Fitness Friday: Week 10 of Marathon Training (but not really)

September 12th, 2014 | Posted by Erica House in Life

Workout Wrap Up

Saturday: 8 miles

Sunday: 15 miles

Monday: 6 miles

Tuesday: 5 miles + Jillian Michales 6 week 6 pack

Wednesday: REST

Thursday: 7 miles

Friday: 6 miles + Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30

Total Miles: 47 

Walk breaks: 117

I totally gave up on paces this week. I also cut a few of my runs short. Notice I didn’t give pace times this week? I had some of the slowest runs I’ve had in the last two years, and I don’t give a care. It’s still in the 90’s here and nearly 90% humidity in the morning and I just can’t take it anymore. So, while I still fully intend on running in the Pensacola marathon in November I am hereby giving up on pace goals and would just like to not hate running anymore. Actually, I don’t hate running I just cannot take this suffocating weather. I miss running. I miss the crisp mornings that made me feel energized and alive. Running through this heat just makes me feel drained and grumpy. I’ve been keeping up my push-up’s after every run and I’m up to 15 now!

The one thing I’ve been doing more of lately is stopping to take photos on my runs. (1) it gives me a great excuse to stop and walk and (2) if I can’t find a way to make running enjoyable I’m going to lose the desire to do it 6x a week with this Hanson plan.

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2014-09-11 08.15.49My 5th class started up this week so to say I’ve been tired is a gross understatement. I plan my life around naps now. I’m also tired of having lunchtime classes 4 days a week so I end up eating just snack-type meals around 10 and 2 most days. Man I’m complaining a lot in this post. I shouldn’t be. I love my life right now (despite how it sounds!) It’s just been non-stop since the semester started and I may already be counting down to Thanksigiving break.

Salem has been helping me prepare my lectures.

2014-09-10 10.04.43The lack of sleep and lack of food prepping has meant some less-than-super-healthy food choices. Like nachos for dinner.

2014-09-09 17.47.40-1I’ve also reached the point where I don’t even pretend I’m going to save the other half of my Udi’s GF pizza for later. That’s ranch dressing in the middle.

2014-09-11 13.59.21This weekend I am going to sleep, maybe work a little to get a head start on next week, and try to work on being more grateful and less stressed! I can’t wait for the cooler temps to get here so Travis and I can enjoy some outdoor activities. I think being cooped up inside for months has been contributing to my grumpiness.

What are your weekend plans?
What do you do to relax when you feel like you are too stressed out to relax? 


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33 Responses

  • I definitely need some help relaxing. It’s not my strong point at all. I’ll always find something new to stress me out!

    I think going easy on yourself with pace makes a lot of sense in terrible weather. You can’t think about being “fast” if you’re just trying to breathe!

    • Erica House says:

      I saw one of your posts recently that talked about how busy/stressed you are – I can’t FATHOM what it would be like being a SAHM to 3 and marathon training. I think ‘therapy runs’ would take on a whole new meaning!

  • SuzLyfe says:

    Sometimes, you need a week off from the pressure of paces. When I’m stressed, I like to buckle down and deal with it. Otherwise, I am just likely to freeze up. But yoga, running, something that forces me to regulate my breath tends to help!

    • Erica House says:

      I find that my initial reaction to a lot of stress is to feel overwhelmed and want to hide from it, and then after a day or so I turn on ‘beast mode’ and just get it done!

  • Jenny says:

    Cheer up hun. Things will get better. Cool weather is on the horizon. I get what you’re saying. I’m over the heat myself.

  • CARLA says:

    ahhh I read BUT it’s not working as well any more :-)
    I need me a new relaxation technique—and IM open to tips too :-)

    • Erica House says:

      I find with reading that it’s still too easy for my mind to start wandering. I miss walking. That tended to really help me zone out. And camping and just being away from it all.

  • jessicafaithwatts says:

    How are the UDI pizzas? They are on sale at Publix this week and I want to try but am scared I will hate it.

    • Erica House says:

      I LOVE them. They probably aren’t significantly better than most other pizzas (I used to get the California Kitchen kind often) but for GF I was very impressed.

  • Damn girl – that’s a lot of miles!! I’ve found that I do better with lower mileage training plans. I reach the point of orvertraining pretty easily, and then start getting slower instead of faster.

    • Erica House says:

      I think I was in denial about it for a while but all of the issues I’m struggling with now are probably the result of over-training. Before, if I didn’t run because it was a rest day I’d feel blah and not energized. Now, I feel 10x better on rest days! I think that’s telling me something.

  • nessruns says:

    Sometimes you just need a walking break especially if the weather is atrocious, nothing to feel guilty about! When I need to relax I normally go for a run, when I have little time I just do 10 minutes of yoga – makes me feel so much better.

  • Lauren says:

    Way to go with the high mileage again! I’m getting burnt out on lower mileage so kudos to you. Also c’mon those Udi’s pizzas are single serve right? :)

    • Erica House says:

      I’m officially burned out on the higher mileage. Even taking it easy this past week (and bailing on my LR’s this weekend) wasn’t enough. I think I’m going to have to keep scaling it back as I’m just over running right now.

      Yes, Udi’s pizzas are single serve now as is the entire box of macaroni & cheese I ate last night :)

  • Traci says:

    Sometimes you just need a break. I was getting down on myself for my slow runs the last couple of weeks & then I had a PR in a 5K Sat. I run better in an actual race. The heat & humidity has been awful & I know when it cools off I’ll be faster. I always am. For the moment I’m just concentrating on getting the miles in for my Half in Oct. The rest will work itself out.

    • Erica House says:

      I need to adopt your mentality! I keep checking the 10 day forecast praying for 60-something temps in the morning and no such luck. Hopefully October will be MUCH better

  • slimsanity says:

    Yeaaaa weather plays a big factor on my desire to run for sure. It’s finally getting cooler here which means it might happen a little more often! And – There are rarely ever any pizza leftovers in out house!

    • Erica House says:

      I was handling the hot summer weather for a while in July/August but now I’m just over it. I mean, it’s middle of September already – get it together Florida!

  • Salem is so cute.

    Hang in there with your busy schedule!

  • Tiffany says:

    Stay with it. Hansons Method works. And don’t give up on your goal, just know that the humid/hot running you’re doing now is another form of strength training (obviously you can reach a point of diminishing returns, but if you’re adjusting your effort according to the heat index, you should be okay). Fall (and lower temperatures) will be here soon enough!

    • Erica House says:

      I think I waited too long to adjust my effort according to heat and am officially burned out from over-training. I’m going to take it easy again this week, try to keep mileage as close to the plan as possible but easy way back on pace, and hopefully the cooler weather will help turn things around for me soon!

  • Hanson’s is no freaking joke. Nearly everyone I’ve talked to has gotten burned out on it. I’m not trying dissuade you, but maybe it’s worth evaluating if you want to stick with it until November, or if you want to change it up.
    It’s taken me 3 months to feel like I even want to run again after my stint with Hanson’s…

    • Erica House says:

      Ugh. I’m starting to see why now. Did you finish Hanson’s through to the end or start modifying it?

      • I totally modified.
        I learned I do way better on 4-5 days of running and more rest than 6 days of slogging through the miles.
        While I agree with the theory behind Hanson’s (running your long runs on tired legs) I just don’t think it works for people with a “normal” athletic ability. I think a lot of elites, while the run a LOT also have the luxury to rest during the time they aren’t running, whereas we have to balance running and working which is also tiring.

  • Tina Muir says:

    You need to read my post lovely lady. I am definitely going through it too, not even with the humidity to use as an excuse, just in general. Giving up on pace is totally okay, and will probably serve you well in the long run….no pun intended. Do what you love, not what you feel you should be doing! Hang in there!

  • Will you guys be moving in together soon?! Sorry to be so blunt, haha. I know things tend to happen faster when you know what you want!

  • Nancy says:

    I agree with you about the Udi’s pizza; in fact, the pepperoni is my absolute favorite. Never thought a GF pizza could be so darn good. Also, keep posting pics of Salem. Every time I see one, it makes me smile. So. Damn. Cute.

    • Erica House says:

      Awww thank you! I used to include WAY more photos of him but for some reason fell out of habit! I will definitely make an effort to include more as I’m pretty sure a decent percent of people who read this blog only do so for Prince Salem :)

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