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Morning running, burnout and a 2 week training update

Many of you know that I run on the treadmill a lot during training but did you also know I do most of my workouts in the morning before work?

Monday – Thursday my alarm goes off at 4:10 am to get up, take the dogs out, get ready and get to the gym before 5. I get there before 5 in the hopes they open up early and I have more time to workout. Lately my Thursday workout has been getting moved to after work due to how long it is. I have to be done with my workout by 6:10 since I leave for work at 6:50! I usually rest on Fridays and on Saturdays and Sundays I “sleep in” til about 6 or 6:30. Really though, I am just waiting on the sun to come up or the gym to open on the weekends.

I get asked a lot of questions on how do you get up early and it’s easy…for me

1.) Go to bed early, this is an easy one and I promise it works. I aim to go to be by 9 most nights.
2.) Start small, don’t aim to get up a full hour earlier, just try for 15-30 minutes. Work your way up to an hour. I used to get up and just run 2-3 miles before work and then would run 2-3 after work. Now I just do the entire workout before work.
3.) Lay out your workout clothes the night before or even just sleep in them. I used to sleep in my clothes when I was starting to workout before work. Now I lay them out but literally try to just roll out of bed and go.
4.) Don’t think about it! Just get up and go. Once you are up and moving you will be awake. If you need to, move your alarm far enough from your bed that you have to get up.
5.) Set a goal that you will work out twice a week before work. Maybe even do it on Monday and Tuesday and get it out of the way at the beginning of the week. Then work on adding days to that. I used to only do it twice a week and now that’s increased.
6.) I usually workout on an empty stomach and that is what works for me but not for everyone else so plan a small snack if you need to. OR plan a snack to eat immediately after.

Even with these tips, working out in the morning just might not work for you and THAT’S OKAY! Maybe your gym is far away or doesn’t open early enough etc. I just thought I would share what works for me and how I got there.

The week of 1/28 training went well and I was happy with my workouts.

1/28-2/3

Sunday –  4 miles @8:33 pace
Monday  Speedwork – 1 mile WU, 3×1600, .25 recovery, 1 mile CD – 5.5 miles @8:11 pace
Tuesday – Rest day
Wednesday – 6 Miles @8:43 pace
Thursday – Tempo! 1 Mile WU, 7@tempo, 1 mile CD – 9 miles @8:02 pace
Friday – Rest Day
Saturday – Treadmill – 17 miles @8:32 pace.

Total: 41.5

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Post long run presents
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Ryan and I have slowly been testing out Cryotherapy.

However, the following week I was just mostly mentally tapped out. I think the past couple weeks of “burning the candle at both ends” finally caught up with me.

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So I adjusted my week. I skipped runs, took extra rest days, changed workouts and still ran 32 miles last week. (I think closer to 45 was the plan)

2/4-2/10

Sunday –  1 hour spin class
Monday – Rest Day
Tuesday – Speedwork – 1 mile WU, 7×800, .25 recovery, 1 mile CD – 7 miles @8:22 pace
Wednesday – Rest Day
Thursday – 7 miles @8:30
Friday – AM – 1 mile WU, 5@tempo, 1 mile CD, 7 miles @8:12
PM – 6 miles @8:15 pace
Saturday – 5.1 miles @8:31 pace

Total: 32.1

And guess what? I feel great and refreshed this week! I am so glad I adjusted my schedule last week and didn’t beat myself up over missing runs and even skipping my long run!

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This dog is so bad but so darn cute!

Less than 59 days til the Boston Marathon, Ryan is running, not me.
Less than 65 days til the Glass City Marathon, that marathon is for me.
Less than 94 Days til the Cleveland Marathon, that marathon or half marathon is for me. Ryan is pacing the 3:25 pace group again this year.

I have a Cleveland Marathon race entry giveaway in a few weeks but if you just can’t wait, I have a code for you. JMCLE10

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2018 Training Plan & Workouts

I am still going back and forth on if I want to run the full or the half in Cleveland. If I run the full, it will just be for fun. If I run the half, I will want to go for a specific time. The problem is I am running the Glass City Marathon in April. That only leaves me with a couple weeks in between races. To run the marathon is one beast, to race it is a different ball game.

So for now, I am going to share with you my Glass City Marathon training plan. This way you can see how long the plan is and what my workouts are.

Glass City Training PLan

I was sick the first week of the year so I actually didn’t run much. The second week went much better. I build my plans so that I can move workouts around easily. The most important workouts I do are speed work, tempo and long runs. As long as I get those 3 in each week, I really don’t care about the other runs.

My marathon PR actually comes from a training cycle where I only ran 3 days a week and most of it was on the treadmill. If I am not going to run I will try to supplement the training with strength work, elliptical or biking.

Here is a look at what the past 2 weeks of workouts looked like. you can see by the 4 days of rest how sick I was.

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Sunday – Rest
Monday – 5 miles @8:28 pace
Tuesday – 7.3 miles @8:16 pace – 1 mile WU, 6×800, 2×400, 1 mile CD and I do .25 recovery between each interval.
Wednesday – Rest
Thursday – Rest
Friday – Rest
Saturday – 7.1 miles @8:27 pace

Total – 19.4

Despite being sick, I made some time to go bowling with my family.

1/7-1/13

Sunday – 8 miles @8:31 pace
Monday – 6.1 miles @8:14 pace – 1 mile WU, 10×400, 1 mile CD, .15ish recovery between each interval.
Tuesday – 2 miles @8:47 and 40 minutes elliptical. I was still coughing a lot so I gave myself a side stitch and decided to take it easy.
Wednesday – 7 miles @8:03 pace – 1 mile WU, 5 miles at tempo, 1 mile CD
Thursday – 6 miles @8:44 pace
Friday – Rest
Saturday – 15 miles @8:24 pace – I alternated 1 mile easy and 1 mile at marathon goal pace.

Total – 44.1

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When you rarely dress up, you always have to take a photo. Especially when your husband is so good looking!

If you have any questions on my training do not hesitate to ask. What works for one does not work for another. I will say I have learned a lot over the 17 marathons I have ran and have made plenty of mistakes.

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I’m Back!

Hi there!

First, I would like to thank everyone who has been following this blog. This blog turned 7 on January 5th and that’s just crazy.

Second, my apologies for the past 2 years of blogging. Life has been pretty crazy and as you can see many posts are very delayed. However, I am still here and feel like I have a lot of life to pour back into this blog.

Third, I”M BACK blogging and reporting on my training for the Cleveland Marathon!

2018 CLE marathon ambassador

Fourth, I am officially running the Glass City Full Marathon and training is off to a good start. I will have to decide if I want to run the Cleveland Half or Full then as these races are rather close together.

Fifth, Ryan and I are adopting! You may have already known that. We are very excited but I have not decided if I am going to share all the details on the blog just yet. To be safe, I have all the copy ready to go in case I change my mind.

Sixth, I have 2 more race recaps to go from 2017 and I will be all caught up!

Seventh, I will have another blog post later this week to share my training schedule and plan for the year.

Eighth, I updated my About Me section for the first time in probably 4 years. It was getting scary over there.

XoXo

Jess

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Akron Marathon 2017

You know when you start stalking the weather before a big race and it changes a million times between when you first start checking and race day? Yeah, well, that didn’t really happen for this race. Every time I checked the weather I saw a low of 60 and a high in the mid 80s. To be honest, I really wasn’t that concerned. I kept telling myself that I am running in the morning so I will see more 60s than 80s and I’ve run in warm marathons before and did okay.
Race morning was actually around 58 degrees so I was a little chilly but not shivering and the humidity although high didn’t feel too bad. While that was some good news, I realized I left all my gels at home. All of them! I know they hand some out on the course but what if I wanted them at a specific time or a specific flavor. I got hooked on the Honey Stinger Acai Pomegranate gels and used them on my long runs so I planned on using them for the marathon too. Luckily, some friends came to the rescue and donated some gels to me before the race. But not before a roll a toilet paper fell on my head while I was in the porto-potty. Maybe I should have taken the gels and the toilet paper as a sign for how the day would go.
As I headed to corral A to line up, I couldn’t find the 3:45 pacer. I saw 3:40 and 3:50 so I placed myself between the two and hoped I could pace myself. Which never really goes well because I am the worst at pacing myself.
The first couple miles felt easy to me but every time I looked down I was going too fast. I even ran with the 3:40 pacer and they were running 8:12 per mile. My goal was in the 8:30s.
Mile 1 – 8:21, Mile 2 – 8:27, Mile 3 – 8:15, Mile 4 – 8:37, Mile 5 – 8:12.
I ran the half in Akron last year so I was mentally prepared for the hills and they didn’t feel too bad so far. The heat was creeping up but I was confident that I could beat it.
Mile 6 – 8:35, Mile 7 – 8:47, Mile 8 – 8:48, Mile 9 – 8:35, Mile 10 – 8:25.
I was starting to feel the heat around mile 7 so I tried to slow my pace a little bit. I was taking water at every station I passed so I could stay hydrated. However, I was slowly starting to get jealous of the half marathoners who were getting close to the finish for them.

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I literally felt like I was melting going up this hill.

Mile 11 – 8:50, Mile 12 – 8:56, Mile 13 – 8:58, Mile 14 – 9:34, Mile 15 – 9:48.
The half marathoners split off and I kept going on the marathon course. I decided to channel my jealousy to the relay runners who were still out there with me. However, they seemed to be feeling the heat more than I was and I saw a lot of them walking the course. Miles 13 and 14 were hella hilly! I felt like it was just a gradual uphill climb for both of those miles. The heat plus the hills and my times plummeted.
Mile 16 – 9:32, Mile 17 – 9:35, Mile 18 – 9:35, Mile 19 – 10:05, Mile 20 – 10:31.
I think around mile 15 the heat got to me and I thought “maybe they’ll cancel the race.” But I legit believed they might cancel the race because it was so hot. I day dreamed of the race getting canceled from mile 15-17. At mile 17 I saw Ryan! He looked awesome and I was like “hmm that can’t be right, it’s a million degrees right now.” But he was at mile 22 so maybe being closer to the finish was easier for him. I realized at this point that they were not going to cancel the race and I was going to have to keep running.
Mile 21 – 10:34, Mile 22 – 10:21, Mile 23 – 10:51, Mile 24 – 11:08, Mile 25 – 10:09, Mile 26 – 10:23.
I was really excited at mile 20 because I was under 3 hours. I don’t know why but little things like that excite me. Same with running 7 miles in under an hour, I always like those. The heat must have gotten to me because I thought I would finish in under 4 hours at this point.
I barely ate my gels during the race. It was so hot that I just wanted real food. Thankfully, Akron has awesome crowd support and they came out with hoses, extra water stops, watermelon, grapes and oranges. I hate to take food from strangers. More about germs than strangers but I needed every bit of the real food on the course. At one point, spectators were passing out full bottles of water and I carried that water from mile 20 something to mile 25.5. I don’t know what I would have done without that water bottle.
My goal for this race was to run 3:45, maybe a 3:50. I was way off and ended up running a 4:07:10. I know the hills and the heat played a factor in this but still hard to accept this time. I felt like I was in good shape and that the 3:45 would feel easy. Now I don’t know if I was in good shape or if it really was the heat.

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Almost done with the race at this point and was all smiles to see my family!

What I do know is even with the heat, I had a blast on the course. I haven’t decided if I want to run the full again next year but it is a strong possibility.

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Every year Ryan and I take a photo post Akron Marathon. Always in the same position and inside the stadium.
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Staying Healthy – 2 Week Training Update

It’s no secret I’ve had my fair share of injuries but I’ve done really well dealing with them and running some pretty high mileage. However, I’ve also had a sinus cold, stomach flu and now some other cough cold thing that has not only kept me from running since last week but I have also completely lost my voice.

Maybe I should just change this blog to a new name “Running While Sick and Injured.” However, isn’t being flexible with your running plan part of the journey. Learning how to “roll with the punches” and make changes as you go.

Hopefully, I can start running again in a day or two. I’m waiting for this cough to knock itself out of me and then I will be back to running.  Until then I’m doing lots of squats, push-ups and sit-ups.

3/12-3/18 – 51.2 Mile Week 

Sunday – 4 miles treadmill at 8:40 pace
Monday – 10 miles treadmill  at 8:50 pace
Tuesday – 5.2 miles treadmill at 8:43 pace
Wednesday – Rest Day
Thursday – 10 miles treadmill at 8:39 pace
Friday – St. Patrick’s Day – 4 Mile Run with 2nd Sole
Saturday – 18 miles at 8:49 pace
Total –  51.2 miles

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3/19-3/25 – 23 Mile Week 

Sunday – Easy 5 Miles
Monday – Easy 3 miles treadmill  at 8:54 pace
Tuesday – 10 miles treadmill at 8:49 pace
Wednesday – 5 miles treadmill at 8:46 pace
Thursday – Elliptical
Friday – Rest Day – Sick
Saturday – Rest Day – Still Sick – manged some strength training
Total –  23 miles

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“Modest” Bodhi cuddles make most things better.

So while I have been sick I did miss my 20 miler. However, I am hoping that I can squeeze one in during the week if I feel better soon. Fingers Crossed.

Despite being sick, I did make it to Cokeburg PA to perform with my Croatian group Zumbercani. Sorry no video since I can’t take video while I am playing. You’ll just have to deal with this picture after we ate 2lbs of lamb and drank a bunch of beers. I thought drinking would kill my cold germs.

Zumbercani

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Luck of the Injuries – 2 week Training Update

It’s that time of year for old injuries to come back! Granted, I have been dealing with hamstring and adductor pain for over a year now. Thankfully I have those under control which is allowing me to run 40-50 miles a week consistently. However, my old friend plantar fasciitis came back after my 16 miler.

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2/26-3/4 – 53.3 Mile Week 

Sunday – Easy 4.8 miles treadmill at 8:41 pace
Monday – 8.4 miles treadmill  at 8:24 pace
Tuesday – AM – 8 miles treadmill at 8:48 pace
PM – 4 miles outside at 8:16 pace
Wednesday – Easy 5.1 miles treadmill at 8:50 pace
Thursday – Tempo – 7 miles treadmill at 8:18 pace, (1 mile WU, 5@tempo, 1 mile CD)
Friday – Rest Day
Saturday – 16 miles treadmill at 8:44 pace
Total –  53.3 miles

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Spotted: Rare moment in real clothes post Winter Warmer event.

3/5-3/11 –  40.8 Mile Week 

Sunday – Strength Training
Monday – Elliptical
Tuesday – Speed work – 8.5 miles treadmill at 8:17 (1 mile warm up, 1x3mile, 3x1mile, active slower runs between repeats and 1 mile CD)
Wednesday – Strength Training
Thursday – AM – Tempo – 8 miles treadmill at 8:16 pace (1 mile WU, 6 miles at tempo, 1 mile CD)
PM – 4 miles treadmill at 8:44 pace
Friday – 10.3 miles treadmill at 8:44 pace
Saturday – 10 miles all outside! (2 mile WU, Malachi 5 miler, 3 mile CD)
Total –  40.8 miles

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When someone takes your picture and says “let me know if it’s ok, I took a couple just in case” and you assume it’s ok since they took a couple but you end up with multiple pictures with a finger covering the lens.

I felt great for that first week of training with 53.3 miles…until my long run. The last week I have been very cautious and only ran 4 days. I have been to the chiropractor to get work done on my foot and have been wearing the dreaded boot a couple hours at night to stretch that foot more. And obviously icing and massaging on my own. But the best thing I have done to help my plantar fasciitis is to switch shoes!

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The Hoka Clifton is my all time favorite shoe and I run almost all my miles in it. However, this is a neutral shoe with a lot of cushion but no arch support. Cushion sounds amazing when you have a plantar fasciitis problem. But I didn’t need cushion, I needed stability and support. I switched over to the Hoka Arahi and it’s amazing the improvement I have seen already. It’s also amazing what the wrong shoe can do to your body. Hopefully, I can go back to the clifton at some point but I’m not in a hurry.

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I am beyond thrilled with what the Cleveland Marathon is putting together for the 40th anniversary race this year. I’ve been a part of this race since 2008 and that means next year will be 10 years of Cleveland Marathoning for me! Well not 10 consecutive marathons since I ran the half a few times, the marathon a few times and dropped out due to injury and illness twice but I’ve been attempting to race every year since 2008.

How many times have you been a part of the Cleveland Marathon festivities? If it is your first year, what are you looking forward to the most?

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New Plan and 3 Changes

So looking back at my last 2 weeks of training, it really wasn’t that bad. However, it felt bad. Nothing hurt physically (well except for the normal aches and pains from my hamstring) but it just felt hard all the time. My easy runs felt hard, my hard runs felt hard (well duh) and my long runs which I love felt hard. It really didn’t make sense to me. So I have decided to make some changes.

1.) Coconut Water – It was recommended to me by a muscle specialist to maybe try and increase my potassium and Coconut Water has a ton of it. Way more than bananas if you are wondering “why not just eat a banana?” However, I do love bananas, so I am trying to snack on those more often.

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2.) More Meat – I noticed I barely ate any meat the past 2 weeks and almost no iron substitutes. Lots of salads but not enough protein or iron. I went to the store today and purchased enough ground beef to last the next 2 weeks.

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This Pork Ramen from Mason’s Creamery was probably the extent of my protein last week. So good though!

3.) A new training plan. I was following the Pfitzsinger plan but it really wasn’t doing anything for me except allowing me to run higher mileage. Which I am absolutely loving. Ryan is using the Pfitzsinger plan, loving it and crushing his training. However, it just wasn’t for me at this time. I would love to come back to it next year. I have jumped back to my beloved Hansons Plan. I have modified it a little bit but already feel better with these changes.

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If you are wondering why my training plan stops in April it’s because I was planning on running the Athens Ohio Marathon. However, I don’t feel very confident in my training and don’t feel like I will run well. My first 20 miler of the training season was awful. Could I run a marathon? Yes. Will I run it well and enjoy it? Probably Not.

I am giving my self 1 more week to decide if I still want to run the Athens full, switch to the half or skip it altogether and run something more local that weekend. I was planning to run the Cleveland Full as well but last weekend I even questioned that!

51.5 Mile Week – Mostly Outside!!!!

Sunday – 5 miles at 8:47 pace
Monday – 8.5 miles at 8:42 pace
Tuesday – 10 miles at 8:34 pace
Wednesday – Rest Day?
Thursday – 8 miles treadmill at 8:46 pace
Friday – Rest Day
Saturday – 20 miles at 9:46 pace
Total – 51.5 miles

40.6 Mile Week – Almost all OUTSIDE!

Sunday – 5 miles at 9:32 pace
Monday – 8 miles at 8:21 pace
Tuesday – Stomach Flu
Wednesday – 6.1 miles at 8:09 pace
Thursday – 11 miles at 8:59 pace
Friday – 5 miles treadmill at 8:42 pace
Saturday – 5.5 miles with Hills
Total – 40.6 miles

This crazy warm weather had me outside so much!!!!!! I didn’t expect that for February!

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The boys are missing the heater kicking on.

Happy Fat Tuesday Everyone! I stopped by Colozza’s yesterday for Paczki and they were amazing!!!!!! The bakery had so much to offer. I will definitely be back to try some more of their baked goods.

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