Week 22/52 of Training – 2015

I can’t believe it’s already June! Yet it will be in the 60s through Wednesday…but hey I’m not complaining. I’d rather 60 degree weather than 90 degree weather!

Here’s what I did last week + the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K quick reacp:

Monday: Off

Tuesday: 3 miles – hill intervals. It’s crazy how just doing a workout like 2-3 times results in improvements. This workout felt so much easier to me than the first time we did it. We did 6 repeats, about 1:30 minutes long, with easy jogs back down the hills. Plus a half mile warm up and cool down. Oh and we also practiced accelerating at the top of the hill instead of slowing down, which actually helped me throughout the hilly 10K in Central Park this past weekend.


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Wednesday: 4 mile recovery run. I hate recovery runs! I always feel so slow and like my legs are so heavy. I hate looking at my watch and seeing that “recovery pace.”

Thursday: 3 miles. It was really hot and humid this day so my mom and I did fartleks but with walk intervals in between. We’d pick it up for about a minute then walk for a minute. 

Friday: off

Saturday: UAE 10K.

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It was HOT. I think it was only 75 but there was 80% humidity. I do not do well with humidity. I already sweat a lot as it is, so when it’s humid it really slows me down, gets in my head, and also just makes it harder for me to breath (doctor said I have exercised induced asthma…my fault for not bringing my inhaler to this).

I felt fine until mile 3…so WAY early on I was done for haha. After that, I ran/walked pretty much the whole way. I’d find someone ahead of me and try to catch up to them. Once I did I would walk for a bit, then repeat. I kept trying to tell myself, “Your body feels fine. Your legs are fine. You’re just uncomfortable with the heat.” It was a struggle. Finished in 1:09, so I’ll take it.

At least we got a medal right?? :)

Came home, took a nap, then went to see Ed Sheeran with my sister! He was amazing. Now I can’t stop listening to him on Spotify. Has anyone else seen him live?


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Anyway, this week we are going to try to ramp up our miles since marathon training officially (technically) starts next week or the week after. Still trying to iron out my plan. Oh one last thing…if you’d like updates from me please consider signing up for my mailing list! I’m working on building it up, and plan on sending weekly/bi-weekly updates relating to health & fitness, and my own personal stories. Thanks in advance for signing up!

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Any other heavy sweaters our there? Tips for dealing with it and not feeling absolutely digusting? I’m talking like all of my clothes were sopping wet after the race and I felt sweat dripping everywhere. TMI but I need any tips I can get!


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I Can’t Stay Away From Running

I’ve talked about how I’ve been on a running break since the New York City Marathon, and how I’ve been focusing on lifting more. I’ve really enjoyed not having a running training plan and scheduled runs.

Then the running bug hit me yet again.

I suddenly wanted to start training for a half marathon again so I could chase a PR. Or maybe a 5K PR. Or both! I made a list of possible races, as well as the NYRR 9+1 races I may want to run (you have to run 9 and volunteer once to qualify for the following year’s NYC Marathon).

I have a secret half-marathon goal, but I’m still working on it, and will share once I think it’s possible ;)

Anyway, I’ve got the urge to get back to training. But there are two things holding me back:

  • Shin issues that I had before the NYC Marathon
  • Gaining weight

So, before the marathon, I took 3 weeks off from running completely due to posterior tendonitis. I had these weird bumps that I could feel when I massaged the side of my shin where the muscle is too. Turns out they’re muscle adhesions. And after 11 weeks of no running, I still have them. It makes me nervous to try running because I do not want to have that issue again. My plan of action is to take this week easy and start cross-training by doing cycling. I’ve mainly been lifting so I want to add in some cardio again.

The weight thing is tricky. Anytime I train for a half or full marathon I gain weight. I’ve read various articles about how this is due to eating more, and eating more unhealthy things because you feel like you deserve it but I really don’t think that’s the case. I was eating pretty healthy during marathon training. I think it has to do with cortisol. From Competitor:

Because some of the highest cortisol surges occur during and after exercise, endurance athletes are exposed to more cortisol than even many of the most stressed-out non-athletes. But do these repeated short bursts of cortisol release really add up to long-term high cortisol exposure in runners and other endurance athletes? A 2011 study says yes.

As a personal trainer, I know that people can hold onto fat due to different hormones. If you have that stubborn back fat around your bra area, it could be due to too much estrogen. If you have too much belly fat, like I do, it could be cortisol.

So it’s a catch-22 for me: Do I train and not care about gaining weight, or keep focusing on lifting weights until I get to the weight and leanness that I want?

I think I’m going to try both. When I have been long distance training, weight training has fallen to the wayside due to time. But I want to try to do both and see how that works for me. It may mean a day less of running, but I’m okay with that if I can maintain muscle.

Not sure what my training plan will be, but I’ll keep you posted! I’m looking at the Asbury Park Half on April 26.

Any other fellow NJ runners planning on running it?

Have you gained weight due to endurance running?

Do you have a training plan where you lift AND run? Please share how you do it because it’s always so hard for me to combine both!


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