Ready, Set, TRAIN!

Everyone always asks me “when do you start training?” Well the answer is I’m always training, I train year round. Whether I have a training plan or not, I continue to run, do speedwork, get in a long run and cross train. I do take time off if my body needs it and I take a few days or a week off after a marathon. However, once I have a training plan and a goal, it’s balls to the wall and time to get serious.

So serious I already bought 2 pairs of shoes

So serious I already bought 2 pairs of shoes

After 2 weeks of what I like to call “pre-training” I’m starting my official homemade training plan now! I always make my own training plans after looking at other training plans that just don’t fit my schedule. So if you see a long run on a Friday night, it’s probably because I have something to do early Saturday morning (or am planning on staying out late on a Friday night).

Night out at Jackie O's IN Athens OH

Rare night out at Jackie O’s IN Athens OH

After 2 trips to the pool, I’m feeling like a regular. The first week was rough but I saw a huge improvement the second time. I even bought the gear so I look like I know what I’m doing. Unless you see me in the pool and then you know the truth.

kickboard, goggles, swim cap and even leave in conditioner

kickboard, goggles, swim cap and even leave in conditioner

I even got a sick deal ($40) on cycling shoes on Active. I’m planning to use swimming and cycling to propel me into faster running times this year. I’m sticking by my no triathlon plan in 2014.

Bodhi modeling my new cycling shoes

Bodhi modeling my new cycling shoes

Here is what the last 2 weeks of workouts have looked like.

2 Weeks!

2 Weeks!

Pre-training Week 1:

Monday: 1 hour spin
Tuesday: Speedwork-1.5 mile WU, 4-800s, 1 mile CD. I was on the treadmill so I didn’t time my 800s, just ran really fast.
Wednesday: 3.03 run in the AM, strength work in the PM
Thursday: 3.10 in the AM, 3.10 in the PM and 20 mins of swimming.
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 15 mile long run. Was supposed to do 12 but legs had other plans. This never happens to me.
Sunday: 3 mile run and 1 hour spin and strength training in the PM

Total Mileage: 32.73

Pre-training Week 2:

Monday: 2 hour spin
Tuesday: Speedwork-1 mile WU, 4-800s at 3:18. 3:20, 3:19, 3:37, 1 mile CD. I was aiming for 3:30’s on the dot because there is still a long way to go and I don’t want to over do it.
Wednesday: 3.10 run in the AM, 3.10 in the PM
Thursday: 3.10 in the AM and 30 mins of swimming (550 meters) and strength training
Friday: 14 Mile long run on the treadmill because I was going out of town early Saturday morning🙂
Saturday: 5 miles unplanned rest day. My legs were needing a day off and I had yet to take a rest day this week.
Sunday: 5.1 miles + strength training

Total Mileage: 33.4

Overall I am happy with how I am slowly building up my mileage and feel confident with completing the long runs (even if I struggled with my Friday long run). Now I just want to concentrate on keeping my long runs, LONG AND SLOW and keeping my speed work fast.

I saw this post from fellow Cleveland Marathon blogger, I’d Rather Be Sweating and am going to try it…eventually. I love adding protein into my diet and this seems like a great way, even if eggs in my oatmeal scare me. Although lately I’ve been obsessed with putting salsa in my omelets. I know people do this all the time this is the first time I’ve tried it.

They usually look prettier than this.

They usually look prettier than this.

If you missed registering for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon by January 16th, you still have a chance to save some money by registering and fundraising to help out an awesome organization!

ArthritisFoundationHow is your spring training going? Anyone try the eggs and oats?

About Jessica M.

30 something runner from Cleveland, OH. I am an avid runner, marathon maniac, Boston Marathoner and an Ironman! I have completed 15 marathons (16 if you include the Ironman) and am an Official Blogger for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. I am also a Proud ambassador for Nuun I enjoy traveling, running, my Croatian heritage, Hokas, baking, playing tambura, reading, sno cones, cevapi, anything pumpkin flavored, swedish fish, napolitanke, craft beer, kit kats, smoothies, chips & salsa, Kinder chocolates, racing, marshmallows, my amazing husband and our dogs Bodhi & Bandit. Both are named after Columbus Brewing Beers. Contact me at:
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19 Responses to Ready, Set, TRAIN!

  1. Good luck with no triathlons in 2014. It’s addicting, once started. Your self control is commendable!

  2. You forgot to mention your fundraising project!!!

  3. Eggs in my oats freaks me out a little. I have yet to try it. I just eat the eggs on the side instead – lol.
    Your training is INTENSE. Keep up the great work!

  4. gedert014 says:

    Dang, nice training runs and workouts! You’re going to rock the marathon especially being smart and building a base. Jim’s obsessed with salsa in eggs and I’ve never tried it. Clearly I need to.

  5. Susan says:

    I love salsa with eggs, I refuse to ever think that eggs and oats can go together. That texture combination makes me uncomfortable just at the thought. I keep going back and forth on registering to walk the 10k. I almost did last year and something came up. This year there seems to be nothing on the schedule, so I’m considering it…

  6. Woohoo, way to get back into training and listening to your body with the unplanned rest day. I know firsthand how hard those can be!! I’m looking forward to following along with your training.

  7. Katie O.. says:

    As always, get it girl! And I’m not trying to nay-say, but I’m not convinced you won’t be doing any tris. just saying. I’m still super pumped for the Cleveland (Half in my case) Marathon! I’m going to make my training plan in Feb and start in March.

    Bodhi should be the designated model for you site! He makes everything look great (and so do you, like pup, like puppy-mom!)

    If you ever need to ensure that your long runs are slow – let me know! I’ll gladly help anchor you for a (part of) your long runs🙂

  8. Nice training! I love seeing the cross training, it really will help your already awesome times!

  9. I’ve never put eggs in oats but I have been eating overnight oats regularly for almost a year now and loving them. I know a lot of bloggers have put up recipes but I think they’re the perfect breakfast–they’re good for you, easy to make, portable, and easy to eat on the go.

    If you try the egg whites in the oats and you don’t like it, you can take any leftover egg whites and cook ’em up in the microwave in a small bowl and make an egg white and veggie sandwich. Once I got over the idea that I was eating cooking eggs that I cooked in the microwave I really loved the sandwich – it had a lot of protein, was delicious, and very healthy.

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