12.31.02 - Washington Resolution Run
01.19.03 - San Diego Marathon
07.13.03 - Tri For Real #2
10.23.05 - Nike Women's Half Marathon
11.23.06 - Sparks Turkey Trot
05.05.07 - Marathon de Mayo (Half)
05.13.07 - Moms on the Run
10.??.07 - Nike Women's Half Marathon
05.10.08 - Moms on the Run
06.21.09 - Pleasanton Spirit 5K
07.29.09 - San Francisco Half Marathon
10.04.09 - SJ Rock 'N Roll Half Marathon
10.18.09 - Nike Women's Half Marathon
11.01.09 - New York Marathon
11.26.09 - Spark's Turkey Trot 10K
02.20.10 - Bay Breeze Half Marathon
03.14.10 - Shamrock 'N Half Marathon
03.21.10 - LA Marathon
03.27.10 - Scheel's Fanatic 5K
04.25.10 - Marin County Half Marathon
05.02.10 - Reno Rock 'N River Half Marathon
06.05.10 - See Jane Run Half Marathon
07.25.10 - San Francisco Half Marathon
09.05.10 - Pier to Peak Half Marathon
10.10.10 - Chicago Marathon
10.30.10 - Healdsburg Half Marathon
11.07.10 - U.S. Half Marathon
11.25.10 - Scheel's Turkey Trot 10K
02.06.11 - Surf City Half Marathon
03.13.11 - Dublin Shamrock 5K
04.18.11 - Boston Marathon
05.01.11 - Big Sur Marathon
06.11.11 - Lake Tahoe Relay
07.31.11 - San Francisco Half Marathon
09.11.11 - Walnut Festival Run 5K
09.18.11 - NorCal Half Marathon
11.24.11 - Scheel's Turkey Trot
12.03.11 - Las Vegas Santa Suit 5K
12.04.11 - Las Vegas Half Marathon
03.11.12 - South Bay Duathlon
03.25.12 - Oakland Half Marathon
05.20.12 - Morgan Hill Sprint Triathlon
06.24.12 - Silicon Valley Intl. Triathlon
07.15.12 - Ironman 70.3 Vineman Triathlon
03.09.13 - Lucky 13 Half Marathon
04.28.13 - Eugene Half Marathon
05.11.13 - Folsom International Triathlon
06.23.13 - Ironman Coeur d'Alene
11.02.13 - Silver Falls Half Marathon
11.15.13 - Mt. Tam Half Marathon
11.28.13 - Scheel's Turkey Trot
5k:19:17 @ Dublin Shamrock 5k 2011
10k: 41:01 @ Scheel's Turkey Trot 2010
Half:1:30:07 @ Oakland Half 2012
Full: 3:12:57 @ CA Int'l Marathon (CIM) 2013
70.3: 5:20:07 @ Vineman 2012
140.6: 12:14:21 @ Ironman Coeur d'Alene 2013
Category Archives: Training
One of the biggest struggles I have had throughout all of my athletic adventures has been fueling appropriately. It’s either been too much (ehem, LA) or too little (ehem, New York), and unfortunately I still don’t have it down yet. Thankfully, I have my trusty Coach now and as we are getting into longer rides, here was his early fueling advice:
For a 3 hour ride, you should be eating 200-250 calories/hour beginning about 15 minutes into the ride. From a hydration standpoint, you should be drinking about 24oz. of fluid per hour. Had the temperatures been over 80F, you would have had to increase that fluid intake to 30+oz./hour. Play around with different calorie and fluid amounts on your long rides and runs to see what works best for your body.
With an almost four-hour/55+ mile ride on tap this weekend, I knew that I couldn’t wait any longer trying to practice and find my perfect fueling strategy. Some quick mental math indicated that for this ride, I should consume at 800 – 1,000 calories and drink about 96 oz. of fluid. 1,000 calories? What?! It seemed like an extraordinarily large amount to me.
I laid out some new fueling options I had shoved in my fuel box and even with all of that food, I was only around 600-700 calories. I thought that there was no way I would eat more than that on the ride. I grabbed one more pack of ClifBlocks and thought that should suffice. What an idiot.
I’m pretty sure Saturday’s ride was worthy of a new nickname. Perhaps, Butter Fingers? I ended up dropping the entire pack of ClifBlocks, turned around to get it, and dropped it again. I muttered a few expletives and said, “Forget it.” To add to my cycling shame, I’m still too much of a Fred to smoothly drink on my bike and I barely finished my entire bottle in the four hour ride – which includes dropping it once as well.
In addition to my inappropriately timed slippery fingers, I also was trying new types of food. I’ve never had something as solid as a ClifBar on a ride before, nor had I ever had a Stinger Waffle. Two hours into the ride when I tried the waffle, I thought to myself, “What the hell is this?” It’s like a cookie with a hardened Gu waffle on the inside – weird. But around three and a half hours, I gave it another try and you might as well told me it was one of these it tasted so good:
The pure deliciousness of the waffle was a sure sign that I was starving and not fueling appropriately. Needless to say, I have a lot of fueling practice to do: getting enough in to sustain my energy and, well, just holding on to the damn things.
What is your long ride/run fueling strategy? What’s your fuel of choice?
With the success of my easy seven miles on Sunday and four miles today at a slightly faster pace, I want to make sure that I have a plan going into the Las Vegas half. Pending a full hip recovery, the next seven weeks of my life will have a new look and feel. That’s right people: it’s half marathon PR training time.
I used a mixture of Hal Higdon’s advanced marathon training, Runner’s World Smart Coach and my own training goals to create the following plan before I got injured, but I still want to print it out, hang it up and try to go after that PR. But please note, if at any moment my hip acts up, I will choose listening to my body before anything else. I have mixed in a variety of cross-training in this plan so should I need to, I can opt for cross-training only, or I can do a double day.
(Note: you can also access this training schedule via Google Docs here.)
Here’s the strategy for this training schedule:
- Focus on speed: As any running book will tell you, if you want to get fast, you have to train your body to sustain faster paces. This doesn’t mean doing speed work every day, but making sure that I get in one speed/track workout and one tempo run per week. I’m going to start gradually mixing in speed next week, of course, all pending on my hip.
- Embrace the easy: With a renewed focus on speed, it’s important that you give your muscles time to rest, and in turn, repair the tiny rips that you make in them while training so they grow back bigger and stronger than before. The runs in between my speed work and my long runs will act as easy recovery runs, but will ensure that I’m getting the mileage in.
- Saturday long runs: As I’ve talked about in the past, Saturday long runs work best for my personal life. Thus, I’ll be hitting the road every Saturday to get in the mileage.
- Sunday options: I always allow one complete rest day, which will be Sundays in this training cycle. However, I’ve also left the option to do a bit of cross-training as I want to learn how to ride my bike again (gasp)! This will also come in handy should I have to skip a workout mid-week, I can rest assured that another weekend opportunity will abound.
- Cross training: Every Monday I’m going to take a spin class at my local. Training different muscles and will only help my overall efforts and gives my training a nice change in pace.
- Swimming: I found a beginner schedule on the Speedo community and will try to stick with it for the next seven weeks. While I realize that this does mean double days (which I’m not usually a fan of), the only reason it is going to work is because Chicken Face will be in grad school on those days. Thus, making the most of both of our time. If I am unable to complete a swim workout, no biggie. The goal is simply to start getting comfortable in the water and de-stress after work.
- Adjusting to my personal life: As you can see, I have definitely accounted for my personal/work life. The launch of my client’s new product and that weekend that I’ll be working? It’s there. Thanksgiving and increased time with family? It’s there too.
So there you have it folks – my half marathon training plan. Let me know if you have any questions and tell me, what are you training for next?
After traveling and working for nine days straight, I can confidently say that I miss my little NorCal life and am ready to go home. Traveling is one thing, traveling alone is another, and traveling for work is just an entirely different ball game. I’ve worked from (and consumed) more Starbucks in one time period than ever before and will be likely needing a chai tea latte detox (I never thought I’d utter such words). New York, Boston and Chicago, thank you for welcoming me and giving me a small taste of your urban-goodness, and more specifically, thank you Chicago for lighting my fire again.
As you may recall, due to work I will have to forgo my A-race for this fall. I wrote about the possible alternatives for a fall marathon and all of you chimed in with your thoughts on the contenders. I thought long and hard about the decision while also considering the next couple of months in my personal and work life and came to a strangely difficult decision:
I will not be running a marathon this fall.
Why did deciding this pain me so much? It’s not like I was giving up running and the races that I did have planned (e.g. Las Vegas) will simply become a half marathons. But still, something inside of me wondered if I lost my mojo.
But there’s something special about one of the world majors. I’ve never spectated one before but when 50,000 people all share the same energy, focus and excitement to run 26.2 miles, it’s inspiring, or maybe better put, invigorating. With the energy still fresh and in an attempt to not insanely register for something in the heat of the moment, I’ll renew my focus this fall.
Goal: be fast like Katie. She just ran a 3:06 Marathon in Portland!
Next weekend is the Nike Women’s half marathon. I didn’t win the contest (thanks for your votes, though!), but with almost every Bay Area blogger I know running it, I’m going to run for pure pleasure. I know that some mock me and say, “Page, you NEVER run for just pleasure.” HA! I did for Big Sur and I plan on doing it again. Why? Well allow me to explain…
With eight weeks until Vegas, I’m going to up the training again to try and get that sub 1:30 I’ve been gunning for. Apparently they’ve made a new course that is completely on the strip, flat and fast. The fact that it’s at night still makes me incredibly nervous, but that is the game plan for now. I’ll be sure to share the training plan soon.
So there you have it folks, no fall marathon this year. Instead it will be a fun half in October and a race for a new PR in early December. I’m sure there will be a Turkey Trot in there and the addition of some new types of cross training, but I’ve got a new focus and am ready to go for it.
What are your fall goals? Have you ever had to completely renew your focus? How did you do it?
Happy Running and congrats to all of the amazing racers out there this weekend!
In the marketing world, the consideration set is a highly coveted place within consumer behavior. While it’s no final decision, it is the set of options that a potential consumer deems valuable enough to consider when putting down their money on something.
Today, I’d like to present to you my personal, A-race, marathon consideration set. I’ll pretend that it’s a highly esteemed set of options that marketers are crossing their fingers for me to choose, but in reality, it’s more like what part of the country am I going to drag Chicken Face to next.
1. Rock ‘N Roll “Strip At Night” Marathon – Dec. 4, 2011
So here’s the funny thing about this marathon, I’m already registered for it! However, my original plan was to run it after Fresno and take it in as a fun run (as fun as 26.2 miles can be). The thought of making this race my new A-race is daunting given that it starts at 4 p.m. While this could sound appealing, here’s the catch: I usually loathe running at night. Well, I usually loathe running after work because by the time I’m home, I just want to eat and be lazy. It’s apparently flat, fast and full of “entertainment.” What’s a girl to do?
2. Disney Marathon – Jan. 8, 2011
Not a race Chicken Face would want to go to, but I think I could convince my mom to spend a weekend reminiscing about my childhood in the happiest place on earth. Have you run this race? How humid is it? This race is ridiculously expensive, is it worth it?
3. Rock ‘N Roll Arizona – Jan. 15, 2011
Closer to home than Florida and is an opportunity to explore a new west coast state. Supposedly flat and fast, and a ticket down south wouldn’t be that expensive. The downside: it’s $135! Holy expensive! Tell me, have you heard anything about this race?
4. ING Miami Marathon – Jan. 29, 2011
I don’t know much about this race other than going to Miami in January sounds like a dream. Plus, I like to drag Chicken Face to new parts of the country that he would otherwise not choose to go to. That’s how I got him to fall in love with Chicago, right Chicken Face?
So there you have it folks – my initial consideration set. Did I miss any races that should be on my radar? Specifically any in California?
Thanks for your help and happy running!
When making a training plan, one of the questions you have to ask yourself is the dreaded Saturday versus Sunday long run decision. Now don’t get me wrong, your plan is always flexible, we have to start somewhere, right? Let’s work our way backwards and look at Sunday first.
Running long on Sunday allows you to…
- Potentially have a life on Friday night.
- Sleep in on Saturday, regaining energy for Sunday.
- Drink and eat throughout Saturday, preparing you for Sunday.
On the other hand, running long on Saturday allows you to…
- Get your run DONE so it’s out of your mind and not thinking about what you still have to do the rest of the weekend.
- Who are we kidding? Friday night rolls around and I just want to go home and drink wine after the week. This party animal never has wild Friday nights anyways.
- The rest of Saturday is fair game for naps, going out and other weekend shenanigans.
- Sleep in on Sunday, watching The Food Network with Chicken Face in bed. No pressure to do anything but indulge in absolute laziness.
While Sunday runs technically allow one to properly rest and fuel for the long run, having it done, being relaxed and enjoying time with Chicken Face is worth any long run preparation.
It’s Sunday and I’m currently drinking (more) wine, hanging with this little monkey and watching 17 Again. Damn you, Zach Effron.
(Thanks auntie Caroline for the bow!)
Moment of truth: Saturday or Sunday? Why?
With every new training cycle there is a sense of vigor, freshness and overwhelming excitement that is hard to imitate…
You spring out of bed at 4:30 with no problem. Sleep? Who needs it?!
You smile, and perhaps even chat with, the gym’s front desk attendant. He always says good morning, after all.
You welcome the idea of 10 miles on the dreadmill. Admit it, those hamsters always look so cute running on their wheel so why can’t you?
You actually enjoy the taste of PowerBar chews for breakfast. While not ideal, that’s all you remembered to grab and you’re totally ok with it.
You easily eat up every moment of the 2009 remake of Fame streaming from Netflix to the dreadmill TV. Oh teenage angst, how we love to hate you.
You cruise through your miles – legs ripe with energy and the hot pursuit of your goals with every step you take.
You forgot to pack the shirt you were going to wear, but who cares?! You just got 10 miles under your belt all before 6:30 a.m., so that wrinkled, hot mess of an extra shirt at the bottom of your bag might as well be draped across Blake Lively because you’re gonna make it work!
I love days like today and I love blogging about them even more. I can look back on the second best day of my life, the best day of my life, my BQ, moments where I lost my mojo, Boston, and days like today, and reminisce about the journey that running takes you on.
But for now, I’ll soak up every moment of these early weeks in training as the possibilities are limitless. When week 14 rolls around and I have a bad case of the taper crazies, I can look back to posts like these a remember it’s all part of the process and it’s why we love it.
This weekend I received an email from a reader in Germany asking about how to start marathon training. First and foremost, I want to say thank you for writing to me! Whenever I get an email from you guys it makes my heart smile. Plus, I can’t help but to want to travel to all of these fabulous places that you all are from! GLOBAL ROAD TRIP — HOLLA!
But on a more serious note, it’s a great question that I wish I had a little guidance on when I first started. With my personal training ramping up, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite tips with you. However, please remember that I am not a professional and can only share with you my two cents. Marathon training is completely individualized – so please listen to your body and do what works for you.
Below are five “essentials” to start marathon training. Of course there are tons more (if there weren’t, I wouldn’t have anything to talk about on the blog everyday). So check ‘em out and let me know if you have any questions.
1. Build A Base
Before anyone sets out on a 16 or 20-week journey to marathon training, you need to have already established a solid running base. We don’t build our houses on grass…concrete, people, CONCRETE!
Ensure that you are able to easily run for at least a solid 45 minutes straight 3-4 times a week for at least a couple of months before beginning any program. Again, I am not a doctor here, so please listen to your body. Once you are able to do this, we can begin looking at beginner training programs. Hal Higdon has a great base training program that you can find here.
2. Pick A Training Plan & Prepare To Stick To It (As Best As You Can)
One of the most confusing parts of training for a marathon the first time is picking what training plan you’ll use. The two that I keep coming back to are the Runner’s World Rookie Marathon Training (I used this for one of my firsts) and Hal Higdon’s Novice 1 Training Plan. They are simple to understand, not too overwhelming and ease you in the entire training process. Make sure to choose a plan that has at least four days of running per week, and at least one (if not two) rest days per week.
3. Invest In Good Shoes & Some Wicking Clothes
I used to buy shoes because of the color, brand, the way that I thought they felt, or because some kid in a referee jersey threw out a bit of running jargon. Little did I know just how important shoes are. Given that running can be a fairly simple sport to get into (all we really need is shoes, right?), it’s crucial that the one piece of equipment that you do have works with your body, not against it. So please, for the love of Mac ‘N Cheese, go to a running store where running professionals can analyze your foot and stride to put you in the perfect shoes. Expect to put down anywhere between $80-120, but it’s incredibly important.
The only other clothing investment that I would say is an absolute must is “wicking” clothing. Clothes with “wicking” material (like Nike DriFit) wick the sweat off of you to help you stay cool and can prevent chafing. You can find some pretty great wicking gear at Target and TJMaxx these days.
4. Be Prepared To Devote Time & Sacrifice A Bit
You will go to bed and wake-up early on both the weekdays and the weekends. You will most likely have to make difficult social choices (e.g. sorry, I can’t have that cranberry and vodka tonight. I have my long run tomorrow). You will spend a majority of your time in workout clothes and your husband will hate it. You will chafe and your toenails may fall off.
But why do we do it? Just wait until you cross that finish line…everything will become crystal clear then. Just trust me on this one.
5. Get Organized
You may have heard me talk about this before, but with work, relationships, family and a semblance of a social life, you’ll need to stay organized. For me, this is ensuring that I have access to my training plan wherever I go (see my tips for that here), my friends and family are aware of the my goals so they can be supportive, oh, and my Netflix treadmill set-up ready to go. Check those links out for the deets!
So here comes the cheese: I really believe that anyone can run a marathon. For all of those folks out there that say that they just can’t run, well, I’ve got news for them: NO ONE starts out an amazing runner, or even liking it for that matter…well, unless you have Olympic athlete in your blood. When you start running I will almost guarantee that it will not be fun. In fact, you will probably hate it.
You will hurt.
You will be sore.
You will want to throw in the towl about half a mile down the road.
But if you keep the end goal in sight and your ass in gear, I guarantee that you’ll grow to have a slight obsession with my BFF running and the high that comes with it. Plus, then we can all go on a blogger run together and that sounds like a win-win situation to me!
For all of those folks who have already started marathon training, how did you start it? What is your one essential marathon training tip?
In the midst of all of the July hoopla, I secretly started something else: TWO CITIES MARATHON TRAINING and I wanted to share my training plan with all of you.
Over my past marathons I’ve learned a few key things and have adapted those learnings for this training cycle:
- Log more weekday miles. Half marathons are my bag baby, but for some reason, I haven’t been able to have a seamless, yet still competitive, full. I think that this in part is due to my training. Throughout the last cycles, the most I would get in on a weekday was eight, maaaaybe nine, miles as I have to be out the door by 7 a.m. to get to work on time. If I want to up my ante for this race, I need to make some more efficiencies in my morning routine.
- Get ready at the gym! As much as I love coming home and getting ready with Chicken Face and Lola, I need to log more miles in the morning and the only way to do that is by getting ready at the gym.
- No more taking 25 minutes to wake-up and get my shiz together before I even go to the gym. Be packed and ready the night before (including lunches made).
- Have my Netflix queue already picked out! Since I do all of my weekday training on a treadmill, I need to watch TV or a movie, or I’d jab my eyes out because of pure boredom. Too many times I’ll stand there on the treadmill for 5-10 minutes just oogling what movie I should stream from Netflix. NO MORE!
- Utilize different training techniques to help with speed and endurance. More speed work = increased speed. More hill work = using muscles that normally don’t get touched and can build your speed by enhancing your strength. Far too often I would just crank out the miles to get them done, but with redefined focus on each and every workout I feel like I can optimize the training.
For the first time ever, I’m using a training plan from Run Faster. Please note that I have changed it a bit already and BY NO MEANS is this final. A training plan is always fluid and adaptable. Given that I’ve never done something like this plan, I could find out in two more weeks that it simply doesn’t work for me a scrap the whole damn thing. So without further ado…
To be quite frank, the intensity of this training plan DOES scare me. So I am going to be extremely in-tune with what my body is telling me and adjust as needed. Also, I realize that this extremely difficult to read, so you can access the entire spreadsheet via Google Docs here.
So there you have it folks, my training plan for the Two Cities Marathon in November. What training plan are you using? What questions do you have?
If today is Monday, July 18th this means two things: 1) FIVE DAYS UNTIL THE BIG DAY, and 2) HOLY CRAP, this is the first day of marathon training for the Two Cities Marathon! Wha-what?! How did this happen?
In the midst of wedding planning, working, and well, life, I failed to be in my normal pre-race mind-set. I would have usually made my plan, printed it out and flashed it in Chicken Face’s face. While I knew that training would be starting soon, I finally counted out the 16 weeks and it led me to today! Oh shiz…
Chicken Face and I were in Reno all weekend (more on that later), thus, I haven’t had a spare moment to begin tailoring the new plan. To ensure that I was at least starting, I ripped open Run Faster and found the new training plan I have had my eye on. So wouldn’t you know it: HAPPY FIRST DAY OF MARATHON TRAINING! As soon as I have a spare moment, I’ll share the plan with you all here!
Speaking of Reno, Chicken Face and I went back for a family baby shower and…
TO GET OUT MARRIAGE LICENSE! Is this real life?!
Thus, given it is wedding week, my blogging time is minimal and I’d love to set up some guest blogger posts. If you’re interested, please e-mail me at twentysixandthensome[at]gmail[dot]com.
In the midst of the wedding activities, trying to finalize the plan, getting up to speed with new clients at work and trying to have some semblance of a social life, the beginning of the next bout of marathon training is right around the corner and I need to make my training plan! As I start to assemble it, I thoughts I’d share some of my favorite FREE online resources and books that I used when first getting the hang of things. There are a lot of sites out there that will charge you for plans, but honestly, with so many free plans I’d beg you to check these out before putting down the cash, or use your money to get two specific books.
Please note that when I find a plan, I still tailor it to fit what works best for me. Never think that what is prescribed in a plan is set in stone. Be flexible and make it your own!
Take a look at the sites and books below, and tell me, what other resources do you use?
- Hal Higdon’s Marathon Training: (SITE) Hal is a renowned coach and athlete, and a staple when it comes to training plans. This site is great as it offers free training plans for novice to advance runners – even training plans for multiple marathons.
- Cool Running: (SITE) Cool Running dubs itself as a “complete online resource for runners of all abilities and experience levels.” The articles are good and they offer training plans for the 5K to the marathon, including speed work.
- Boston Athletic Association: (SITE) When I was training for the Boston marathon, I used a combination of the BAA marathon training plan and a few of the others mentioned throughout. With BAA being the holy grail of races, I pretty much trust what they have to say.
- Runner’s World: (SITE) When I trained for some of my earlier marathons, I devoured all of the resources on Runner’s World. This plan was what I used for my first marathon.
- Advanced Marathoning by Pete Pfitzinger: (BOOK) Don’t let the title scare you away, this book has a TON of great info for any runner and some solid training plans in the back. Pfitz is well-known across the running world for his solid plans, so I’d definitely recommend putting out the $13 to add it to your running library.
- Run Faster by Brad Hudson and Matt Fitzgerald: (BOOK) Brad is a former Olympic Trials athlete and now coaches some of today’s top runners. For 10 bucks, this book teaches you to be “your own coach” based on Brad’s strategies. While different from Hal and Pfitz, it still has a ton of information and a variety of training plans.
- Race-Specific Training Plans: With any marathon of decent size, their sites usually have a section dedicated to training plans. Take advantage of this as you paid for it!
- Friends: Once I make a training plan, I share it with some of my other running friends to be my gut check. Am I crazy? Did I miss something? Am I going to burn out? I know that they will keep me in check.