Well hello there! Wow, with the exception of my Dynafit review & giveaway last week (BTW, if you haven’t entered yet, you have about 18 hours left, so go enter!!), you really haven’t heard from me in close to two weeks. You probably thought I dropped off the face of the earth unless you follow me on Instagram, which by the way you NEED to follow me over there too because it’s my new favorite social media site. Facebook is totally sucking and all I do is post to Instagram and then send it to FB. Anyway….it was a totally unplanned blogging break. Somehow things got super chaotic and Mr. Cupcake was home on vacation and when he’s home….watch out world. There was a “honey do” list a mile long. Between the list and well….the LIST, I seriously didn’t even have time to think! While my runs were pretty decent my strength training was well, non existant. I literally had time to jump on the treadmill, get my run done and then off to the next task. Hubby’s vacation is over now so I’m hoping to really get back on the horse and get back to business!! Here’s a look at the last two weeks or so of training and life in general!
Rest day after 2 night shifts
3.4 miles @ 8:49 pace
7.1 miles @ 8:50 pace This was an AWESOME run. I managed to get outside on a beautiful day and do a solo run. If you follow me on Instagram I talked a bit about it, but for those of you that aren’t on Instagram….I’m going to post the verbage from my Instagram post verbatim because it really captured what I was feeling that day.
I have been running for like 20 years and have ALWAYS been a slave to the numbers on my GPS watch. Constantly looking at my pace, my time, my distance, etc. I’m training for my 4th marathon and decided I needed to do something to switch things up a little bit. I was feeling a bit stagnant, that I wasn’t really achieving the goals that I wanted to. I’ve had my eye on a 4 hour marathon and so far I haven’t been able to hit it….I decided to hire a coach, and I went totally out of my comfort zone with the approach that he takes to running. His theory is based on breathing. So when I asked what paces I was supposed to hit he said “I have no idea” run as fast as you can within that particular breathing pattern (there are 5 breathing patterns). And not only that, I don’t get my training schedule until the week before for each week. Seriously, I was screaming inside. There was NO WAY my Type A personality could handle this type of plan, but I completely surrendered and told myself to trust him and the training. And after 5 weeks, I can’t believe that I am actually saying this…..I ran outside for only the second time this training cycle (don’t ask, I’ve been a slave to my hubby’s work schedule) and I seriously kicked the run’s ass! Of course I wore my GPS watch but I had the face set to the time only (My runs are based on time)…I had a 60 minute run to do and I was able to do the whole thing without looking at my pace, splits or distance once and it was so incredibly freeing and dare I say I actually LIKED it??? I actually ran WAY faster than I would have set my treadmill too as well! Now of course, as soon as I got home I promptly documented my splits in my training log because I can’t go without the numbers for too long. But, the moral of the story is that if you are feeling like you are in a running rut and aren’t achieving the goals you are wanting…look outside the box, take a chance on something you wouldn’t normally do and try something different!!
Rest day! I had a very rare “day date” with the hubby. We went for a great 5 mile hike in Rock Creek Park in DC. I had never really been hiking on the trails in the park and it’s truly amazing how it was possible to feel like I wasn’t even in the city. It was awesome! I didn’t take any pics sadly. I noticed my right hip flexor kind of acting up on me which made me a bit worried. Usually a tight hip flexor means a neck strain is coming on…
Tempo run–5.5 miles @ 9:05 pace
20 min at Gear 1 (9:13 pace), 3 x 7 min @ Gear 2 (8:27), 5 min @ Gear 1 (9:30)
I woke up early and noticed that my shoulders and neck were really tight. I knew the hip flexor was a warning sign. It wasn’t a full blown neck strain…yet… so I decided to go run anyway. It ended up feeling tight the entire way, but it was tolerable so I kept on with the run.
Long run–10 miles @ 9:39 pace
I was so excited to do this long run, finally back outside with my BRF. This is my BRF that had a baby and we literally hadn’t run together in almost a year…it was so great to catch up and run together again! It was a gorgeous morning and I must say since being trapped indoors on a treamill I wasn’t ready for the humidity. My pace was a bit slower than I had hoped but I didn’t care one bit. It was all about the company and the views for this one!
Rest. Woke up and couldn’t turn my head. I knew it. I’ve been dealing with these neck strains for over 10 years. They are less frequent, but I usually get a bad one every six months or so and are usually brought on by stress. I didn’t think I was outwardly stressed, but subconsciously I think I definitely have been. Mr. Cupcake’s job is changing, which means a lot more travel and a lot less help. While I know I can handle it of course, it’s still obviously a stressor. Luckily I have my chiro’s email on speed dial so I emailed him to see if he had any available appointments first thing on Monday. Thankfully he would squeeze me in.
I had a 45 minute run scheduled. I decided to give it a shot despite my neck, but only made it 20 minutes before I had to get off. I promptly got changed and went to my chiro appointment. I felt a little better after leaving, but I usually don’t feel a difference until the next day.
My neck felt much better when I woke up so I was able to get my speedwork in thankfully. This was one workout I didn’t want to miss.
3.5 miles @ 8:46 pace
10 min @ 9:05, 8 x 1 min @ 7:47, 5 min @ 8:57
5.4 miles @ 9:15 pace
60 min run scheduled but I struggled mentally on this one. I jumped off and on the treadmill and finally called it quits after 50 minutes.
Coach said I could make up the missed minutes from Monday and Wednesday’s run, so I did an easy 30 min run @ 9:05. My neck was feeling much better but it was still super tight. I had a giftcard for my massage therapist so I cashed it in for a 90 minute massage and it was the best thing I could have done. I seriously felt like a new person after it was over.
Tempo run– 20 min @ Gear 1 (9:05 pace), 20 min @ Gear 2 (8:27 pace), 20min @ Gear 1 (8:57 pace)
Friday night Mr. Cupcake and I had another date night!! It was a gorgeous night in DC. It was cool, low humidity and just plain awesome. We got a bottle of wine some food and went and sat on the back side of the Lincoln Memorial to watch the sunset. Seriously THE coolest date you can do in this city in my opinon…
95 min Long run scheduled
I got my last long run outside for a while which was really nice. The weather didn’t let me down either, another low humidity, cool…almost chilly morning. Pure running perfection.
11 miles @ 9:14 pace (ended up running 99 min instead…oops)
One of my favorite shots of all time….
It was a pretty decent two weeks running wise with the exception of a few runs, but I’m pleased! I think training is going well with the breathing and the new approach! I’m still not convinced I’m going to hit my 4 hour marathon goal, but there is still time. The difference on the body between the treadmill and the open road is huge. I noticed a big difference on my joints and and just general achiness after running outside. Downfalls of running on a treadmill constantly I guess. So that makes me a bit nervous, but sometimes you just need to accept things that you can’t change and move forward. And that’s what I plan on doing!
Do you notice a difference in how your body feels when switching from treadmill to road?
Anyone else deal with chronic pain/neck issues?
How often do you have a “date” with your significant other?