Thursday, February 2, 2012

HELP! I need somebody.

Hmmm....  Where to begin.  I have lots to say and I need LOTS of advice.  So, hang on tight because I could really use your help here.

First-  I haven't been much into posting on my own blog lately.  It's not that I don't have things to say (because HELLO if I ever ran out of things to say, then I'm certain the world would implode), I just haven't had time to sit down and write.  I've mostly been spending a lot time hanging out with my munchkins doing munchkin type things.
Kangaroo Zoo- Highly recommend.

January was an interesting month for me.  This was the first time that I've had to completely forget about running for awhile.  I'm back at it now, but the miles are few and speed is limited.  In January I ended up running a grand total of 37.33 miles and gaining only 977 ft- I have a loooong way to go if I plan on hitting 50,000 vertical feet this year.  I have a feeling February will be better.

I got a stationary bike!!!  I scored it for free from my brother so I can't argue with that.  It's so quiet when I ride.  I'm looking forward to incorporating this into my training schedule.
Why do we post pictures of ourselves?  They're so awkward.

And speaking of training schedule- I just finished reading Run Less, Run Faster.  I feel like I need to re-evaluate how I train.  I need to avoid injuries, and I want to train efficiently, so it looks like this plan might be the answer.  I will be running 3 days a week and cross training on the bike 2 days- with strength training several times a week as well.  I do not want this marathon training to bench me for the rest of the race season!  Has anyone used this?  Did you like it?

My training schedule is... a mess.  That's an understatement.  I'm pretty much taking things day by day as I figure out what I can do and how far I can push myself with this injury.  I feel encouraged after the last couple of runs and am hoping to run 6-7 miles on Saturday.  If I keep my week day miles fairly low over the next few weeks, and cut out pretty much any speed work (except a moderate tempo), do you think I could add 2-3 miles a week onto my long run for the next few weeks?  For example, my training schedule would like like this:

Week 1: 6 miles
Week 2: 8 miles
Week 3: 10 miles
Week 4: 13 miles
Week 5:  15 miles
Week 6: 15 miles
Week 7:  13 miles- Once I hit here I will be caught up and can continue training as planned.
Week 8:  18 miles
Week 9:  20 miles
Week 10:  15 miles
Week 11:  20 miles
Week 12:  15 miles
Week 13:  22 miles
Week 14:  13 miles
Week 15:  10 miles
Week 16:  O-Town Marathon

This is the first time I've written it down.  It actually seems waaay more manageable than I thought it would.  3 weeks ago I did a 10 mile run, (and before that I was consistently running 10-12 every week) so I feel like the jumps in the beginning aren't too crazy.  Thoughts?  Advice?

I know I get injured when I start doing heavy speed work.  For that reason I am going to hold off on speed work- excluding the tempo run- until week 6.  I also want to quit doing the speed work a little bit before the race, but how early is too early?  Week 13?  In training for Top of Utah last year I ended up injured during the speed work 2 weeks prior to the race.  Thoughts?  Advice?

Help me out blog world!  I need you!!!!

In other news, I have been successful for an entire month with only eating 1 treat per day.  Miracle.

Google Reader may be the best thing ever invented.

I'm also stoked on Pandora.

CEP Compression socks are the way to go.

I painted with noodles in preschool and it completely rocked my world.

My Wasatch Back Ragnar team had our first meeting (it's totally an excuse to get out of the house!) and I do believe, if this is even possible, that this year's team is going to be the best ever!  Mostly because our team name is "Stoked on Socks".  I've already picked up some super sweet pairs- get prepared to be amazed.

Lastly, I ran under an 8:00 mile for the first time in a month.  LIFE. IS. GOOD.


Amy @ Run Mom Run said...

I am ill qualified to advise on the injury point, but I think that you haven't really had all that much time off and as long as you don't start hurting at all I don't see a problem with it.

I love that we're basically doing the same training plan though. It'll be fun to "train" together.

I LOVE my CEP socks! So much. I'm wearing them all the time.

Google reader is awesome.

susette said...

I wish I was smart enough to know what to advise. The only thing my dr. told me and what I have read in books is to not increase your distance more than 10% a week.

Good luck and I truly hope you stay injury-free!!

sNick said...

I love that 37 miles is a nothing month for you. I ran more than have run in a long time and I only ran 42. Ha.

Alaska is looking less likely.

Switzerland is looking slightly more likely.

American Fork is a possibility.

The Ragnar is still up in the air, but I'll be ready for it either way.


Oh, and grooveshark is totally where it's at.

Suz and Allan said...

I'm going to leave the advice giving to the people who know what they are talking about it!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Coy Martinez said...

I have not read Run Less, Run Faster but I did back my days running per week down to 3, sometimes 4. The other days I swim and bike. Ever since I did that, I'm consistently running in the 8's and my legs feel fresh!

As for speed. I normally get insured, well, I always get injured when I add speed into my marathon training. I get big time IT troubles so I have to slow down. I take a marathon FINISH over a marathon PR and day of the week.

kalie said...

The kids are so cute! And awkward is not a word I would ever use to describe you.

The book I'm reading right now says to stop speed work 3 weeks before the marathon FWIW. And I am no expert, but my own experience has taught me that if I am hurt, sick, or tired, rest days (plural) do wonders for me.

Rachelle Wardle said...

Awesome post! First of all I think your plan sounds perfect and I definitely think you are increasing mileage appropriately. I think adding cross training is smart and will get you to the marathon healthy. I would definitely recommend easing up on the speedwork for a while. Hill work is speedwork so maybe do hills once a week instead of speed until you feel ready.

Freaking love your team name for Wasatch back. You know who to call if you need a replacement right?

Andrea said...

I just found out (this is what happens when you're not on Facebook) that our class is doing a 5K for the 10 year reunion. If you don't run and win, I'll be upset. I also can't wait to see your socks.

Ali Mc said...

Argh....I read all this, does that count for something?? I have no advice as I have no idea what I'm doing. I want to read that book. I wish we had a kangaroo zoo! I love my stationary bike! SCORE :)

wow sub 8 min mile! fast!!!!!

I think your long runs look fine...I'm injured right now and hate my life (in regards to running) BLAH!

The Hungry Runner Girl said...

HEY GORGEOUS!! YAY for the new stationary bike, I am so so excited for you! One treat per, I need your help! I LOVE Run Less, Run Faster! Your training plan for your long run looks AWESOME! I think you know how to listen to your body and change things around accordingly. I think with the 22 miler and two 20s you should be more than okay and rock the OTown marathon! Can't wait to see you Thursday!

Ann said...

Don't have any training advice for you, other than I've heard how beneficial both strength-training and cross-training is - hopefully it works to keep you injury-free! :)

Kara said...

I think if speedwork aggravates your injury, I would drop it as your mileage increases. I always prefer to focus on distance more than speed though. :)

I think you should be more than ready to rock that marathon!

jclay said...

I think that you have a good enough base to be able to maintain these increases in your long runs... I think drastic long run increases are easier for your body to get through that drastic weekly mileage increases... so as long as you are still kind to your body with recovery and maybe some cross training supplement instead of all running miles than you'll be good to go!

I'm pretty excited for your upcoming season!

And those little ones are the cutest!!! Pics like that get me (is it even possible) even more excited about this little one on the way! :)