July/August Chicago Training Check-In

Hey there, hope you all had a good weekend!

Mine was (unsurprisingly) filled with running. Marathon training is basically taking over at this point, but I’m ok with it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s how my mileage shaped up for the month of July:

 

Chicago Marathon TrainingThe week of 38 miles included a work trip to California for 5 days. I’m pretty happy I managed to get that much running in while on the road. The plan is to keep me in the 40 miles/week range for a while and I’ll probably peak around 50-55 miles in early September.

Another big plus – I MET MY FUNDRAISING GOAL!I was fairly confident I would be able to raise $1500 (the minimum I was required to hit for Team Paws), but I was still a little nervous and I didn’t want to cut it too close to the deadline in mid-September. I’m glad that this is one less thing I have to worry about now!

One thing I AM slightly worried about has been the tightness that popped up in my right hamstring just over a week ago. The week that I was in California, I had been doing some goblet squats after my run and felt a weird twinge in my left hamstring. I immediately backed off and decided to do my long run that weekend at a nice easy pace with no speedwork just to play it safe. That went fine. A few days later, I was feeling 100% back to normal and did a relatively tough speedwork session. I didn’t have any pain throughout the session, but then running that evening with some friends, it felt tight and weird.

Now, a few GOOD things about this since I am becoming a bit of an expert on hamstring pulls. Last year, I had done something similar where I tweaked my hammy doing strength work and then full-on pulled it later in the week during a tough speed session. In that instance, the pain was immediate and I knew I had done something terrible. Even running my easy, slow pace was pretty painful. This time around, there was no acute, ‘Oh sh*t’ moment. I think I was probably compensating for my left hamstring during the speedwork, even though I thought it was completely recovered. That, coupled with a boost in mileage after traveling, seems to have mildly irritated my right hamstring. Mind you – the right hamstring is the side I pulled badly last year, and is in general, my weak side.

I discussed all of this with my coach and we’ve cut out speedwork for a couple weeks until it calms down. Thankfully, I don’t feel it AT ALL running easy, so I’ve been able to keep my mileage up and focus on my good ol’ hamstring rehab exercises.

I’m slightly annoyed with myself BUT I also do feel from my previous experience that this is a truly minor bump in the road. My number 1 goal for Chicago is to get to the starting line healthy. Any time goals I have are second to that.

Couple of other random training things I am going to throw into this mish-mosh of a blog post –

  • At a friend’s suggestion, I took my Team Paws singlet to a tailor to get altered. Before, there was a lot of extra fabric and bagginess under the armpits and I was very concerned about chafing. I got it back early last week and it fits like a dream now. I’ve tested it on a few runs and no chafing whatsoever. **If you’re running a marathon for charity and not super thrilled with the fit of the singlet, I highly recommend taking it to a tailor. I can’t even tell mine was altered and now I’m confident that it will do the job for 26.2 miles come October.**
  • I picked up a fresh pair of sneakers the other day! I went with the On Clouds again. I’m a big fan of this shoe. It’s a lightweight, neutral trainer with a 5 mm heel-toe drop. It’s a little funny looking, but the pods on the sole of the shoe give it just the right amount of cushion. I love it as a training shoe for the Nike Vaporfly 4%s. Those don’t hold up for a ton of mileage so I’m reserving my pair for very important races (like Chicago).

On Running - Cloud

On Running

I think that about sums up my training for the time-being! I’m excited to continue to build in August and get back to my speed sessions soon.

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Run Fast Eat Slow #6: Carrot Ginger Soup

Happy Friday!

For this week’s Run Fast Eat Slow post, we’re talking SOUP! Truth be told, I never used to be much of a fan of soup. It never felt filling to me and always left me kind of… bored (and hungry).

Carrot Ginger Soup | 2 Generations RunningOne of the best episodes of Seinfeld EVER.

I think that’s changing with Run Fast Eat Slow. The soup recipes in this cookbook are AH-MAZING (on par with the Soup Nazi’s I would even say!). So far, between my mom and myself, we’ve tried the Broccoli Chevre soup, the Curry Lentil soup with Charred Cauliflower, the Hearty Minestrone with Spicy Sausage and Beans and now, the Carrot- Ginger Soup (pg. 116). I guess you could say we’ve been craving soup this winter.

I think one of the things that I like about all of these soups is that they’re pretty filling and packed with lots of nourishing ingredients. I was also super stoked when I realized just how simple the Carrot-Ginger soup is. All you do is simmer the carrots in butter with an onion and then add broth and rice (I used brown rice which worked well). Then you just let it sit for around 40 minutes.

Carrot-Ginger Soup | 2 Generations RunningLook at those carrots simmer!

Once all the carrots have softened, you blend it up and boom – you have a wonderfully, thick and smooth soup.

Carrot-Ginger SoupThe only note I have about this recipe is that the rice absorbs a lot of the liquid. I had to add more water a few times while it was simmering and then I also added more water throughout the week (just mixed a little in with each serving).

But oh boy, YUM. I could see this soup being my new favorite for times when I come down with a cold. The lemon and ginger flavors add some serious zing (but if you don’t like ginger, you could easily omit this ingredient and it would be just as delicious).

What foods have you been enjoying lately?

 


Half Marathon Training Check-In #4

Happy Monday everyone!

I’m fresh off a challenging but exciting 12-miler as I write this (Sunday afternoon). With only a month to go to the Half at the Hamptons, things are really starting to click. The workouts are hard, but I’m hitting and maintaining paces that I KNOW only a few months ago would have been impossible for me. It’s exciting but also nerve-wracking because now I’m beginning to worry about all the factors that are totally outside of my control. What if we get a snowstorm and the race is cancelled (definitely a possibility for a March race in NH…) What if there’s a terrible headwind and I just can’t hit the paces? What if, what if, what if. I know it’s not practical to worry about these things since there’s zero I can do about them, but the thoughts are still popping into my head.

But anywho, here’s what the week looked like for me:

Monday – Easy 6 miles on the treadmill and my last miles of January! I ran 165.7 miles for the month. Pretty stoked aboutย that! I bet I can beat it in February even with it only being 28 days though because I know the training is going to continue to ramp up.

Tuesday – Rest day.

Wednesday – Workout on the treadmill. It came out to 8.6 miles and consisted of: 15 minute warm-up, 1 mile at 7:20, 2 min recovery, 3 miles at 7:40, 2 minute recovery, 1 mile at 7:10. Boy do those 2 minute recoveries feel short… This one was another tough workout and it didn’t help that I had forgotten my headphones, so I had togut it out and shut down the negative self-talk as I got progressively more tired. I tried to think of it as mental strength work. ๐Ÿ™‚ I ran this one early in the morning and felt a little tired walking around the rest of the day but not terrible. The next day though – HOLY DELAYED ONSET MUSCLE SORENESS!ย My quads were toast.

Brooks Launch 3 | 2 Generations runningI also got new shoes on Wednesday which I was excited about. I’m trying out the Brooks Launch 3. Review to come!

Thursday – Easy 5 miles on the treadmill. I was surprisingly more sore walking around than I was during this run, but I still kept it nice and easy.

Friday – Easy 6 miles on the treadmill plus some core work.

Saturday – Easy 6 miles outdoors around my favorite loop. The wind was rough but it felt nice to be off the treadmill.

img_2468Sunday – The BEAST of this week’s workouts. 12 miles total. The first 3 miles were the warmup and then it was 2 x 3 miles with alternating paces of 7:32 and 8:01 with 2 minute recovery in between sets. 3 mile cool-down. I knew this was going to be hard, but I was excited to see what I could do. It’s still not comfortable, but I have noticed 7:30 paces beginning to feel more and more manageable as this training cycle has progressed. Here’s how I did on the repeats:

Set 1: Mile 1 – 7:31, Mile 2 – 8:03, Mile 3 – 7:32 (NAILED IT, but also starting to feel really tired).

Set 2: Mile 1 – 7:37, Mile 2 – 8:25, Mile 3 – 7:27. This second set is where things got interesting. I had to fight tooth and nail for that 7:37 in the first mile. I felt like I hadn’t recovered at all on my measly 2 minute recovery and I had to launch into another 7:30 mile??? My legs were not having it. So I started that interval with my pace hovering around 7:45. And I got angry. And I thought about how I was going to completely fail at the paces on this second set. And then somewhere in there I realized I could still fight. The mile wasn’t over yet. I managed to get it down to 7:37 and was happy with that. But then I was wiped out again and my pace fell off on the 2nd mile while I recovered and mentally prepared myself for the last mile. This last mile I’m very proud of though. I knew it was the end and I promised that I was going to give it everything I had left. I had felt so spent running that 7:37, but somehow I turned around and ran a full 10 seconds faster only 8 and a half minutes later.

I think I’m beginning to learn that these workouts are as much mental as they are physical. Self-talk is having a huge effect on my ability to keep pushing myself through the interval (or not). It’s something I need to continue to pay attention to and work on, especially so that I don’t turn on myself when things get tough during the half.

All in all, I’d call the workout a success. I gave it a solid effort and came pretty close to hitting the intended paces. It also resulted in another new 10k PR which I was happy about. ๐Ÿ™‚

10K PR | 2 Generations Running

How was your week? Did you watch the Super Bowl yesterday? Any plans for this week?