First 20 Miler DONE! Boston Marathon Training is well underway!
Hello friends! How is your training going? Despite my daughter still trying to get healthy after a bout of pneumonia (we are now going into week 4 of illness) I have been working hard to stay on track with my Boston Marathon training. I have now taken my daughter to the doctor three times to be checked out. Thankfully the pneumonia has cleared from her lungs as verified by a chest x-ray and signs of infection are gone. She is however still spiking low grade temps and generally feeling unwell and very tired. Our fingers are crossed that this is still just the tail end of the virus that caused the pneumonia hanging on. I have to admit its all been quite stressful as during this time Organic Runner Dad has been traveling a lot as well. It is not much fun to see your kiddo feeling so crummy for so long. This week we will be keeping a journal of any fevers and symptoms but hopefully will not need another doctor visit for awhile!
Keeping up with my training is helpful with keeping my stress level down and I always feel so much better after getting my endorphin fix and a cleansing sweat! Speaking of sweat this week my coach has been having me do some sweat tests to dial in a better hydration plan for training and racing. I tend to be a heavy sweater during exercise so we want to make sure that I am staying adequately hydrated to make sure I am performing optimally. She is not convinced that I wasn’t dehydrated to the point of having hyponatremia at the NYC Marathon. The volunteers in the med tent diagnosed me as Hypothermic but did not check me for signs of dehydration.
Here is what we did for the sweat tests. She had me do two different training sesssions under different circumstances. One was a run on my ice cold unheated porch on my treadmill (I couldn’t escape for an outdoor run as Organic Runner Dad was away).The workout was an hour endurance run. In order to monitor my sweat loss these were the instructions:
1. Make sure you go into workout hydrated
2. Pee, then weigh yourself without clothes
3. Run the workout above and be meticulous at recording how much fluid you take in on the run. If you have to make graduated marks on your water bottle to better measure, do so.
4. Immediately after run, pee if needed, towel off and weigh yourself again without clothes.
5. Calculate weight loss and report back
During this workout I lost .8 pounds which she said is not very much and can be attributed to the fact that this was done in the cold. For the second workout I completed an hour training ride the following day. The workout included Russian Steps (12 min. “Russian Step” as follows:
15″/45″, 30/30, 45/15, 60/60, 45/15, 30/30, 15/45, 30/30, 45/15, 60/60 (as seconds of power interval/ seconds of soft pedal (rest)). I did this workout on my trainer in my bedroom where the temp is around 68-70 degrees. During this session I lost a total of 1.8 pounds which shows you the difference of training/racing in warmer conditions. I am curious to hear what my coach (Denise Goode from the Sustainable Athlete) has in store for me as a better hydration plan.
On Sunday, I was thankful to head out for my long run on a day that included some sun. Here in New Hampshire it seems as though we have been under a grey cloud all month. I am guess that my Vitamin D levels may be running a little low because of this so spending some good time outside soaking up the sun was just what I needed! Despite feeling sluggish for the first four miles my legs loosened up and I felt great for most of my run. Rather than focusing on my splits I focused on my running form and moving forward on the run. It feels great to have my first 20 miler under my belt for this Boston Marathon training cycle! During my run I tried to take in more fluids and fuel than usual to see if it helped me feel better. Overall during my run I drank almost 2 Liters of water, one small flask of SKRATCH Labs with Pineapples and I had 4 pouches of Jet Blackberry GU with Caffeine, one pouch of CLIF Organic Energy Fuel, and half a Nut Butter Filled Clif Bar.
Boston Marathon Workouts 2017 Week 4
I am pretty psyched because this week I finally figured out how to sync my Garmin with Training Peaks which is what my coach uses. Now when I finish a workout it automatically uploads into Training Peaks to give my coach all of the great data from the workout!
Here is what I was up to last week:
- 1/23-1:00 Recovery bike on trainer
- 1/24-Fartlek Run on Treadmill, 5.5 miles
- 1/25-2425 yd endurance swim with drills
- 1/26-5.7 mile Endurance Run with sweat test on treadmill, 1:00 Bootcamp
- 1/27-1:00 Trainer Ride with Russian Steps and sweat test
- 1/27- 4.25 mile Base Run on treadmill
- 1/28-Endurance Run 20 Miles, 3:03.49
What was your best workout moment this week? What was your longest run? What is the next goal that you are working towards?