Portland Marathon Training – Week 16

Portland Training:  Week in Review:

  • Sunday – The Giant Race Half – 13:1 Miles
  • Monday – Bikram Yoga – 90 minutes
  • Tuesday – Track Workout – 7.5 miles
    • 3 mile warm-up
    • 400m @ 5k Pace, 200m recovery, 600m @5k, 400m recovery -x4 = 4 miles
    • 0.5 mile cooldown
  • Wednesday – 45 minute spin class and weight workout
  • Thursday – 5 mile run
  • Friday – OFF
  • Saturday 20 Miles

Total Miles – 45.5 Miles

45 miles – wow!  That is one of the highest mileage weeks I have run in a long time.  It was mostly due to the fact that I raced on Sunday so I did my long run Sunday instead of Saturday last week.  I was worried how my track workout would go on Tuesday after racing Sunday but I actually felt super strong.  We even ran our last 600m interval faster than the previous 3!  Spin on Wednesday morning was a bit rough to get going.  I didn’t have much recovery time between track and spinning (as in only 11 hours) so my legs were tired for the first 10 minutes.  Once I was warmed up though, I felt good and got a nice workout in.  I took my run on Thursday morning easy in prep for my 20 miler on Saturday am.

My long run on Saturday actually got off to an interesting start.  I was supposed to run at 6:30 with the early group to get 6 miles in before the 7:45 scheduled long run.  I actually had planned on arriving at 6am to get 2-3 in before the long run.  I had plans to camp for the night about an hour north of SF on Saturday and I was anxious to get up there.  I figured the earlier I could run, the sooner I would make it up to meet my friends.  My friends had gone up on Friday night but I had to stay back and get my run in Saturday am.  My plan to run early and get to camping earlier failed.  I accidentally set my “weekday” alarm and my alarm never went off on Saturday morning.  I woke up at 6:20 in a complete panic.  I actually was out of my house in 15 minutes (thank goodness I had everything ready to go the night before) and made it to the run for 7am.  I was able to get 4.5 miles in before the big run started so I was only about 1.5 miles behind the rest of the gang.

Hog Island Oysters!

Hog Island Oysters!

The first part of the run went well.  I had a strong first 8 miles and started to feel a bit tired at 10.  I knew that wasn’t good with another 10 ahead of me.  I kept pushing though and did okay through mile 15.  After that I was really getting tired.  I was actually only scheduled to run 16 this week but my family will be in town next weekend and I didn’t want to have to run 20 miles while they were here so I swapped the weeks.  I knew why I was only supposed to run 16, once I hit 16 I was ready to be done!  Our big group had broken off so it was just me and another guy so we were on our own.  He was awesome and helped me get to 20, he took it easy with me and kept chatting.  (He was only doing 16 so he was in much better shape than me)  Long story, I finished.  It HURT when I stopped running and walked to my car.  I did a bunch of stretching but was actually really hurting on my drive home.  I managed to find time to take an ice back, hydrate, eat and take some Aleve and by the time I was out the door for camping I felt much better.  I forgot how much those 20 mile runs take out of you and certainly can hurt.  I have 3 more to go, I am just hoping that this will all pay off in Portland!

I spent the rest of the weekend camping in Olema which is up near Point Reyes.  It was really fun!  It basically was a relaxing weekend with no plans and outside of the city.  My friends and I went up to Hog Island and got 2 dozen oysters.  I’m not a big oyster person but decided to give them another go seeing as they couldn’t get any fresher!  We had a bunch raw and cooked some as well.  I actually really enjoyed the raw ones!  They were salty which tasted so delicious after running 20 miles.  We also had cheese and crackers and made burgers for dinner.  Of course we complimented all that with some adult beverages!  It was a very nice and relaxing evening sitting around a camp fire.

Our Campsite!

Our Campsite!

Today we hung out in the sun at the campground until about 2pm.  Living in SF in the summer can really get to you.  We have no summer.  It’s cold and foggy every day so spending time in 70+ degrees in the sun was a real treat!  It was a great weekend!


Eugene Marathon Training – 18 Miles


I ran 18 miles in prep for the Eugene Marathon.  I had a really tough long run the week before and really wasn’t looking forward to this run.  In order to motivate myself and switch it up I decided to try running with a local running club – the San Francisco Road Runners Club.  They run on Saturday mornings (my preference) and you can run anywhere from 5 miles all the way up to 24 miles.

Saturday morning I was up at 7am.  I had prepared the night before getting my Gu and Water Belt all ready to go.  Typical long run morning routine, roll out of bed, wash up, make an English muffin with Almond butter and jelly, glass of water, dress and head out the door.  I met the club down at the Marina Green at 7:35am.  I introduced myself to one of the leaders and he gave the run down on pace groups and introduced me to another new member.  As I was chatting with the other new member I heard another lady say “I just moved from Boston 2 months ago” so of course I went over and introduced myself to her as well.  I ended up running with both of them in the 9:00 min/mile pace group.  The run was sort of typical run for me, through the Marina and out to the Presidio but when you live in a city that is 7 miles by 7 miles the options are limited.  It was so nice to have people to chat with!  Most of our group turned around for the 8 mile run but 2 girls stayed to do 10 so I stuck with them.  We headed back the Marina green and finished at about 10.5 miles.

I had 7.5 miles to go but I planned it well!  My friend Katie wanted to join me for part of my run so she met me at the Green at 9:30am.  We headed off down the Embarcadero for another 7.5.  She stuck with me the whole time which was great.  It’s just nice to have company, even if you aren’t talking, having that person there is nice.  It’s a nice change from iPod too.  The music starts to get old day after day.

Overall, I had a great run!  I think the company definitely helped but physically I felt much better than the week before.  My legs were strong and only started to tired around 15 miles.  I powered up the Fort Mason Hill at Mile 17 without an issue and felt great after my run!  I was a little sore but nothing crazy.

New running shoes!

That afternoon I headed out for some errands.  I made my first stop at Sports Basement for more Gu and Electrolyte Pills that my Dad got me into for the last marathon.  I ended up buying new running shoes as well.  I needed a new pair but kept putting it off.  I ended up with the same shoes Brooks Adrenaline  but after trying on the 2011 and the 2012 models ended up with the new model.  They are much lighter than my previous pair.  The best part was they had them in pink – I have never had pink running shoes, they are bright and obnoxious but I love them.

The rest of my day was spent running errands and then I crashed on the couch.  I was in bed at 9:30pm on a Saturday night.  That’s what marathon training and a long week of work does to you.


I was up at 9:30am, made a good breakfast (egg whites, english muffin and fruit) and off to the gym by 10:30.  I spent about 45 minutes doing a weights workout.  I focused mainly on my upper body and core to let my legs rest after 18 miles but got a few leg exercises in.  I hit the foam roller for about 15 minutes after that.  I’m a little concerned my right IT band is acting up.  I spent a lot of time trying to roll that out along with my right calve.  It felt great to stretch and foam roll after my long run on Saturday.

I headed out on a hike with friends around 1pm.  The weather was ify but who cares – just nice to get out in the mountains.  We went south of the city to Pacifica and hiked up Mount Montara.  It’s an 8 mile hike with a good incline but nothing crazy hard.  It got my heart rate up and was definitely challenging at parts.  It turned out to be sunny for most of our hike.  We had a great view of the coast and could see all the way to SF and see the top of the Golden Gate bridge.  It was a perfect hike for a recovery day, challenging but didn’t beat me up.  After that we got post-hike beers in the Mission and headed home.  It was 7:15 when I got home and the sun hadn’t set yet – love it!

View from about halfway up Mount Montara (SF is towards the back of the photo)


Last night I went to yoga.  It was a great class, I definitely pushed myself and got a great workout in.  I love when I have a good Yoga class!

Tonight I’m off to my first track workout with the running club.  I’ll share more in the next few days!

Thank You Mother Nature & Apple

Drinks - I'm representing Beantown with the Sam Adams

I had a really nice and relaxing weekend.  After my 15 mile run  Saturday I showered, ran a few errands, made a nice lunch and headed down Chestnut Street to get a mani-pedi.  One of the best parts of SF is that mani-pedis are $20.  Yes, that’s right, $20 and it includes a neck rub.  I get my nails done on a regular basis now.  I love it! After nails, I met my friend Kate and her out-of-town friends for drinks and then we grabbed dinner.  It was a nice night.

Yay for 70+ Degree weather in March! (Thank you Mother Nature)

Sunday I was up kind of early.  (I can’t sleep in anymore)  I headed to the gym in the morning to do weights.  I skipped cardio to give my legs some recovery time but wanted to get some exercise in.  It was a nice workout and the gym was empty on a Sunday morning which was great.  After the gym I headed home and was trying to decide what to do.  I finally decided that it was 70 degrees out and hot in the sun so I was going to head to Stinson Beach for the afternoon.  I figured if it was warm enough to lay out and tan that I would and if it wasn’t I was prepared with pants and a long sleeve shirt so I could just sit on the beach and read.  (When you grow up going to the beach in Maine  you always bring warm clothes)  It turned out to be a great day!  The drive to and from Stinson Beach is so beautiful.  It’s right along the mountains the views of the ocean are breathtaking.  I was fine in my bathing suit and got some sun.  I spent two hours there reading and relaxing.  I really enjoyed my alone time, sometimes I just need a day to myself.  I laid out on the beach, 45 min from my house in March.  That is like a dream come true to me.  It was a GREAT afternoon – thank you Mother Nature.

Beach in March = Heaven

View on the way to Stinson Beach

My Monday

This morning started off a little “shaky”.  Haha.  By shaky I mean, I woke up to an Earthquake at 5:33am.  It was little scary.  It was my first Earthquake in my apartment and alone.  I really don’t mind living alone but this morning I wished I had a roomie.  It was a little unnerving.  Things were clanking (I realized later I think it was medal rack with all my medals) and my bed was shaking.  I just laid in my bed paralyzed in fear…probably not the smartest move.  (I did read if a big earthquake hits while in bed to cover your head with a pillow and try not to get up so I guess that I’ll do okay.)  Turns out we had two Earthquakes right in a row a 3.5 and 4 and then their was an aftershock a half hour later which I didn’t feel.  I don’t know if I’ll ever get used to Earthquakes.

Tonight I skipped yoga.  The worst part is, I left work, rushed there to find out that it was not the normal instructor but the one woman I really don’t like.  I turned around and left – I really don’t enjoy that woman’s class.

To give you some background, I started practicing Bikram Yoga when I arrived in SF last August.  I hated the classes at first.  However, I had bought at 30 day trial so I stuck with it.  After about 2-3 classes I was hooked.  I love the good deep sweat (I’m hopeful I’m sweating out all the bad toxins I put into my body, like wine….) and I love the stretching, it feels like a great compliment to all my running.  However, this particular teacher started teaching a few months ago  and keeps the room REALLY hot.  (She doesn’t sweat which I can’t understand but I think that is why she keeps the room so hot)  I have gone to her class 2-3 times and each time had to leave the room, couldn’t push myself in the poses and have left feeling sick to my stomach and couldn’t eat dinner for hours.  (Many other people leave the room during her class too so I don’t think it’s just me)  I hate doing things half way, I’m a perfectionist, so leaving and not being able to push myself in class really stinks.  I also don’t like getting sick from class, I don’t think that is healthy at all.  With all that being said, once I spotted that instructor (fortunately before I checked in) I was out.  I turned around walked out – again, I’m not really a quitter so I hated doing it but I really hate her class. I did run 5 miles this morning  so I didn’t feel as bad skipping.

Love technology (Thank you Apple!)

Bruno - newest addition to the Family

On a brighter note, I texted my brother and sister-in-law on the way home and asked them to FaceTime.  Hannah (sister-in-law) just got an iPhone so this was our first time FaceTiming.  They just got a new puppy and I really wanted to see him!  We chatted for about a half hour and they introduced me to Bruno the new puppy and I got to say “Hi” to Artie their other dog as well.  I gave them a tour of my apartment and we caught up for a bit.  It was fun!

After they hung up with me I FaceTimed with my sister.  I haven’t really talked to her since vacation expect for a few texts, so that was fun as well!  I really love that I can FaceTime with my family and friends.  I talk my good friend Laura who is now living in Europe quite often.  It’s free and we can see each other.  It’s so great to catch up, see her new apartment and even say “Hi” to her husband Tim.  It really is better than just a phone call.  Seeing your family and friends makes all the difference in the world.  Thank You Apple for making my friends and family thousands of miles away feel like they are hanging out in my living room with me!  Anyone else want to FaceTime?

Hope everyone had a nice Monday – 5 mins until my new favorite show SMASH!  (If you haven’t watched get on Demand and watch the first 4 episodes – it’s AWESOME!)