Bayshore Marathon Week 12

by Elizabeth on February 24, 2015

An unplanned rest day shortened my mileage for the week, but all in all, I’m pleased with what I was able to do. And, I’m back to really long runs. For some reason 13-15 miles doesn’t seem that long, but anything above that sounds/seems longer.


  • PLAN- rest day
  • ACTUAL- TRX class at Fit2Be

I wanted to get in a strength type workout and saw TRX as an option on my Class Pass app. I used to LOVE going to TRX but haven’t taken a class since before I had surgery almost 2 years ago. Needless to say, this was a challenge, but one I really enjoyed. I’m not sure I can do something this intense as marathon training builds (need to check with Coach) but I will immediately add it back once I’m done with the marathon.IMG_0393Tuesday:

  • PLAN- 9 miles
  • ACTUAL- rest day

I woke up feeling awful. I just couldn’t seem to have enough energy to get out of bed, but forced myself to at 8am (usually I’m up by 5:45am to go run). I immediately felt sick to my stomach and that was the case for a while. I went back to bed until I had to wake up for a training lunch for work. I made myself go to the training (even though I had to excuse myself more than once) and then came back home and rested and took nap number two. It was a wash of a day and I was asleep by 9:30.


  • PLAN- 9 mile endurance run, 45 minute muscle imbalance work
  • ACTUAL- 9 miles at 8:49 avg pace and 45 minute muscle imbalance work

I wasn’t sure if I would be okay to run, but I woke up and felt completely fine. So odd. So, I met Jesica for a morning in the cold! That afternoon, I hit the gym for the muscle imbalance work. It’s always good to feel the shaking and the burning in my glutes and legs!

I met Rich that night at church to get our ashes. Seeing as my diet is already pretty limited, I decided to give up sweets and fried food. It’s not that I eat that much of it, but lactose free chocolate ice cream and tortilla chips have become a staple in my FODMAP diet and I know that those are the best choices (literally, ice cream almost every night). So, I gave it up and will try and get back to a limited “treat” once my 40 days is up.IMG_0409_2Thursday:

  • PLAN- rest day
  • ACTUAL- flywheel

Coach had told me to not worry about making up Tuesday’s workout (which I was kinda surprised by). I decided to just do a  flywheel class on Thursday instead…it was a rest day and I figured a spin class wouldn’t hurt since I rested on Tuesday. BUT, should’ve stuck to Coach’s direction- I got an email after I added the class to my Training Peaks to remind me NOT to add anything next week during race week. Perhaps I should just stick to his plan all the time :)


  • PLAN- 7.75 miles. 3x 800 (1200 pace)/400 (400 pace)/1600 (1600 pace) supersets with 800 easy between. 
  • ACTUAL- 7.75 miles. 3x 800 @ 3:26, 400 @ 1:38, 1600 @ 7:08. Avg @ 8:06 

This workout was a little tough to figure out at first. I had to guess at the 1200 pace for the 800 but the 400 and 1600 were easier since I knew exactly what I needed on the treadmill. This was a HARD workout. 1.75 miles of solid speed and work really adds up quickly. The third one was by far the hardest (and I was once again without tv entertainment on the treadmill making it much worse) but I felt so accomplished once it was done!


  • PLAN- 17 mile easy run
  • ACTUAL- 17 miles @ 9:15 avg pace

I feel SO lucky to have met such a great group of girls to run with. Katie met me at 6am at my house to do 7 miles together. Then, Tricia and Jes met us at 7:15 to do another 3 for Katie, we dropped her off back at my house and then did another 7 together. Do you know how nice it is to almost always have company on a run!?!? It wasn’t my best run- I definitely had tired legs and I know that was the point of the run after Friday’s speed work, but my stomach wasn’t great.IMG_0431_2After meeting with Jenny, my dietitian, earlier this week, we had a plan to try more carbs and foods during my run. I wasn’t very smart and tried it all in one day and now have no clue what caused the problems (2 bathroom stops during the run). Lesson learned and will have to space things out next time (and more on my FODMAP diet soon).

Back to the reason of running at 6am on a cold Saturday…I hosted a baby shower for my friend Sally! It was a great turnout and the shower went well.IMG_6759 IMG_6757 That night, Rich and I watched Birdman. I really didn’t like it- I got the message but found it to be really annoying. It really summed up Hollywood (and I knew it would win for this reason). We watched 7 of the 8 Best Picture films! And even though the awards are ove, I hope to still see Alice and Whiplash.


  • PLAN- rest day
  • ACTUAL- rest day

Rich and I went to a registry event at Crate and Barrel in the morning and had fun picking out new things for our life together. We spent the rest of the day going through his stuff and moving a few things over and then went to a Oscar Party for Team in Training that night. My favorite part of the night- Lady Gaga. She was amazing!!! IMG_0435_2

 Total Miles for the Week: 33.75

Ooh, I hate missing planned runs. Another low week for me but it should have my legs in pretty good shape going into the Little Rock 1/2 Marathon this weekend.

I definitely need to figure out how to fuel during this marathon. I’m glad I still have several months to figure out what works/doesn’t and hope it all falls into place. I’m also learning to listen and really follow what Coach says. I don’t want to be doing too much and wear my body down more than I should be.

Baby showers- games or no games (I hate them!)? Did you give up anything for lent? Did you watch the Oscars? Have you been snowed in the past week? What mileage do you consider a “long run”?


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