Erie Training Week 5

After my asthma attacks during weeks 3 and 4, I was forced into a full week of rest. Not ideal when marathon training and already have a hectic schedule due to wedding planning.

Breathe Damn It!
Breathe Damn It!

The good news is after going to the doctor, the urgent care and the emergency room I can breathe again.

But it took a while to get there and I’ve been given the green light to start running again but have to take it easy. I can’t just jump right back into my plan or go do speedwork yet. I also have to be super careful about the weather and running outside with the humidity. Probably taking a lot of runs to the treadmill instead.

So a week of no running, a week or more of taking it easy, leaves me wondering about if I’ll actually run this marathon….

and I’m ok with that.

This has thrown a kink in my plans but there is nothing else I can do about it. The good news is registration was fairly cheap compared to other marathons so if I have to skip this one that’s fine. I’ll be able to work on getting faster in the half marathon and other shorter distances instead. I signed up for this marathon specifically to re-qualify and run a good time. I know I can go out and easily run a sub 4 hour marathon, it’s the sub 3:35 that I’m worried about. The bad news is I was hoping to re-qualify for Boston on this course so that Ryan and I can run our second Boston as husband and wife 😦 The good news is I’m going to Boston no matter what to cheer on Ryan.

For now, the plan is to ease back into running and see what happens. Who knows maybe I’ll have some awesome training and will be able to run and maybe I won’t and I’ll have to scrap this one. Either way I’m just happy I can breathe better again and that I’m allowed to run again.

Disclosure: It’s a holiday week and 25 days before my wedding so I did not proofread this. I did keep misspelling “breathe” as “breath” though and I fixed those. While typing this disclosure I made a typo trying to spell “misspell” I spelled it as “mispell” and now they both look wrong.


Moving On: New Marathon & New Training Plan

Even though I am still in mourning over not being able to finish the Cleveland Marathon 2013, I still signed up for Cleveland Marathon 2014. The prices are hard to beat right now.

  • Marathon: $50
  • Half: $40
  • 10K: $20
  • 5K: $10

Those prices are only until May 31, so register early and save BIG!

I also signed up for a fall marathon. I had 3 on my mind that I wanted to run but finally decided on the Erie Marathon (some refer to it as the Presque Isle Marathon).


Double loop course marathon around Presque Isle but I am looking forward to it. It is a smaller race but with the double loop course I should see a lot of spectators. Also, with the  I will already know what is coming and what to expect on the course. I even “talked” Ryan into driving out there for a practice run of the course.

There are a couple downsides to this race:

  1. It is on a Sunday and I’m attending a wedding on Saturday. (2 hours away)
  2. I will be training throughout the rest of wedding planning, actual wedding and honeymoon.
  3. I have to be careful about tan lines for the first 9 weeks. Hopefully I can run in the early morning or in the shade.

The upside is that I can start training on Monday for a 16 week plan! Starting a new training plan so soon makes me feel like I can get my revenge on Cleveland early.

ErieMarathon2013Since the IT band is behaving, I am moving from 3 days a week of running, to 4 days a week of running. You would not believe how excited I am about that. It may not be listed but I’ll continue to attend yoga and pure barre classes when I can fit them in. I will also be playing flag football and sand volleyball.

Running/Getting Married/Post Wedding/Honeymoon/Anything goes week:

I am doing a long run the day before my wedding and a shorter one on my wedding day. I am not running because “I have to” or to get the training in. I am running because I  love it and I know it will put me in a good mood if I am stressed or over excited. The day after the wedding, I would not be surprised if Ryan and I went for a run. At the same time I would not be surprised if we took a rest day because we have a big family/bridal party brunch that day.

It will be rather warm where we are honeymooning and for the first couple days of we will not have access to a gym. It costs extra to go to the gym at the resort, $15 a day, so no gym I still plan on going for a run outside but the temperature will decide on the distance. I may end up running 10 miles a day or 3 miles a day. Maybe I’ll run everyday, maybe I won’t run at all and maybe I will swim laps instead. I’m leaving the post wedding/honeymoon week empty so that I don’t feel like I am obligated to follow a plan on vacation.

Anyone follow a training plan while on vacation? (I usually just wing it on vacation but always manage to get solid workouts in)

What do you think my chances of racerback tan lines for the wedding are? (Considering that the temperature is in the 50’s, I’m not too concerned)