Week in Review – July 19, 2015

This week was pretty eventful…both good and bad! I had some good runs, and I had a bit of a scare.

Training

Week Ending July 19, 2015
Week Ending July 19, 2015

This week I ran a total of 38.52 miles in 5:35:40. This included my Tuesday trail run, Wednesday Interval day, a 5K race and 16 mile long run today.

My Tuesday trail run was a good one. I decided to take a bit of a different course than usual. I ran my usual course backwards but also took a different trail and ended up running longer and harder than usual. It was a good fun run. I still enjoy the trails very much!

My Wednesday Interval day was partially good and partially bad (this was the bad thing that happened). The run itself was actually quite good. It was challenging, but I was able to complete the assigned running. I enjoy pushing myself so that was good.

The bad was that I must have got SUPER dehydrated. I was very sick, I am not sure how i went and picked up the kids actually. I felt not great but after I got home from getting them, i was much worse. I was dizzy and sick to my stomach. I drank some water and ate some popsicles when my wife got home and finally started to feel better later that night. I was afraid if it kept going south, I was going to end up in the ER.

Saturday morning, I ran the Paperfest Sunset 5K race. This was the very first 5K I ever did last year. Last year they ran it on Friday night, but with the sponsor change I guess they decided to do it Saturday morning. Saturday morning is probably what I would prefer than Friday night, so that was good. We had pretty terrible storms Friday night so it was unclear if the run would happen but it did. I ended up finishing 22nd overall, 20th of males and 1st in my age group of 35-40. I had a time of 23:21 (compared to last years 32:12). I may do a full race review on this one, but it was a small race so I may not.

Saturday afternoon my brother and I went to look at a couple of pieces of land so I ended up hiking another 5 miles or so. Which would have been alright, but that led into Sunday…

Sunday I had my long run. A long run of 16 miles. This is by far the furthest I have ever run. I ran 15 miles on the treadmill once, but I don’t really count that as it is much easier on the treadmill, and probably more inaccurate as to actual distance. I ended up running from my house to High Cliff State Park and back for my 16 mile course (High Cliff is where I generally go for my trail runs).

I started out a little slow and the muscle in the right side of my chest was sore for some reason, but after a couple miles I loosened up and was moving along fairly well. It was a slow run, so I wasn’t trying to push my time too hard, but I did have a general goal to stay under 9:30/mile. The interesting part of this route is that exactly in the middle of this route is the giant hill at High Cliff. Eight miles from my house is exactly at the top of that hill. I actually made it up and down pretty well.

I started my eight miles back home, and I was doing alright, but the way back was pretty much into the wind all the way. I struggled in parts with the wind, but I pushed on.

My wife actually came and drove by to check on me around mile 12, which was really nice. I was doing alright so I gave her the thumbs up. I found out after that she then went and waited at the park and ride for me to get to around 14 miles and checked on me again. I was still doing good, so I gave her the thumbs and continued on.

I ended up finishing with 16.09 miles in 2:26:56 which is 9:08/mile. This is right on where I need to be to complete a marathon in 4 hours, so I was feeling good about that.

It was a tough week of training, but I enjoy the toughness and pushing myself to see what I can do. I never would have thought that I would be able to run 16 miles! Not next week, but the week after, my long run pushes out to 20 miles, and I think that will be the run that tells me if I really want to go ahead and do the full marathon or stay with the half this time around.

Week in Review – July 12, 2015

This was a pretty good week of training. I had some good runs and got some new gear. Here we go!

Training

Week Ending July 12, 2015
Week Ending July 12, 2015

This week I ran a total of 33.36 miles in 5:00:05. My Wednesday Interval run was kind of intimidating going into it, but when I actually ran it, was not too bad. My long run today was fairly easy.

Baby Raccoon at High Cliff State Park
Baby Raccoon at High Cliff State Park

On my trail run this week, I ran into a bit of wildlife! I saw a snake (the second one I saw in less than a week). I also ran in to the little guys above. I was running along and some something black and furry moving towards the trail ahead of me. My first thought was that it was a skunk! I stopped and watched, and realized it was a baby raccoon. I watched for a bit and saw that there were actually 3 of them! It was kind of cool to see. I tried to snap a few pics but they were moving along pretty good.

The long run was scheduled to be 5 miles of warm up, then 2 miles at 8:33/mile and then a 2 mile cool down. I ending up running the whole thing at 8:47 average. I did run the intervals faster, but I just felt good as I did take a day off completely on Saturday.

Speaking of the day off, usually I atleast cross train on the elliptical machine on my off days, but after being up north and running everyday for a while, my body needed the day off. On top of that, I could feel that shin splints are coming on. I know that this was mostly due to needing new shoes.I ran my long 14 mile run last week in my Hoka One One Cliftons and it was pretty rough. They have 317 miles on them, and while they look good still, I can tell they are worn out. My Saucony Zealot ISO also have 222 miles on them currently and are nearing end of life. So I know I needed some new shoes. Which leads use to the new gear!

New Gear

Saucony Kinvara 5 (L) and Brooks Glycerin 13 (R)
Saucony Kinvara 5 (L) and Brooks Glycerin 13 (R)

I went to my local Run Away Shoes to try out the new Hoka One One Clifton 2 shoes, as I love my Cliftons. I ran my first half marathon in them earlier this year, and I have been using them for all my interval runs, and they are nice and cushioned and light. I checked out some reviews and a lot of people complained about the Clifton 2s being more narrow than the originals. I went and tried them out and I was glad I did. They are indeed much more narrow, and now I cannot wear them. I asked if they have any original Cliftons left, and they had to call around but found some and are shipping them for me.

I still needed new shoes and with long runs coming up, I knew I needed something good, so I went to the local Fleet Feet store. I tried a few pairs of shoes on and ended up picking the Brooks Glycerin 13 (in blue above). They felt pretty good on my feet. Not as cushioned as the Cliftons, but comparable to the Saucony Zealot ISO I have currently. I figured that the Brooks would be a good replacement for the Zealots and I would have a good chance to test them out for distance on my 9 mile long run.

I ran my long run today (9 miles @8:47/mile) in the new Brooks. They were not bad. I do not think they are marathon shoes though. They are a great mid distance shoe, probably half marathon at most, but I don’t know at this point if I could go longer than that in them. It was just one run and they need more break in, but I am happy with my purchase so far. They will get used!

While I was there, I saw they had a pair of Saucony Kinvara 5 on clearance in the bright lime green I really like, so I ended up buying those. I love the Kinvara 5’s I have already, so I figured why not?

We also picked up and stocked up on some Nuun and Huma Gels. Once I get my new pair of Cliftons, I should be ready, for the rest of my marathon training program. I will need to replenish my nutrition here and there, but I should be set with my shoes.

That is it for this week! Hope everyone gets out and runs!

Week in Review – July 5, 2015

This week, I got some great training in. I was on vacation up north near Crivitz, WI and it is a much more hilly area than near my house. This led to some good interval training and long training on the hills.

Training

Week Ending July 5, 2015
Week Ending July 5, 2015

This week I ran a total of 35.44 miles in 5:40:30. As I said above, the last half of the week was done on vacation up near Crivitz. The hills added a great dimension to my training and I felt strong while doing them.

My long run on Sunday was pretty challenging. I had every intention of getting up early (5:00 AM) but was just tired from being up late and hanging out at the beach and stuff. I didn’t start my run until about 8:30 and by then it was pretty warm. I definitely felt the heat! I was surprised though, that I only used one GU gel in 14 miles. I drank a decent amount of water but not a ton. I did have a banana with peanut butter on it before my run, so I think that helped. Overall I felt really good. When I nit the half marathon mark, I was just under my two hour goal, so I was happy with that.

That is about it this week. I hope everyone gets out to run!

Month in Review – June 2015

This month, I got a lot of good training in. I am currently signed up for the Fox Communities Half Marathon in September. I have been training, however, for the full marathon that happens the same day. I wanted to see how I would handle the training before I would commit to doing the full. That way I should still be able to do the half on the training I have done so far, but can switch (if there is room) to the full if I feel good closer to the full marathon.

Training

End of Month - June 2015
End of Month – June 2015

This month I ran a total of 115.48 miles in 17;25:17.

Year To Date - June 2015
Year To Date – June 2015

That puts me at 761.04/1200 mile goal for the year and a total time of 113:31:58. I am on pace to meet my goal of 1200 miles by the end of the year, so that is a good thing!

Training has been going good. The interval runs have been a bit challenging, but in a good way. I feel like they are making me strong. The long runs haven’t been too bad yet, though I have not had to run any further than any previous long runs. I have a 16 miler in a couple of weeks and then 20 miles a couple weeks after that, so I will have a much better picture of if I want to do the full marathon or not after those runs.

I am hoping that my training continues to do well in the coming months ahead and that I do feel up to running the full marathon course. It was one of the goals that I developed along the way, so I hope to accomplish it, but if not this year, then maybe next.