Here we go, one more week! So many exciting things happened, not so much to me lol, but to running friends near and far .
Monday, 11/27–8 miles
I met up with a friend I met through my coach for this tempo run. She’s faster than me but we had similar mileage. And I’m inspired by faster runners anyway 🙂
I had 5 at Active Threshold pace (7:40) with a 90sec recovery in between each one.
Started off a little excited but then settled in to the right pace. Coach says to stay close to pace even though we feel we can go faster. “The goal is to raise your blood lactate to it’s threshold , and then hold it there for the duration of the workout. Training at AT increase the speed at which acidosis occurs, enabling you to hold a faster pace in races. With training, your pace at AT will increase.”
Tuesday, 11/28–Strength, Stretch, and Roll
Did some core and strength videos for 60 min. I’ve been feeling/seeing the benefits of actually doing these things, lol!
Wednesday, 11/29–4.5 miles
Easy run around the hood. I say easy but my overall pace was 8:46. I don’t know who’s easy that is but it’s certainly not mine. But, I’ve been feeling my easy pace start to creep into the 8s. I seriously don’t know who I’ve become. Mile 1-9:20, 2-8:36 <—told myself to slow down –> 3-8:41, 4-8:29 <— I gave up.
Thursday, 11/30–6.5 miles
This was awful. Just, awful. Hills+Speed=Death.
I was not looking forward to this workout at all. But, I knew I had to do it so I somehow (seriously) got myself out the door.
Finished November with 138 miles.
Friday, 12/1–Strength, Stretch, and Roll
I put my easy Friday run in Wednesday since I’d moved that workout to Thursday. I have a way of complicating things.
Saturday, 12/2–16 miles (10+6)
Splitting my long runs isn’t my jam, but breakfast with Santa got in the way so I had to be home earlier than usual. I got 10 in with a friend
then I got 6 in later solo.
This was such a good run and I know I would’ve felt just as good had it been done in one shot, lol!
Sunday, 12/3–TRACKING ALL THE CIM SUPERSTARS
You guys, oh em gee. I had so many friends KILL it at CIM this weekend!!!!! My coach ran a 2:55 like a boss, two BTB teammates ran a 2:50 (PRs for both), another BTB teammate ran a 3:21 (PR), a good friend got a BQ, my loyal training buddy Ashley matched her PR, countless IG friends met their sub 3 hour goals (HOW is that even possible?!), aaaaaaand Elle surprised us all by getting a PR and BQ!!!!!! It wasn’t a surprise that she ran that time, it was a surprise in that SHE DIDN’T EVEN TELL US SHE WAS RUNNING!!!
I was left so freaking inspired. It’s no secret I want to Boston Qualify, and I’ve made my goal very public. I like the pressure. I really don’t mind it. And I like the pressure of having friends Boston qualify at CIM because it just further ignites my fire. I know I want it bad. But their success makes me want it more. I want to run Boston with them. I know for some, publicizing their goals doesn’t work, but for me, I feel like I get to show people my journey, good or “bad”.
Elle made a good point in her blog by saying how “announcing your goals on social media is detrimental to actually achieving your goal because the praise you receive for the attempt fulfills your achievement needs.”
But I honestly don’t think I let it affect me. I mean, I appreciate peoples’ encouragement throughout my training, but I don’t share my journey for the likes or comments. I don’t think I work less hard because I get praise before the actual race.
If you’ve been a reader for a while, you know that I started off this blog with a 4:44 marathon. Four years later, I’ve cut an hour off that time. I’m not a natural runner. I work freaking hard. And that’s what I like sharing. That it’s not easy. That’s there’s setbacks a long the way(hello DNF!)–that would happen if I blogged about it or not.
What I love about Elle is that she did things her way. I LOVE THAT. And I love that she shares her type of journey. I know she’s been wanting a “good” marathon and she went out and did it. Her terms. And freaking nailed it.
People get caught up into thinking they have to do things a certain way, train a certain way, to succeed at their goal. Nope. Here’s Elle sneaking in a BQ like a total badass, and here I am for the world to see me try. She did it, and now it’s my turn! 😀 (And guess what?!? Elle will be in Phoenix to cheer me on!!!! ❤ )
Week 7, I’m ready for you!!
Aaahhhh!!!!! Thanks for the shout out!!!! I’m still basking in the post-BQ glow.
I super can’t wait for Phoenix. It’s gonna be so great to be there for you.
Soak it up sister!!! I’m so damn proud of you!!! Xoxo
You bask, girl!!! I’m gonna squeeze you February with as much as excitement as I’m feeling right now! Gahh!!!! YOU’RE GOING TO BOSTON!!!
Good job on getting your runs in even if you had to split the long run up (family is always more important and you usually don’t do that, gotta do what ya gotta do though… it takes dedication to get out for those last miles later in the day). You’re going to dominate Phoenix.
I sure hope so! Thank you so much ❤
You are a BEAST and Elle BLEW ME AWAY!! I am so proud of you both. And isn’t she insightful, that smarty. I love both approaches- put it out there and run stealthy. Either way you are focusing on YOU. It’s about your journey and then snatching that damn BQ!
Oh. And I love you both, my strong, smart, inspirational friends! Xoxo
Right?! I love how all of us have our way of sharing our journey (and hopefully with equal outcomes, lol!)
Oh my god. I HOPE SO!! XOXOXO
I just realized the Phoenix Marathon is on my birthday so of course that means it’ll be a great day.! ; ) I know you’re going to crush it!
YAY!!! I love the extra specialness your b-day gives it 🙂
What a fun week. Hilly speed work sounds absolutely horrible. I totally agree about CIM. I’ve been avoiding the thought of another marathon but everyone totally inspired me. I’ve got the itch again!
Ooooh, can’t wait to see what you decide!
I love reading your stories, Helly! Best of luck to you!!!!
Aw, thanks! ❤