Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Running and Jumping for Kids' Hearts!

2013 MAA Jump - Personal Donation

Would you consider helping kids' hearts and our school's team?  My son will jump rope for every dollar and I will run one mile for every $10!
We will post a video up of little D jumping!
Thanks in advance!!!

PS- I'm still alive.
Pps-still running strong and training for OKC ...
Ppps-got a surprise entry to the Asheville Biltmore Marathon March 3rd! More on that later..when I find time!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The OKC 26.2 Plan: Rock It Like A Rocket!

Hey Errrrbody! So here's the dealio...I  meant to publish this blog yesterday.  BUT I ran out of time to hit the library due to life.  So it's Tuesday and I've completed day 2 of marathon training and feeling great!  I guess I should be.  If I was hurting by day 2 I suppose I would be in some big trouble.  But I am definitely due for a new pair of shoes.  My knees, feet and my general entire body told me so!  So here they are:
 
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Mizuno Wave Precision 12
You can read Runner's World shoe review here.  They say, "We recommend it as a marathon-training shoe that handles miles just as well as it does speed workouts." Just what I've been looking for!  I love my Brooks Cadences for sure, especially for racing in.  But I've been needed something with a little more 'meat' to carry me through the training portion. As soon as I've had em for a while I will offer my thoughts. 
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It's also been REALLY chilly!  I found an awesome ColdGear shirt at Marshalls for $15 compared to $50!!
As I mentioned before, this marathon training will slightly differ in that I will be ramping up the mileage a bit.  I've been reading through Runner's World Big Book of Marathon Training and let me say it is a complete resource! So glad I went with it. There's some great training plans in the back and I decided to go with one of those.

Runner's World Big Book Training Plan
A few things that differ from RLRF:
  • Yasso 800s
  • longest run tops out at 23, not 20
  • some long runs have a fast finish
  • scheduled 'hill' work vs soley speedwork
  • more easy running!
  • if needed swap out an easy run day for rest or light cross training
  • there's only one scheduled rest day
Now before, I really did like the Run Less, Run Faster idea. I stayed injury free and felt it was the best option for me at the time. The downfall?  I never swam or biked or did any serious cross training. Which is part of the 3 plus 2 idea. So I wasn't able to complete the plan as intended. But with this its all about running. I will be routine about my yoga and/or pilates along with core work to help keep me balanced.  I won't be running as scheduled in the book though. Sometimes my long runs will have to fall on a Wednesday or Monday. It really depends on my crazy work schedule, in which my hours are never the same from week to week. Some nights I work late, some days I work early.  Some weekends I might have off and other weekends I work.  That's a bit of the pain but it's always been a pain.  Might as well throw some marathon training into the mix of my crazy schedule! I'm living on the edge. Ha! Yeah buddy.  I know there's plenty of people out there who do way more than I.  But for me, this plenty. 

"You can do anything but you can not do everything." ~ Someone very wise.

Where there's a will there's a way. Especially when you have the good Lord on your side. I pray that somehow through all this I am able to encourage someone and that I honor God in all I do.
I. Am. On. A. Mission. To ROCK IT like a ROCKET!  Cheesy? Yes. Awesome?  Heck yes.
Geez I have so much more to say... that's what I get for not blogging for a week!  But I will stop here.

Let the marathon training games begin.


**Happy (&Blessed) Running!**