Bayshore Marathon Week 1 & 2

Wow. Time to play catch up. Week 1 was way back on December 1st. This was my first week with Coach Chris and I am such a creature of habit- I really like a schedule. New to me this season is using Training Peaks. I do love getting all of my workouts ahead of time and then being able to mark them complete.

Week 1:


  • PLAN- 4 mile endurance run
  • ACTUAL- 4.25 miles 9:08 avg pace

This was Rich’s first run post surgery!! It was so nice having him with me again. We ran 2 miles together and then I went back out on my own to finish up.IMG_9676That morning, I registered for Bayshore!!!IMG_9677And, that night, we decorated the tree! IMG_9680Tuesday:

  • PLAN- flywheel
  • ACTUAL- flywheel

Early morning flywheel and trip to Birmingham for work.


  • PLAN- 6 mile endurance run, 20 minutes hamstring/glute strength
  • ACTUAL- 6 miles 8:36 avg pace, 2o minutes hamstring/glute strength, 20 minutes arms/chest/back

I woke up early to run, only to realize I forgot to pack sports bras. I went ahead and did the weight work in the morning, bought a sports bra at lunch (you can never have too many, right?), and ran that afternoon. I couldn’t tell you the last time I went on a late afternoon/night run, but I really enjoyed it. No music, just me and my thoughts.IMG_9689Thursday:

  • PLAN- rest day
  • ACTUAL- rest day

I had a day and night work event so it was the perfect day for rest.


  • PLAN- 5 miles, 4x800s (15 min warmup Zone 2, 4×800, 400m recovery, 5 minute Zone 1), 20 minutes core strength
  • ACTUAL- 5 miles 8:47 pace, 4x800s all at 3:21 on the treadmill, 20 mins core strength, 15 mins PT hip/glute

I wanted to find a track in Birmingham, but after some research the closest one was at least 15 minutes away and I wasn’t risking it being closed and stuck to the treadmill. I was able to enjoy the hotel gym all to myself and then Olive and I headed back to the ATL.IMG_9699IMG_9706Saturday:

  • PLAN- 6 miles recovery pace
  • ACTUAL- 6 miles 9:10 pace

I actually enjoyed this nice and easy run after a long week of work.


  • PLAN- rest day
  • ACTUAL- rest day

Colonoscopy prep day! There really aren’t words for this. I’ve never been so hungry in my life. Liquid diets aren’t meant for athletes.IMG_9713

Total Miles for the Week: 21.2 

Week 2


  • PLAN- 4 mile endurance run
  • ACTUAL- rest/colonoscopy

I had to rearrange the workouts for my colonoscopy. I will post more on this soon, but I am colitis free!IMG_9722That night, I hosted the 8th annual Atlanta Auburn Pi Phi ornament exchange. I don’t see these girls often enough, but our once a year Christmas party is always on the books.IMG_9726Tuesday:

  • PLAN- flywheel
  • ACTUAL- 4 miles 8:31 avg pace, 25 minute hip flexor strength


  • PLAN- 7 mile endurance run
  • ACTUAL- 7 miles 8:35 avg paceIMG_9733


  • PLAN- rest day
  • ACTUAL- flywheel, private pilates

It had been WAY too long since I had a pilates session. Much needed stretching and work.


  • PLAN- 5.75 miles 5x800s (15 min Zone 2, 5x800s, 400m easy, 5 mins Zone 1)
  • ACTUAL- 7.44 miles, .53 at 3:36, 3:29, 3:26, 3:26, 3:25, 2 miles home

I deviated a bit. Jes came over and we ran to Piedmont Park’s active oval and that was a little more than 15 minutes warmup. I am NOT a fan of the oval. It’s not a real track, mainly of pea gravel and it’s not exactly flat. BUT, it’s the best I can do close to my house. I ran my 4 alone and Jes joined me on the last one. Yep, treadmill 800s are MUCH easier than the ones (27)We ran back home and that was closer to a 2 mile run, not 5 minutes as planned but we ran it nice and easy.


  • PLAN- 7 miles recovery run
  • ACTUAL- 7.36 recovery miles at 9:24 avg pace

I met Jes again at the River for a nice soft, trail-like run. I ran into lots of TNT friends along the way and Jes and I actually caught up on this run (since the day before was speed and not as much chatting).IMG_9747That night, Rich and I went to a Tacky Sweater Party at Rob and Chris’ house….one of my favorite holiday traditions!IMG_9755 IMG_9751 IMG_9749Sunday:

  • PLAN- rest day
  • ACTUAL- rest day

Rest day turned into #bakeallthethings day for my accounts and girls christmas party sunday funday brunch. The theme for gifts this year was beauty products- right up my alley and so much fun. It was great catching up with everyone. IMG_9757

Total Miles for the Week: 25.8

Yep. The holidays bring out all sorts of crazy schedules and parties but I haven’t missed a workout. So far, I’m loving this training plan-especially “forced” strength work. I really enjoyed my two weeks of hectic-ness but I’m so glad to finally have some down time closer to the holiday.

Do you tend to over book yourself during the holiday season? Do you skip the workout if you overbook or find a way to get it done? If you do speed work- do you use the treadmill or find a way to a track? If you live in ATL- find me a track!! 

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  • Yay for Rich being up and running again! Hope he felt great! Excited for you and Bayshore! I quite enjoy speed work on the mill. There is a neighborhood with a sort of “loop” that I use as well. Almost never make it to a track. Merry Christmas!

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