CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL MARATHON (CIM): WEEK 2

Week two of CIM training made my heart smile.

Monday was my birthday where proceeded to invite three new friends who had never met each other to dinner. Nothing quite like, “Hi. I’m new. I don’t want to celebrate alone so will you go to dinner for my birthday with me?”

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Awkward birthday selfie. We failed to take any other photos.

Thankfully, all four of us hit it off big time (if I do say so myself) and I left the date feeling like I just went on a really great date (thanks for the perfect comparison, Kitty). A big thank you to Jen, Antonia and Kitty for making my birthday so much fun.

The rest of the week was a bit of a re-awakening of my legs and the fast-twitch muscle fibers that are hidden deep, deep, deeeeep underneath all that Ironman training. During these first couple of weeks, Coach Greg doesn’t have me doing any speedwork per se, but rather getting the legs moving a bit more and a bit faster.

IMG_3155PDX waterfront running.

These workouts have included “stride” workouts. According to Coach Greg, “Strides are NOT all-out sprints but are short periods of faster running starting at around 5K race pace and getting faster to around mile race pace (95% of top speed).” Coach Greg even has some stride training tips on the “tips” section of his site. You can watch them here (click “The Best Workout You’ve Never Heard of – Stride Training”). Feeling my legs slowly come back with care and intention feels great. I know with this approach I’m not pushing anything too much, but gradually easing back into things.

Over the weekend, I flew home to Nevada to celebrate my other sister’s baby shower (and my soon to be niece). Of course, this trip home included quality time with what I’m sure is the cutest five month old ever and my hairy little baby.

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I’m working to find my place in my new work world, with new friends, with new legs and a new goal. It’s taking time and hard at times, but making the most of it.

Mon., 8/19: Core and Upper Body
An hour of a little birthday cross-training.

Tues., 8/20: Stride Workout

IMG_31895 miles with strides and getting that leg turnover to increase.

Wed., 8/21: Eliptical, Lifting and a Little Yoga
Cross-training day, obviously.

Thurs., 8/22: Stamina, Lactate Threshold Run
Leveraged Coach Greg’s pace calculator to determine my steady state pace for this five mile workout.

Fri., 8/23: Long Run

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With weekend travel plans, I got in 10 miles with a new friend. Mel has solid speed and an admirable half marathon time of sub-1:30, so I was happy to run with her to keep me focused yet distracted enough to get the miles to fly by.

Sat., 9/24: Baby Shower!

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Sun., 8/25: Recovery Run
30 minutes of lugging gifts while running to see my in-laws and Lola.

IMG_3208I just have to share my new shirt.
Love, love, love it — even if it is from the men’s section.

Happy Running!

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13 Responses to CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL MARATHON (CIM): WEEK 2

  1. Meg G. says:

    Great week! I love stride workouts! My coach had me use them A LOT during my training for Santa Rosa. I could go on and on about how awesome I think they are :)

  2. Nice work! When I started my marathon training plan this year, I did a lot of 30 sec sprints @ 5k pace (Hudson’s version of strides) and they were fun and so helpful to start getting fast again.

    Glad to hear that work and the rest of life is going well too!

  3. outside time says:

    Happy birthday! I also just moved to a new state, and my strategy was to completely avoid my new friends on my birthday. I wish I had just done what you did!

    I just did strides for the first time the other day (6x.100m) and I was running them as sprints, whoops. Thanks for sharing the video!

  4. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope it was a great one! That’s always tough when you’re in a new place, but I suppose an awesome excuse to get new friends together :) Glad you had a good time!

  5. Rena says:

    Happy Birthday! I am fairly new to my city and I ask random people for numbers and hangouts all the time. I do get rejections though,. . Why do people not want to make new friends? I don’t get that. Nothing like randos to spice up a meal :)

  6. Kristen L says:

    Love your new shirt too! :) And I’m glad you had a great birthday celebrating with your new friends.

  7. i just started stride workouts this week and still don’t really know what they are. haha. i’m just following what the woman on my phone (runkeeper app) is telling me to do. i really need to get more strength training in.

    Happy Belated Birthday <3

  8. brooke lyn says:

    loving your pre shirt! why does the men’s section always have cooler tees?!

    • Ryzen says:

      Hey, linked to you from your conmmet on Determined to be Fit. The long runs take a lot of mental strength when you run at pace that makes the run take a lot of time. I am in the same boat. I hope you do great on your half! Sounds like you are doing great with your training.

  9. Nicole says:

    You’re getting back your mojo! Those photos are amazing – I can’t wait to visit!!!

  10. Emily says:

    Happy birthday! I would not have had the guts to ask four newly-met people to my birthday dinner. I would have enjoyed a take-out pizza alone at home with Netflix. Just like any home-alone night, really. Glad you had fun!

    I have to do strides tomorrow. I think. Better check my schedule.

  11. erin says:

    Happiest {belated} birthday, Page! Hope it was fabulous!

    And, love that tee!

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