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Glass City: Week 4

And just like that, it went from a 1/4 of the way through the training cycle to a 1/3.  Fractions, schmactions.  This week I felt a little more beat up overall, probably because I didn’t take a complete 3rd rest day last week (I’m learning that maybe that extra day of rest isn’t a bad thing necessarily or I should learn to do the bike trainer instead of running).  I still got through the week and felt fairly strong on the majority of my workouts.  All except my treadmill run at 5:20 in the morning.  Lesson learned: I’m not good at sleep running and need to drink at least a pot of coffee before running that early again.

Here’s how things shook out:
Monday–Rest Day
Tuesday–3.5 mile run in 26:22.  Managed to get outside for this run, felt good overall and probably kept my pace a little too fast.  Again.
Wednesday–3 mile Treadmill Run in 23:30.  Felt awful.  My body felt awful afterwards, I think running asleep wasn’t good on my muscles.
Thursday–35 min Tempo on Treadmill for 4.6 miles.  This run seemed to go by SO. SLOW. I. WAS. IN.  MOLASSES. AND. TIME. STOOD. STILL. (I’m crying inside obviously).
Friday–Rest Day
Saturday–7 mile Long Run in 54:35.  Did this outside prior to the nice warm-up of the temps, but before all the wind hit.  Felt alright but not great.
Sunday–3 mile Run in 22:56.  Did this outside in the 25-30 mph winds with 40 mph wind gusts.  Harder effort than should have been expected.  Womp and a womp.

Total Mileage: 21.1 miles (that pesky .1)

From here on out, the training plan begins to take my mileage higher and my long runs into the territory of Meh.  Only 8 more weeks of Meh, though!



Race Recap: Snoball Run

My training plan called for a 5K race this past weekend.  Since it’s February (which is usually cold, blah, snow, blah, ice, blah, seasonal depression, blah), it’s usually hard to find a large selection of races to do.  However, the Snoball Run 5K in Bay Village seemed to fit perfectly in the training schedule.  Plus, I ran it 3 years ago and they still send me promo codes for discounts.  Since I am huge on saving a buck or two, throwing a $5 off code pretty much justifies me registering.  They were practically throwing race entries at people–you! you can have an entry! and you, you can have an entry too!


The weather could not have been better for this year’s running of the Snoball Run.  There was a nice wind, but temperatures were in the mid to upper 40’s at race time.  No snow at all, and compared to pictures from last year, I was glad I wasn’t going to finish looking like the Cold Miser.


I got to the race about 40′ prior, pottied, picked up my packet, and slightly warmed up.  Slightly being a 3/4 mile run followed by various stretches with my Mom.  My parents are both training for Glass City (half marathon) along with me, so we’ve decided to try to hit our key training races together.  Shortly thereafter, it was time to line up and race.  I couldn’t even hear the starter due to the loud barking of dogs next to me (they were super jacked up to run apparently) and after we took off, it sounded like a huge pile up happened behind me (hopefully dogs not involved).

I had no goals for this race, just to run a race effort.  I felt good for the first mile and tried to keep things comfortable.  That was how I tried to keep things the entire race, making a huge effort to pass people and avoid being passed.  I had way too much energy at the end.  What is way too much energy you may ask? How about finishing my last 1/10 at 4:48/mile pace.  That’s called “Pardon me, but I think I can pass one more person before crossing the finish line” kind of speed.

Final Finish: 20:36 (6:39/mile)
1st in 30-34 Age Group
4th OA Female


Both my parents also had an excellent day of racing, with my Mom winning her age group and my Dad coming in under 34 minutes (if you don’t quite realize how fast that is to walk, please attempt in your free time–spoiler alert: it hurts really bad to do).

The best part (because I’m all about stuffing my face after I run) was that there was a pancake breakfast complete with breakfast pizza.  I’m pretty sure there was egg and bacon shavings everywhere with how quickly I devoured a slice.  Age group and overall awards this year were very runner friendly as well–gift cards to Fleet Feet!  It’s definitely a race I will try to attend in the future and the community seems to come together to support Bay’s Athletic programs.

Can’t wait to see how our next racing adventure turns out in a few weeks!

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Glass City Training: Week 3

Officially now 1/4 through this training cycle.  Does that really mean anything? No, because I still have a ton of training to go.  The good thing is that things continue to go pretty well (I always hesitate to ever say anything like this out loud, jinx jinx jinx).  This week was a step-back week for me, as it included a 5K race.

The next 2 weeks will include increases in my long runs, which I’m overly joyful about (cough cough sarcasm cough cough).  If you haven’t figured out by now, I’m not big on doing all the miles, I tend to be pretty happy in the 3-5 mile territory and anything beyond that usually involves pulling teeth when it is termed “training run”.  Races, completely different story and my long run instantly becomes fun.  I’m a weirdo.

Monday–Rest Day.  Spent working out all the kinks in my wonky calf and hamstring.  I never thought it possible for The Stick to inflict that much pain.  I stand corrected on that matter now.
Tuesday–3.5 Mile Easy Run in 27:24 on the Treadmill
Wednesday–8×400 Repeats with 200 meter recovery in between.  1/2 mile WU, 1/4 mile CD.  Kept all 400’s at 5K pace=6:45/mile.
Thursday–3 Mile Easy Run in 22:53 outdoors+ Strength Sesh in driveway.  Maybe ran too hard or did too many lunges, but my legs were dead.
Friday–Rest Day.
Saturday–5K Race (more in my race report) with 3/4 mile warm-up, 3/4 mile cool-down=~4.5 miles
Sunday–1.25 mile shake-out run in 10:00 on Treadmill + Strength Sesh

Total Mileage=16 miles

Definitely was a cut-back week, but I felt really good in how I raced on Saturday.  Definitely was better than I would have done had I “simulated” it.  Simulation=making all the excuses not to run as hard.  Looking forward to what Week 4 Training brings!

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Glass City Training: Week 2

Week 2 of training came and happened, then was quickly over with…like a fart in the wind.  I felt pretty good about it too, not farting the wind, but rather how I felt with my runs.  Today, however, is a different story…probably because of my mass quantities of circle running on Saturday.  My calf and hammy on my left leg doth protest too much, but I stick’d it up, so hopefully that’ll quell the complaints.running-through-pain-funny

Monday–Rest Day.  I’ve pretty much given up on attempting any stretching or strengthening, I’ve just moved it to other days.
Tuesday–3 mile Outdoor Run in 23:12.  Just an average stroll through the ‘hood.  Last nice weather run on the books all week.  Harumph.
Wednesday–3 mile Treadmill Run in 23:16.  Followed that bad boy up with squats.  Lots. Of.  Squats.
Thursday–30 min Tempo Run (4 miles, 30:35) on Le’ Treadmill while listening to Pandora crank out the best emo jams of the 2000’s.  Gotta stay true to my roots.
Friday–Rest Day.
Saturday–Long Run.  On an Indoor Track.  Where 6.2 laps=1 mile.  Aka I ran 44.1 laps to achieve 7 miles.  It was awful.  It was terrible.  It was awful and terrible in that it took forever.  I almost thought to myself, “running on the treadmill may have been better”.  55:25 for 7 miles.
Sunday–3 mile pace run in 23:06 on Treadmill.  Pace run, check.  Tight calf and hamstring, check.  Nothing like a niggle to kick off week 3 training!

Total: 20 miles+1 haircut/color
Brunette is back!


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Glass City Training: Week 1

Week 1 is officially in the books.  With the weather this week, it’s got me itching to run this half…like tomorrow.  However, it’s about to get crazy cold next week, so I’ll reserve that feeling for a warmer time.  Like April.  Not to mention my base is nowhere near where it should be.  It’s not a very sturdy base, I equate it to an elephant balancing on top of a tiny ball.

Here’s how my training shook out:
Monday–Rest Day.  I’m supposed to “stretch” and “strengthen” but i suppose giving horsey rides to an 18 month old counts as strengthening and the horsey did have to stretch her back out after.
Tuesday–3 mile run.  22:44.  Did it outdoors, because you know, weather.
Wednesday–3.25 mile run. 25:40.  Again, did it outdoors, because weather and stuff.
Thursday–Speed Day.  6×400 with .5 mile W/U and .75 mile C/D. Did it on the treadmill because Mother Nature was huffing out 20 mph winds and the track was occupied by football people.
Friday–Rest Day.  
Saturday–Long Run of 6.5 miles.  50:47.  Switched my long run day from Sunday (because Super Bowl Sunday–go, Carolina!).  Felt great, although there’s a huge jump from 6.5 to 13.1 still.
Sunday–3 mile run.  22:14.  Did it outside and it felt like spring.  I will savor this run because this coming week is going to probably involve a lot of Netflix and run…on the treadmill.

Totals: 19.25 miles
Only 11 more weeks to go!


Glass City Training Plan

It’s that time of year again.  Yes, it’s February.  Yes, the mild spring-esque temperatures have been replaced by the howling winds barreling across the lake to punchasize us all in the face.  Yes, there’s probably still more than 6, nay, more like 8 weeks left of winter.  But it’s that time.  Time to put ye olde nose to the grindstone, asphalt, treadmill belt, whatever.  I’m officially in #trainingmode.


I’m running the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon again.  Actually the Owens Corning Half Marathon, because you will know that pigs have started flying the day I register for a full.  This week has marked Week 1 of training and I’ve been a good little runner and have been logging my miles, times, and feelings.  Oh, so many feelings.

Hopefully I’m ready to stop being the Queen of Sickness and Spreader of All the Germs, finally.  After my sweet time of a sinus infection, I got better for like 3-4 days and then decided health was not as much fun.  So, I promptly contracted strep and an eye infection.  I frolicked in fields of antibiotics again and am hopefully moving onto better things.  Like having energy.


I’m using Hal Higdon’s Intermediate Training Plan again with some minor tweaks since it seemed to work out well last go round.  It’s amazing what a difference a year makes, because I feel like I’ve already run outside more during one week than I was able to for the entirety of February last year.  Can I express how much I hate snow?snow-day-fun

I’m hoping I can build off the solid Fall I had with my training and put together a good race at the end of April.  I guess it’s time to put my big girl pants on, train smart, train hard, and not put up any excuses.  You know, besides complaining about snow.  I’m always good for that.