Monday, February 10, 2014

Weekly Recap 2/3/14 – 2/9/14

Marathon Training Countdown – 15 Weeks Down, 3 Weeks to Go!
Burpee Challenge Count – 330/1000

Guess what? I have officially entered TAPER TIME for the Woodlands Marathon, and I could not be more excited! I know a lot of people get antsy or anxious during the taper period before a big race, but I have been looking forward to it all week. Ever since I finished my 18-miler last weekend, I knew how close my final [really] long run was, and then the next hurdle would be the 26.2 mile race itself! Knowing I only have to 9 miles next Saturday, and 8 the next, is a nice perk, too.

I honestly could not have been happier about how my 20 miles went on Saturday. I think it was my best long run yet, and I only had company for the first 6 miles – the rest was just me and my music. My pace was faster than usual, and I felt great almost the entire time (hit a little wall around mile 17 but just kept on putting one foot in front of the other and broke through it after about a mile) and ended on the greatest runners’ high ever! Finishing that run sparked a little bit of emotion, too. I thought about how far I’ve come since I started what I thought was merely a journey to lose some weight a couple of years ago. Now here I was, running 20 miles, and just a few short weeks away from running a marathon! I am excited for the challenge, and I am ready.

Saturday’s Long Run Statsimage

Oh, and good news – my Garmin decided to work this week! I cleared all my running history, and everything worked as normal.

Here is a photo from right after I finished my 20-miler. Once we left the park, Robert and I went to get some celebratory cupcakes from the I Heart Cupcakes bakery. I got a peanut butter/banana cupcake, and Robert got a strawberry cupcake – 100% delicious!!

I got back to doing my yoga DVD this week – I did it twice, which really helped me recover and feel refreshed for running. I am also keeping up with the 1,000 burpee challenge for February, but not without complaining. It is difficult to get started on them each day (skipped Tuesday’s – oops!) but when I do get started, it is easier to keep going and get them done. I wonder what March’s challenge will be!

My workouts this week:

Monday: 5 X (1200 meters fast pace + 400 meters walk) + 40 Burpees

       1200 meters pace = 8:30 min/mile
       400 meters pace = comfortable walk

Tuesday: Yoga + Stretching/Foam Rolling

Wednesday: 7 Mile Easy Run (Pace: 10:30 min/mile) + 50 Burpees

Thursday: 5 Mile Easy Run (Pace: 10:00 min/mile) + 40 Burpees

Friday: Yoga + 40 Burpees + Stretching/Foam Rolling

Saturday: 20 Mile Long Run (longest run to date!) + 40 Burpees

Sunday: 40 Burpees + Stretching & Foam Rolling

Monday Motivation!There's still time to join Team Life Without Lupus in the 2013 ING New York City Marathon! Join here! http://lupusny.org/events/2013/ing-nyc-marathon

 QOTD: Do you enjoy the taper period before a race?

14 comments

  1. SOOOO excited for you Lauren!!! Enjoy your taper!

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    1. Thanks, Karen!! I definitely will be enjoying the taper - I hope you do as well for the PHM!

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  2. How exciting! The race will be here before you know it :)

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    1. Thanks, Lesley! Time really has flown by!

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  3. I'm so excited for you! I often wonder what it will be like when I start running 20 miles?

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    1. Thanks, ladies! I know you mentioned on your post today you are training for something bigger - which marathon is it that you will be running this year? :)

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  4. Your pup is adorable!! Cupcakes are definitely the BEST way to celebrate after a long run :)

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    1. Aw, thanks! We actually have two puppies, but the other one was sitting on Robert's lap while he took the picture. I thought you'd agree about the cupcakes!! :)

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  5. Taper means the race is near... exciting times.
    Look at those miles - that's awesome!!!!!!
    Your fur-baby is smiling :)

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    1. Yup, the hardest part of training is over! Very exciting that the race is so close :)

      Haha it is funny you say that because she is actually really good at posing/smiling for the camera - she is so smart!

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  6. Way to go on your 20 mile run!!! And you are Wonder Woman for doing those burpees - I can't stand those!

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    1. Thanks, Jewell!! Burpees are the worst but they definitely help on my core work! lol

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  7. It's good to hear that your Garmin started working for you again and that you had a great 20 mile run, too - such a great confidence builder! Good job on the burpees! I'm impressed that you're able to do so many!

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    1. Thanks, Tina!! Yes, I am so glad it is working again. I don't feel like purchasing another watch, especially when I've only had this one for a little over a year!

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