Sunday, July 28, 2013

Dallas Marathon Training: Week 2 Complete!

Last week's workouts:
Sun 7/21: Hot yoga (60 min)
Mon 7/22: Base/easy 30 min run 2.96 mi, 30:50; hot yoga (60 min)
Tues 7/23: Base/easy 50 min run (with my training group) 4.6 mi, 50:24
Wed 7/24: Recovery 45 min run 3.8 mi, 43:32
Thurs 7/25: Base/easy 50 min; lower body strength training, 20 min stationary bike warmup
Fri 7/26: Rest 3.82 mi, 43:45
Sat 7/27: Long run, 8 miles 8.48 mi, 1:33:17

This past week went well, I was able to do all my planned workouts. Wednesday night, Brandon and I did our recovery run together at the Run On social run, some other friends were there as well. It's always a great motivation when I know there will be cold beer and good friends there!

Our Saturday long run was great! Some rain moved through the night before and the temperatures dropped overnight. We had cloud cover and a good breeze, we hardly noticed the humidity!

I have some social plans this week, so it will be a little harder to keep up with all my planned workouts. I predict several early morning runs this week!

Sun 7/27: Upper body strength training
Mon 7/28: Base/easy 30 min run; hot yoga (60 min
Tues 7/29: Base/easy 50 min run
Wed 7/30: Recovery 45 min run
Thurs 7/31: Base/easy 50 min run; lower body strength training
Fri 8/1: Rest
Sat 8/2: DRC Cross Country Relay race + extra miles for a total of 8

Saturday's race should be fun! Michael, Brandon and I will be a 3-person team and even have matching outfits planned!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Dallas Marathon Training: Week 1 complete!

Last week's workouts:
Sun 7/14: Too Hot to Handle 15K (race goal: don't die) 9.3 miles, 1:39:19
Mon 7/15: Hot yoga (60 min)
Tues 7/16: easy 3-4 miles (our training orientation is that night, not sure if I'll fit in my run that morning or while I'm down at the lake for orientation) Run was rained out, so this turned into a rest day
Wed 7/17: Hot yoga (60 min) OR easy 3 miles in the a.m. (32:40) and ran/walked at the Run On social run in the evening (2.85 miles, 39:00)
Thurs: 7/18: Rest Upper body strength training
Fri: Easy 3-4 miles 3.34mi, 37:37
Sat: DRC Kickoff Run, I think we'll be doing 6-7 miles 7.13 mi, 1:17:55

I was so worried about the Too Hot to Handle 15k, July in Dallas is usually crazy hot this time of year. I planned from the beginning to just take the race easy and not "race," just run it. Brandon ended up having the same goal, so we decided to start together. The race started at 7:30 at Norbuck Park, which is on the North side of White Rock Lake. I got there about 7:00 to park, but the race was much bigger than I expected! I ended up parking much further away than I'd planned, so Brandon and I didn't find each other until the 15k was just starting. (The 5k started after the 15k, which was a good way to avoid congestion at the beginning.)

We really lucked out on the weather, a storm system moved in early in the morning. The temperature dropped (75 degrees and 65% humidity) and a drizzle started as I was parking. Luckily, I keep a baseball cap in my car just in case, so I grabbed that to keep rain out of my eyes. I'm glad I did, as the drizzle continued throughout the race and ended up picking up afterwards. The cap is cotton, a tech one would have been even better. In fact, we got caps as part of our race packet and I wished I had that one! Turned out it wouldn't have helped, when I tried it on later, it was way too big for my head so I gave it to a friend.

Brandon and I ended up running the entire race together, keeping an easy, conversational pace and chatting the whole time.

The race was great, plenty of aid stations (I think 10 in total) with plenty of water and Gatorade, some stations had Cytomax. A lot of the aid stations also had misters, which would have been great if the weather had been as hot as usual. We saw several friends along the course as well.

Afterwards, there was great food and lots of people! I found Kim, Alyson and Jessica and we hung out with them while we checked out the afterparty. We had a delicious breakfast scramble from My Fit Foods (turkey, egg whites, rice and spicy pico de gallo...must recreate!) and some samples from Clif. Unfortunately, they were out of women's xsmall and small finisher shirts, so they took my bib number and told me they would let me know when more were available. (This same thing happened with the Too Cold to Hold race; it only took a couple of weeks for them to come in.)

With our medals. (Thanks for the picture, Kim!)

After a great race, I was super excited to start marathon training! Our first group run on Saturday was great, a hot and humid but fun run. Brandon and I are in the same group (4:10), as well as my buddies Jessica, Jeanette and Jackie. Brandon and Jackie couldn't make the first run, but I had a great time running with Jessica and Jeanette as well as getting to know some new faces. Our pace leaders are Clay and Kristin, I have seen them around at DRC events and I look forward to getting to know them. We also have coaches that will rotate through the groups, so we will have lots of support as we train.

I got our training plan this week. In addition to our Saturday morning long runs, we will run with our group on Tuesday nights. The first few weeks will be base-building, mostly easy runs to build endurance. After a few weeks, we'll do more speed work, tempo runs and track workouts. We are scheduled for a total of 5 running workouts a week, so three of these will be on our own.

This week's plans:
Sun 7/21: Hot yoga (60 min)
Mon 7/22: Base/easy 30 min run; hot yoga (60 min)
Tues 7/23: Base/easy 50 min run (with my training group)
Wed 7/24: Recovery 45 min run
Thurs 7/25: Base/easy 50 min; lower body strength training
Fri 7/26: Rest
Sat 7/27: Long run, 8 miles

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Dallas Marathon Training: Week 0 Complete

Well, I am officially signed up for fall marathon training with the Dallas Running Club! Watch out, Dallas Marathon, I'm coming for you again.

I'm hoping to have a stronger season this year. I have been running with DRC's Summer Bridge program and kept pretty good mileage through the summer. I have also been doing more runs in the evenings, when it's still hot, which improves endurance. I have also added some lower-body strength training, which I think will benefit my running.

With that being said, the DRC Independence Day 10K (our time trial to determine pace groups) did not go as planned. My friend Brandon and I started together. The start was very crowded, I didn't want to waste too much energy bobbing and weaving but eventually we made it through the throngs of runners. We passed my friends Kim and Michael from last year's training group. After we passed them, we tried to pick up the pace.

After just a few minutes (we must have been around 1.5 miles in), I realized that my heart rate was getting really high. I tried to keep up, but finally told Brandon I wasn't feeling well and to go on without me. My heart was pounding and my ears felt like they were full of cotton. I migrated to the right (with the slower movers) and tried to just slow down to get it back down, but I finally stopped to walk with my hands above my head for a few minutes. I've had this happen before when running (especially in the heat), but never during a race so it was a little scary for a bit. Luckily, I felt better soon and started (slowly) running again. By the two mile mark, I was feeling much better. I grabbed some water at the aid station and powered on.

Just before the turnaround point, I saw Kim and Michael again (they surely had passed me while I was slowing down) but they were walking and Michael was limping. He had pulled something in his calf and Kim caught up to me at the turnaround. We ran together for a mile or so, she had run the night before and was taking it easy. I got some water and Gatorade at the next aid station and not long after, pulled ahead of Kim. The rest of the race was tough (lots of full sun) and I was really ready to be done! I crossed the finish line in 1:02:36, a new PR for my worst 10K time! Haha, oh well. At least I managed to average less than a 10:00 min/mile pace.

I'm interested to see what pace group the DRC puts me in. Based on my experience last year, I know it's easy to change pace groups so I'm not too worried.

This week's plans:
Sun 7/14: Too Hot to Handle 15K (race goal: don't die)
Mon 7/15: Hot yoga (60 min)
Tues 7/16: easy 3-4 miles (our training orientation is that night, not sure if I'll fit in my run that morning or while I'm down at the lake for orientation)
Wed 7/17: Hot yoga (60 min) OR easy 3 miles
Thurs: 7/18: Rest
Fri: Easy 3-4 miles
Sat: DRC Kickoff Run, I think we'll be doing 6-7 miles

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Last weekend, a running buddy of mine put together a group trail run. We ran at Cedar Ridge Preserve, south of Dallas in Duncanville.

What a beautiful run! I had never done a "real" trail run before, but Jacki and Nicki were excellent guides.

Above, a group shot before the run. Below, a pic I snapped of the gorgeous scenery on the trail.

After our run, we had a potluck breakfast. I used this as an opportunity to try out a new recipe, using my favorite summer vegetable.

This bread was delicious and so moist! I can't wait to make it again.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread


3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 cup applesauce
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups finely shredded zucchini (about 1 medium)
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Cooking spray


Preheat oven to 350°.
Place first 3 ingredients in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at low speed until well blended. Stir in applesauce.
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and the next 4 ingredients (through salt), stirring well with a whisk. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture, beating just until moist. Stir in the zucchini and chocolate chips. Spoon batter into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out almost clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack, and remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.