08-10-2015

Chicago Marathon Training Week 9

I seriously can’t believe we are now half way through training. I don’t know why but I don’t even feel like I’m training for something. I don’t know how to explain it but I don’t feel that same anticipation and readiness like I did before NYC Marathon. It feels surreal. I’m thinking it’s because it will be my first marathon/race in general that is outside of the tri-state area. One I have to fly to! :-O

Anyway, last week’s training was decent. I hit 30 miles. I know my goal was 35 but I skipped my 5 miler yesterday because of this weird twinge I’m having in my left shin. It started after my long run and hasn’t fully gone away. I have been icing, stretching and massaging meticulously.

Here’s last week’s training:

Monday: 6 miles. We did a 2×2 mile tempo workout with a 1 mile warm up and cooldown. We were supposed to stay within 9:30 range, and I did for the first 2 and kind of the the third but really fell off on the last one. Mile 1: 9:29, Mile 2: 9:33, Mile 3: 9:44, Mile 4: 10:30. We took a 5 min. break between each 2 mile rep. Honestly, almost gave up on that last one. It was killer. I did this same exact workout during Philly Half training and had the same results (really falling off on the last rep).

I also posted this picture on Instagram on Monday, wanting feedback:

 

A photo posted by Patty Rivas (@pattyrivas13) on


Here’s the caption/question I asked: 

Alright runners I need your advice. Trying to fix some muscle imbalances that I know I have but just don’t know how to fix it.

As you can see in picture 4, when my right leg steps, my left hip drops. However, you can see when my left leg steps, my right hip doesn’t really drop. So does that mean my right hip is weak?

Also, why does my leg kick inwards before straightening out? Also hip weakness? Coach Marc has told me to do running drills and core, which I NEED to be better about.

What are your favorite hip exercises? I mean, do clams really work because I really never feel it!

Thanks in advance for your input :)

Tuesday: Off. Took a 2 mile walk.

Wednesday: Easy 5 mile run.

Thursday: Long run. Ran 10 miles before the NYC Runs 5K in Central Park (recap here). Total 13.25 miles. I was REALLY tired after this. So I would have to run 13 MORE miles to finish a marathon??

Friday: Off. Took off because of that shin pain. It was really sore Friday.

Saturday: Easy 6 miles. Felt fatigued and pace fell off in the last 2 miles.

Sunday: Off. 2 mile walk instead. Like I said, shin still hurting

TOTAL MILES: 30

I don’t know. Honestly I am kind of stressing a bit. My long run did not feel strong. I also feel like 30 miles isn’t enough to run a marathon. I know I am just getting in my own head. I know I have 9 more weeks to go and still have time. But I just don’t know, at this point, how I will do in the marathon when I can’t even do 6 miles without feeling really tired, out of breath and slowing down in the last 2 miles of a 6 mile run??! Granted, yes 2 days earlier I ran 13 miles and my body is tired. I am trying to give myself my own pep talks haha.

Is anyone else freaking out or has in the past? 

My goal for this week is to get as close to 40 miles as possible, and strength train/do core 2 times minimum. I have a 16 miler this week which also is making me nervous because I’m thinking how am I going to get through that??

Like I have said in the past, it seems my mental strength is just not there. It is something I need to work on.

Please feel free to leave any input, tips, mental tips, etc. in the comments – I would greatly appreciate it!!

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01-07-2015

Running Tips: What I Learned From My XC Team

My cross-country season ended in October, and somehow I haven’t written a post about it yet…well here it is!

As some of you may know, this year was my first season coaching the XC team at the community college I work at. I loved it and am so excited for next season to start. I had a group of hard working students who really showed me what it means to be passionate about running. I learned a few things from them that I wanted to share with you. Perhaps it will inspire you as well!

Running Tips
Commit. 100%. No brainer right? Well, I know that I haven’t committed 100% to my running. I know I have more to give, especially if I want better results. My students showed up to practice every day and worked hard. They pushed their limits and committed to the team. Even though we didn’t have a full team, and couldn’t compete as a team, they were all there each day and pushed each other. Despite having school work, exams, jobs, being tired, etc. they showed up and put in the work. I can certainly take that lesson and apply it to my own life.

Even if you’re a beginner, don’t doubt yourself. I have a couple of runners who had never ran competitively before. One who had never really ran period! And you know what, they were just as committed as those who ran throughout high school. They hung in with the other runners and worked just as hard. Don’t doubt yourself as a runner just because “you just started.” We’re all runners no matter what level. We can all relate to the pain, the daily grind, the muscle fatigue. These students weren’t afraid to ask the others questions about how to get stronger and faster (harder, better, faster, stronger? lol). If you’re just starting out, learn from other runners – don’t be afraid to ask questions! We’re a friendly bunch who love to talk about running…amiright? :)

Strength train. You know what my team loved (and wanted) to do that other teams didn’t? Lift. Other coaches were shocked when I told them my team would ASK me to go to the weight room after practice to lift. You should be doing this too! I know that lifting can fall to the wayside when you’re training for an event…it’s happened to me plenty of times (and I’m paying for it today because I’m SO SORE from Monday’s workout still). You’re passionate about running and getting faster; be just as passionate about strength training to get you even faster.

Don’t be afraid of the rain. Like me :) My runners had no issue running in the rain…some even liked it! As Coach Marc would always say…it’s just water. I just hate my shoes getting wet! But when you have to get the miles in, you gotta do what you gotta do. They ran rain or shine, and we only postponed practice once due to weather because it was lightning out. I’m going to take my own advice and do more running outside this month/winter…yes it’s cold but I need to buck up (and layer up) and just do it!

Know when to stop. One of my runners had a knee and hip issue that would crop up every once in a while. I remember specifically one day we were doing a track workout. He loved “Track Tuesdays” and would always push himself. But after the first rep, his hip got really tight and he could barely walk. I knew that he wanted to continue, but he said, “Coach I’m going to sit out a few reps and stretch.” How many times have you wanted to keep going despite your body saying no? There is a fine line between a little muscle fatigue and injury. If something is bothering you, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Stop the run or workout, stretch, foam roll, and if it doesn’t go away call it a day. Would you rather miss a few miles or a whole season?

My team was awesome…such a great group of students to kick off my inaugural season. I can only hope to continue it next season!

Do you run outside no matter what? How do you motivate yourself to do that?

Did you run XC in middle school/high school/college?

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10-28-2013

NYC Marathon Training Week 17

17 weeks in the books! Wow…cannot believe it…The last 3 weeks of this training plan have not gone as planned, however. I had to cross train all of last week, and this week I took it easy because of my shin…but at least I am back to running! It’s a lot less than my training plan called for but do you think that will make a huge difference?

Here’s last week’s info:

Monday:

Supposed to do 6×1 mile at 10 sec. faster than goal marathon pace.

Cross-trained instead.

Tuesday:

I think I was supposed to do 6-7 miles. It was my first day back to running in 8 days, so I eased into it with an easy 3 miles. Felt ok but definitely felt more “tired” while running than I usually do.

Wednesday:

Easy 4 miles…felt pretty good!

Thursday:

Needed to do 1 mile warm up, 10 miles at goal pace, 1 mile cooldown.

This was obviously not happening. I did half mile warm up, 6 miles at goal pace, half mile cooldown. Pace was ok…kind of slower than it needed to be (10:18) but it was hilly towards the end.

Friday:

Easy 4 miles. No pain…felt pretty good.

Saturday:

Off

Sunday:

Needed to do 6 but I was EXHAUSTED from not sleeping Friday night. Took off =( At least I got a full body massage though!

So now it’s taper time…I ran significantly fewer miles than my plan advised…do you think this will affect me?

My biggest fear right now is starting the race and feeling tired and heavy and out of breath by mile 3. You know those runs? I hope this doesn’t happen.

My sports chiro said my leg feels much looser, and the pain has gone away…but I’m still very nervous!!! I plan on hydrating this week, but also making sure I take care of my shin. Elite runner Jenny Simpson even offered me advice!

I had such a good training cycle up until Week 16…I keep trying to remember all of that but I can’t help but feel nervous and scared that I won’t finish.

Have you ever felt like this before a race? How do you banish negative thoughts? Help!!

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