Week in Review – May 10, 2015

This is the last week of harder training going into next week and the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon (half). The week went pretty well, and I even got a 5K race in.

Training

Week Ending May 10, 2015
Week Ending May 10, 2015

This week I ran a total of 31.31 miles in 4:57:26. I had a pretty difficult interval session on Wednesday. I thought when I calculated out the mileage, it was 8 miles total with a 2 mile warm up and 2 mile cool down. Yeah, I was wrong. It was a two mile warm up, but then it was 6 miles of intervals and only a one mile cool down. I started pushing hard on what I thought were my last intervals way too soon! Almost burned myself out, but was able to complete them all, so that was actually a great confidence booster for me.

I also ran the Appleton Sole Burner 5K to support the American Cancer Society yesterday. The course is pretty hilly (about 126 feet of elevation change when normally I get maybe 30 feet if I am lucky). It was also a bit cold, but luckily not too windy. The biggest hill is of course right at the end! I managed to finish in 23:27 though. I will have a full ARR coming up.

I also had my last long run today before the half marathon next weekend. It was a nice 8 mile run, that felt great! It was chilly this morning, but I got out the door early to try and simulate s much of the race day schedule as I could.

The week coming up will be as much rest as I can get to keep my legs fresh and ready for next Sunday!

New Gear

I actually got some new gear this week! I picked up a pair of Altra Instinct 3 shoes. I have always wanted to try Altra shoes because of the zero drop. Just different than I have ever worn. I only got one three mile run in them so far, but I like them. They are comfortable and pretty light.

Altra Instinct 3 - image via runningwarehouse.com

I also got a pair of 2XU compression sleeves for my legs. I have wanted to try something like them for quite some time. I ran with them on the 3 mile run with the Altras, but also today on my 8 mile run. A weird thing happened, and my right foot fell asleep around mile 3 and was asleep until about mile 6. Not sure why that happened or if it is normal if you aren’t used to it? I am going to email 2XU and ask them about it. Otherwise I liked them. My legs actually felt very fresh after my run this morning especially considering I ran a 5K pretty hard yesterday and then did 8 this morning.

I think that is it for this week. Hope everyone gets out and has a great week!

Week in Review – May 3, 2015

This post is a bit late for last week but a lot has been going on, so please forgive me.

Training

Week Ending May 3, 2015
Week Ending May 3, 2015

This week I ran a total of 31.18 miles in 4:39:57. this weeks runs were pretty tough. The interval runs on Wednesday were not terrible, but were a good challenge. I felt strong after completing them. The long run on Sunday with 6 miles of tempo run on the other hand, was really difficult. Not so much the run itself, but the conditions. The last mile of the 6 was uphill, and into a 20-25 mile per hour headwind. I had to really push to maintain my tempo pace during that. But, I was able to complete it successfully. That gives me a lot of confidence going into the taper ahead of the half marathon in 12 days from now.

There was also something personal that happened that made the second half of the week more difficult. My dad was admitted to the hospital with complications due to his emphysema (that he was just diagnosed with 2 months ago). This happened late Wednesday night, Thursday morning. So with dealing with that and helping to take care of some things for him while he was in the hospital, and going to see him, plus all the kids activities (dance recitals/rehearsals, baseball practices), it was a pretty stressful week. He was finally released to go home last night, and that is partially why this post is late. Just been slammed with everyone pulling me in a different direction.

Well, that is it for now, have a good rest of the week and get out and run!

Week in Review – April 26, 2015

This week is the highest volume week going into the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon coming up on March 17th. It was a good week of training, but the next few weeks will be a challenge for me to take it a bit easier on the mileage. Here is how it went.

Training

Week Ending April 26, 2015
Week Ending April 26, 2015

This week I ran a total of 38.49 miles in 6:10:51. This included the longest long run of this training cycle of 14 miles today. The weather turned bad this week so all my runs ended up being done on the treadmill (besides I still want to hit it with as much abuse and miles as I can to make sure the fix still works). I prefer to run outside if I can of course, but running is better than no running.

Back to the the long run today, I felt pretty good. According to my watch I set a new 10K and new half marathon PR during it, so I must have been doing alright. I did hit the half marathon under my two hour goal time so I hope that translates over to actual race day. You just never know how things will turn out on the day. Usually you run a  little faster, but anything can happen!

That is pretty much it for this week. I spent some time doing outside work in the yard this week a lot, so not a whole lot of extra things going on. Hopefully you get a chance to get out and run this week!

Week in Review – April 19, 2015

This was an alright week of training. Wisconsin was nice enough to give us a couple of really nice days, so there is always that to be grateful for.

Training

Week Ending April 19, 2015
Week Ending April 19, 2015

This week I ran a total of 26.35 miles in 5:27:30. The weather was so nice this week, that I actually hit the trails two times this week. I love running trails. The ups and downs of the terrain, and the scenery makes it enjoyable, but I love the challenge that running on trails present. It is nice to break up my road running with the trails and get something different.

This week also included my long run today of 13 miles. I of course ran it out to 13.1 to see how I would do for the upcoming Cellcom Green Bay Marathon (half) coming up in less than 30 days. I actually did not do too bad considering. We had a wedding the night before. My cousin married the son of the owner of a very good candy shop. Well at this wedding, they of course had a ton of candy! And man, was it good! I don’t usually eat a lot of chocolate, but I had a sweet tooth for some reason and ate WAY more than I should. Let’s just say, that I have proven eating a lot of chocolate the night before a long run, not a good idea.

I completed the 13.1 miles in just over 2:07:00. This is above my goal time of 2:00:00 but I was not pushing hard. It was supposed to be a slow run, so I am very happy with that time. I would even be happy with that time the day of the race.

That is about it this week. Pretty normal week of training overall. This week coming up looks like we will have bad weather again the first half of this week, so the treadmill may get some action this week. They are even talking snow possibly. That would be a bummer after the 70 degree day we had this last week. Wisconsin is a weather tease sometimes!

Hope everyone gets out and gets a chance to run this week!

Week in Review – April 12, 2015

This week was a great week of training! Let’s dig in.

Training

Week Ending April 12, 2015
Week Ending April 12, 2015

This week I ran a total of 31.97 miles in 6:10:43. My long run this week was 12 miles. This was the longest outdoor run I have done in a long time! I ran 15 miles before on my treadmill, but it has been a while since I got to do it outside. I felt great to get out there and do it!

I also did something a bit different this week. I ran most, or as much as I could, of my training routes in reverse. I decided I needed a change of scenery, but there is only so much you can do about changing that in a little area. Running the routes in reverse was like running a whole new area. Especially on my trail run. I got to see things that I didn’t see running the other way before. It is a great way to freshen up your training by making just a small change.

Gear

I didn’t get any gear this week, but I finally got the parts in to fix my treadmill. I was able to finally get that up and running, so I did a few runs on that this week to make sure it is working. I will do a few more to make sure it is good to go.

That is it for this week, hope you get a chance to get out and run!

Week in Review – April 5, 2015

This week was a good week of training. I also got a chance to run a 5K race this week. Here we go!

Training

Week Ending April 5 2015
Week Ending April 5 2015

I felt like my training went pretty good this week. I had a good interval run and ran a 5K race. I ran a total of 26.53 miles in 4:35:03. I have been keeping my mileage low and trying to do some more cross training to keep my foot in good condition after the slight injury a couple weeks ago. So far that strategy has worked out well because I have had no further foot pain.

I also ran a 5K race on Friday night. I will have an ARR (After Race Report) coming up. I am just waiting for some pictures to post with it.

New Gear

I bought the Garmin Fenix 3 this week. So far I really like it. It has a really neat feature where you can add apps, to it and one of the apps I added was a 5K time predictor. It allows you to predict your finish time during the race to see how you are doing. It was really nice during the 5K race I did. I will have a further review coming up when I get a chance.

That is it for this week. Short a quick for this one! Hope you get a chance to get out and run!

Week in Review – March 29, 2015

This week turned out to be a pretty good week after a bit of a rough start. Let me start with the news/updates.

News/Updates

This week I went to the doctor on Wednesday to get my foot checked out. I had a lot of pain in it last week and took some time off. I called Monday and got in on Wednesday to get it checked out.

Foot X-ray
Foot X-ray

Turns out that there were no breaks or fractures or anything wrong with the bones. Actually on Tuesday and Wednesday (the day I went in), it felt really good. The doctor said I may have just strained it and had some inflammation.  He told me to take it easy but I could run as I tolerated it and to take 2-3 Ibuprofen 3 times a day for the next couple of weeks. I ended up running 4.57 miles on it the afternoon of my appointment with no pain at all. Luckily, I think it just needed a bit of rest.

Training

This brings me to the training that was impacted by the foot pain issue I had. I ran a total of 17.17 miles in 3:21:17. I ran 3 days straight after my doctor appointment and had no pain at all, so that is a great sign! I was scheduled to run 10 miles on Sunday, but I decided to skip it. I still went to the gym and lifted and worked on the elliptical machine, but I felt like I wanted to give my foot a bit more time to make sure everything is ok. I will be starting back up with the next week of my training schedule so I want to make sure I don’t do anything to hurt my training for the half marathon.

The runs I did, as I said, felt good and had no pain at all. It just felt really good to get back into the running. It is always a good reminder when you can’t run, just how much it means to you to run. The elliptical machine is good, but nothing beats running for me. I am also hoping that with next weeks training and the hopefully better weather, I can hit the trails again! I love running trails actually. More so than on the road actually. I will have to see if I can get some trail races in this year.

Races

I have a 5K coming up on Friday April 3rd. It looks to be a fun, flat and fast 5K. I highly doubt I will place like I did in the last 5K, but I am looking forward to running it. I plan to take it a bit easy given my foot, but that always changes when the adrenaline hits and you get around all the other runners. Should be a fun race.

Gear

This weeks new gear is not really gear, but a book I have been reading. I finally started reading the 80/20 Running: Run Stronger and Race Faster by Training Slower by Matt Fitzgerald. So far, I am really enjoying it. The author spends the first half of the book explaining the science behind the 80/20 running and the second half explaining how to actually do it. Turns out most amateurs run about a 50/50 mix of hard and actual easy runs (some a lot less easy as what they say is easy, really isn’t). I am only through the first half of the book, but I am a believer so far. Now I just gotta learn how to apply it. I will have a fuller review when I complete it but I have already started running my easy runs at more of an actual easy pace.

Well, that is it for this week. I hope everyone gets out and get s chance to run!

Week in Review – March 22, 2015

This week was a bit of a rough one for me. Last Saturday evening , my right foot started hurting. I ran my race on Sunday and it was ok. I ran on Monday and my foot was ok, sore but ok. I ran on Tuesday and I could not walk after my run. I was in a LOT of pain. I iced it and took some ibuprofen and the next morning it was a little better, but still not good. I decided to take some time off of running and rode my bike on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday I went to the gym and used the elliptical machine to keep my cardio up and be able to still eat. Saturday morning I tried running a little. I did a little less than two miles and my foot still hurt. So, this morning I called I called the doctor and will be going in on Wednesday to get it checked. Hopefully just some more rest will make everything alright. In the meantime, cardio at the gym and on the bike for now to stay in shape. So here is the break down this week.

Training

Week Ending March 22, 2015
Week Ending March 22, 2015

This week I ran a total of 9.82 miles in 1:24:56. As I said above, my foot injury kept me from running much this week. I did break out my road bike this week and got a little over 7 miles in on that. IT has been a while since I rode it with winter, and it was WINDY and COLD. But I do need to ride it more. It is a good cross training workout.

I also used the elliptical machine a few times this week for the first time in quite a while. I have been running so much and not going to the gym that I haven’t had a chance to use it. I forgot how much I do like it, so I will hopefully be using that more going forward. I would really like to buy one for at home if I could find a good spot for it in the house.

Gear

My treadmill has been broken for about 2 weeks now. Luckily it has been nice so I have been running outside, but my wife needs to use it because of her work schedule. The treadmill somehow by itself went into a 3 degree decline and is stuck there. The company sent a new controller board, and I replaced that. It still does not work, so now they are sending a whole new console for it. The parts invoices they sent for the pieces total almost $2000! More than I paid for the stupid treadmill! Hopefully when I get the next part it will be fixed. I hate having expensive gear like that, in non-working condition.

Well, that wraps things up for this week. I hope everyone gets a chance to get out and run (because I can’t!).

Week in Review – March 15, 2015

This week was a great week of running. The weather was nice and warm and I got to run outside all week! Spring time in Wisconsin is so exciting! Here is the break down of how the week went.

Training

Week Ending March 15, 2015
Week Ending March 15, 2015

This week I ran a total of 27.42 miles in 4:06:56. This week was my first official week of training for the Green Bay Cellcom Half Marathon coming up on May 17th, 2015. On Wednesday, I ran my first intervals in quite a while. They were a good workout, but not terribly difficult, so that is good. I know that they start to get harder as time goes on, so that is good. On Friday I also got to get out and do a trail run for the first time in a long time. It was pretty sloppy and muddy, but I loved it!

Muddy Peregrine 5

 

New Gear

This brings me to the new gear of the week. The Saucony Peregrine 5. They are a trail shoe that I have been looking at for a while. I needed a new pair of trails shoes since my old ones were worn out, and the other ones I ordered won’t come in until June. I think they will rotate with the new ones quite nicely. They have a nice aggressive lug. The trails were very slippery and wet, and I felt like I had good traction the whole time. The trails have some steep climbs and descents (for around here any way). I did have to run on the road a bit and I did some hill work in them and they are very comfortable. I will have a full review when I get more miles on them.

Race

At the last minute this week, I decided to sign up for a 5K. You can read the ARR (After Race Report) here. I won 3rd in the 35-39 Men’s Age Group, which I was not expecting. I did set a PR and had a great time!

That is it for this week, hope everyone gets a chance to get out and run!

Week in Review – March 8, 2015

This was another great week of training. This is also the last week of “free” training. I have just been kind of doing whatever for training the last few months. Tomorrow I start my training program for the half marathon coming up on May 17th. The program I chose was the Runners World half marathon under 2 hours plan. The milage per week is WAY below what I have been doing, so I will be supplementing mileage, but there are some good speed workouts that will help keep and improve my speed, so I am looking forward to those. With that, here is the rundown of this past week.

Training

Week Ending March 8th 2015
Week Ending March 8th 2015

This week I was able to log 40.21 miles in 5:54:17. This included a couple of longer days and a couple of faster 4 mile runs. My long run for today I kept to 10 miles, as I didn’t want to put my mileage too far past 40 to keep it in check going into training tomorrow. All in all, nothing too unusual came up with training this week, so I think I am all ready to begin training tomorrow.

New Gear

Saucony Kinvara 5. Image via www.runningwarehouse.com
Saucony Kinvara 5. Image via www.runningwarehouse.com

I did get a new pair of shoes this week. I bought a pair of Saucony Kinvara 5 shoes. I have been looking at these as a little lighter shoe for speed work ever since I got the Zealots. Also, all my other pairs of shoes were or have hit the mileage max on them. I like having a few pairs of shoes to rotate through so I needed another pair, and will probably pick up another pair of Zealots (as I REALLY love them especially for long runs). Then I should be set for this training cycle through the half marathon.

Back to the Kinvaras though, I got one 4 mile run in this week with them, and I liked them. They are lighter than the Zealots for sure, but also less cushioned. I don’t know that I would use them for a long run, but a good 5K I think would be great in them. My plan is to use them for my next 5K race for sure.

That is about it for this week. Hope everyone has a great week and gets a chance to get out and run! Looks like we are going to have some great weather here, so I am hoping to get outside all week!