Monday, March 23, 2015

GORM Training Update Week 12/20

Great Ocean Road Marathon Training Week 12: 16/3 - 22/3

Run 1: Tuesday AM 7kms : pace 5.16
Run 2: Thursday AM 5km : fast - no idea - forgot watch (& key, thus locking myself out of the house at stupid O'clock!)
Run 3: Saturday 28kms : pace 5.43

Other: PT x 2; boot camp x 1

Feeling: Sad

A friend died last week after a 6 year battle with brain cancer.  The funeral is tomorrow.  It's so so sad & really, just shit.  I wasn't going to fund raise for the GORM, but am thinking about doing some fundraising for CureBrainCancer & regardless will be dedicating this marathon to Yvette.

Training has gone well this week despite having a heavy heart.  I found out that the GORM doesn't allow personal fuel to be left at the hydration stations & they've yet to announce what the official sports drink will be.  I've been training with my tailwind again so will therefore have to carry what I need as I don't think Plumbing Boy will be able to position himself strategically along the course this time.  

The mountain range inhibit's their being an easy parallel route between the towns we are running between.  Although I am sure that he could manage it on his dirt bike, but then I'd have to travel back to the accommodation on the dirt bike after then run..........ah, sorry, no thanks!!!

I have a hydration belt which I used in training for the last marathon, but it gives me bruises & I really don't fancy running 44kms in it.  After reading up on them, I purchased an Astral Ultraspire hydration vest.  This model is designed to fit women & I had high hopes.  Thankfully it went pretty well on the long run.  No chafing & very comfortable.  One of the straps needed adjusting when I got back as one of the shoulder straps started to get lose about 20km in & probably due to the tube pulling on it.

I found it quite awkward to suck the liquid up while running & have actually switched the hose with my hiking camel pack.  Thankfully they were compatible.  The vest came complete with a bladder & hose; hopefully the mouth piece on my other one works better.  Trying to breath & drink is always a bit of a challenge.  Either of them will be fine for the day: I'm wanting the easiest option though!!!

I checked my long run timetable this morning & I only have 3 x more really long runs to do before the event (each week alternates with a lower km long run).  The end is in sight!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

GORM Training Update Week 11/20

Great Ocean Road Marathon Training Week 11: 9/3 - 15/3

Run 1: Tuesday PM 3 x 2kms repeats - 
out slow, back fast: pace 5.49/4.34
out fast; back slow: pace 5.45/5.31
out & back as fast as possible: pace 5.08/4.42

Run 2: Thursday AM 5km faster pace - 5.14 pace

Run 3: Saturday 13kms slow & steady - 5.32 pace

Other: PT Monday & Thursday

Feeling: Getting over the fear of the hills.

As I said the other day.  What's the worst thing that could happen??  I'm halfway there so I really need to be head down & bum up & work hard!!!! 

Practised running down the hills fast on this weeks long run - usually I use them as bit of a recovery, put the brakes on & run slow.  I need to use the advantage to make up the extra time needed to get up the bastards!!!  Didn't do too bad hence the time.  My PT set be a goal pace this week due to the shorter distance he say's of 5.30, I thought he said 5.35, with 5.40 as the slowest, so felt a boost of confidence smashing that.  Bring on week 12!

Monday, March 16, 2015

GORM Training Update Week 10/20

Great Ocean Road Marathon Training Week 10: 2/3 - 8/3

Run 1: Monday AM 5km Normal pace; pace 5.26
Run 2: Wednesday PM 7kms Hills; pace 5.59  
Run 3: Friday 25kms pace 5.54

Other: PT Monday & Thursday

Feeling: Tired.

Been fighting off a cold all week (thanks Mr PT) & felt sluggish.  Monday night at PT my legs would barely work!  I think doing 21, then 23kms a week apart took it's toll on my body!  That said, pace was better for the long run this week & it was 2kms further.  I was on target for a 5.50 pace, watch was about to die with 2 kms to go so I hit stop & save & had to manually add on the last 2kms from the end time (of day).  I faded quite a bit without it to motivate me I guess, but dems da breaks.  We went away for the long weekend to a music festival, hence doing the long run on Friday!  Was good to have it done before we went.

Plumbing Boy saw a dive shop closing down during the week so we went in & scored a few bargains.  I got a 7mm 2nd hand dive suit for $100-00 + a brand new 2/3mm steamer for the same price.  PB got a BC & a steamer (2nd hand BC) but there wasn't a 7mm that would fit him.  We took the steamers with us to Port Fairy & swam in the great southern ocean despite the cold!!!  I was able to stay in for a lot longer & I could get in so much faster!  I suffer from Reynaurds Phenomenon  & have issues with hands & feet.  We swam & body surfed both mornings we were there.  Not sure if it played much part in leg recovery, but certainly helped with the seediness!!! 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

GORM Training Update Week 9/20

Great Ocean Road Marathon Training Week 9: 23/2 - 1/3

Run 1: Monday PM 5kms Normal Pace - done on tready, forgot to time & didn't have watch.
Run 2: Thursday AM 5km each progressively 10 seconds faster that the previous- done outdoors paces were 6.29 5.46 5.41 5.21 4.45
Run 3: Sunday 23kms pace 6.06

Other: PT Monday & Thursday

Feeling: Ordinary

Cant remember why I did the 5km on the tready.  Maybe it was hot??  Despite the fact that my progressives weren't 10 seconds apart, coach said I did good (well executed was what she really said).  Last time I tried this was on a treadmill & therefore much easier.  Back on the new hilly route for the long run & feeling too slow.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

GORM Training Update Week 8/20

Great Ocean Road Marathon Training Week 8: 16/2 - 22/2

Run 1: Tuesday PM 3kms Time Trial 15.42 pace 5.14
Run 2: Thursday AM 5km split 14.29/13.56 
Run 3: Sunday 21.1kms 1 hour, 1 min 21 secs pace 5.45

Other: PT Monday & Thursday

Feeling: Pro-active.

Was Mum's birthday on Sunday so we went to Warrnambool for the weekend.  I really wanted to do my long run somewhere along the Great Ocean Road & drive the actual course.  In the end we drove it Friday night & I ran from my sisters on Saturday morning on the rail trail which has a long slow incline for around 7kms + a couple of steeper shorter hills in the first 2kms from my sisters house so that did the trick.  Time trials show I am less fit than this time last year.  SAD FACE.  I've gone from superior - to excellent VO2 max from the 3km time trial in the 30 - 39 age group (& not quite into the superior category in my own age group).  Coach was happy with my times though.  

The course overall looks like 2 x unrelentingly long never ending hills + lots of manageable (shorter – where you can see the end & there is a flat to recover on before the next!!); the last 10 – 15kms is relatively flat.  Better 2 than 10 evil hills, but they are still pretty scary.  God help me.

Friday, March 13, 2015

GORM Training Update Week 7/20

Great Ocean Road Marathon Training Week 7: 9/2 - 15/2

Run 1: Tuesday PM 3km, 2km, 1km - pacing each faster than the previous with a 2 minute break between sets. 16.15 pace 5.24/10.8 pace 5.19/pace 4.5

Run 2: Thursday AM 5km fast 26.18 pace 5.15

Run 3: Sunday 15kms 1 hr 30 mins 39 secs pace 6.02

Other: PT Monday & Thursday

Feeling: Like I need all the help I can get

Back at home this week.  I realise I cannot train for a hilly marathon on a flat route, so I've had to change my long run route.  I've run various sections of it before, just not where the hills are.  Not knowing the route so well is a bit off putting.  I find comfort in familiarity it seems.  One hills is a half km switch back, but I can run all the way up.  It hurts.  I've decided to sign up with my Lazy Runner coach Marie.  She's kept my long run time table pretty much the same as I had drawn up, but will give me my other 2 x weekly runs to do each week according to how I'm feeling & how my body holds up.  She's told me not to stress too much about the hills.  We can train my legs to remember the uphill motion & they will do as they are asked.  She said a greater concern with this event is the possibility of gale force winds & rain or hail, neither of which you can really prepare for.  Oh great.  Now I'm back to worrying about the wind!  Urgh.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

GORM Training Update Week 6/20

Great Ocean Road Marathon Training Week 6: 2/2 - 8/2

Run 1: Monday AM 5kms 27.03 pace 5.24
Run 2: Thursday AM 24.01 2hrs 35mins 6sec pace 6.28
Run 3: Nil

Other: Walking; hiking; bike riding

Feeling: Slow

Still on holidays, still doing the rehab stuff for the hammie & still not pushing too hard on the long runs.  I forgot to take my long run timetable with me & was only supposed to do 23kms this week.  Oops.  No matter.  I think my hip flexors hurt more than my hammie did this week.  Took an epsom salts bath every day & also had a massage.  This looking after yourself isn't too bad.  OOhhhh forgot to tell you I started Febfast.  No booze for the month of February.  Well - I might have told you in the holiday post, but I'm playing catch up with these training posts.  Left for home on Friday.  Back to regular training schedule soon.  My running coach from the last marathon emailed while I was away, offering her services (discounted) & enquiring as to of I was still running, had anything planned & if not why (was a group email).  At this point I was considering signing up with her.  Wanted to talk it over with my PT......................