Marathon Training Week 17 and 18

It’s hard to believe I will be running the St. George Marathon in less than two weeks. I’m confident I will be able to finish the race, but not confident in running a fast race.

Marathon training reminds me of my pregnancy. At the beginning of my pregnancy, I was excited for everything it had to offer. To me pregnancy meant slowing down. Then toward the end of my pregnancy when my belly was huge and my body was uncomfortable, all I wanted was to be done. I remember thinking, I don’t care how these babies come out as long as they’re healthy.

I now find myself thinking, I don’t care how I finish this race as long as I finish. All I want is to be done. I think Skinny Runner has it all figured out. She keeps her mileage high and runs without a plan. It’s definitely not what the “experts” would advise, but it sounds more fun.

I had to make several adjustments to my runs these past two weeks. I ran out of water (it’s still unbearably hot outside) on week 17’s 22 mile long run and was only able to run 19.5 miles. And yesterday’s 16 mile long run was cut short to 12.5 miles. I was in too much pain to finish the run.

During yesterday’s run, I saw approximately 20 people out running. For some reason, this kind of bothered me. Before yesterday, I saw maybe one person out running and usually I didn’t see anyone. All I could think was where were y’all when it was a gazillion degrees outside. My husband told me, as kindly as possible, that they weren’t stupid enough to run in the scorching heat. He has a point. My view: there is something to be gained by putting myself through heat torture, and hopefully it will pay off in a week and a half. Hopefully.

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This sticker describes my running perfectly. Cake is one of my favorite reasons to run long. It is from run pretty far. 

Speaking of cake, this week I’m actually baking cupcakes. It seems like forever since I last baked. My husband’s work is have a birthday party, and they asked if I would bake them a cake.

I’m thinking of using a simple butter cupcake recipe that I’m researching for my writing class. I will probably top the cupcake with a bold and flavorful icing.

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Yep, cupcakes make me happy.

Have a great day.

Marathon Training Week 16, Fall Shows, and a Confession

I have a confession: I’m tired of running. This probably isn’t a shocker if you have read my previous posts. The sad thing is, I love to run.

About a mile into my runs, I’m in love with it again, but sitting here thinking about running… ugh. The great news is this is my last “hard” week. I start tapering next week, and I cannot wait.

I have also realized I would rather run 4 days a week, instead of the 5 days I’m running now, and follow a loose plan. Last week’s training went according to plan, except I took off Saturday.

Monday- Rest

Tuesday- 4 miles easy run

Wednesday- 7 miles with 5 miles at marathon pace

Thursday- Rest

Friday- 8.3 miles with 10 hill repeats at a nearby parking garage

Saturday- Rest

Sunday- Long run 15 miles

This Sunday is my last long run with 22 miles scheduled. My fingers are crossed it goes well.

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I watched the season premier of FX’s Sons of Anarchy… WOW!!! That show is so crazy; I love it. I cannot imagine living such a chaotic and dangerous life.

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I<3 Jax.

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Another favorite show of mine premiered, Bravo’s Flipping Out. This group is insanely funny. I don’t think I could ever work for Jeff, but I love to watch the drama.

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I love fall.

Have a great day.

Any favorite shows starting this fall?

Rosette Cake

I went back and forth deciding if I wanted to post a picture of this cake. It’s not my best work. I made this cake shortly after making my last wedding cake, and I really wasn’t into it. I was burned out, my kids were screaming, and it was getting late.

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Looking back, I’m bummed I didn’t put more effort into this cake. I really love rosettes on a cake. The cake was a 6 inch 2 layer french vanilla with a cookie dough layer in the center. I frosted the cake with vanilla buttercream.

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The photography is also not my best work.

With a Wilton 1M tip, I piped a rosette starting with the bottom layer on the side of the cake. Once I was done with the bottom layer, I worked on the top layer directly above the first row of rosettes. I made rosettes on the top of the cake along the edge and one rosette in the center. I added a small amount of buttercream wherever cake was showing through.

To make a rosette, pipe a small amount of frosting and circle around it toward the outside. Basically making a spiral.

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I’m going to make another rosette cake in the near future. I need a redo of the cake and the photos.

Have a great day.

Marathon Training Week 15

This past week, I was 6 miles short of my meeting my total miles. My reasoning can be summed up in two words: burned out and heat. I don’t know if I’m actually burned out with running or if the heat is causing me to feel burned out. Either way, I’m sick of running when it’s 90+ degrees outside.

I was hoping I would have a month to run in cooler temperatures before the marathon, but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen. All I can hope for now, is cooler temperatures during the marathon.

Monday- Rest

Tuesday- 4 easy miles on the treadmill

Wednesday- 7 miles on the treadmill with 4 miles at marathon pace

Thursday- Rest

Friday- 6 miles with Yasso 4x800

Saturday- Rest

Sunday- 20 miles. This was a negative split run. I ran the 2nd half faster than the 1st. I also didn’t listen to any music for the first 10 miles. This was a great run that boosted my confidence. Here is a list of some things I believe contributed to a successful 20 miles:

  • Temperature was slightly cooler than normal and there was a breeze.
  • I wore compression socks.
  • I ate a GU at mile 5, 9, 13, and 17.
  • I brought 20 oz of water and 20 oz of an electrolyte drink.
  • I pushed myself to run stronger, faster, and to not stop.
  • An extra rest day.

Have you seen the new Dick’s Sporting Goods commercial, Come Back Untouchable? I love it. Every line spoken in that commercial, I can relate to my training.

When the speaker says, “It’s tough to come this far and lose. It hurts. But you are defined in life by the way you respond to defeat. That pit in your stomach: fill it with fire.” I will not be defeated by a crappy run. I will run stronger.

He goes on to say, “Remember this hurt. Think about it when you want to sleep-in in the morning. Think about it when you want to shut it down instead of doing an extra set.” I thought about my last (hurt) long run when I ran Sunday. I promised myself I would run stronger, faster, and not give into the pain.

“Promise yourself that you will never ever feel like this again” says the speaker. The harder I train now, the easier it will be come race day.

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There is more to the video than what I wrote. Watch it if you get a chance. It will definitely motivate you.

Have a great day.

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