Monday, June 23, 2014

Marathon Training Week 5/21

This weeks training looked like this:

Monday: PM PT - squats, farmers walks

Tuesday: AM - Run 1 - 5km faster pace (25.18mins) PM Usual shoulder & glute activation work + core, chest & back

Wednesday: PM Run 2: Speed Session 3kms fast as possible 2 min rest (14.27 mins = 4.75mins/km), 2kms faster than 3k/min time (9.24mins = 4.62mins/km), 2 min rest, 1km faster than 2km/min time (4.29mins) - excluding 1/2 km 

Thursday: PM PT - Glute activation work + basketball/speed drills + Core

Friday: Rest

Saturday: AM 16kms 1hr 38 mins 33 seconds

Sunday: Rest

Training has been pretty good this week.  New sneakers are making me fast LOL!  Last weeks tight hamstring has settled down after dedicating time every day to stretching & foam rolling.  Saw the physio for a follow up on my biceps tendinitis & he was really happy with the progress.  I'm allowed to do anything & everything so long as I take it easy to start with & listen to my body!  Not much else to report really.  I've completed pretty much 25% of Marathon training this week.  All good!!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Kayano 20's

Introducing the Kayano 20's!!!

I cannot thank Carol enough for blogging about her experience with The Running Company Geelong - after reading about her experience I decided to give them a go as I've got almost 600kms clocked up on one pair & 500kms on the other current pairs. They won't get me through the Marathon let alone the training!!

Bree who looked after me on Saturday was fabulous.  I spent probably an hour in the shop trying on all different shoes running on the treadmill with each pair & reviewing my running style in slow motion to make sure we had the best possible shoe, giving me the best possible alignment.

Once we narrowed it down to two she had me run with one on each foot & then reverse then so they were on opposite feet to completely confirm which one felt better.  The Kayano 20's were the clear winner for comfort & fit & will be perfect for the Marathon with the extra cushioning in the heel.  While I'm a midfoot runner, as the distance increases & you get more tired, apparently you tend to be heavier on your heels (according to Bree - but it makes sense!!).

Tested then out this morning & ran a PB over 5kms.  The felt great.  I'll definitely wear them on my long run Saturday.  Thank you Bree & The Running Company Geelong - you ROCK!!!!!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Marathon Training Week 4/21

This weeks training looked like this:

Monday: AM PT - circuit - Basketball drills, lunges, farmers walks, sprints

Tuesday: PM Usual shoulder & glute activation work + core, chest & back

Wednesday: PM Run 1: Speed Session 5kms  excluding 1/2 km warm up - run 2.5kms as fast as possible, 2.5kms normal pace. total 25.48 mins  12.10 & 13.24 respective splits

Thursday: PM PT - Squats - weighted & body weight focusing on technique.

Friday: AM Run 2 - 5km - 2.5kms normal, then 2.5kms as fast as possible. 25.50 mins 12.99 & 12.51 respective splits

Saturday: AM 15kms 89 mins

Sunday: Rest

I think I mentioned last week that my sports watch broke.  It was still recording the total time, but as soon as I hit save, the workout was gone!!!  This also meant that I couldn't access any of the split times I'd run over the past couple of weeks.  It was driving me a bit bonkers.  I've restored the factory settings & took the battery out for a while & put it back in to see if that helped, but no joy.  It was a mid range Timex Ironman ladies watch, without GPS.

Hmmmm you can see where I'm going with this can't you!!!  After using I can't remember what first, then Runtastic on my phone to record distance (which is quite inaccurate - I run the same routes regularly & seems to register a different distance every week) + my watch to record the time & splits, I really really wanted a device that would do both.

I know you can probably do both on your phone using various apps, but I like to strap my phone to the small of my back using a Spibelt - mainly for safety.  I want my hands free & don't want to have to touch my phone once I set off.  Usually I walk first to warm up then set my watch going when I actually start running, so the phone doesn't work in that respect.

Introducing the Garmin 620............

I've been researching for months & like everything there are good & bad points for every device on the market.  Eventually I decided on this Garmin.  There were better colour selections in the 220, but less functionality.  

I've used it twice now & have managed to upload the runs to the web - pretty straight forward.  Just getting used to the buttons & touch screen.  The underside of the strap is bright orange - matches my shoes.  For now.  

That's the next stop.  Headed to Geelong Saturday afternoon to visit friends for an 18th birthday party via the Geelong Running Company to get fitted for new shoes!!  More on that later!!!! 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Marathon Training Week 3/21

Last week's training looked like this:

Monday: 5.30pm PT - Bulgarian split squats, weighted squats, 1 leg bench jumps, Swiss ball glute bridges, farmers walks.

Tuesday: PM - usual Shoulder & Glute work; core

Wednesday: PM Run 1: speed session 5km - 1/2 km slow, 1/2 km as fast as possible alternating.  Done on treadmill. Watch broke so don't have split times.  Also did some core & Push Ups

Thursday: 5.30pm PT - didn't write down what we did & O can't remember now!

Friday: AM Run 2: 5km, try to get under 26 minutes - was 26 minutes exactly.

Saturday: AM Run 3: 14km slo & steady - 83mins

I was surprised that Friday's run was slower than the week before as I'd just about kicked the cold & felt like the run was spew worthy (came close to throwing up I pushed so hard) so was a little disappointed I was slower.

Sunday I went to the wedding of a friend PT-K I used to train with way back before I started blogging.  I didn't really know anyone other than the bride & 2 of her friends (that I'd only met once before), but had a really good time!!!! Hoping to start training again with PT-K if we can align our schedules & training goals!!  She's not distance running as she has knee problems.

My lovely PT has been poached & is leaving our gym for one of the "Big 4" gym's (as he put it).  He asked me if I'd be interested in still training with him, at the new place as he doesn't trust any of the PT's my gym with my training.  He made me tear up a bit actually telling me that, & also that as I was an athlete, not just a general client wanting to look hot or fit into a dress or suit, that he really wanted to keep training me.  Bless!!!!  I really don't consider myself an athlete!!!!

As he's so good of course I said yes.  Details are a little up in the air until he starts - he said he took the job on the provision that he can take me with him & that they can do me a good deal membership wise LOL.  Just have to wait & see.  It will be a 30 minute drive to get there, but it's only twice a week, so am happy to do it.

On to week 4!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Friday, June 6, 2014

Throw Back Whatever

Some of you out there regularly do throw back Thursdays (or any other day of the week), keeping up with Wordless Wednesdays is enough of a challenge for me.  However my cousin was going through my grandma's photo album the other day & came across some baby photos of me & my sister, so I thought I'd share.

That's my Mum holding us!  It's strange, I really feel disconnected about the whole fact that our Mum carried us in her womb for 9 months each & then gave birth to us.  I have no idea if this is because I haven't had children myself of if I'm just a little crazy!!  

Gosh we look like little boys!!!

Last long weekend here in Australia until November.  I'm going to the movies with the work social club tonight, a wedding on Sunday & to friends for dinner afterwards.  

Hope you have a fabulous weekend what ever you happen to be doing :-)

PS Go Cats!!!!!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Marathon Training Week 2/21

Week 2 completed, 3 runs plus my own stuff & looked like this:

Monday: PM PT - leg stuff various
Tuesday: PM own shoulder & knee stuff, core, chest & back
Wednesday: PM Run 1: Speed Session - treadmill 1st km warm up, 2nd km run as fast as possible, 3rd km slow recovery, 4th km run as fast as possible, 5th km slow cool down - was supposed to record the times but my watch chucked a wobbly & NONE of my runs are there (stores 10)
Thursday: PM PT - Bulgarian split squat session
Friday: AM Run 2: 5km try to get under 26 mins - 25.52mins (I had written this one straight onto the spreadsheet on the pantry wall so luckily had it)
Saturday: AM Run 3 - 13kms slow & steady (77 minutes - wrote this one straight down too)
Sunday: Rest

Been battling another head cold :-( hadn't had one for 3 + years & now I've had 2 x minor colds already this winter.  SUX!!!  Plumbing Boy has been worse than me though, so I am grateful that I've been able to train (hopefully without infecting anyone) through it.

So far so good, still in familiar territory with the runs.  It won't be until I push past the half marathon distance of 21.1km that I'll really start to feel it & possibly feel fatigued.

No ITB pain since the half marathon or any other niggles either so am happy with that; lets see what happens as the distance progresses.