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Old 10-08-2012, 10:04 AM   #151
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Week 7: Run #1 (3 miles on the treadmill)
Monday, October 8, 2012

3 miles completed/24 miles planned for the week
106 miles completed so far in training


For whatever reason, this run seemed like it absolutely FLEW by this morning. No complaints here!

Not much else to say about the run...it was a typical treadmill run. I felt stiff for the first quarter-mile or so. Once I loosened up I felt pretty good. My legs seem to be totally recovered from Saturday's 12-miler.

Stats from the run:

Total Time: 29:49 for 3 miles
Average pace: 9:57ish/mile (?)


So my running schedule is going to be pretty thrown off this week with my heading to West Virginia this weekend for our family friend's wedding. I figured out that I'm going to need to leave home at 8AM on Saturday to drive to my mom's house (an hour away) and then I'll be in the car for another 2.5 hours to get to the wedding. At this point I'm trying to shuffle things around and come up with a way to not make myself completely miserable on Saturday. Here's what I'm leaning toward right now:

Monday: 3-mile run (don't feel like going to yoga today...what a bum )
Tuesday: 5-mile run after work (tennis season is over so Will is going to be home early from now until March! )
Wednesday: strength training/yoga
Thursday: 3-mile run/yoga
Friday: 7-mile run
Saturday: Rest Day
Sunday: Rest Day

So with the above schedule I wouldn't miss any runs, but I would miss 1 day of strength training. I'm debating on whether I want to head in to work tomorrow morning to get a strength training session in, or if I want to move that 3-miler on Thursday to Saturday morning (7AM I guess) and do strength training on Thursday. Right now I'm leaning toward just being satisfied with keeping the above schedule, because I feel like trying to cram too much in would be a bad idea. Hmm...

In other schedule shuffling news, I'm pretty sure that I DON'T want to run that 5K on the 20th. It would mess stuff up too much and since my main focus right now IS marathon weekend, I should really only fit in races that make sense with my schedule (i.e. the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot). Oh well. The 5K will be there next year.

So that's all from me! TTFN!



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Old 10-09-2012, 10:20 PM   #152
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Congrats on the hubby time until March!! I may not have said it yet but you always impress me with your dedication to training for this Dopey Challenge!!! I have another question for you so....I have been getting blisters on my feet and have lost toenails ever since I got fitted for my new running shoes. I switched from brooks that killed my shins to asics that are doing this. Is that normal or do you have any advice on helping that? I also went a half size bigger in the asics. Okay shower me with you knowledge
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:17 AM   #153
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Shannon- wanted to tell you that GP deals came out today, and on the website it looks like Polynesian has standard view rooms available at the 35% off rate now.
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:34 AM   #154
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Congrats on the hubby time until March!! I may not have said it yet but you always impress me with your dedication to training for this Dopey Challenge!!! I have another question for you so....I have been getting blisters on my feet and have lost toenails ever since I got fitted for my new running shoes. I switched from brooks that killed my shins to asics that are doing this. Is that normal or do you have any advice on helping that? I also went a half size bigger in the asics. Okay shower me with you knowledge
Thank you!

Hmm...I'm not sure how much I can help with the toenail problem. I've never really had that issue before! Off the top of my head...

- Do you keep your toenails trimmed? That's definitely important.
- Is the toe box in your new pair of shoes wide enough?
- I've heard of people actually going an ENTIRE whole size up in their running shoes! I wonder if that would help?
- If you think the size is okay, I've also heard that the shoes should be laced tighter so that your foot doesn't slide around too much in the shoe. If it does, your toes may ram up against the front of the shoe, putting pressure on your toenails.

I'd suggest going back to your running store and asking their advice, or maybe posting about this in the WDW Marathon Weekend thread in the Events & Competition Section of this board...you might get better help than what I'm trying to give you here.

As for the blisters, what kinds of socks do you wear? You may need to invest in a few new pairs, specifically ones made of synthetic material (NOT cotton!). I used to run in Adidas socks and would get blisters, and I switched to Balega Hidden Dry - voila! I rarely get them anymore (and when I do it's only on days when I run really far and it's really hot out). Synthetic socks are PRICEY but worth it if you're going to be running a lot. I hope this helps!

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Really?? I just looked on the Disney site and didn't see and availability at the Polynesian. The universe is telling me it's not meant to be! I guess I'll just have to settle for the Grand Floridian...darn! Thanks for the heads up though! I need to start bugging my brother to book his room!
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:40 AM   #155
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Week 7: Strength training and Run #2 (5 mile out-and-back)
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Weather - sun with some clouds, low 60s

8 miles completed/24 miles planned for the week
111 miles completed so far in training


Well, despite the fact that I said I didn't want to cram too much in this week, I got in both a strength training session AND a run yesterday. And this is what I looked like at the end of the day:



Strength training was fine yesterday. I left my desk at 11AM to give a presentation at one of our satellite locations (my 3rd presentation in 3 weeks! I HATE speaking in front of people! WAHH! ) and as a result I got home earlier than normal. The weather was really nice, and I just wanted to be DONE, so I was really moving (compared to normal ).

Mile 1 - 10:11
Mile 2 - 10:03
Mile 3 - 9:45
Mile 4 - 9:37
Mile 5 - 9:15

Total time: 48:52 for 5 miles
Average pace: 9:46/mile

I thought I'd really hate running after work since I do it so rarely. It wasn't bad, but I still really don't prefer it. With the timing of my presentation I found myself eating part of my lunch on my way home and was then battling a painful cramp for the first half of the run. Coincidence? I think not.

After my run I showered and absolutely hit the wall. I was SO tired. But at least I got it done!

And in keeping with my little resolution to myself to put more pictures in this report (whether they are related to what I'm writing or not)...here's random Chip & Dale picture #1!



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Week 7: Strength training and Run #3 (3 miles on the treadmill)
Wednesday, October 10, 2012

11 miles completed/24 miles planned for the week
114 miles completed so far in training


I feel like this run had the potential to be really awful after my busy day yesterday...thankfully it wasn't.

I slept like a baby last night and really had trouble getting up this morning. I really had to convince myself not to sleep an extra hour. "It will be worth it...it will be worth it..." That's that I kept telling myself..."it" being having my runs done early so I don't have to worry about it with my out-of-town trip this weekend, and of course "it" being my having a successful marathon weekend.

Once I was out of bed though it was just like every other day. I did feel stiff and a bit sore for the first half-mile of the run, but once I was warmed up it went okay!

Total time: 29:17 for 3 miles
Average pace: 9:46ish/mile??

I predict I will once again be completely exhausted by the time I get home.

Random Chip & Dale picture #2...Hollywood Style!



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Old 10-10-2012, 11:06 AM   #157
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I am amazed at your ability to will yourself out of bed in the mornings to go run. I usually do my runs after work and I feel like I'm constantly moving from the time I leave work until dinner is done and we're sitting down to eat! I'm not quite sure how people do it with kids in the mix too My evenings would be so much easier if I could get out of bed with enough time to get a run in before work but I have a hard enough time getting up to just get to work on time
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I am amazed at your ability to will yourself out of bed in the mornings to go run. I usually do my runs after work and I feel like I'm constantly moving from the time I leave work until dinner is done and we're sitting down to eat! I'm not quite sure how people do it with kids in the mix too My evenings would be so much easier if I could get out of bed with enough time to get a run in before work but I have a hard enough time getting up to just get to work on time
Thanks! Part of it is knowing that I signed up for the races and need to get the training in, and part of it is just that I have been doing this for so long now (running before work...I started in January or February) that it's become a habit, something that I thought would NEVER happen. It began as something I did out of necessity (with Will coaching tennis after school I had to make sure to be home for the monster pup ), but now that tennis is over I'm still a morning runner because of what you're describing...I really like coming home right after work and just knowing that it's DONE.

And yeah, I totally know what you mean when you say that you don't know how people with kids do it. My hat's off to them...I have a hard enough time managing the dog!
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Week 7: Strength training
Thursday, October 11, 2012


Another good strength training session today, except for when I got to planks at the end. I suck horribly at these.

This is going to end up being a yoga-less week for me. I just haven't felt like going, and since I'm keeping up well with the other parts of my training plan, I figure I can give myself a break. One thing I am NOT doing well with is getting enough sleep...I really need to change that. Somehow I feel like if I get more sleep I'll be more motivated to go to yoga rather than being a lazy slug at my desk for an extra hour...who knows.

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Week 7: Run #4 (12 miles scheduled, 7 mile out-and-back completed)
Friday, October 12, 2012
Weather: Low 40s, overcast and breezy

18 miles completed/24 miles planned for the week
121 miles completed so far in training


All of the schedule flip-flopping I've been doing over the past 2 weeks is definitely catching up to me, but it was worth it...I haven't missed and runs or strength training, and I'm now looking at 2 rest days in a row (!) during my short out-of-town trip.

Pretty good run today. I wore my running tights, a jacket, my ear warmer and a hat, and I think I was a tad bit overdressed - I may have been more comfortable in a long-sleeved tech shirt instead of the jacket and no ear warmer. Oh well.

This was on where I pretty much rolled out of bed, threw on some clothes and headed out the door, so rather than eat toast or something that I would need to wait on to digest I had half a bag of blueberry-pomegranate Gu chomps (4) and felt fine. I think I can handle 3-4 miles without breakfast, but any longer than that I need FOOD!

Splits:

Mile 1 - 10:31
Mile 2 - 10:04
Mile 3 - 9:58
Mile 4 - 9:45
Mile 5 - 10:25 - stopped for a walk break and finished my bag of Gu chomps (4) at the beginning of this mile
Mile 6 - 9:36
Mile 7 - 9:26

Total time: 1:09:45 for 7 miles
Average pace: 9:58/mile

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

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Week 7: Rest Day
Saturday, October 13, 2012


On Saturday I ade the 3.5-hour long trek to West Virginia for a childhood friend's wedding! Mom and I had a good time...it was great to see friends we really haven't seen for years, and I was happy to see the groom, who was like a little brother to me growing up, so happy.

My dumb move of the day - I wore TOMS wedges, which I thought I had sufficiently broken in...nope. In between the ceremony and reception I actually went to buy new flat shoes because my TOMS were giving me blisters...one on my toe and another on my heal. Luckily I think I'll be okay to run tomorrow, but I really need to learn that I am NOT cut out to wear heels.

Rather than stay over night we decided to leave the reception early and head home. The drive was pretty easy, but I wasn't in bed until 1AM! That morning I had gotten up at 7AM to shower and leave home by 8 to drive to my mom's house...I am so happy I didn't have to run beforehand. I was exhausted enough as it is without throwing that into the mix!

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Week 7: Rest Day
Sunday, October 14, 2012


AHH...a gloriously relaxing day. I didn't set my alarm (gasp!) and after 7 total hours in the car on Saturday I didn't drive ANYWHERE. We did some yardwork (including putting up our orange Halloween lights! I don't see any Halloween emoticons, soooo...pretend this is a jack-o-lantern! ) and watched play-off baseball. I'm not a Yankee fan and am rooting for the Tigers to take the whole series, but I do like Derek Jeter (seems like a good person who plays the game the right way) and was very sad to see his season-ending injury.

The only other bad part of my day happened during the yardwork. We were sawing some thick limbs off of a tree of ours when Will threw out his back. I told him to call it quits for the day and kept on going, only to call it quits myself about 5 minutes later when the saw met my thumb. It wasn't too bad thankfully (no ER trip necessary, which is what I initially feared)...I am such a klutz.

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Week 8: Strength Training and yoga
Monday, October 15, 2012


And here we are in week 8!

Strength training today was fine. I think I'm sufficiently recovered from my trip, except for the blisters...the one on my toe only hurt during burpees, but still...yeeeeouch! I think it'll be okay for running though.

Yoga was good today. Lots of relaxing poses and stretching. It just felt good to move after all of the sitting I did this weekend and then again this morning at my desk.

In other news, tomorrow is one of my 3-milers, and I realized that this is the last week that both of my Tuesday/Wednesday runs are going to be 3 miles! Next week my Tuesday run will be a 4-miler for 3 weeks until it goes up to 5 miles...and the week before that run increases to 5 miles my Wednesday run will also increase to 4 miles for 3 weeks, and then it too will be a 5-miler (crap, I need to start waking up earlier and figure out a way to go 5 miles on the treadmill without going completely nuts! ). It's crazy to think that in just a few weeks my shortest run of the week will be a 5-miler. Marathon Weekend is inching that much closer, friends!



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I'm glad you had a good time at the wedding!!! Thanks for all your advice about the shoes and blisters. I was able to take my shoes back to the running store and got into a pair of brooks and got some feetures running socks that I'm loving! I had to go up an entire size to an 8 but my toes now have so much room. I too can't believe marathon weekend will be here before we know it!!!
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I'm glad you had a good time at the wedding!!! Thanks for all your advice about the shoes and blisters. I was able to take my shoes back to the running store and got into a pair of brooks and got some feetures running socks that I'm loving! I had to go up an entire size to an 8 but my toes now have so much room. I too can't believe marathon weekend will be here before we know it!!!
Thanks! I really like going to weddings...so fun!

GREAT...I'm so glad you seem to have gotten your feet issues sorted out. I got my brother a few pairs of Feetures a couple of years ago and he really likes them. I run in Brooks too! What kind for you? I think some of the Pure Project shoes look SO cool...I can't imagine running in a more minimal shoe, but I almost want a pair just for every day use, ya know?
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