Another easy day

As with all training plans easy days are important. Today was one of many easy runs for me and I really don’t have too much to say about my run. I did 9 miles today at 7:06avg. I have been trying to slow down my easy days so that I can get after my quality workout days a little harder and I’ve wanted to be more towards 7:30avg. However I was feeling actually pretty decent today despite having a tougher than anticipated workout yesterday.

Another reason that made this run especially nice was having 0 pain from plantar fasciitis in my foot as well, which made the run a whole lot more enjoyable. A few months ago when I was really struggling with the pain from this chronic plantar fasciitis I had just accepted the fact that every run was going to hurt. But now things seem to have finally taken a turn in a positive direction. However, the pain in my foot didn’t go away just by chance. It’s taken some extra effort such as adding some stretching into my routine as well as really trying to get onto soft surfaces, such as forest trails, as much as possible to help soften the impact. Hopefully I won’t get lazy (which I struggle with quite a bit) and will continue trying to get my foot better.

This week I’m trying to fit in a total of 3 quality workout days, so tomorrow will more than likely end up being another workout day. Stay tuned.


Workout 5/30/17

What better way to start updating again than with a workout? The workout for today was 8x1k @ about 3:21avg with 1 minute jog rest on the roads. There was also a 1.5mi warmup and a 1.62mi cooldown equaling a total of 9 miles for the day.

Going into this workout I originally wanted to do 10x1k and I wanted to hit around 3:24avg with 1 minute jog rest. I started out this workout a little quick and instead of slowing down, I didn’t change the pace at all. Once I got to about set 5, I knew that while I could probably do 10 sets, it probably wasn’t going to be worth the amount of effort that I would put forth. It essentially would have changed the goal of this workout from being a tempo like effort to a more demanding interval type workout. Making these kind of “game time” decisions can be beneficial because if you know what your body can handle, you can edit your own workouts in a way that you can get the most benefit without pushing yourself to your limits. Every workout has a time and place to push to those limits, but today was not one of those workouts.

Overall I was happy with how this workout went. I felt a little more tired than I thought I would, but I think that has to do with going a little quicker than I had originally planned.

Below you can find the splits and my rests, as well as the average mile pace for each set, and some other little random things that I didn’t crop out.

Feel free to ask a question, comment, or voice your concerns below in the comments. As always, I hope everyone is getting in some nice miles today.

Workout splits - 5-30-2017

Don’t call it a comeback

Alright wow, it’s been a while since I have updated this. A lot has happened in the past few months. I ended up running my first ever marathon and running a time of 2:27:22, exceeding my goal of running a 2:30 marathon by a landslide. I also struggled with a nagging case of plantar fasciitis after the marathon and took about 10.5 weeks off. Crazy how you can go from the best fitness you have ever been in, to working up a sweat during an easy run. But I have been making steps in the right direction and I’m starting to feel my fitness come back again, albeit slowly.

In the past I have focused on this blog being mostly running related, which it will always be. However as the name of the blog says, there should be a little talk about food, right? So I’m going to hopefully be posting regularly again and also posting and reviewing running related foods that I like (or don’t like).

Hope everyone out there is having a good run filled day, free from injuries. Feel free to ask questions, voice your concerns, or just give a general comment below.

EDIT: I got so caught up in trying to summarize things that I didn’t even post my current goals. Long term, I would like to feel myself again and hopefully run the 2018 Boston Marathon since I have hit the qualifying standard. Short term (as in Summer 2017) I would like get back into road racing and to run a fast road mile. Big change of distance, right? The mile has always been an event that I love and I went to test out how fast I can get on the roads for at least this summer. My collegiate personal record is 4:11, so the main goal is to break 4:20 on the roads.

Miles on miles on miles

Ah yes, hello to all of my loyal readers! Last time I spoke to you all I just capped off my highest mileage week ever of 124 miles. That was pretty awesome and I never thought that I would be able to ever hit that high of mileage. But I was able to prove myself wrong this past week. Last week I was able to set a new mileage personal record of 126 miles. Awesome. I was pretty pumped after a week like that but also pretty exhausted. And by pretty exhausted I mean I was OUT. Last week took out a ton of my energy and it was the first week that I really started to feel the effects of my new high mileage. But that’s okay because 1: I don’t really have any races coming up any time soon and 2: this mileage will just end up making me stronger in the end. It’s actually kind of discouraging to think about “suffer now so that I will have an easier time in about 3 months”. Like in my head I’m just thinking “ugh can I even last another week?”

The answer to that is yes. This week I am trying to hit somewhere between 115 to 120 miles. A bit of a “down week” if you will. I know that hardly seems like anything of a down week, but reducing at least one of the easy days of this week from about 15 miles to around 8 miles seems like a vacation to me. I think the real hardest part about doing this down week is to actually do it. There is always that little voice saying “you hit 126 miles last week, why wouldn’t you hit that many miles again?” While that is true, you really have to pick your battles. Sometimes it is best to say “hey, I can do another week at this mileage” and other weeks it is better to relax and take a little breather. It gives you a chance to really let your training sink in and just let your body recover. I know for a fact that I definitely could use that recovery.

So what’s the plan then? What’s the plan for this upcoming week and the next few weeks? I don’t know if I have mentioned this before but I am going on a 7 week cycle and last week actually marked the end of my first cycle. So what’s that mean for this next cycle? Well the first cycle was all about building up the mileage and workouts to a point where I could handle. This next cycle is all about consistency. The plan for this next part is to hit between 115 to 120 miles a week for the next 7 weeks. I want to stay as consistent as possible to build up my strength and to just let me body adjust fully to the mileage. I think that after this cycle I should feel fit and ready to go for the last cycle of my training, which I will get to when the time comes. As for today, I will be enjoying the reduction of mileage and letting my legs have a much needed vacation.

Like always, feel free to comment and ask questions about my training and workouts and I will be happy to answer.

Happy running!

124 Miles

This post has been a long time coming. I’ve been on a little bit of a hiatus for the past few weeks. But don’t get me wrong, I’ve definitely been kept busy. I know I usually get down to the “nitty gritty” of my weeks and break down the workouts for anyone that reads my blog. However, I’m not going to do that today because it’ll just take far too long to write that all out. Today I’m going to be mostly talking about the mileage that I’ve been hitting for the past few weeks. If there is anyone out there that is interested in my workouts just comment and I’ll be happy to talk about them.

So let’s get down to business. These past few weeks have been pretty intense. I have definitely amped up my training a ton and honestly probably a little too fast… It’s really easy to just want to keep the ball rolling once hitting higher mileage becomes regular. The last time I wrote a post I was at 80.62 miles for that week and that was week 3 of my training. This week marks the beginning of week 7, which will cap off my first 7 week cycle. Since week 3 I have hit 102, 108, and 124 for my weekly mileages, with this week the goal being of maintaining another 124.

It’s crazy to think I’ve been able to get up to this high of mileage. I’ve hit a 100 mile weeks a few years ago but nothing in the same realm of 124. Honestly though running has never been more enjoyable to me than it is right now. It’s very stress free and I just go out and do it. 124 miles might be a little extreme and I definitely do not plan on hanging around that mileage for my regular mileage, but it’s still awesome to see how much I can push my body. But this is still only the beginning, there’s going to be a ton of more 100 mile weeks to come and hopefully get me prepared to run a fast marathon because that’s one of the main goals.

Speaking of goals, I don’t know if I have mentioned this before but my goal is to break 2 hours and 30 minutes in the marathon. Pretty big goal for my first marathon, huh? But hey go big or go home, right? Anyways, like I said before if anyone reading has questions about the type of workouts I am doing feel free to comment and I’ll answer as best as I can.

Until next time!

Week 3: Completed

Yikes, over a week has passed already since my last post. As I have mentioned before, I am going to try to update this as much as possible… Which gets a little hard sometimes, but hey I do it when I can.

This third week of running went very well. It was a little bit hectic in regards to training just because I had a race on Sunday and had to structure my week to adjust for that. Monday I did a long run of 14 miles which definitely has not a fun time because I did it a day after the 5k… Probably not the best idea but I had to get it in at some point. Wednesday and Friday were both workout days, I’ll go into each one of these separately.

So let’s talk about Wednesday’s workout. I did another alternating tempo, which was nice. What wasn’t nice however, was doing this workout in the middle of the day when it was about 95 degrees out. Yuck. The workout did end up going well, even though it felt a bit harder than last time, but I think it’s important to factor in the addition of 2 extra miles in this workout and the heat. The exact workout was 8 miles of alternating tempo work. The splits for this workout were 5:54, 5:38, 5:59, 5:36, 5:54, 5:33, 5:51, 5:16 (5:43avg). The whole workout including warmup and cooldown came to a total of 13 miles for the day. Very happy with how this workout went. I do have to work on focusing on hitting the times that I have planned for myself. For instance, the easier miles were supposed to be just about 6:00 and I was definitely a little faster on each one. I still think getting the right pacing is going to be very important if I want to run a successful marathon, so that still needs to be worked on.

Friday’s workout was a little different and a little bit faster paced. The workout was 5x2k at about marathon down to half marathon goal efforts with 2 minutes jog recovery in between. I have to say this workout was very tough. Definitely struggled a bit during this one. I made the great choice once again to go running this workout in the middle of the day so that could have a little something to do with the struggle. But the workout ended up turning out alright. The 2k splits were 7:01, 6:59, 6:56, 6:53, 6:34. Even though I was struggling a little bit still managed to push the last one. Not the smartest thing, but I definitely felt pretty good about it after the workout. Today’s total came to 12.5 miles including the warm up and cooldown.

Overall, I am satisfied with this week. It was a solid week of training with some solid workouts. The grand total of mileage for this week came to 80.62, so pretty high for the week, although this coming week is going to be even higher yet again. I’ll try to update again this week with a recap of each of the workouts. Until then, happy running!

Week 2: Completed

Wow it’s already week two of my training. Sorry for not updating in a few days, but this week has definitely been a busy one. Despite the busyness of it all, it has been a pretty solid week of training. This has only been my second week back of running and lots of good things have been happening (let’s hope it stays that way). I capped off last week’s mileage running a total of 73.5 miles. Pretty big jump from last week, but no major problems at all. As I mentioned earlier in the week, I did two workouts instead of one because I was getting a tiny bit antsy in regards to doing some fast training. Which I personally think is okay, as long as I stay smart about it and not push it too hard.

So let’s get down to Friday’s workout. Friday I did an “alternating tempo”. This is something that I thought would be a good early stage workout. Basically my thought process was that this would be a tempo effort but it would also allow my body to “recover” throughout the tempo. I think that this is a good early workout because you are not going into full out tempo mode, which honestly kind of sucks when you are first getting into shape. The goal for this workout was to do 6 miles of alternating tempo going from 6 to 5:40 each mile. Overall, I was very happy with this workout. I hit all of the times that I wanted to hit and definitely kept myself in check and didn’t push it too hard. The real splits of the workout were 6:00, 5:46, 5:59, 5:43, 5:53, 5:38. This came to a total average of just about 5:49 pace. Awesome workout and I’m actually planning on doing another one of these alternating tempos for this upcoming week.

There was also a little bit of a “surprise” this week. I decided to go out and do a charity 5k for fun. Definitely not very close to my racing shape but it was still a fun time. I ended up taking home a third place finish with a time of 15:42. It was a very chill race for at least the first two miles feeling more like a tempo run. The splits were 5:20, 5:11, 4:47 and then whatever for the last 200 meters. I was a little bit surprised how fast that last mile was and apparently my last 1k of the race was about a 2:51. Very surprising and considering I haven’t really done any sort of speed work in probably over a month. Overall, great day of work and it’ll just help add on to my fitness.

Next up is a long run and two workouts this week.

Until next time!

Week 1: Complete

I officially completed my first week of post collegiate training. It really wasn’t anything too special, but it’s a start. Last week I hit a grand total of 58 miles. Since I last posted I have already done a long of 12 miles this week and today I actually did a little bit of a lighter workout.

Let’s talk a little bit about the long run. Am I jumping into things a little too quickly? It could be a possibility. 12 miles is a little too high for this early of a stage of training… But on the other hand, I am really eager to get back into the full swing of things. Although I still have to work on toning down those easy runs just a little bit… Once I get going it is really easy to get a little out of control because one mile just builds up on the last and it just keeps going and going. Still, it’s just another thing that I am going to have to work on because these easy days are very important. I want to be able to hit the workout days hard and one of the most important things to allow that is being able to recover on easy days.

Next on to today’s workout. Today was a little bit of a “lighter” workout. I wanted to do something that would be able to get my legs going but also wouldn’t be a workout where I was digging deep in order to finish it. So with that in mind, I decided on doing a 15×1 minute fartleks with 1 minute rest in between. This allowed me to be able to get some faster tempo like work in but also allowing for a pretty full recovery in between sets. Overall, today’s mileage came to 10 miles, with 2.5 being a warm up, 2.5 being a cooldown, and 5 miles being the workout itself. The 5 miles of workout and rest jogs ended up coming to an average of 5:52 and for just the 1 minute segments alone I averaged just about 4:59 pace.

Today was definitely a solid day and now it’s time to get some recovery days in and hit another workout this Friday.

Until next time!

First Workout Back!

So I’ve only been back at running for a little less than a week now, granted I didn’t really take that much time off. However, I’m kind of ambitious when it comes to training so I wanted to get some sort of workout in this week to allow my legs to “snap” back into it.

The workout today was a little bit of a fartlek workout. Nothing too crazy. It started out with a 2.5 mile warm up. Following this was the actual workout itself which was 1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 3, 2, 1 minutes with the rest being half the amount of the fartlek that I just did (so for 1 minute it would be 30 seconds, for 2 minutes it would be 1 minute, and so on…) Then a 2.3 mile cool down to wrap it all up (it was 2.3 miles to make it an even 10 today).

I went into this workout thinking something along the lines of “just get your legs moving, don’t worry about the paces”. If you know me, that almost never happens. I always end up getting a little too ahead of myself and one set just builds off of another and before I know it I’m going a little bit faster than I should be. Don’t get me wrong, the workout went well but the paces for each fartlek were probably not the kind of paces that I want to be going this early. This is something that I am definitely going to have to focus on learning to control in the next few months if I am really serious about doing marathons. It’s definitely key to set yourself up in a way that you are going to feel good come the second half of the workout. I don’t want to be going out in a marathon crazy fast feeling good and then come the second half just fall apart. I honestly could not think of a more miserable way to run a marathon.

Anyways, back to the workout. It was a good opener workout. The first half was faster than I wanted and that made me work harder the second half of the workout. Thankfully it was short and I was able to get through it just fine. For the actually workout portion I was 5.22 miles with an average pace of 5:42. For each fartlek itself the average paces were (in order of the fartleks…) 5:20, 5:15, 5:11, 5:08, 5:07, 5:00, 4:55, 4:40. Overall it was a good workout, I just did not run it in a very smart way. But hey, I’m happy to get some good work in.

Until next time folks.

Getting back at it

So I haven’t really posted on this blog in a while, even though I said I’d be trying to update it at least a decent amount… This is probably because I was getting through my final season of track as a student athlete. Man, what a whirlwind that was. It was an amazing experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world.

But that brings me to where I am now. What’s next? Well I’ve decided that since I am no longer a collegiate athlete and don’t really have to worry about training for a “season” I can try and push my body a little harder than I’m used to. Kind of a strange mentality, isn’t it? But what I mean by all of this is that I’m going to be training from marathons for this summer, or maybe even the next year.

So that’s basically what I’ll be writing about from here on out. I’ll be recording some of my training here for anyone that wants to stop by and read it and maybe talk about some other things that I’m doing in the mean time.

So let’s get down to today’s run. Today I went for a nice and easy 8 mile run. It has been my second day back after my season has ended and after taking a few days off last week (yesterday I also went 8 miles). The distance is something that I would like to be comfortable with but seeing as I’m just starting up again, 8 miles definitely feels a little hard. But hey gotta start somewhere, right? I’d like to say it only gets easier, but seeing as I’m gonna be packing on the miles in a few weeks I don’t think that is going to be the case.

So with that all being said, until next time folks.