Training Winding Down- The Goal 30 Winding Up

The race is two weeks away! I had a great 20 miler on Tuesday. The pacing was uneven, but I managed to make those 20 miles happen solo, in my own head, at my own intervals, with a good nutrition plan, and I feel happy with what I made happen. I am definitely ready for some tapering; I will still try to run 3x a week at least, and want a few more yoga days in there too to loosen up. My left knee has been bothering me, and I have a referral to a PT that I have yet to act on, so one of next week’s goals is to give them a call. It might not make a difference on race day, but I want to have a plan in place to keep getting stronger!

Speaking of goals – have you heard of The Goal 30 (#thegoal30) yet? It is a simple but brilliant idea where you identify 30 short, non-scale related goals and set out to accomplish a goal a day for 30 days. This came about via ArielleSays on IG and was also written up by a few blogs that I follow – Roni Noone (What You Can When You Can – ready it! #wycwyc) and Kelly on her blog No Thanks to Cake. I thought I’d jump in and share my 30 goals for 30 days. It’s been a fun challenge so far and I love how it’s making me think more about the way I use my time, energy and emotions.

goal 30

In no particular order:
Meatless Monday
Go to Yoga Class at Columbus Sports Connection
Go to Yoga Class at Yoga Happiness
Run a 5:25 or under Marathon
Run a trail at night time
Have a veggie with every meal/snack
Go a work day without work snacks/candy
Finish Run to Lose
Go (back) to spin class
Try a new smoothie recipe
Drink 100oz water in a day
Track meals on My Fitness Pal
Stay within SmartPoints budget (M-F)
Stay within SmartPoints budget (Saturday)
Stay within SmartPoints budget (Sunday)
Work on cross stitch
Write postcards/letters
Write Thank You Cards (my birthday was July 1 – oops)
Sort and donate clothes
10,000 steps every day for a week
Run with Roxie
Walk on a lunch break/dinner break
11pm or earlier bedtime (M-F)
No phone 30 minutes before bed
No phone 30 minutes after waking up
Read work articles
Yoga dvd every morning (M-F)
Go to cardio sculpt

Some nutrition-based goals, some exercise based goals, and some “me time” based goals. I have a re-cap for the first week coming up soon!

What goals are you setting for yourself this week?


Erie Marathon Training: Weeks 11-13

Erie Marathon Training: Weeks 11-13

July 17-24
Let’s start off by saying – consistency is my biggest downfall and why I could never be a ‘real’ blogger. I love using this as my training journal, and like to try and stay organized, but I’m not entirely sure anyone ever reads this so… who cares how regularly I post?  Is it just runner’s naval gazing to write a blog in the first place? Who knows. But I’m putting it out there anyway, no matter how late it is!
Monday: Day off – I was sore from Sunday’s 16 miles, so I decided to reevaluate my training plan and move rest days to Mondays so I can recover from my longer runs.
Tuesday: Yoga DVD.
Wednesday:  5 miles before work. Wowzers that was a good run. Listened to a few podcasts and still made it to work on time. Win-win!
Thursday: Walking group @ work ~ 2 miles
Friday: Post work treadmill – speed work. It was HOT out, so I went to the gym for this one. I’m working with a Fartlek plan put out by my training group, which called for a 6 mile run with a pyramid of sprints: 1:00 sprint-1:00 rest, 2:00 sprint-2:00 rest, 3:00 sprint-3:00 rest, 3:00 sprint-3:00 rest, 2:00 sprint-2:00 rest, 1:00 sprint-1:00 rest. I did a total of 45 minutes, 4 miles but still got the speed work in. I find it really difficult to run at pace on treadmills so my warm ups and cool downs are often walking instead of running. Have I mentioned that I *really* don’t like the treadmill?
Saturday: DOR
Sunday:  18 miles. TBH, this was rough. It was one of the hottest days so far. I started at 6am, and took the pace much much slower, but it was really draining. So happy to get the miles done, but my knee was really bothering me by mile 14. My watch also died at Mile 13 which was frustrating!

Week 12 (July 25-July 31)
Monday: DOR
Tuesday: Strength – JM30Day Shred Level 2 – It’s not getting easier!
Wednesday:  5.2 miles of hill work. It was pretty terrible.
Thursday: Walking club
Friday: DOR – post work plans & a long morning run!
Saturday: 20.75 miles? 18.25 miles? Met a running buddy at Highbanks for our long run. Met at 6:30 and made our loops through the park. My phone had me over 20.75 and running buddy’s Garmin had us at 18.25. I called it a wash because it was tough terrain and a hot day. Happy to get my long run done early!
Sunday: Sort of DOR – A lot of walking to the State Fair.

Week 13 (August 1 – August 7)
Monday: Yoga
Tuesday:  5 ish mile run
Wednesday:  DOR – Lots of walking in Boston
Thursday: JM 30 Day Shred in my hotel room in Boston
Friday: 6 ish miles in Boston
Saturday: DOR – morning conference and a long flight home this afternoon
Sunday:  TBD – I’ve been out of town and walking like crazy! I have 15 miles on my plan, but I also have to work in the afternoon, so I might need an actual rest day!