10 Mile Training – Week 8

It was a busy week! Lots of stuff going on and I was getting ready to go out of town. Goldy’s 10 mile is now less than 2 weeks away, and I’m feeling pretty good about it. Pain in the foot/ankle has stayed away which I’m also really psyched about! Unfortunately, my streak of getting in 2 strength training days each week was broken last week, but I’m going to work hard to get in both this week. Here’s what last week’s training looked like.

Monday – Rest day

I had to do something for work in the evening, so Monday turned in to a rest day.

Tuesday – 5 miles

Got in a nice 5 mile run on the treadmill. Average pace o 10:25.

Wednesday – Rest day

Yea, another one for this week. It happens. Had my manicure appointment and a couple other errands to run.

manicure

Thursday – 3.05 miles

Got home from work and got in a nice, quick run before heading off to book club!

Friday – Cross training 25 minutes on the elliptical, 20 minutes walking on the treadmill

Perfect night for some cross training before waking up early to head to Chicago!

Saturday – Walking around Chicago

More to come on the runcation, but we did a TON of walking on Saturday. We walked from our hotel to brunch, then to the race expo at Navy Pier and back. For the full day, we walked about 20,000 steps!

View of downtown Chicago from inside Navy Pier
View of downtown Chicago from inside Navy Pier

 

Sunday – Shamrock Shuffle 8K and more walking

Again, race recap will be coming, but the ~5 mile run went really well! And of course there was more walking around the city. Luckily, it was a pretty nice day.

Before the race
Before the race

Goldy’s will be here before I know it! I’m hoping for some decent weather next weekend so I can get in my last long run outside.

 

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Time to check in…and check out!

‘Runcation’ with Hyedi commences tomorrow, and I could not be more excited! The “It’s time to check in” email from the airline was pretty much the best news I received all day. So ready for a weekend away and my first race of 2014! It’s the Shamrock Shuffle 8K. I’ve only done one other 5 mile race, so I’m looking forward to running that distance again (not as a training run, that is).

I haven’t raced since Thanksgiving, so it’s been awhile since I’ve had to pick up a packet, explore an expo, and line up in the corral. Can already feel some pre-race nerves, but I think they’ll fade pretty quick once I get back in the routine. I’m not really planning to go too hard in this race. With Goldy’s 10 mile just a couple weeks away, I’ll probably treat this as more of a fun run.

I’ve spent the week preparing for the trip: getting in those last couple runs/workouts, laundry, making a packing list (so I don’t forget anything), and treating myself to a manicure.

I love the color!
I love the color!

Stay tuned for full recaps of the race and trip. And, because it’s Friday, had to have a little chocolate. 🙂

chocolate eggs

Anyone else racing this weekend?

10 Mile Training – Week 7

It’s been a full week of pain-free running!!! I’m so happy I can finally say that seeing as I have my first race of the year is next weekend (Shamrock Shuffle 8K) and my 10 mile race is just 3 weeks away. Felt like a pretty solid week of training.

Monday – 15 minutes on stationary bike and strength

Nice and easy workout for a “strength and stretch” day on the training plan.

Tuesday – 4 mile run

I know my 1o mile race has some wicked hills and I haven’t been doing a lot of outdoor running yet with the weather still being fairly cold here. So, I started upping the incline on the treadmill for the last half mile of this run to at least start getting my legs used to a slight hill.

Wednesday – Cross training: 45 minutes on the elliptical

Thursday – Rest Day

I met up with some friends to see Divergent! Anyone else read the book or seen the movie yet? It was pretty good. I wasn’t psyched about Shailene Woodley playing the main character, Tris, but I will say she was better in the role than I thought. And if nothing else, Theo James is some pretty decent eye candy. 😉

Friday – 3.25 mile run

I was able to leave work a little early, which was much needed as my spirits were crushed when Duke lost to Mercer in the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament. I’m a big Duke basketball fan, and while I didn’t have them winning it all, I did have high hopes for them to at least get through a few rounds. I got in my 3.25 mile run (upping the incline at the end again) and had planned to do my strength training but it was really busy in the workout room so I skipped it.

Saturday – 7. 25 mile run

On Saturday morning, I went to a friend’s baby shower. Lots of yummy brunch food and some really cute touches like drinking cucumber water out of a mason jar and decorating headbands for the soon-to-be-arriving baby girl!

mason jar

7 miles were on deck for this week’s long run. I was dreading doing 7 miles on the treadmill, but it was pretty cold outside (even at 3 p.m.) and I really didn’t feel like getting bundled up either. I had been fighting a bit of a cold the past couple days, so I wasn’t totally sure how I’d feel. I decided to start and see how the first 2-3 miles felt and then decide if I’d do all 7 that day or cut it short and try again on Sunday. I made it through those first few miles and still felt fine, so I powered through. Luckily, I had basketball games to keep me distracted.

Post run looked like this…

Legs up the wall + stretching + foam rolling + compression = recovery
Legs up the wall + stretching + foam rolling + compression = recovery.
The rest of the evening was spent relaxing and watching more basketball.

Sunday – 25 minutes on the elliptical and strength

Finally got in my second day of strength for the week and a short cross training workout. Didn’t want to overdo it as the cold is still hanging around.

The next week is going to be busy with things going on after work and preparing for a weekend out of town. That makes scheduling my runs/workouts a little more difficult, but this week will also be a step-back week as I prepare for races. May end up just needing to schedule in an extra rest day — especially if this cold isn’t gone in a day or two!

Anyone else fighting a spring cold? Who did you pick to win the NCAA tournament?

10 Mile Training – Week 6

So, I’m a couple days late with this post, but here’s the rundown on last week’s training. Overall, an okay week. I’m happy to say I’ve been keeping up with my strength training 2 days a week and can see a difference in the number of reps I’m able to do.

Since I’ve been scaling back some of my running because of my weird foot/ankle issues, I decided I need to follow the novice 10 mile training plan instead of the intermediate plan I had hoped to do. I realized the mix of running, cross training, and rest days I had been doing was more closely aligned with the novice plan. Not the end of the world since I used this plan to train for this same 10 mile race last year.

Monday – Rest day

After the pain in my foot/ankle on Sunday’s run, I knew I wanted to rest.

Tuesday – 2.55 miles + strength

I tested out my theory that my new shoes were the reason I was having the pain in my ankle foot. I put on my old pair of shoes and did a 2.55 mile run on the treadmill. No pain! I did my strength training after the run and the whole workout was pain-free.

Wednesday – Rest day

This was an extra rest day because I got home and was EXHAUSTED. Think daylight savings time had taken its toll.

Thursday – 3.51 miles outside + 1 mile on treadmill + strength

I put on my old shoes again and headed outside for a run because the temperature was PERFECT! It was about 50 degrees. I don’t think I’ve ever changed into my running gear faster. The run felt really good. I averaged a 10:04 mile and didn’t have any pain issues. I came in and changed into my new shoes and did 1 mile on the treadmill to see if I had any pain issues, but nothing to speak of.

Friday – Rest day

Saturday – 5.7 miles

I continued testing my theory about my shoes by putting on my new shoes and heading to the treadmill. I told myself I’ll start running and if I feel any pain, I’ll stop. Well 5.7 miles later – no pain! I was supposed to do 6 miles for my long run, but stopped just a bit short because I hit 1 hour on the treadmill (10:32 avg. pace) and didn’t want to push it even though I felt good.

So happy to have a pain-free long run, but kind of throws a bit of a wrench in my shoe theory. Either that, or my shoes are breaking in enough where they’re not causing a problem anymore.

Sunday – Cross training: 30 min. elliptical and 30 min. walking

I could feel a little soreness in my ankle while on the elliptical, but not the same type of pain I had been feeling.

On Sunday afternoon I went by the running store where I got my shoes to talk to them and see what they thought about the pain. I know some shoes can be made just slightly different from model to model, year to year (even color to color). They said the Pearl Izumis have been pretty consistent and they haven’t heard of others having a similar problem with them. Since the pain seems to be getting better, they suggested running in them for another 7-10 days and see if it keeps improving. And, because the people at Mill City Running are awesome, they said if it’s not better I can bring the shoes back and they’ll swap them out for a new pair (same style). This is a really nice offer because I’m outside of their normal return policy timeline, but they truly want runners to love their gear and make sure it’s the right fit.

My celebration of St. Patrick’s Day came on Saturday when I went to an Irish-themed beer tasting. It was hosted by my fellow blogger Ashley over on We Run This Blog. We tasted 7 Irish (or Irish-inspired) beers. I usually go for your basic light beer, so I love this beer tasting because it forces me to try something new that I wouldn’t normally order in a restaurant. I really liked the 3 Irish Red Ale’s we tried! Definitely a fun night!

Irish beer

How did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

 

Sunday Supper and 10 Mile Training Week 5

Last night was full of cooking, cleaning, and baking. The cooking started by making myself a Sunday supper.

Sunday supper

Now, full disclosure, the potatoes were not made from scratch and the pork loin was pre-marinaded, but it was still a delicious dinner! For the asparagus, I used a recipe from Cooking with a Wallflower with a couple of modifications. I didn’t use the olive oil and just sprayed the asparagus with some cooking spray (my usual method when roasting vegetables) and I didn’t add the cheese, but only because I didn’t have any. The garlic and crushed red pepper gave the asparagus some spice and a lot of flavor. Really good!

roasted asparagus

 

I followed up the cooking with some baking. I had some lemon poppy-seed muffin mix and a couple mini muffin trays, so these delicious little guys were born.

mini muffins

 

The mix came with a lemon glaze too, so even though I normally think of muffins as a breakfast food, I will totally be munching on these for dessert too. Don’t know if I’ve mentioned it here before, but I LOVE lemon desserts. 🙂

The weather on Sunday was beautiful! It was about 45 degrees when I stepped outside for a run. The fresh air felt great and I was so excited to hit the pavement. The previous week had been pretty good for training. I was still taking it easy with my “foot issues” and even had a really great run on Thursday that essentially became a 30 minute tempo run. The path was still pretty icy/snowy in spots, so I had to slow down and walk some, but there were also some decently clear stretches. For the first 2 miles I felt great. No pain in my foot/ankle. I started to make my way back home and not long in to mile 3 I started to feel a little pain in that same trouble spot. Crap. My run ended up being 4 miles, which isn’t bad, but if it wasn’t for the pain in my ankle I definitely would’ve kept going.

I chatted with my dad after the run and he had the same hypothesis that I did, which is that my new shoes are part of the problem. Even though they’re new and are the same brand and model as my previous pair, I’ve never had this issue before and the biggest predictor of pain is when I’m wearing those shoes. So, I’m going to do a little experimenting this week and maybe stop in the running store where I got the shoes. I may just need to get a new pair.

I hate that this has hung around for so long. It’s kept me from training like I wanted to for my spring races. Hoping I get something figured out this week. :/

Anyone else had an issue with new shoes causing unusual pain? Is that a realistic hypothesis?

 

10 Mile Training Weeks 3 & 4

I know I didn’t check in last week. Actually didn’t have a lot to report. The pesky pain on the inside of my foot was still hanging around, so I was taking it easy and actually didn’t run for over a week. I stuck to swimming and some really low-impact cross training. I also took a couple extra rest days.

Our workout room got a new machine recently. It’s called a Cardio Strider – kind of a cross between a stationary bike, elliptical, and stair step. I had never seen a machine like it before, but it was a nice alternative to a bike or elliptical.

cardio strider 1   cardio strider 2

I skipped my long run last weekend, and this week was a step-back week, so 4 miles were on the schedule. After more than a week off from running I was really eager to get back into it with Sunday run day. I started out and no pain! Granted, I did on thing different to test a theory – I wore my old pair of running shoes. Since I’ve only been feeling the pain when I put on my new running shoes I wanted to see what happened when I went back to my old pair. I didn’t have any issues and easily made it through my 4 miles (felt like I could’ve kept going, but didn’t want to push it). I was feeling like my new pair of shoes just isn’t broken in enough yet so the leather isn’t as soft. I think that’s why they’ve been irritating me and I’ve been feeling that little pain. I’m going to continue testing tomorrow and try my new shoes again and see what happens.

Other fun things recently have included a trip to Wine & Canvas with my sister. They walk you through how to paint a painting and, per the title, you can drink wine while you do it. 🙂

Spoon & Cherry sculpture in Minneapolis
Spoon & Cherry sculpture in Minneapolis

And shopping and brunch with friends.

Spinach fritata with roasted tomato, Brie and parmesan
Spinach frittata with roasted tomato, Brie and parmesan

What fun things have you done recently?