Training Talk [Running A Relay With A Team]

When you read this post, I will most likely be on my way to Cape Cod to endure sleep deprivation, exhaustion and 22 miles of running.

I can’t wait!

Strong Hearts Team

No matter what happens or how much of a struggle work will be the best day or two, driving 6 hours to meet a bunch of crazy vegans to run 200 miles never sounds better. I’ve thought a lot recently about why I am so excited to run this race. Honestly, when I described it to my coworkers, they thought it sounded awful. Granted, they are not runners, but they have a point.

I will be smushed in a car for 72 hours.

We still don’t know what food were going to eat.

I have to race, then sit, then race, then sit and then race again in less than 24 hours.

We all smell after the first run.

This is no small feat. Another contributing factor is that my team is the competitive team. We want to win. I am going to race each leg as best I can. When you don’t sleep, that’s a struggle for sure!

Why I do this to myself is because I am part of a team. I am part of something bigger than myself. We are part of a bigger movement advocating for animals. It just makes sense to me.

The pain.

The sleepless nights.

The uncomfort.

I thrive in that. I live for it. I can’t wait!

I think I’ve narrowed down a couple things that make being on a team worth it for me and why I think everyone should at least try it once.

1.) Less Presure

There are others on your team who share the burden of success/failure. In a normal race, it’s all on you. On a team, you help each other.

2.) Encouragement

I have never felt more amped up to run than when I have other people invested in my success. They want to see me do well in the most affectionate way. Whether it’s playing “slayer” music when they drive past or catching me before I fall into a pothole at the handoff (thanks Alan), I never have felt more cared for.

3.) Common Interest

This is a big one. I don’t know many people like me in my community. I don’t have close vegan friends. Close vegan running friends? No way! Being a part of a team, the Strong Hearts team, has given me a family. I feel completely safe and at home when I am crammed into that van for 48 hours. It’s a feeling that I would never want to give up because I don’t feel it often.

Running on a team is great! Here are my reasons why @SHVeganPower Click To Tweet

Running used to be something I would do to get away from it all. Since I’ve matured through many different stages in life, it has become so thing that has given me a community. Being part of a team, whether it’s an actual team, a group run or even a social media group, has given me that support I need to be happy and content in my crazy life.

Have you ever ran on a team before?

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Marathon Training [05/02-05/08]

I’m hitting the final stretch in my quest to finish 26.2.

This week I kept a relatively similar mileage without a significant long run. I simply don’t need to do another 20 miler before the race to gain anything. With Ragnar Cape Cod this weekend, I will be running a total of 22 miles in a 24 hour stretch so that will be enough to round out the training.

If you are unfamiliar with Ragnar, it is a 200 mile relay race where groups of 12 people run three legs each of about 3-9 miles. My legs are about 8-5-8 plus or minus a few tenths of a mile. We begin on Friday at around noon and finish Saturday at about that same time.

Last year at Ragnar ADK, I missed a turn on my first leg and ended up running an extra mile. It was no matter though, because we still got first in our division and 2nd overall. At Cape Cod this year we have another great group of people and I’m excited to get going.

My van is trying to be smarter this time and coordinate food. I think I’m bringing peanut butter and bananas, of course I couldn’t go too long without those staples.

Training Log

My training this past week went as follows:

Monday: Steady State MP Run

9 miles @ MP, 12 total miles

I am in the process of maintaining fitness and my base for the marathon without burning myself out. I felt uncomfortable, but safe during this run. Meaning I could maintain it longer, but it wasn’t a piece of cake. That’s good! I know I will suffer during the race, but I think I would at any speed, so I’d rather go faster. Make sense? I think taking a rest day on Sunday was a good idea as well. My legs felt fresh.

Tuesday: Easy run

13 miles at 7:32 pace

This run was uneventful. I did a bodyweight leg curculio afterwards of lunges, single leg squats and back extensions. This felt pretty easy when I did it, but it made so,e other runs this week a bit more challenging.

Wednesday: Easy Group Run

13.55 miles @ 7:52 pace

I decided to cut my usual long mid week run short for two reasons. The first reason is because I was hella-sore from the bodyweight exercises I did after Tuesday’s run and I had to work at 9AM. I could have made it home with enough time to change my clothes and get to work, but after a run I need a break to eat and sit for a second. No regrets.

Thursday: Easy Run on Sore Legs

10.44 miles @ 7:40 pace

I was super sore today still from Tuesday’s bodyweight leg session. I really don’t work out my legs outside of running and hip mobility work, and this did not seem hard when I did it, but boy! Two days of soreness!

Friday: MP miles

13ish miles w/ 6.73 @ MP

Friday was my day off from CTB so I did this in the morning, felt recovered from the soreness, and then out two hours of an easy spin on the bike later that day. Not too exciting except I wore a new bra and it was too tight even for ME! I solved the problem by taking the cups out. Should be fine the next time I wear it.

Saturday: Long Run w/ bike

16.07 miles @ 7:30 pace and 30 minute bike

Instead of running another 20 miler, I decided to stop after 16 and finish with a half hour spin. My ankle was bothering me and I forgot to wear my brace. I also had to close CTB that night and running long in the morning wipes me out all day.ninlike to do long runs on my day off for this reason. I did take a nap before work, which I find helps.

Sunday: Easy Group Run

13.24 miles @ 7:12 pace

I met a new runner this morning who is moving to Ithaca this August. She, my friend Bailey and I ran together at a relatively fast clip through some harsh wind. I didn’t feel at all tired today even thou when I close CTB on Saturday and get up at 6 to run, I sometimes slog around. I attribute this to the nap I took before work on Saturday.

Total mileage: 90 something

Another week of #marathontraining in the books! Three weeks till the @buffalomarathon Click To Tweet

My goals for next week are to do one MP run of 45 minutes and then everything else easy and not exceeding one 13 mile run. Ragnar is on Friday, so that’s where the work will be.

This morning I’m linking up with Meg for Week In Review!

How was your week of training?

Do bodyweight exercises ever make you sore?