4 weeks to go!

I am down to less than 4 weeks before the OBX marathon, and I am getting pretty excited! This week I unfortunately didn’t get in as much running as I wanted, but I did fit in some cross training instead. Early in the week my ankle was sore following the Rock n Roll San Jose half marathon. Then later in the week I had a few busy days at work so a run didn’t work out.

Here’s how the week went down:

Monday: rest.
I needed a day off following last Sunday’s race.

Tuesday: 35 minute sweat-soaking spin
We bought a spin bike to allow us some more time in the saddle over the winter time without having to go to the gym — plus it will be good for run cross training. So since my ankle was feeling sore, I did some time on the spin bike instead. It felt great and I watched some Chopped on the Food Network as I went along.

Wednesday: walk + stretch
Instead of our usual leg routine, Ryan and I decided to go for a walk. It is nice to get out and enjoy the beautiful evening weather on a sunny fall day sometimes.

Thursday: AM spin
I had a busy day at work, and I knew I wasn’t going to be home until almost 9pm — nixing my usual afternoon run plans. So instead of a rest day, I opted to utilize the new spin bike again for a quick 30 minute hard spin. I closed myself up in our office and really worked up a sweat while listening to some podcasts.

Friday: rest
On Friday I found out that I had qualified (from my August Olympic distance triathlon) for the 2014 USA Age Group National Championships. I don’t think that I will go this year , but I hope that I can qualify and attend again in the future.

Saturday: 20 mile run!!
I was sooooo nervous before this run. I really wasn’t sure how my ankle would feel since my last 20 mile attempt I cut short at 16 miles. I decided to just take it slow and steady. My most recent long runs had been at a little faster pace (by about 10-15 seconds per mile), but I decided it would feel much more confident about the marathon if I could finish this run at a little slower pace than not complete it.

In the end, it worked out great. My legs were definitely tired after, and I’ve been working on recovery / foam rolling / stretching a little extra.

Later in the day, I went to early packet pickup in Sacramento for the Nike Women’s half marathon next weekend! Even though there was still an hour long line, it seemed to move along pretty quickly, and was a gorgeous day! I’m excited to run next weekend, and see a few girls from HTC (Kara + Leslie!)

Sunday: walk + rest
After a busy Saturday, we took the day easy. We went to the movies and did our usual Sunday grocery trip. We went for a brisk walk in the afternoon and fit in a little bit of stretching.

Do you go to the grocery store once a week? Or more often? We try to get everything on our Sunday trips, but sometimes we have to go buy some veggies on Friday if we are eating at home since they are usually all gone by then.
Anyone else running NWM next weekend in SF?

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12 thoughts on “4 weeks to go!

  1. Amy Z

    Congrats on qualifying! Super cool to at least say you qualified. And a spin bike would be a great thing to have at home. I would totally be tempted to use it instead of running!

    Is Ryan running the marathon with you? You have probably addressed this several times, but I forget.

    Have a great time at NWM and take lots of pictures of the firemen! Just kidding-I am not really into the whole fireman thing πŸ™‚

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  2. sweetsweat

    Congrats on two counts – your 20-miler and qualifying for age group nats! That's awesome! And, the Nike women's half… on my running bucket list! Good luck this weekend!

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  3. Holly @ Run With Holly

    Congrats on a successful 20 miler. Whether or not your body required it, your MIND needed it – so I'm glad you got it, and hope your ankle doesn't give you too much trouble this week as a result.

    I make a menu at the start of the week, and make one “big” trip to the grocery store on Monday – but since we don't have a car, I only buy what I can carry. This means that heavy or bulky items (milk, toilet paper, watermelons) don't get purchased then, and instead are bought bit by bit during the week. But since there is a supermarket just 2 blocks from where we live, and many of the subway stations also have supermarkets, picking up the heavier necessities “on my way” is quite easy. We may also pop over to the wet market for produce & meat.

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  4. Leslie @ Triathlete Treats

    Yes!!! so glad your 20 went good!! That is such a confidence boost!!! It looks like you still got some good work outs in even if there wasn't a ton of them!! πŸ™‚ Congrats on qualifying too!

    I like to go to the grocery store on Sunday and at least get stuff for mon-wed and then usually go again on Thursday for the weekend.

    Excited to see you this weekend!!!

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  5. Amanda RunToTheFinish

    Wohooo every time I hit a 20 miler my confidence definitely goes up!! Agreed that sometimes it's not about a pace, just giving our mind something to latch on to.

    LOVE NWM, I did the half a few years ago…or maybe a lot of years ago now who can count πŸ™‚

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