Sunday, March 9, 2014

Knoxville Marathon Week 7

Monday: REST
Work stressin me the eff out.

Tuesday: REST
Work stressin me the eff out again.

Wednesday: 5 mile Tempo @ 7:18. (7 miles total)
Felt overheated and rusty like a tin man that's been left out in the rain. Strength + Core stuffs too.

Thursday: Recovery 5 miles.
Flushing the gunk out.

Friday: 18 miles, 2:27
Another pre-work long run in the books. Didn't experiment with real foodz because I didn't plan ahead. DERP. Felt a little hot, but otherwise an uneventful slightly progressive run with the final 5 miles around GMP.

Saturday: Easy 5
Felt like shit. Ate a ton of food for brunch and struggled through this one 4 hours later.

Sunday: Easy 7 + 2 sets strength stuffs
Mildly progressive + filled with rage because of our elderly neighbor and her barking "Rats" which never STFU. One or all 3 (barking rats, not elderly neighbor) shit in the hallway and she didn't clean up until after they went for a walk.

Wore my new Lulu skirt to test out and it was AH-MAZING. It didnt take a chunk out of my thighs, so I believe it will be part of my race day outfit. And... IT HAS 4 POCKETS!!! No need for a janky spi-belt or fanny pack now. YAY! My NEWtons also are feeling great after the 18 miler and the 7 miler. finally broken in after 50 miles and my feet are very happy. :)
With Knoxville fast approaching 3 weeks from today, I've been feeling every type of emotion towards this race. One moment i'll feel super confident in my abilities, and the next wonder why the eff am I doing another marathon. I'm doing another because I have unfinished business. I won't settle until I reach my goal, ok that's a lie. I'll never settle. The awful memories of Fox Valley 2013 creep into my head more than I would like, and I wonder if the same bonk-fest will happen at Knox. Answer: Probably not since I know what caused it and have figured out a solution to avoid the great bonk in the future.
Some of the thingz I've realized this time around...

  • I cannot take 2 days off in a row and expect to run a hard tempo with "ease." 
  • Looking back at past training cycles helps build confidence. Especially since i'm much stronger now than back in September 2013 as evidenced by my training logs.
  • Figuring out why I bonked at FVM was important, and the changes I've made to my nutrition since have made a huge difference in my runs.
  • Acknowledging I have some sort of pre-run anxiety happening before speed work and long runs. Once I get running, all those feelings fade.
  • I want to run more than 5 days a week but won't change this until post marathon. 

Stuff to remember going into my final high mileage week:

  • I have all the confidence in Coach and her plan to get me to the start line ready to smash my goal for this race.
  • I've been putting in all the work and need to trust in my training and myself.
  • The bonk-fest of FVM won't happen in a future race due to tweaking my nutrition & knowing the cause of the issue.
  • I love running and chasing better times for as long as my body allows. 
  • In the words of Macklemore "This is F*CKING AWESOME."

3 weeks. Time is flying by and I'm getting more and more excited for this race. It will be so nice to run outside in a new area and even tackle some hills.AND HAVE FUN!

- xaar


  1. Way to keep going. Sorry to hear about the work crap, I sure can empathize there. Can't wait to hear how you knock this one out of the park!!! <3

    1. thanks lady :) good thing is the work stuff should pass in the next day or 2. If anything could go wrong last week it did.. sigh. Heres to a better week for both of us!

    2. SOMEDAY I want to run with you. You are such an inspiration to me hon, I hope you know that! I am in your corner cheering you on! Just picture me with that sign in Naperville! I have virtual high fives coming your way!

  2. uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhmazing. that is all.

  3. LOVE the skirt! LOVE LOVE!

    You will be awesome in Knox., in the coach...complete faith she has in you!

  4. Great skirt! Oh and I hear ya about work stressing you out. :(

  5. It's going to be an amazing race for you! Every race/run is a chance for us to learn and grow.

  6. Didn't realize it was 3 weeks away, that is soon! Seems like you will do really well based on your training times and schedule.

    I'm curious, what other shoes do you run in? I likely will need a trail shoe eventually, since Newtons don't seem like a very good trail shoe. Also, any other road shoes that you like that are also zero drop ish? I also have a pair of Brooks Pure Flow that I don't like as much as Newtons. Based on reading about it, the Saucony Virrata sounds like a good road shoe too.

  7. You got this one! Hope the weather on race day is perfect!!

  8. You totally know what was up at FVM now and are prepared for Knoxville! Don't even dwell on FVM anymore. It's OVA! :) Visualize Knoxville and how great you will feel (and cute you will look, man that skirt is short! hubba hubba! I bet L liked it ;) ).

  9. The skirt is so cute, I love my Lulu skirts and all the pockets are wonderful. You are getting so close, I am so excited for you, since I am not training for anything I have to get my racing excitement from other people right now :)

  10. That skirt is super cute! I may have go back to my old Lululemon ways...(I got mad at them for a hot minute. They gave zero fucks. lol) Your training looks kick ass girl. You got this!