I seriously am on Cloud 9 right now. I know I’ve still got about 8 weeks of training left, but I seriously felt like I kicked some serious butt during training this week. I think this possibly could have been the best week of training I’ve EVER had. It was the highest mileage week I’ve had in over a year actually. My body is feeling pretty good with the exception of some neck issues creeping in and out (which I believe are stress related) and my hip is starting to say hello again, but I know it’s because I’ve slacked on the core work recently. So it’s time to get back in the groove with the core work ASAP. I don’t want to mess up a good thing!
I’ve been a little stressed because Mr. Cupcake was gone all week again, so it was just me and the boys. It’s hard being a single parent. I think I said it last week, but, I’m gonna say it again. Props to all of the single parents out there, I bow to you!
Anyway, let’s take a look:
On the plan: Core + 60 minutes in 1st gear
What actually happened: I had to get off the treadmill because I saved my workout until the afternoon and both boys started beating the crap out of each other. Normally I would let it happen, but it started to get bad and I was afraid one of them would end up in the ER. Thankfully that didn’t happen.
6 miles @ 9:16 pace
On the plan: Core work + 25min@1st, 5 x 90s @4th @ 12 incline/2min rest
What happened: 4.5 miles in 41 min (9:00 pace)
…..ummmm, yeaaaa….that sucked. Skipped the core *sigh*.
On the plan: 75min @ 1st, Core
What happened: My mother in law was in town so I had the opportunity to get outside for this run. A friend of mine had to do 5 miles, so I figured I would do that with her and then continue on to finish up. It was a very hot and humid day and since I’ve been running on the treadmill so much, I don’t think my body is acclimated at all. This was a tough one. I definitely struggled through to keep up with her!
I got to try out my new Timex GPS One + watch as well! Review coming next week, stay tuned! Not to spoil it or anything, but I’m LOVING it!
I finished up the remainder of the run on the treadmill at home because I couldn’t take the heat. We started late in the morning, so it had warmed up quickly. I surrendered and went inside.
8 miles @ 9:22 pace
On the plan: 15min@ 1st then as long at 9:00 pace (race pace) as possible.
What happened: *Please note their are affiliate links in this post.* So it’s unusual for me to do a long run on a Friday, but I was scheduled to work nights over the weekend when Mr. Cupcake came home so I wanted to get it out of the way. I decided to try a new fueling strategy as well. Since I had to be home on the treadmill I thought this was probably the best place to try it since I could get off if need be and not have to worry about walking home if it turned out to be a disaster.
I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been using Isagenix and have been loving it. I’ve been using it since April and I’m sleeping better, I’m feeling more rested in between runs and I just feel physically great and more energized. I know a ton of runners use Isagenix to fuel their runs so I decided to give it a shot and see what happened. Coach had told me to run as long as I could at race pace (9:00) which he didn’t think I would be able to do for too long because of tired legs from the 8 miles I did the day before. I didn’t think I would be able to either to be honest.
I woke up, had my usual 1/2 english muffin with almond butter. 30 minutes later I had 1/2 E+shot and an ounce of Ionix. I was a little worried because I have a hard time with caffeine during runs, but I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. About an hour in I took another 1/2 E+shot, and tried dried mango (thanks Suz for the suggestion) instead of gels. Let me tell you….I felt like I could seriously fly. I struggled a bit mentally, but my legs had a mind of their own. I have never run that fast for that far on a training run, EVER. I’ve done faster in a race, but never on a training run. I wasn’t sure I could attribute it to the new fueling or not or if it was just a fluke. I was so freaking excited that I nailed it. I REALLY needed that run for a little self confidence boost. I have been getting worried that I can’t hold my 9:00 race pace for an entire marathon, so this really helped a bit!
15 miles @ 9:00 pace
On the plan: 40 minutes @ 1st gear
What happened: I woke up and felt absolutely no soreness from the long run the day before. I’m usually really sore in the hips after a long run, but I wasn’t at all. In fact I couldn’t even tell that I ran 15 miles! I decided to use the e+shot again for this run, but this time I took a whole one about 30 minutes before. I felt like I could fly again. I’m convinced that this will be my new fueling strategy for the rest of training and the marathon.
4.5 miles @ 8:46 pace
My splits were crazy too, this wasn’t a recovery run, it was a progression run! Splits: 9:06, 8:40, 8:39, 8:29. CRAZY!
I worked Saturday night so I slept all day until 4pm and then got a call that they didn’t need me at work for Sunday night! I jumped for joy and then realized that I had just slept all day, how was I going to be able to get to sleep? Well, It’s after midnight and I’m writing this post….no sleep for me sadly.
I’m looking forward to hopefully another great week of training. I really really really need to focus on core this week though. I’m going to make it a priority.
Something fun landed on my doorstep this week as well and I’m so excited to start using it. This was on my Christmas list as I have been dying to get one of these!
If you aren’t following me on Instagram yet, you may want to. I was selected to be a Bosu #FITFAMILY blogger! I’m partnering up with Sweatpink and Bosu and participating in this awesome challenge starting next week. You don’t want to miss out, and you do NOT have to have a Bosu to participate! So be on the lookout for that!
How was your week of training?
Have you ever tried a new fueling strategy during training?
What is your favorite exercise on the BOSU?