Monday, June 20, 2011

Monday Marathon update

I am now starting my third week of training for the Quad Cities Marathon... Only 14 short weeks away!!  I have a feeling this summer is going to really fly by?!  Part of the reason I started this blog was to hold me accountable - the good and the bad.  And I've had both in the past two weeks.

Week One = 14 miles + 2 spin classes + 2 strength training sessions
Week Two = 34 miles + 2 spin classes + 1 strength training session
In week one, the days got away from me and I never got my long run done, resulting in a poor week of miles.  In week two, I went out hard on Monday, determined to get back on track.  Throw in a 4 mile race and my mileage is probably a little high for this point in training.  During my long run yesterday, I could feel it in my knees... although that may be from the substantial amount of hill work I ran this week.  I haven't been real loyal to the Run Less, Run Faster plan, but I do plan to get intervals back in the plan this week.

Side note... I surpassed the 500 mile mark for 2011 last week!

Week One = down 1 pound
Week Two = up 2 pounds
Seriously, does that make sense?  I burn over 5000 calories this week and GAIN weight?!  Okay, okay, my food intake has been lazy.  Today, I logged back in to My Fitness Pal.  If you use MFP, be my friend here and we can help keep each other accountable!  I was pretty successful during the early part of the year with balancing weight loss and training.  I need to get back to that... counting calories and making sure the every morsel of food I put in my body is pure fuel.  No empty calories!  This is so hard during summer with the busy schedule and social gatherings.  To get to my race weight goal, I need to shed 1.5 lbs each week.  Will Power... ACTIVATE!

During this quest to the Mighty Marathon...
I must have the discipline to train properly, which includes 
the responsibility to take care of my body throughout the journey.

In my head, I'm totally in this game!  I'm still super excited for this challenge.  Yesterday, I dragged my sorry butt out of bed at 5am to head out for a 11.2 mile long run.  I did not want to, but knew it was my only run window on Father's Day.  Once I got running, it felt so good.  I keep telling myself, "You are training for a Marathon."  It always makes me smile.  During the Steamboat race expo last week, I met Joe, the race director for the Quad Cities Marathon.  It was so motivating to chat about the marathon with him, someone even more invested in the race than I am!  I finally took care of the little details and got my hotel booked too!


  1. I love this African proverb. You made me laugh out loud again!

  2. You are doing great girl! Keep it up, I can't believe you are going to run a MARATHON!! I did a half this weekend and have a lot of training and imporvement I want to do over the next 8 weeks for my half in August. I am using a lot of your tips about training that you have shared, so thank you! :)

  3. I already can't wait to see how you'll do on the marathon! And I love that African proverb.

  4. Wow! Impressive mileage! You are doing so great! I am in a training group for a 10K in August. I just started running in February and am learning about getting miles in and doing a little cross training. My ultimate goal for this year is a half marthon in November. Your training plan is keeping me motivated. We share a race pace. Almost all my races have been shorter distance and right at about 09:00 pace. Love reading your posts!

  5. I was so proud of you for getting up at 5am yesterday and getting your run done. Let's just say, my run happened at 9am and I was not voted wife of the year for Father's Day yesterday.

    Way to go!

  6. wow, awesome training week :)

    WIsh you lived near HOuston Tx and you could take me training with you, so I'd step it up and kick some major booty!!!

  7. That's a great African proverb. So true...

    Glad your last week was better. My first week on my half training plan wasn't so good and this week is off to a weak start, too. Good thing I miscounted the weeks until my next race and I actually have 3 more than I thought I did.

  8. I love love love the proverb! Hope you don't mind if I borrow it!

    I so hear you on the food too...I did a century ride on my bike last week and gained 5 lbs...yep ride 100 freakin miles on my bike in one day and gain 5lbs...yea don't ask what I ate...

  9. I love that has been one of my favorites for a long time! Good luck, I just started my training for Chicago on Sunday. You'll love QC!

  10. Great proverb!

    Congrats on passing 500 miles!

  11. Love the proverb!! I think it's likely you'll gain weight while properly training for a marathon, or so I've heard. Don't get discouraged.


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