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Shamrock Marathon Training!

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Ahhhhh – the feeling of make a new training plan, with the hopes of sticking to it. It makes me even happier knowing that I’ll be training to run one of my most favorite races EVER!! I have so many great memories from the times that I’ve ran this race, so this post will be filled with memories of Shamrocks past!

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I heart this picture, so much!

It feels great to start with a clean slate and new goals, and I’m super hopeful that this one will be successful. I will obviously have a goal time (which will most likely be for a PR / sub 3:53 – around an 8:45 pace), but I don’t want that time to become a burden at any point. I will obviously want to stick with the runs and cross-training I have scheduled, but I’m going to force myself into a stretching/rolling/flexibility exercise routine. Coach Chris shared this amazing CARS Routine with me, that I will be make part of my routine. I should have started it by now but haven’t. I will.

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My first VA Shamrock experience (8K only) with my friend, Nikki. We drank A LOT of beer.

The new wellness center on campus is AMAZING. I feel truly lucky to have it and I hope the students do too. I’ve taken yoga, spin, Pi-yo, and strength classes and have also used the row machine and stair-stepper. The two classes I am sticking with for cross-training are Barbell Strength (like BodyPump) and spin; they just added spin this month!

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Look at those faces!

So my 18 week schedule, beginning next Monday, will look like this:

Monday/Wednesday/Friday: Cross training.

  • Barbell – M/W – The Monday class is during lunch and I LOVE using my lunch break for it! No getting up early or staying late. Wednesdays class is a 4:30 so I don’t have to wait around at all after work.
  • Spin – actually they only have spin T/Th/Fri so for now I am actually planning to spin on run days. I will access how I feel with the two-a-days and if it’s too much, I’ll nix the spin. I definitely want to go on Tuesday afternoons because my bud Kelli is teaching! Fridays will just be spin – as long as I can make it to a 6:30AM class!

Tuesday: Tempo/Regular run day – I won’t start tempos until week 4 so these will just be regular run days until then. Like I said, I will assess how I feel about adding on the spin class.

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My marathon PR race

Thursday: This day will be a mix of hills and track workouts. One week will be hills, the next will be speedwork on the track. It will also be another optional day to spin at lunch, but we will see if that will just be too much or not.

Friday: AM Spin / Optional rest day

Saturday: Long Run day! I will only be running three days a week and will not have any weeks that go over 30 miles total. Also, I will only be running two 20 milers – Weeks 12 and 15

Sunday: REST

I am fucking stoked. Stoked about getting to meet up with some of my best good friends at Rehoboth next month. Stoked that I feel so free and that I have control of my physical life again. Stoked for the Murphy’s stew, beer, and parTAY that will be at the Shamrock finish line. Just fucking stoked. I can’t remember the last time I felt so elated and strong!! I better bottle this shit up!

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I love all of this

Weekly recaps begin next week! Happy Monday y’all and DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!

Chris

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Your energy is infectious! It's good to have new goals, right?

I do have one question. I might be misunderstanding, but does your training plan only have you running 2 days per week? The tempo/regular day and the long run day? The rest is cross training? I'm just curious about that.

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2 hours ago, MichaelV said:

Your energy is infectious! It's good to have new goals, right?

I do have one question. I might be misunderstanding, but does your training plan only have you running 2 days per week? The tempo/regular day and the long run day? The rest is cross training? I'm just curious about that.

Ha! I did forget Thursday, didn't I? I got all the fucks in there but forgot Thursday :D

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Hope it's not the same bottle that Bill Gates had last weekend.

Image result for bill gates poop

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Your enthusiasm really is fantastic!! Can't wait to read about all your KA training!

And as Carissa reminded me -- See you in a month!!

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Lunch break workouts are the best!  I think you'll like doing spin on run days; I think 2-a-days really help me recover better.

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