Update!
How was your week?
Have you ever watched fireworks from a boat?
Have you ever run based on your breathing? Any tips?