Monday, January 21, 2013

RunBandz winner & marathon training update

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the RunBandz giveaway this past week and to new readers, thanks for stopping by!

There were 20 entries in the giveaway and let me just say, the MICHIGANDERS were really representing! Who knew there were so many people from the mitten-shaped state running & blogging? Seeing as how I'm married to a Michigander and our giveaway is sponsored by a Michigander, I have to admit I was pulling for y'all. selected comment #16...lucky OKIE GYM GIRL! Morganne of Oklahoma, message me at for the details.

Everyone else, check out Amber's Etsy shop and treat yourself to a new headband. She has new patterns up as of this weekend and you can own one for the bargain price of $5 (less, if you use the code: AVERAGEWOMAN).

Marathon Training Week 4 Update:

Last week was pretty busy with work and volunteer activities. In fact, I need to drop something because I just don't have time. I've been participating in a community group that is trying to get a little R.E.S.P.E.C.T from the airlines / FAA but I think I need to focus my precious spare time instead on our local Headstart program. I'm on the Policy Council (like PTA for preschool) and as of last week I am now on the Board of Directors. That's a lot of meetings, letter writing, phone calls, and fundraising y'all! Phew. If anyone wants to know how preschool can save the world, listen to THIS brief yet amazing podcast.

Anyway, this was the deal last week from the Another Mother Runner Finish It plan:
  • "Fun workout" - This was my Jillian Michaels core workout that I do every Monday. I hope it still counts?
  • 6 mi run - Nice cruise around the hood DONE!
  • Rest/XT day - ZUMBA baby, yeah! 
  • Interval run workout - 1 mi each warm-up/cool-down, 2 x 1.5 mile intervals with 0.5 mi rest interval, on the YMCA treadmill, got 'er done! 
  • 3 mi run or strength - FAIL. This was on my non-work day but the little man did NOT nap, giving me no time to get this one done (plus we had 2 doc appointments to get him to, long line at pharmacy, etc). Blech.
  • 13 mi long run - FAIL. I traveled 3 hrs east, over the Cascade Mountains, this weekend to officiate my uncle's wedding then back the next day. I had good intentions of getting up Sunday morning before we drove back to run & photo document this cold but sweet town and instead I slept. I was freaking exhausted after a long work/volunteer week and a wedding. In this case, I really do think that sleep was better for me than pushing out that long run.
So it goes. An "ok" week.

This week, I have more extra-curricular meetings on my big run days (Tuesday & Thursday) but am hoping to find a way to make it happen and still get my minimum "ideal" of 7 hrs sleep at night. Also, after thinking of taking January off from bike commuting I changed my mind. I miss my green beauty!

I haven't posted any photos in a while. Kinda lame, I'll try to work on that.

Big running goal this week: Get out for my long run (14 mi) with some of the local running ladies who are training for spring marathons! 


  1. Your training is looking good. Keep it going!

  2. It's so hard fitting marathon training in week after week! Sometimes sleep is definitely more important than running. Onwards and upwards!

  3. It is hard to fit in long runs :( Personally after doing one I'm kind of beat for the day and just want to lie around on the couch for the next few hours. We all deviate from the schedule once in a while so don't worry to much ^^

  4. wait, you officiated the wedding??? super cool! you are like me-you like to have your hands in a lot of things-it can be exhausting. hope this week goes well!

  5. Good luck with your 14 mile run this week! I hope to get out and do at least 8 on Sunday. We are not going anywhere this weekend, so hopefully that will make it even easier to just get out there and train. I love Zumba!

  6. Good luck on your long run! Nice that you will have ladies to run it with:)

  7. Wow, you are busy!!! Good luck with your long run, meeting ladies always helps to get started and is so much fun!

  8. How do you make up those long runs? Do you spread those miles out the next week?

    1. With the long run, the important part is getting all the miles/minutes in on your feet to get the used to the distance/duration but also to train your body to use energy to go for long durations. So, spreading those miles out over the week won't accomplish the same thing. I will not be making up those miles. My long run last week was gone, I'm just going to proceed with my normal schedule this week. If I missed more than one long run in a row, I would adjust my long run schedule to keep from increasing quickly without a proper build-up.. With only one lost week at a distance close to what I've run in the last weeks, I'm not going to worry about it.

  9. It's hard to find comfortable Women's Running Shoes what do you recommend for marathon training?