marathon training

Week 12 training wrap up

Last week was a GREAT training week for me.  I pushed myself, made a new running friend, AND did some new fueling for my long run that REALLY seemed to help me from fading out the last few miles.  Sorry for some of the repetitive information, but I really wanted to log the breakdown of my week because I really am feeling strong because I’m old and don’t want to forget.

Mileage breakdown goes a little like this:

Total mileage: 30.34 miles which is my highest mileage for a week this year.  Those of you that have been following me for a while, know that my training plan is modified to save my debilitated right knee.  I have patella femoral syndrome, and very little cartilage left so I use the run less mantra.  I do ONE long run on the weekend, and two modified shorter runs during the week.  I also try and walk 1-2 times per week.  So 30 miles is AWESOME for me.  YAY.

Strength work outs: I did weights twice last week!  Met my goal!!!

Yoga: Wednesday yoga sessions are becoming a regular in my house!  Winning!

Long run: my last week’s 18 miles got flip flopped as I had the half marathon last weekend.  I met up with my new friend, Teri as I previously mentioned, and managed a strong 19 miler.  The last few miles were really tough, but I kept movin’…

 Ya gotta be silly to survive 19 miles, right?
Fuel: For my shorter runs, no fuel.  Just water or Nuun when temps got too hot to run without hydration.  For my long run I had a granola bar for breakfast, and 2 bottles of water.  It was going to be a very humid run, and I didn’t want to dehydrate.  I carried a 16 ounce handheld filled with Nuun, and tried to fill up at all the water fountains.  I had a Huma Chia gel at miles 6, 10, and 15 and salt tabs at mile 6 and 12.  I found by fueling every 4 or so miles after the 6 miles mark kept me feeling strong, YAY!!!

Sunday for Mother’s Day my family took me downtown Chicago which is one of my favorite places.  We ate, we shopped, and we walked just over 3 miles! It felt great to stretch my sore legs.  AND, I got a new Garmin Vivofit, ate at my favorite restaurant, and shopped at my favorite clothes store-Free People.  I did also breakdown and by a new pair of jeans, one size larger than I normally wear because my legs just won’t accommodate skinny jeans anymore.  😦  My weight is back at post pregnancy weight so I need to figure out my diet.  I eat healthier than I ever have, but am guessing my love for wine is jacking with any sort of weight loss.  I’m guessing the desert pictured below isn’t helping, either, LOL!!


          All in all it was a GREAT training week, and GREAT weekend.  I am beyond blessed with amazing friends and family and I am reminded of it, daily.

How was your week in regards to training last week?  What did you do (if anything) for Mother’s Day?  What are you big plans for this week?

Have a great week, y’all!

❤ Michelle

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46 thoughts on “Week 12 training wrap up

  1. Happy Belated Mother’s Day.! sounds like a super awesome Mother’s Day. A lovely meal with your cuties AND a new garmin.!? that’s awesome.! 🙂
    Great job on your mileage for this past week, that’s really great.

    1. Thanks!!!!! I just found yours too, so winning all around! I am training for the Grandmas Marathon in Duluth MN, on June 20th. I grew up there, but haven’t lived there in 24 years so am looking forward to running it with my sister!!

  2. Happy belated Mothers Day! I’m currently drooling over that dessert picture. I’ve been advised to try Yoga to help with my runners knee, but I can’t find a good teacher, do you do it at home?

  3. Damn, Michelle. You freaking rock! You’ve been so diligent about your training. I’m jealous! And you balance so much. How do you do it?!?!

    Happy belated Mother’s Day! Sounds like a fun day and even though you say you’re a size bigger… I think you look fabulous! I wish I looked half as good as you do!

    By the way, your girls are gorgeous!

  4. That sounds like a great week and a great weekend!

    Kudos to you for powering through your 19-miler even though the last few miles were tough.

    And, a new running buddy is nice! I actually just managed to find a couple new running buddies myself.

  5. Happy Mother’s Day! 30 miles in a week is amazing! I can’t imagine getting up that high just yet. Right now I’m lucky if I hit double digits in a week!

  6. Happy belated mothers day! That octopus looks gooood! Way to modify your training sched. Will you be in Chicago during the marathon in Oct? Would love to maybe meet up!

  7. Great job on 19 miles…Just caught with your blog through Hanna–
    I have a marathon in the fall–so 19 miles is reminding me of the WORK I have ahead of me! Good luck this weekend! I have a half also!

  8. My left knee causes me trouble – it sounds exactly like what you have & running less has allowed me to keep running 🙂 Sounds like a great trip!
    I ran Grandmas Marathon last year and lived every step! I’m looking forward to seeing what you think of it.

    1. Thanks!!!!! My sister and I are running it for pure fun, and we can’t wait. I grew up in Duluth, but haven’t been back in over 20 years so I am super excited to just enjoy the day with no worry in regards to pace.

  9. Great job Michelle!!! 19 miles is AWESOME and it sounds like you are crushing all your weekly activities 😀 I’m so glad you’ve found a great fueling strategy too. It’s nice when it all comes together and you’ve got the energy for those long runs 🙂
    Happy belated Mother’s Day to you!! ❤ I got to spend some time with my mom all weekend too. On Saturday we went to yoga together and on Sunday we had a good dinner/dessert that my sister and brother made (I provided the wine LOL).

  10. Happy belated Mother’s Day, Michelle! What a great week of training–nice job on that long run. I don’t start training until later this month. I am getting so excited to run the Chicago Marathon! You’ll have to give me your restaurant tips.

  11. You had an AMAZEBALLS week! So fun being silly with you and so glad the new fueling strategy worked for you. Let me know how it goes on Saturday! 🙂 ❤

  12. My skinny jeans are getting tighter cause my muscles have exploded!
    Also, I read for women, taking in fuel every 30 minutes after an hour of exercise can help sustain longer lasting energy. Sounds like your training is going well!

  13. What a fantastic, happy, Free people, octopus-eatin’ post! Dresses are adorbs. I love, LOVE me some octopus and I am intrigued by the Huma Chia Gel. I must investigate. Here’s to what I hope is another great week!!! 🙂

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