Monday, August 19, 2013

Marathon Training Log: Week 10

I'm running the Chicago Marathon on October 13 to support Bright Pink. I'm tracking my progress so you can follow along. Last week I was in Seattle for work so my exercising routine was much lower in volume than usual. However, I did workout three out of five days on travel, which is much better than I usually do!

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Monday - Run
Ran just over 5 miles around Lake Union in Seattle (pictured right).

Tuesday - Rest Day
I had to prepare for my presentation in the morning and then met people for dinner right after the end of the seminar so I didn't have time to workout

Wednesday - Run
Ran another 5ish miles around Lake Union. The view from Gas Works park is amazing but I didn't bring my phone to take a picture :(

Thursday - WOD at Urban CrossFit
Pre-WOD: 5 rope climbs
WOD: 5 rounds
500 m row
15 wall balls (12#)
Time: 19:22
I was so excited that I got all the way up on my rope climb that I did all 5. However, my hip on my right leg was extremely sore the next day. It felt like I pulled it but it already feels much better today (Monday) so I think I'm going to be fine.

Friday - Rest Day
I was planning to go to spinning after I got home from my flight but I'm always worn out after flights so I just spent the night at home with Ryan and we ordered in was great!

Saturday - 16 mile run with NTC Lincoln Park
Distance: 16.0 miles
Time: 2:21:37
Pace: 8:51/mile
My hip was still sore from rope climbs on Thursday but it didn't hurt that much running, just felt tight. I ran the first half with the 9:00/mile pace group but they stayed back. I think my iPod nano Nike+ is off because it says I ran 16.5 miles so I had to calibrate it because the other girls were using GPS, which should be more accurate. I then ran into Amanda from Team Bright Pink and ran about 5 miles with her until we split off. The last two miles alone were brutal but I made it back! 8:51 pace is still great and I'm satisfied with the run!

A weird thing did happen which is that I didn't have any gels or gatorade (just water) during the run. I usually need something by mile 8 but I seriously was not hungry and my stomach felt good. Before the run I had rejuvelac, blended with Vega Pre-Workout Energizer, spirulina, and a frozen banana, along with a Mark Bar. This seemed to sustain me during the run. It's still weird to me that I didn't need any gels. My theory is that perhaps I ate so much during the week while on travel including a lot of carbs, that I had enough glycogen storage. On Friday I had a spring roll (from the airport) for lunch and sushi for dinner, both with a lot of white rice. So maybe I need to be eating more carbs all the time? I'm not sure, but not taking any of my gels during the run was kind of nice and I hope I can replicate it!

Sunday - Rest Day
A much needed rest day after 16 miles!

What was your favorite/best workout last week?

Have you ever done a long run without needing any gels/sports drinks?


  1. When not training, I do all my 13 mile runs with no gels or sports drinks and feel fine. In the warmer weather i'll stop for or bring water with me. Now I'm forcing myself to fuel up at the same distance markers are water is available on race day.

    Favorite run of the last week was last Wednesday after the doctor said I could run again. Rough run, but just the mental relief made if feel great


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