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Portland Marathon Training Reflections: Week 2

Portland Marathon Training Reflections: Week 2
Portland Marathon Training Reflections: Week 2

On October 9, 2016, I will be running Marathon No. 2: the Portland Marathon! Follow along as I post my weekly training recaps. All training recaps can be found here.

Here is week 2 of 17 of my marathon training:

June 20: group personal training in AM and 40 min stretch/foam roll in PM

June 21: group personal training in AM and 6 miles (10 km) in PM

I made it out to my first marathon clinic night on Tuesday! We did a 10 km route called the Royal Ramble designed by one of our clinic leaders Dave. In honour of H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth’s 80th birthday, Dave “stitched together as many regal-themed streets” as he could find! Of course, our route included a steady climb up to Queen Elizabeth Park.IMG_4900

June 22: group personal training in AM and 75 min power yoga in PM

We focused on strength in GPT and I really enjoyed it! If you’re looking for a killer way to mix up your pull-ups and chin-ups, we did chin-up negatives in an “L” shape. As you lower yourself from the pull up bar, keep your legs raised in a horizontal L-shape. Fantastic for strengthening the core! The hot power yoga class was just what I needed to stretch out my tight hips and hamstrings.

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June 23: group personal training in AM and long seawall walk in PM

My body was tired this morning, and I’m starting to remember the exhaustion I felt in the midst of marathon training earlier this year. We finished off our GPT workout with 5 exercises (burpees, lunge jumps, squat jumps, dead bug, up-down plank on bosu ball) – 20 seconds on/10 seconds off, 5 rounds per exercise. A killer way to end!

I have been feeling a little overwhelmed lately. There is so much I want (and need) to do at work, blogging, running, and just life. Sometimes it is hard to keep up, get things done, have a social life, eat well, and sleep enough. Taking a long walk on the seawall always makes me feel better, especially when it’s at sunset.

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June 24: 8 miles (13 km)

Leaving speed work to the end of the week is probably not the best plan. By the time I wake up on Friday mornings, I am pretty sick of getting up at the crack of dawn. I was supposed to do mile repeats this morning, but really was not feeling it. Instead, I kept the first 3 miles easy. For the next 4 miles, I did an interval pyramid: run hard for 30 seconds/30 seconds rest x 5; run hard for 45 seconds/45 seconds rest x 5; run hard for 60 seconds/60 seconds rest x 5; run hard for 30 seconds/30 seconds rest x 5. I ran easy for the last mile.

While the workout was challenging, I know I am much better, particularly mentally, at doing shorter intervals, versus longer mile repeats or tempo runs. I try to keep in mind with running: whatever you don’t like doing, is probably what you should be doing.

June 25: 3.5 hour easy hike in North Vancouver

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June 26: 20 km long run

I didn’t start my run until 12:30 pm on a hot sunny day, so needless to say this was a sweaty one! Despite the heat, I felt surprisingly good and made sure to drink water regularly. I kept things interesting (and tried to avoid tourists) with a varied route exploring the Stanley Park trails, running along the seawall, and through downtown and Gastown.

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How do you try to balance work, fitness, socializing, eating well, and sleeping or anything else going on in your life?

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