For those of you who don’t know, I eat mostly vegan. I am not a strict vegan, and more importantly I am not vegan for an ethical reason or because I am making a choice not to eat animals. Several years ago, I discovered I was VERY lactose intolerant. I learned from reading food nutrition labels that anything labeled “vegan” was safe for me to eat since it doesn’t have dairy. In discovering alternatives to cheese and milk, I discovered many other yummy vegan options. I started eating more vegan and feeling better gut-wise.
I used to have an issue with a lot of endurance nutrition products, but lately it seems like many of the big companies are making the move to vegan, recognizing that dairy products during endurance events are a no-no for everyone.
Long story short…I tried a GU for the first time in a couple of years. And now I have a new favorite thing.
I LOVE s’mores and this totally hit the spot. Although, I usually make s’mores with Justin’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups. I mean…is there any better way? GU…make peanut butter s’mores flavored gels, m’kay?
Big exciting news! I got up early before work and ran on BOTH Thursday and Friday. I can’t even tell you the last time that happened. Now, let’s just hope I can continue this 5-running-days-a-week trend.
We head to Pitt State this weekend for Runner Boy’s indoor track nationals races. He’s running the 3200 and the mile. He hasn’t had a good race in a while. Darn race anxiety!
Biggest week of 2018 so far! 24.5 miles. And it only goes up from here, with the exception of the much needed regeneration week coach has scheduled next week. I like the term “regeneration” instead of recovery. No long run this coming weekend, but I do need to adjust my schedule to 5 days of running instead of 4.
Monday, February 5 – Easy 4 – 38:14 (9:33)
The easier runs are getting faster.
Tuesday, February 6 – Rest
Wednesday, February 7 – 6×1000 – 59:28 (9:09)
Whew! It’s been a long time since I’ve done 1000s. Coach called for 10K pace, so I pushed 7.0 on the treadmill.
Thursday, February 8 – Rest
Friday, February 9 – Easy 5 – 48:03 (9:37)
It’s hard to wake up early enough to get 5 in before work. But I never regret it!
Saturday, February 10 – Long Run 9 – 1:22:54 (9:13)
The last mile needed to be under 9:00, but I’m an overachiever, so I managed to get the last 2 miles under 9:00 with an 8:44 and 8:38. WEE! This run felt fantastic…comfortably hard…my legs felt STRONG.
Sunday, February 11 – Rest
I should have done yoga, but I didn’t wake up sore or stiff.
I wrote out the next month of training into my journal. I’ve got some BIG HARD workouts ahead of me. Good thing I like to…
Things I thought about on my run this morning.
6×1000 this morning. I kind of like 1000s. They are like a short, fast tempo run.
1. Math is hard. We cancelled our iFit membership on our Nordictrack, so I had to do manual intervals.
2. Ouch. My right hamstring is tight. Why don’t I stretch more? I have over $100 worth of foam rollers that collect dust. Sigh…
3. Thank heavens I remember body glide on my underarms. It’s my new chafing area. It makes showers very uncomfortable when I forget body glide.
4. I wore new Oiselle Roga shorts. I’m not sure if I like the new style. They made some changes. They crept up my butt a little bit. Also, I ordered my first Oiselle bra and it was too big. I know I’m tiny on top? But do I really need a size 2?
5. Late start is awesome! Because I can eat before I run. I have more time to run. And the doggies (and Tiny Boy) are extra cute.
I really like that my running diary counts the weeks for me. I don’t have to keep track.
I’d like to say that last week was another week of smooth sailing, but it wasn’t. Runner Boy came down with a sinus/ear infection, and Tiny Boy got the flu. Friday was the only day last week that both boys were in school. Thankfully they are both on the mend again. Runner Boy is back to his work outs, although running isn’t super fun for him right now. Being a preteen is rough stuff. Was I this sullen and moody when I was 10 years old?! Mom…don’t answer that.
Despite all of that, I got my workouts in.
Monday, January 29: Rest. Shin exercises.
Tuesday, January 30: 4 mile Easy. 38:22/9:35 pace. Right shin and calf tight.
Wednesday, January 31: 5 mile Easy. 48:30/9:42 pace. Wore calf sleeves during run.
Thursday, February 1: Rest. How is it February already!?
Friday, Feburary 2: 3.5 Fartlek. 33:16/9:30
Saturday, February 3: Rest. Grad school. My brain is tired.
Sunday, February 4: 80 minute Long Run. 9 miles…oops. I like round numbers. 1:27:22/9:42 Downtown Y track. I miss spring/summer/fall.
My shin is definitely on the mend. It didn’t bother me at all Sunday or Monday, but today it’s a little off. I’m staying on top of the PT exercises, foam rolling, and stretching.
Stay neon! And have a great week!
Fartlek. Fartlek. Fartlek.
That word will never not make me laugh. And workouts that involve fartleks are kind of fun and go by very quickly.
Coach gave me a fartlek run to do this morning. He told me it should be about 5 miles. I’m not sure if I didn’t read the instructions right or maybe I didn’t run quite as fast as he wanted me to. But…I only ran 3.5 miles. Oh well. It was a good workout and my shin hurt very little. I’ve been wearing calf sleeves during my runs this week. I think it’s more tight ankles and calves than a full on shin split. It’s just the right leg too. Probably some imbalance somewhere in my legs. Time to up the strength training game and add back in some PiYo and cycling. Wait…didn’t I say that in the last post? I’m a broken record. And a cliché.
Grad school class tonight and all day tomorrow. Easy long run on Sunday. No pace requirements, just 80 minutes on my feet. That sounds wonderful after all the harder workouts I’ve been doing.
And I’ll just leave this right here. Not a huge month, but considering I’ve only averaged 47.7 miles in the last four Januaries, I rocked it.
My right shin is cranky. The irritation is on and off and very sporadic. Classic NRG shin splints. I have my list of exercises and stretches. I have to be careful not to foam roll / omni ball it too much because I have bruised myself before.
I should probably also add a bike into each week. But I love running so much. Even when it hurts, I love it. Ok…maybe not when it hurts bad. I didn’t love running when I had bursitis.
In the meantime, I’m rocking my CEP compression sleeves under my jeggings at work. And stretching my calves every chance I get.
I’ve lost count of the number of training cycles I’ve done. At least two a year for the last 4 years. And every cycle surprises me. I get excited watching my Garmin data change as my fitness level increases. I can feel myself getting faster and stronger and building on the progress made in the previous training cycle.
My resting HR has suddenly plummeted into the low 40s. I did a tempo run this morning at a sub-9 pace, and it didn’t feel stupid. It felt awesome and powerful, and the prospect of running another 10 miles at that pace seems doable.
I finally did something this morning that I have been wanting to do for almost two years. I signed up for Oiselle Volee. I love everything Oiselle is about. Power. Strength. Incredibly comfortable running clothes that make you feel powerful and strong.