Week 5 day 3

Week 5 day 3

There really isn’t too much to say about this run. It was run in frustration. Which are some of the best runs ever. It was a great run. Refreshing and great! And not to mention I’m almost on week 6?!?! So awesome! This training is flying by! I’m Loving it and enjoying every second of my training!

Thanks for reading,
Lex

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Week 5 day 2

Week 5 day 2

Today’s run was okay. Being in a new place to run is a change. I wouldn’t call it bad but I wouldn’t call it my favorite either. I was use to my comfortable military base. I could run where I wanted and when I wanted and I felt pretty confident and safe…but out in the “real world” is a little different feeling. A feeling of not being safe running wherever my feet take me. So, because I don’t feel comfortable around here yet, I ran the neighborhood 4 times this morning to get in my 4 miles. I got bored and felt like I was running in circles…which I kind of was. Ha ha. But I am glad I got it done. The humidity got to me again. I even got out around 8am to run and it was STILL hot that early. I got a nice sweat in. That is for sure. More miles done and more experience as a runner. I love it. As miserable as I feel sometimes when I’m doing it, I really do adore running. It makes me crazy and it sometimes makes my head feel like it wants to explode…but again I’m so addicted and get pure joy from it as well. I am dedicated to the run. And I love it. Now it’s time for me to get to bed and get my rest. It’s another 3 miles at some point tomorrow then 10 miles on Saturday. I need to mentally prepare for my long distance run. It will be my longest run since my half marathon. I’m extremely excited and nervous about it.

Thanks for reading,
Lex

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Week 4 long distance day and week 5 day 1

Week 4 long distance day and week 5 day 1

Hello all!

Sorry I did not do a blog on my long distance day. It’s been a crazy weekend and past few days. I’ll get into details on why it’s been crazy in a few. First, about my long distance day. It was pretty good. Overcast and windy. It was pretty hot though. My foot was cramping and so were my legs. The first 4 miles weren’t too bad. I was in the run. My legs felt great and my body was so in tune with the run. After mile four though it was a little bit uncomfortable. I was honestly just ready to be done after mile 4. Between 4 and 5 it was awful. I ran on a road that had creepy abandoned buildings and there was no one around. It felt like that mile took me an hour in itself to do. But, once I finished the nine miles I had THE BEST runner’s high. I loved most of the route I ran. Some bothered me like I previously said.

Alright, now onto the details of why it has been a crazy weekend and past few days. I last minute drove down to Georgia for a job interview. I drove down Monday and interviewed Tuesday. I start training on Friday. It is going to be a struggle and adjustment to work a 8-5 job and keep up my fitness schedule plus my marathon training. But I’m GOING to make it work. There is no way I am going to back down on ANY of my training. With that being said, here is week 5, day 1 of marathon training.

It was my first run in Georgia. I forgot how HOT and how HUMID it gets down here! Wow! My training said three miles but my legs took me two miles. My lungs are going to have to get use to this Georgia air again. My pace was pretty decent for the way I felt! It may not have been the amount of miles I wanted to go but those two miles were MY miles! I got out there when I didn’t exactly want to and I got it done. Hopefully I’ll be use to this heat and humidity in no time!

Thanks for reading,
Lex

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Week 4 day 3 of marathon training

Week 4 day 3 of marathon training

today’s training was a tad different then normal. After Tuesday’s horrific run I was a little nervous to head out and take my daughter again. For those of you who didn’t read about Tuesday’s run..well, to give you a recap…it was awful. Everything seemed to go wrong and my head wasn’t there at all. So, I was a little nervous this morning. Once I got out there and got going I felt great. Although my mind wasn’t 100% in the game…it was a much much better run. 🙂 What was different about today’s training was I did my 3 mile run followed immediately by a 7 mile bike ride pulling my daughter in the bike trailer behind me. I have never done running and biking together like that before. It wore me out but, it really felt great! I did it because of two of my friends. They completed the ironman distance INSIDE yesterday. Yes, you read that right. Inside. That would be 2.4 miles in the pool, 112 miles on the spin bike, and 26.2 miles on the treadmill! Pretty awesome stuff. They were the first females to do the ironman distance inside. They made history. One of them even set a world record! Pretty amazing stuff going on. They had a dream and they went after it and made it happen! I am so proud of the both of them! They are the reason I gave running and biking a chance together today. They inspired me to get a small tiny little taste of what they endured yesterday. I am just amazed. So, that was my training. Tomorrow is the big 9 miles! Longest distance I have run since my half marathon. I am mentally prepared and will get well rested tonight and take off early tomorrow morning! Can’t wait to let you all know how it goes! 

 

Thanks for reading,

Lex

 

 

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Bam.

Bam.

Alright friends,

This morning I smacked the you know what out of my ankle. It is swollen and bruised. I am going to rest it today. I wasn’t going to but it is super sore. So, just in case taking a little rest time. Tomorrow I will have 3 miles and Saturday I have 9 miles! I need to figure out my route and get everything laid out for Saturdays run. I am getting closer and closer to my half marathon distance! I am so pumped! Well, to the gym I go now! I am going to get some bike in and some weights. 

 

Thanks for reading,

Lex

Week 4 day 1

Week 4 day 1

Today was 3 miles. I was so pumped up for this run! I had my new iPhone armband, favorite running clothes on, and water ready. Not to mention it had felt a little cooler then normal outside. Well, I set off for my run on the trails by my house. I started my run and realized I had left my water in the car. DANG IT. I was so irritated cause bringing water on my runs helps my pace and of course keeps me healthy and hydrated during my run. It was SO hot out. The trails had no shade the way I went. So I got a nice little farmers burn from my t-shirt! Ha ha! It wasn’t my favorite run in the world but I still pushed through and got my miles in. I got some nasty blisters from my shoes. Not sure what that was about. I kept a decent pace despite the heat, no water, blisters, burning skin. 😉 They were just some small annoying little bumps in the road.

Thanks for reading,
Lex

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Week 3 long distance day

Week 3 long distance day

Today was week 3’s long distance day. It was a 5 mile run. It was great! My schedule was a little thrown off this week because of weather and my lack of motivation the last half of the week. But, I got it done. It was suppose to be rain and thunderstorms today. There weren’t any thank goodness! It was sunny and breezy when I went out this morning. I ate a nice healthy breakfast and headed out on my way. I took water along with me. It made a huge difference! It wasn’t too bad holding the bottle in my hand. I got use to it and got into a good pace pretty fast. It didn’t take me long at all to get warmed up. I kept my pace around 9 20ish through the run. A nice steady pace for my longer runs. I did my 5 miles in 47:03. I would LIKE to get my 5 miles under 45 mins. I will add suicides to my sprinting days to up the ante a tad bit. It was a fantastic run! There were lots of other folks out running/walking as well. I always enjoy seeing other people being active as well. It always puts a smile on my face! Always! Today those people thought I was crazy I’m sure. The reason why? I had a spray tan done 3 days ago. Lets just say my tan was running down my face, arms, legs and every other visible part of my body. I looked like I was sweating mud. Haha! Made me laugh when I realized WHY I was getting those odd looks! 🙂 I will not be getting a spray tan again during my training. 😉 I am enjoying my longer runs a little more since I found some fun new routes and gravel trails to run on. A change of scenery is always nice and can make the runs much more enjoyable for sure! Another thing, my flyknits are officially broken in fully. They are a part of me now when I run! I love it! I can say for sure my mind was in this run today. I enjoyed myself. A lot. Do y’all remember me talking about how I’m not too excited or thrilled about not being able to listen to my music? Well, during my runs now I am pausing my music for a couple minutes at a time. I am actually starting to like running without my music. I can focus on breathing and I like hearing the noise of my feet hitting the ground. It’s actually really peaceful. I now have to keep my music volume pretty low to be comfortable on my runs. I use to have to have it turned up pretty loud to get my head in the game. It’s funny how your body adjusts through time. It’s pretty neat actually. So, all in all it was a great run today. I paced myself nicely and got it done in a decent time in my opinion.

Thanks for reading,
Lex

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