NYC Marathon Training — Week 11

As much as I enjoy the “freedom” while not marathon training, I really operate best when I have a plan in place. This week and last have played with my head a bit because I’ve had to adjust mileage plans to accommodate my life outside of running, but I think I’m still on track overall.

Day 2, Tuesday, September 8th: 5 miles

I didn’t have the most exciting run in itself, but afterwards I realized I was finally on track again to achieve my mileage goal for 2015!  

You can see how windy it was NOT during my run!
Because sometimes I take random pictures while I’m running.

Workout summary: ran 5.01 miles; avg 10:49/mile; 11:48 / 10:38 / 10:35 / 10:47 / 10:17.

Day 4, Thursday, September 10th: 8 miles

Spent a little time with the moon and Venus!

Workout summary: ran 8.01 miles; avg 11:11/mile; 11:41 / 11:25 / 11:18 / 11:06 / 10:58 / 11:24 / 11:05 / 10:30.

Day 5, Friday, September 11th: 18 miles

It made the most sense for me to get in my long run on Friday morning, and I got it done! I’m thankful for a job that gives me such great flexibility. Although I think I reached a new level of crazy for taking personal time off work to run 18 miles . . .

First run in my newest tank . . . BOOMER SOONER!
As seen on my run part 1
As seen on my run part 2
Dedicated my run to those that can’t run. I hope I was able to send strength to those that needed an extra hug today.

Workout summary: ran 18.02 miles; avg 11:31/mile; 11:44 / 11:10 / 11:19 / 12:04 / 11:07 / 11:01 / 11:37 / 11:22 / 11:18 / 11:42 / 11:32 / 11:38 / 12:06 / 12:05 / 11:49 / 11:32 / 11:21 / 10:51.

Day 7, Sunday, September 13th: 6 miles

I wasn’t exactly sure what today’s mileage held for me, so I set a goal of 5 – 8 miles. I ran 6 miles, so I’m happy. I slept in and it was a bit warm and windy, but thanks to my husband’s encouragement, I got the miles done!

Love my newest Oiselle top and thankful my Garmin didn’t die since I hadn’t charged it all week!

Workout summary: ran 6.01 miles; avg 11:00/mile; 11:26 / 10:46 / 10:48 /10:53 / 11:18 / 10:53.

Ended the week with 37.05 miles!

NYC Marathon Training — Week 10

August mileage = highest monthly mileage for me ever!

Day 2, Tuesday, September 1st: 4 miles

Zapped that zero on my first run of September!

Workout summary: ran 4.01 miles; avg 11:34/mile; 11:52 / 11:32 / 11:45 / 11:08.

Day 3, Wednesday, September 2nd: 8 miles

So, I reeeeeally don’t like running in the dark, but I had a meeting at 9 AM and the temps are just too hot for 8 miles after work . . . I sucked it up, and ran super early in the dark. I ran my favorite 5 mile loop by our house, stopped for Gatorade at home, and then went out for the last 3 miles. I am still laughing about this autocorrect mishap, so thought I would share! 🙂

Got it done! And with a decent pace for myself!

Workout summary: ran 8.01 miles; avg 11:18/mile; 12:07 / 11:29 / 11:19 / 11:14 / 11:09 / 11:25 / 11:04 / 10:28.

Day 4, Thursday, September 3rd: 4 miles

I never really have much to say about my Thursday runs . . . I’ll take that as a good thing. A run without craziness like my friend Layla says!

Workout summary: ran 4.03 miles; avg 10:49/mile; 11:19 / 10:47 / 10:48 / 10:25.

Day 6, Saturday, September 5: 17 miles

Saturdays are typically a shorter long run, sometimes at race pace . . . but with our plans to attend the OU game, I decided it would be better to just knock out those long miles! We had a crew up at Lake Hefner, and so pleased with the results!

Anjesh, Katie, and I after I finished my 17 miles! Fun to see water at Lake Hefner and VERY thankful for these friends to join me for the later miles to keep me moving!
Our crazy crew! Special congrats to Stephanie for her longest run ever…20 miles!!!
Birthday brunch for the best SAG wagon ever! 🙂 Classen Grill with our running buddies!

Workout summary: ran 17.02 miles; avg 11:30/mile; 11:46 / 11:28 / 11:42 / 11:15 / 11:06 / 11:40 / 11:31 / 11:45 / 12:05 / 11:21 / 12:09 / 11:13 / 11:15 / 11:08 / 11:15 / 11:35 / 11:19.

Day 7, Sunday, September 6: 8 3 miles

Saturday was supposed to be 8 at race pace followed by 17 today. As I mentioned earlier I planned to swap the two runs. Well after yesterday’s run, walking over 4 miles as a part of game day, and being out in the heat. . . I decided to compromise. David was kind enough to drag me along for a 5k around home. It wasn’t race pace, it wasn’t my expected mileage, but I listened to my body, had great company, and we had popsicles after together! 🙂

Workout summary: ran 3.1 miles; avg 12:14/mile; 12:11 / 12:23 / 12:08 / 11:51 for .1.

NYC Marathon Training – Week 9

Day 2, Tuesday, August 25th: 4 miles

I focused a lot on my why during this run. It is truly an honor to run for Team for Kids. I am so encouraged by my supporters and the hope that I might make a difference in lives of children!

Workout summary: ran 4.06 miles; avg 11:25/mile; 11:24 / 11:35 / 11:24 / 11:19.

Day 3, Wednesday, August 26th: 5 miles

Today I daydreamed about my marathon finishing time starting with a 4.

Workout summary: ran 5.03 miles; avg 10:42/mile; 11:51 / 10:44 / 10:32 / 10:28 / 9:58 (!!!).

Day 4, Thursday, August 27th: 4 miles

A popsicle after my run is now a must!

Workout summary: ran 4.01 miles; avg 11:04/mile; 11:57 / 11:19 / 10:45 / 10:18.

Day 6, Saturday, August 29th: 5 miles

I slept in so only managed to get in 5 miles instead of my planned 7 so I could get to my hair appointment in time! After being featured on Runkeeper for sharing my goal, they sent me one of their new shirts! During my run I wore my old Runkeeper shirt, and wore my new shirt during the day!

Workout summary: ran 5.01 miles; avg 10:23/mile; 10:56 / 9:56 (!!!) / 10:32 / 10:17 / 10:14.

When I came home I had no idea it would be my last time to return home to my kitty, ZaZu. Later that day we had to say goodbye to our buddy. 😦 Another blog post on another day to write it all out, but I wanted to share one of the last pictures I took of ZaZu. Already miss him so much!

Day 7, Sunday, August 30th: 14 miles

Today was just mostly a healing run for me. Heart was still very heavy after the loss of ZaZu. Jamie ran with me for the first 11 miles, and then I ran the final 3 alone with David checking on me. My heart hurts, but running helps me feel at peace.

Workout summary: ran 14.38 miles; avg 11:51/mile; 12:11 / 12:02 / 12:08 / 12:21 / 11:45 / 11:49 / 11:57 / 11:40 / 12:25 / 11:25 / 13:00 / 11:19 / 11:04 / 11:19 / 10:48 for .38.

NYC Marathon Training – Week 8

Day 2, Tuesday, August 18th: 4 miles

Caught a beautiful sunset instead of the sunrise for this run. Paid no attention to my watch and just took it easy!

Workout summary: ran 4.02 miles; avg 11:43/mile; 11:58 / 11:21 / 12:11 / 11:31.

Day 3, Wednesday, August 19th: 7 miles

Another evening run, and I thought the “cool” temperatures that arrived in Oklahoma would feel amazing . . . and it did not! But I tried a new route and I finished with a good pace!

Workout summary: ran 7.02 miles; avg 10:52/mile; 10:55 / 10:47 / 10:51 / 11:16 / 10:35 / 10:55 / 10:44.

Day 4, Thursday, August 20th: 4 miles

Now the cool morning temps . . . AMAZING!

Workout summary: ran 4.01 miles; avg 11:22/mile; 11:44 / 11:05 / 11:48 / 10:51.

Day 6, Saturday, August 22nd: 7 miles

Motivation hasn’t come easy this week, and today I didn’t have any plans to meet anyone so I ended up sleeping in waaaaay too late. The highlight of my run was running by a Pride of Oklahoma rehearsal – I got my own pep rally for the middle of my run!  The weather was also crazy. It started out very hot, sunny, and humid. As you can see below, clouds moved in. I called David and he said only light showers were in the area. I could feel the cold air blowing in, but only felt sprinkles. By time I got to mile 6.5, the hot sun returned!

Workout summary: ran 7.02 miles; avg 11:08/mile; 11:12 / 11:04 / 11:08 / 11:32 / 10:58 / 11:08 / 10:52.

Day 7, Sunday, August 23rd: 15 miles

Well, today was not good for me. My motivation was low, and we started running around 8 AM to wait out storms in the area. The heat didn’t seem to really bother me overall, I just had a bad attitude. But, even though I shed some tears, I didn’t give up and got in all of my miles!

Workout summary: ran 15.01 miles; avg 12:11/mile; 11:58 / 11:18 / 11:15 / 12:32 / 12:54 / 13:19 / 12:14 / 11:18 / 12:01 / 12:14 / 12:19 / 11:45 / 12:46 / 12:07 / 12:36.

NYC Marathon Training – Week 7

Day 1, Monday, August 10th: my 31st birthday!!

As you probably know by now, I am fundraising for Team for Kids for the NYC Marathon! I am SO HAPPY to announce that on my 31st birthday, I met my fundraising goal!!!!

Day 2, Tuesday, August 11th: 4 miles

David got me a  super awesome NEW Garmin for my birthday so today was my last run with my first Garmin.

Workout summary: 4.03 miles; avg 11:09/mile; 11:42 / 10:59 / 11:23 / 10:35.

Day 3, Wednesday, August 12th: 7 miles

First run with my NEW Garmin and I already love it!!

Workout summary: ran 7.01 miles; avg 10:58/mile; 11:32 / 11:01 / 10:57 / 11:43 / 10:36 / 10:31 / 10:25.

Day 4, Thursday, August 13th: 4 miles

One of my favorite shirts!!

Workout summary: ran 4.01 miles; avg 10:31/mile; 10:56 / 10:26 / 10:57 / 9:46 (!!!).

Day 6, Saturday, August 15th: 7 miles (race pace)

Met Katie and Riley for a fun run around campus!

Workout summary: ran 7.41 miles; avg. 10:56/mile; 11:42 / 10:52 / 10:54 / 11:07 / 10:49 / 10:34 / 10:40 / 10:33 for .41.

Day 7, Sunday, August 16th: 14 miles

Today we ran my favorite route in OKC! And, I managed a great pace thanks to my speedy friends!

Workout summary: ran 14.03 miles; avg 11:07/mile; 12:12 / 11:22 / 11:07 / 11:11 / 10:58 / 10:49 / 11:41 / 11:51 / 10:57 / 10:36 / 10:35 / 10:35 / 11:30 / 10:11.

NYC Marathon Training – Week 6

Day 2, Tuesday, August 4th: 3 miles

Workout summary: ran  3.1 miles; avg pace 11:29/mile; 11:30 / 11:42 / 11:19 / 11:03 for .10.

Day 3, Wednesday, August 5th: 5 miles

I took Wednesday – Friday off of work to prepare for our wedding reception, so I started this run way later than I should have. . .it was hot!

Thankful for the shade!
Thankful for the shade!

Workout summary: ran 5.01 miles; avg. 10:50/mile; 11:24 / 10:35 / 11:17 / 10:30 / 10:27.

Day 4, Thursday, August 6th: 3 miles

Since I wasn’t super stressed about time this morning (and David was close by if I needed to call in case of an emergency!), I did a little exploring. I found a beautiful park close to our house! It will be nice to run over there for shorter runs!

I found a new park!

Workout summary: ran 3.12 miles; avg. 11:27/mile; 11:38 / 11:57 / 10:52 / 10:23 for .12.

Day 5, Friday, August 7th: rest day

Today was hardly a “rest” day since we had our wedding reception, but it was an unbelievably amazing day!! (More pictures to come in another blog post!)

#happilyeverhilgers
#happilyeverhilgers

Day 6, Saturday, August 8th: 9 miles

I knew I would be exhausted after the wedding reception, so Jamie was a real champ to take it easy on the pace! We saw some Sooner Football, and David and his sister made a wonderful SAG wagon!

Workout summary: ran 9 miles; avg 12:19/mile; 12:03 / 12:01 / 11:48 / 12:59 / 12:15 / 12:11 / 11:59 / 12:34 / 13:01.

Day 7, Sunday, August 9th: 6 miles (race pace)

I switched the days for my long run and my pace run thinking the extra day of rest would help . . . well, I was still exhausted from the wedding reception, so we started way late and race pace did not happen!

Love when David runs with me!! 🙂

Workout summary: ran 6.01 miles; avg 11:50/mile; 11:23 / 11:02 / 11:18 / 13:31 / 12:36 / 11:10.