Week 11 of Training:
“I run for the accomplishment and the fun.” – My girl Bianca
My first run of the week was in Downtown LA. This was my first time running downtown. Watching all the people and city lights made it less painful to run at a 8-9 mile pace. I could feel my lungs and stomach burning. The hard work has to show up somewhere!
We finished 5 miles with an average pace of 8:57.
My second run of the week was along the beach at night. It was amazing! Just me, the fresh air and water. I was in a zone. It felt like heaven. I stayed at a steady pace of 10:30 for 7 miles.
Movement Runners Night Beach Run
On my rest day I went to Nike Run Crew Night. It was great seeing all the different run clubs from Los Angeles. One of the Nike coaches, Coach Blue, gave us suggestions on running the LA marathon. They also had an Olympian speak on what to do to become better as an athlete. One thing she said to me that really stood out was “Surround yourself with those who you look up too”.
Kristi Hollywood Olympic Gold Medalist and Me at the Nike Run Crew Night
I rested Sunday and Monday to ensure that I wouldn’t over do it.
Long Run Morning!
Week 12 of Training
I always love my first run of the training week. It is usually after resting for two days so I still have enough muscle memory from my long run. I did my best to keep my speed up and finished 4.60 miles with a pace of 9:35.
Increasing my speed as a long distance runner has been a tough journey. I’ve always enjoyed running at a nice pace and taking in the scene (“Slow and Sexy pace”). After committing myself to improving my running skills and wanting to beat my previous marathon time, I have picked up the speed.
Half of it came naturally, the other half came by me pushing myself. I will repeat to myself “Just Keep Going, You Got This”.
When I run fast my stomach and lungs burn. It’s not a comfortable feeling but the adrenalin rush helps masks the pain.
My legs don’t hurt until I run fast uphill. Running uphill is tough! It takes everything out of you to do that but when you finally level out, you feel great.
My long run for that weekend was 13.1 miles (Half Marathon). I ran on one of my favorite routes, Venice to Malibu and back. Always a great route!
Happiness is Running!
Week 13 of Training
My first run of the week was on Valentine’s Day. I did really well on my 3 mile run. Average pace of 8:45.
Valentines Day Run
My second run of the week wasn’t successful. The plan was to run with BlackListLA for the first 8 miles of the LA Marathon course, from Chinatown to Hollywood.
I was so excited for the run. My first mile was great. After the second mile, I tripped and felt a sharp pain in my left foot. I thought it was a bad cramp that I could shake off and it wasn’t. I knew I couldn’t run for 7 more miles. I had to limp back and call a Lyft to come pick me up to take me to my car. The pain was awful! My boyfriend helped me with icing my foot to alleviate the swelling and inflammation.
The next day I went to urgent care because I wasn’t sure if it was a strain, sprain or fracture. I prayed so hard that it wasn’t a fracture because that would put me out for 6 weeks or more.
The results came back with NO fracture. I was relieved but also still in pain and sad that I strained the foot. After seeing my PT she said I strained the ligament between the 3rd and 4th toe. This strain came from overuse and tripping while running.
She taped my foot to help alleviate pressure from the toes and to reduce swelling. The general physician and my physical therapist (PT) both advised that I rest until it is healed.
Running with Blacklist LA
Every runner hates hearing this before a big race but I knew I couldn’t chance it.
My PT told me to focus on strength training and cross training on the bike in the meantime.
I was having a hard time coping with my second injury during marathon training. Running is my way of escaping. Each time I go on a run, it feels like an adventure. There is nothing like it! Being told that I can’t do what I love was hurtful.
Instead of starting my week off by running, I had to go to the gym. I have never been a fan of the gym. I always feel claustrophobic and I don’t enjoy working out inside.
I went to try out a few gyms to see how I would like them. I started off at LA Fitness. The first day I did the 8 miles on the bike, 3 miles on the elliptical and ab work. I made the workout more challenging by increasing the resistance.
My second day at the gym I tried a spin class for the first time. I really enjoyed it! It was much harder than I thought it would be. It was a good substitute for running. I loved that I got 13 miles in too!