Monday, February 19, 2018

Boston Marathon Training 2018 {Week 10}

Week 10!!



Weekly Miles


Running: 50 miles, 07:01:27 hours

Cycling: 15.16 miles, 1:06 hours

Yoga/stairs: 57:40



Total Miles for this cycle

Running: 479.93 miles, 67:58 hours

Cycling: 186.63 miles, 14:42 hours

Yoga/stairs: 2:33 hours


Summary


I felt really good this week. The workouts I used to find borderline impossible at the beginning of the cycle now feel comfortably hard-almost easy. To see progress like this is what I live for with my running. I’m all about pushing and striving for something better- and I just hope on April 16 everything aligns and I can run my goal of 3:1x- I know for the training side, I will have done everything possible to ensure I meet my goal. Anything else is out of my hands and is something I won’t worry about until race weekend.



My little Ze Pequeno turned 10 months old on the 16th. I’m now counting the days until I can bring him on runs with me- we are waiting until he’s 1 year old to make sure he’s close to done growing to avoid any potential for long term injuries. I’ve missed running with CB tremendously and get teary eyed when photos of us running together pop up on my time hop.


Lowlight

Code brown at mile 2.75 of my easy Monday morning 6. I returned and finished the 6 after rushing up to my apartment. One major benefit of having a gym in my building.


Highlights

4x1200’s at 6:18 pace on Tuesday felt almost easy.


8 mile tempo turned 8 miles at 7:13 with some pauses to stretch my calf felt the best it has in a while.


I ran a beer mile with my club on Saturday. I beat my PR by 30 seconds- I used 2 beers and 2 sparkling water to practice (so not technically a beer mile for me). My run lap splits were consistent but my drinking was ridiculously slow again.


While running with increasing amounts of liquid sloshing in my belly- if you had told me I was running a 9:30 mile I would have believed you since it felt like such a relaxed pace. I was shocked to see I had been running 7:30ish pace the entire time.


I wanted to practice before competing in the Danish Beer Mile championships again- my only area for improvement is Drinking time. It takes me almost longer to drink 4 beers than to run a mile.

Thoughts

I’m really happy with how Training is going. I’ve been taking it day by day and just putting in the work. Seeing glimmers of the gains I’m making (even on tired legs) motivates me even more.

Looking Forward

My first race of the year is this week! I’m excited and nervous to hustle up the Hancock’s 80+ flights of stairs. I did 2 “practice” sessions on the stair master this past weekend where I did 80 flights after both of my long runs. I just don’t see the stair master translating to actual stairs like the treadmill translates to outdoor running (I think it will be infinitely more difficult). Regardless, I’ll have fun.


I love Zwift!!!

I need to start cutting back on beer. I eat well, but the beer makes me feel crappy and bloated sometimes. Getting to race weight is important to me and is one of the final pieces of training to put together to make sure I have done everything possible to smash my goal.

Life is good, life is tiring, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I know when I’m old and can’t do this anymore I’d never regret not sleeping in more, having more “me time” (aka escape from real life), or more time to sit on my ass doing nothing. I try to maximize every minute I’m awake- to better myself, my family, my pups. To coast through life would be such a waste.


Roasted rando root veg tacos FTW{not part of my recipe challenge- since they didn’t come from one of my books, and I’ve made some iteration of them previously}


I’m enjoying cooking new to me recipes and am currently at 20/52 for 2018. A continually updated list is {HERE}

Days to go: 56! 🦄


-Xaarlin


Monday, February 12, 2018

Boston Marathon Training 2018 {Week 9}

Week 9! {holy crap I’m done with the first half of training!}




Weekly Miles

Running: 57 miles, 07:54:54 hours
Cycling: 31.1 miles, 2:18:33 hours
Yoga/stairs: 44:35


Total Miles for this cycle
Running: 429.91 miles, 60:57 hours
Cycling: 171.46 miles, 13:36 hours
Yoga/stairs: 1:35 hours


Summary

I felt much better this week- I ran 57 miles, cycled 2+ hours (my trainer under estimates mileage so I go by time/heart rate) and did some solid stair workouts plus some yoga. Sleep was much better this week too- I really made an effort to go to bed a little earlier and it made a huge difference. Ze Pequeno woke me up at 12 and 3am one night which was awful, Thanks Ze!

I took more hot baths which also helped me feel recovered and relaxed. Thanks L for dog sitting!



Not much else to write home about- just another textbook week of workouts. I wanted to run outside on the weekend, but with all the snow we were getting I knew it was in my best interest to stay inside, because what benefit would it be to my training to get injured slipping on the path? Heat training FTW!

I like to take every opportunity to stay positive- especially this time of year when weather makes things difficult (yay raynauds, yay) because complaining is draining. It’s been great unfollowing people on social media who don’t have anything positive to add to the collective conversation {noise}.


Lowlight

Nothing to speak of. This week was solid.

If I had to write one thing it would be waking up Sunday morning feeling “good” muscle soreness. Saturday I ran 10 miles and did a bunch of stair work + cycled hard- so my quads were a bit trashed in a good way. Because of this I worried I wouldn’t be able to hit my fast intervals during the end of my 15. Spoiler alert, everything went according to plan.


Highlights

The weird ankle/lower leg thing has disappeared. I’ve been icing and massaging and doing loads of calf raises/calf pumps and i don’t feel anything anymore. Yay.


Tuesday Uniform taken to the next level with unicorn shorts

6x800’s @ 3:09 were a piece of cake. I felt strong and in control.

8 mile tempo turned 7 miles @ 7:13 with small pauses (can’t call that a tempo) to do calf raises went smooth.

15 mile long run on Sunday was also good. First 9 miles were at an easy pace and then I did 8x3 min at 7:13/mile, 2 min @ 8:30/mile which made the time on the tread go by quickly.


Thoughts




Cycling through the lava fields in Zwift

It was a great week of training- I’m happy to have cycled this week too. I joined Zwift and know it will help motivate me to {cycle more} push more while on the trainer which is important since post Boston and CPH, I’ll be focusing on training for Ironman Louisville. The bike is one area where I feel I could make huge improvement and take a significant amount of time off because I was solidly bottom of the barrel mediocre at IMWisconsin.

Being half way through my 18 week plan is also pretty sweet. I feel mentally engaged and excited for most of my workouts. Even when I’m feeling meh about going for a run, I remind myself of my goal and the progress I’ve made and just go and get shit done. No dramatic social media posts about it to waste time and energy here.

Looking Forward

For the next 7-8 weeks remaining before taper, I’ll continue to make sure I am in a great spot mentally and physically.



My coaches contribute greatly to my happiness

I’d really like to test my fitness in a 5k, but I doubt that will work with my schedule. (My 21:00 PR is from 2015 and is super stale and likely will be obliterated). Until then, I’ll just keep crushing workouts. I didn’t race at all during training for my half PR and I nailed that goal, so I’m sure with the hilly half, and shamrock on tired legs, I’ll get some chances to push myself and see some new PRs.

I’m enjoying cooking new to me recipes and am currently at 18/52 for 2018. A continually updated list is {HERE}



Days to go: 63! 🦄


-Xaarlin

Monday, February 5, 2018

Boston Marathon Training 2018 {Week 8}

Week 8!



Celebrating 3 years of #mrcchicago with L

Weekly Miles

Running: 51.18 miles, 07:27.13 hours
Cycling: 0
Stairs: 120 floors, 00:20:36
Yoga: 14 minutes


Total Miles for this cycle
Running: 372.91 miles, 53:02 hours
Cycling: 140.36 miles, 11:17 hours


Summary

I feel like the lack of sleep I get is catching up to me. I thrive on 6:30-7 hours a night, but am averaging much less. This is something I’m working on - by going to bed earlier, (duh) so I can feel better.

Other than sleep, and my lower right leg, I’ve felt great. I was able to get my husband to dog sit the boys so I could take some hot baths. #soblessed.



Lowlight

Tempo 7 abandoned before I even attempted it. Ankle/lower right leg feels off- no pain but something is annoying and has felt that way for a few weeks. I originally attributed it to tweaking it on the black ice, thanks puppy brother Ze! and I still feel that way. Skipping a tempo in favor of some elliptical miles was the best thing to do- I believe in MICE vs RICE. Movement increases blood flow and healing vs sitting around doing nothing- only when an exercise can be substituted that doesn’t aggravate the problem of course! I also think I was too aggressive massaging my leg with my MOBI and the stick, resulting in a bruised feeling.


Highlights


Tuesday Uniform FTW! Thanks Kim!

3x1 mile repeats at 6:18/Mile 3:54/k felt pretty good. The first 2 weren’t all rainbow pooping unicorns, surprisingly the 3rd felt the best and most comfortable.


My run club celebrated 3 years on Saturday. We had our largest turnout to date with 55 people! I can’t say enough wonderful things about this community of great folks!


Closing out January with 215.72 running miles was surprising. It’s the highest running mileage I’ve ever had in January. For comparison, last January while training for Boston, I ran 155 miles.


Thoughts

Despite the lower right leg feeling off, training is going great. I won’t worry about changing a few workouts now so that I can be 100% in Hopkinton.

Stairs are hard! I do stairs/trash my legs after speedwork and long runs only because easy days should be easy! It’s fun to see where my weaknesses are and to overcome them- stairs and hills being near the top of the list. It’s been good adding 3-6 min of stairs 4 days a week- I know it will make the Hustle up the Hancock marginally easier and will help me crush the newton hills.



Looking Forward

I’ll Continue to monitor the right leg and give it all the TLC and workout modifications it needs to go from 97.45% back to 100%.

More sleep, more yoga, less alcohol, smaller portion sizes of food. Blah blah blah. I know alcohol makes me sleep terrible. It’s a tough balance when my run club is centered around beer, but to be successful at my goals I’ll have to cut back and eventually cut out alcohol temporarily starting soon.

Life is so fantastically good, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Days to go: 70!! 🦄


-Xaarlin

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Boston Marathon Training 2018 {Week 7}

Week 7!



Weekly Miles

Running: 52 miles, 07:15:27
Cycling: 15.24 miles, 1 hour
Stairs: 76 floors, 00:12:57


Total Miles for this cycle
Running: 321.73 miles, 45:35 hours
Cycling: 140.36 miles, 11:17 hours


Summary

Another 50+ mile week! It has been cool to look back at my training from last year- same plan {Hanson Advanced}, same goal race {Boston!} For speed work, my pace last year was 6:45/Mile, this year I’m at 6:18/mile. 27 seconds faster a mile! Last year I was not doing tempo Thursday runs because I was scared of injury, and instead opted for GMP miles during long runs. This year I’m doing the tempo runs at pace-7:13 a mile! And throwing some rando faster miles into my long runs to keep it interesting.



I was happy to not be a single double dog Mom this week. I was #soblessed my husband could dog sit the pups so I could take a few hot baths and execute my “me time” of escaping from reality. Just kidding about the cliche over used escape from reality of life “me time” bs. I love my life and actively make decisions to ensure I’m living a great life without regret. There will always be challenges/adversity whatever, but if you feel the need to escape from your life, there’s a huge problem imo.


Lowlight

Tempo 7 felt hot and tired. {recurring theme I suppose}



Highlights

The infamous Hanson ladder workout of week 7 went smoothly. 400-800-1200-1600-1200-800-400 with quarter mile recovery all at 6:18 pace felt great. Also, as always, Tuesday Uniform FTW. Thank you Kim!


My 8 miler on Saturday felt very comfortable. I overdressed, but on purpose to continue with the heat training. 14 in the gym on Sunday morning was textbook. Nothing to write home about. I’ve been feeling a bit off the past few days- extra stuffy, slight sore throat at times and decided staying inside was better than outside.

Getting dressed up for an awards dinner was fun on Saturday night. We love photo booths. Fotio!



Thoughts

I’m officially more than a 3rd done with training! 11 weeks to go. Woo! My main priorities are to stay healthy and eventually start dialing back alcohol after beer festivals in February and March- to get to Racing Weight.

This week I cooked 4 new recipes towards my goal of 52 in 2018. A constantly updated list of what I’ve cooked is {HERE}



Looking Forward

I’m so excited for this year and the races I’m doing- pretty much a carbon copy of last year, minus the hustle up the Hancock and the IM in October. I never ever feel like I have to do this- but instead am so thankful that I am able to challenge myself and have fun along the way and never take myself too seriously.




Days to go: 78!!! 🦄


-Xaarlin

Monday, January 22, 2018

Boston marathon Training 2018 {Week 6}

Week 6!

Weekly Miles

Running: 52 miles, 7:20:25 hours
Cycling: 12 miles, 1:00 hours
Stairs: 19 floors, 3:26 minutes


Total Miles for this cycle
Running: 267.72 miles, 38:19 hours
Cycling: 125.12 miles, 10:02 hours




Summary

This week was tough- I was a single boy dog Mom of 2 for most of the week. Coordinating their schedules for school and outside along with my work was a challenge. But rest assured, we all survived to live another day.

Due to being so omg busy, I only took one or 2 hot baths. When you’re so dedicated to taking care of your rowdy boy dogs, you lose track of time and forget to properly schedule enough “me time” for yourself.

I’m now a third done with training! It seems to be going by quickly and my mind is staying engaged vs lamenting I still have 12 weeks of training left. This is a contrast to my base building then 10 week dedicated marathon plans I used to do- because anything more than that was too mentally exhausting to train for. I believe that the reason I’m enjoying another 18 week Cycle is because I’m so busy in life. I thrive on the fine line of being busy without pushing too much. Previously I wasn’t filling my time properly and had too much downtime which doesn’t keep me engaged as much.


Lowlight

Not getting dinner reservations for Noma. Complete first world problem, and I wasn’t upset to not spend $$$ on dinner because I have had other significant costs come up recently. There are plenty of other amazing restaurants in CPH to enjoy. Noma would have been a YOLO moment.

The 7 tempo miles sucked. I felt hot and tired.


Highlights


Just like running through sand at the beach, except occasionally slippery.

4x1200’s At 6:18/Mile felt great. Tuesday Uniform FTW as always. Thanks Kim!

I also took my first complete rest day in 6 weeks. I typically cycle easy on Wednesdays instead of taking off- I feel better by keeping moving instead of doing nothing. I took a hot salt bath that night so it still counts as “No Days Off” for me because it was about taking care of myself and not just being lazy.


Our first 3rd Saturday run raised $150 for an animal shelter!!

My long run was great too! I ran outside! I ran 16 miles on Saturday- 11 (with 4 around 7:35) to Half Acre, 3+ with MRC for our first 3rd Saturday run and a few extra taking and picking up Ze from school.

I’m also keeping up with my #goalz2018 of 52 new to me recipes in 2018. 8 down, 44 to go! Check out my #Goalz2018 page.


Thoughts

I am continually excited about training. I’d like to run outside more, but 4am runs outside don’t work for me. I’m happy that my indoor workouts translate to outside without problem. Plus, running inside in my stuffy 70 degree gym will prepare me for race day much better than had I been enjoying 30’s all this time. Heat training FTW!


We celebrated CB’s 13th birthday on Monday with a Stans donut. He is so wonderful.

Looking Forward

I’ll be adding hills/stairs into my workouts- only post speed/tempo and long runs because I’ll be participating in the Hustle up the Hancock. Hill training is also required for Boston so this crazy stair race fits well into my schedule.


Days to go: 84!!! 🦄


-Xaarlin

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Boston Marathon Training 2018 {Week 5}

Week 5!

Weekly Miles

Running: 50 miles, 7:09:28
Cycling: 26 miles, 2:06:12


Total Miles for this cycle
Running: 217.73 miles, 30:59 hours
Cycling: 113.11 miles, 9:01 hours




All of my outdoor runs/rides visualized. Via Sisu


Summary

Planning the 13th birthday for my precious first dog, CB occupied most of my time this week. I scoured Pinterest for “original” ideas that I see replicated way too much on social that would make for good instagram content.

This was my first 50 Mile week of the cycle- I’m sure it’s the earliest I’ve hit that arbitrary milestone. (I usually top out around 50 miles).


Lowlight

The cold. The black ice. I don’t need coffee when there’s black ice. Taking my wild child, Ze pequeno (anyone get that reference? bueller?) out when it’s slick is no bueno. I initially thought tendonosis was retuning in my right ankle, but remembered I slipped but luckily didn’t fall a few times last week and likely tweaked something.



Tuesday Uniform FTW!

Highlights

Crossing off my first New Year resolution to bring my trainers on speed sesh days. I don’t like wearing my flats for warmup/cool down. Achievement unlocked!

5x 1K @ 6:18/Mile went smooth unlike the 6 tempo miles at 7:15 pace which felt extra labored and hot compared to the week before.


CPH Marathon love

Solidifying our trips through May. It feels great to have a few things out side of work and running to look forward to. I can’t wait to see family and friends again!

Ordering the swag for our run club’s 3rd anniversary was also a high point of the week.

Thoughts

Another solid week where I just put my head down and got the work down vs the cliche of complaining and being dramatic ala social media. I’m seeing good fitness gains and am excited for the remaining 2/3 of this cycle.



My coaches are tough. Right after this pic was taken, they fought over my training plan.

Looking Forward

I need to eat less, better, and drink less beer. It’s starting to impact my training a little which makes me irrationally upset. (Not so irrational when you have goalzzzz) However, with all that being said, I wouldn’t trade the memories for anything. We had a bottle share on Saturday with my run club and it was awesome to chill with fab people and drink good beer.


MRC Chicago bottle share. Best run club ever!

Also, yoga and more hot baths.


Days to go: 90! 🦄


-Xaarlin

Friday, January 12, 2018

#goalz Parte um: Recita Ediçao

For those of you who aren’t Portuguese literate it reads: #goalz 2018 Part 1: Recipe Edition.

For the first part of my published #goalz I’ll talk food. I love cooking- especially very complex recipes. It’s relaxing for me and I also love learning new techniques and flavor combos. When 2018 was knocking on my door I answered with a goal that was half heartedly started in 2017- in 2018 I will cook 52 new to me recipes.



I only do “SMART” goals because how could I properly measure an intention to cook more in a season of recipe making? If you don’t set a specific goal how can you measure success? Coasting through life not holding myself accountable sounds like such a crappy way to live imo.

With being a full time working double dog Mom, I tend to make the same stuff each week, because it’s easy. (And delicious! Hello salad and chicken burgers!) Variety is good too, actually better- and I love the challenge of cooking. I’ve since mastered making French style omelets. Chef Ludo would be so proud of me!



I’ve unintentionally turned intentionally started buying cookbooks from places I visit, and from chefs I admire. As I looked at the stack of books collecting dead bugs and dust, I was bummed a little that I tend to make the same stuff out of them. That’s how #goalz 2018 food edition was born. As of today- 12.1.18 I’m 4 recipes down!



First recipe was Paprika Egg noodles from F*ck That’s Delicious. It was super easy and not surprisingly, delicious.


2nd recipe was Moroccan Salad with cauliflower cous cous from Run Fast, Eat Slow. It was really good for lunch this week.


3rd recipe was millet pizza also from Run Fast, Eat Slow. They held together better than I had read about online.


4th recipe and my fav so far was the mushroom soup with chicken meatballs from The Nordic Kitchen by Claus Meyer.


I saw on the news yesterday that one of the top “resolutions” of 2018 is to cook more at home- mainly because of saving money. I would have to say that this recipe challenge I’ve decided to take on is making me spend a bit more money than had I gone with cooking the same stuff I usually do. I already need a larger food processor. Smh.

48 more recipes to go!


-Xaarlin