Half Marathon Training week 17 (Marathon Training week 8) & Whole30

Monday: 7 mile trail run
Running

I’m not really sure why this run was such a struggle. Maybe I am still recovering from the hill run on Saturday. Who knows but it was one of those runs I contemplated the stupidity of what I’m doing. 7 miles is a long time to doubt your abilities.

I’m glad I pushed through and finished the run. I’d say I won this mental battle.

For me to get my miles in, I had to get up really early to run. Again I have no idea what I am going to do once I return back to work. There is no way I would have made it back home in time to shower and get the kids up to leave. For those who run in the morning, how do you do it??


Tuesday: Walk/Run 4 Miles
Running

I am so disappointed! I went out there needing to do five solid miles and right about 2.5 miles, my knee started yelling at me. From there I just needed to try to make it back. I walked… I walked a lot. And all I can think is this is it. I’m not going to make it. It’s my stupid IT band. It is so tight, working it on the foam roller almost has me in tears. Ahh, I just want to scream I’m so FRUSTRATED!!


Wednesday: 7 Miles Octane Zero Impact Machine
Running

Ok, I refuse to throw in the flag. I just need to figure a way around this. I had seven miles to do and after talking with my running group on Tuesday, they suggested the Octane machine.
Octane fitness

The machine looks kind of odd but it supposed to help. According to the website, The Zero Runner is a hybrid of a treadmill and an elliptical so you get the best of both – a true running motion without the impact. It is a powerful tool that enables runners to better manage repetitive impact forces that over time that can damage the body.

I’m not 100% sold on the idea that this machine is exactly like running. I will say that after doing 7 miles on it, my legs were somewhat like jello but my knees felt great.

I guess I would compare this machine to the ideal running situation- where all you do is run on a complete flat surface, no hills unless you move the resistance. My pace was faster than I would normally run outside but I haven’t really ever tried running on a flat surface before.

Either way, I’m just glad I was able to get the miles in. My knee still hurts and I still want to die when I foam roll, but I’m going to keep at it and hope for the best.


Thursday: Swim 450 meters
Kind of depressing isn’t it? Trust me, I know. I wanted to go further but my goggles broke. With my spare sitting at home, I had two options: end early or ruin my contacts and try swimming without. I’m sure you can figure out which option I took. But to be honest, it doesn’t surprise me that my goggles broke. I have had these since I was a competitive swimmer in high school and chlorine is a nasty chemical.

Looks like I will be buying a new pair. Tomorrow I am going to try Yoga. Maybe adding that to my schedule will help loosen my IT band. Who knows, I’ll try just about anything though.

I did make a killer dinner tonight: Pesto and roasted red pepper chicken with asparagus, green beans, and tomatoes.

pesto chicken


 Friday: Hot Yoga
Whoever said yoga was easy, they never took a class like mine. I’ll admit, I don’t like yoga. Well, let me rephrase- I didn’t like yoga until I took this one. The description of the class is: a dynamic and empowering yoga practice where music supports the energy of the class and integrated sequences build heat, strength, and endurance in the student. Temp: 95+

The instructor was named Kim and she was amazing. Her voice was perfect and I was surprised I actually had a difficult time/workout. As someone who runs four days a week, I thought I was in shape. Nope! The class was packed and for good reason. I was so jealous of the guy sitting next to me, he ended up taking his shirt off and I wish I had the guts to do that. It was really, really warm though!!


Saturday: 1 mile Zero Impact Machine
One mile you ask?? Yes, one silly, lonely mile.. I am at the gym and really getting into my run. Everything feels great and I’m making progress on the Zero Runner. And then the electricity goes out. Honestly, I didn’t look at my machine to know exactly how far I went. But based on how long I was on it, I assume I was over one mile but under two. I was so frustrated but even more so when the machine would’t turn back on. I guess I’ll be doing 13 miles tomorrow…


Sunday: 13 Miles Impact Machine
I was not into this run. I stayed up really late last night helping my Mother-in-law make my son a weighted lap blanket for him to take to daycare tomorrow. True to the purpose of the machine, my knees felt great and I didn’t feel the harsh impact on my body. But my thighs are tight and I can tell I pushed myself harder than I should. I just wanted to be done. Doing 13 miles inside is torture. I did listen to a book on tape and that was fun.

Total Milage for the Week: 32


Whole30:

Well, I am almost done with this and I am glad. I like how I am feeling and looking but this diet is really messing with my running. My chiropractor thinks I am not replenishing my electrolytes, potassium, or magnesium. And in response, my body is tightening up and I’m getting hurt.

The thing is, I can’t drink coconut water. I have tried three times and all I end up doing is drinking nothing because I would rather drink nothing than coconut water. Which is not a good thing! I miss the easiness of drinking sports drinks. I did find a spray that is sugar free and seems to be whole30 approved. It’s an electrolyte spray you add to your water. Not sure it will help but finders crossed.

I am loving the food we eat on this diet. And giving up chocolate, ice cream, etc is almost worth it to not have to count calories and eat whatever I want… almost.. One more week and then weigh in 🙂

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