Week in Review – May 24, 2015

This week was a recovery week for me. After running the half marathon and all the training leading up to it, I definitely needed some rest.

Training

Week Ending May 24, 2015
Week Ending May 24, 2015

This week I ran a total of 19.61 miles in 4:26:44. I also went to the gym and used the elliptical quite a bit. I needed a bit of a break after running the half marathon, so I tried to take it easy a bit.

I did run one hard run of 4 miles this week and a long 8 mile run on Sunday and those felt pretty good. I will probably do another lighter recovery week before starting the next training cycle.

That is it this week. lots of rest and recovery! Hope everyone has a good week and gets out to run!

 

Week in Review – May 17, 2015

This week was a rather busy week (hence why this WiR is almost a week late! Here we go!

Training

Week Ending May 17, 2015
Week Ending May 17, 2015

This week I ran a total of 29.20 miles in 4:52:54. This was, of course, the week of the Cellcom Green Bay Half Marathon. My first half marathon and my goal race for the first part of this year. So 13.1 miles of the 29.20 was actually my half marathon race, and the rest was the final training sessions for this training cycle.

I took it easy with the mileage this week as part of the taper leading up to the half. Monday was a cross training day, a few lighter running day (with light intervals on Wednesday).

When I looked at the training plan, I realized I was scheduled to run an easy 3 miles on Saturday (the day before the half marathon). I figured that if I had to run 3 miles anyway, I might as well do the Cellcom 5K! My wife and brother were already signed up a long time ago for it, so I decided to run with my wife and push her a little bit, but also let her keep me from going to fast and burning myself out for the half the next day. We completed the 5K in 36:09. It was my slowest official 5K time, but it was Lori’s new 5K PR, so I was very excited for her!

The next morning, I was able ran the Cellcom Green Bay Half Marathon. I finished with a time of 1:52:31! This was a PR time for my and my first official finish! I had a great time doing it, even though it was quite warm! I will have full ARRs coming for each of these races when I get the pictures from them squared away.

That is really it for this week. I hope you have/had a great week!

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!

Month in Review – April 2015

This past month of training was a good month. I felt like I got a lot done and put in some good miles.

Training

April 2015
April 2015

I ran a total of 135.26 miles in 20:20:36 during the month of April.

Year to Date April 2015
Year to Date April 2015

For the year so far I have run a total of 552.07 miles in 82:28:28. I believe that puts me close to if not more miles so far this year than what I logged in over half the year last year. I can’t believe that I have been able to run this much and stay basically healthy. I had a minor issue this last month with my foot that put me out for a week, but I have had no issue after a little rest.

Races

This past month I ran in the OSI April Fools 5K and ran a new PR of 22:53. I still have to do an after race repot on that one, but it will be coming.

That is all for this month. Hope you all have a had a good month as well.

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!

Month in Review – March 2015

This month there was some really cool things and some not cool things. Let’s review, shall we?

Training

Monthly Review - March 2015
Monthly Review – March 2015

This month I ran for a total of 113.89 miles in 17:01:22. I think that is a pretty good total considering I missed a bit of running due to my hurt foot. Luckily it was nothing major, and I have so far been able to get back to running. It is only 7 miles below the average I need to hit my end of year goal, so I am not too worried about it. Speaking of, year to date I have run 397.76 miles in 59:18:08. Wow, kind of crazy to think I have spent almost 60 hours and run almost 400 miles already this year.

Year to Date - March 2015
Year to Date – March 2015

If you keep up with the blog, you may know that I am in the beginning of my half marathon training program for the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon coming up on May. So far it was going pretty good, got sidelined a bit by the injury, but hope to dive back in.

News

As you may have read, I was lucky enough to be named as one of the Leaders of the Pack for the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon. This is a really cool opportunity to share my story with more people and hopefully inspire people on their journey to the marathon or half marathon.

In other cool and exciting news, I actually placed third in my age group in the FNB 5K I ran a couple weeks ago. Never thought I would place, and in fact left and didn’t get my trophy! Not to worry, though. I did pick it up, and it is displayed proudly on my fireplace mantel in the living room!

FNB St Pat's 5K - 3rd Place age 35-40.
FNB St Pat’s 5K – 3rd Place age 35-40.

Well, that is about it for the month. The weather is getting nicer and hopefully my half marathon training stays on track!