SFM Training: Week 10

Subtitle: Maybe I am tapering after all.

Whew another busy week!  My July’s just always seem to be that way.  I am trying REALLY hard to not stress myself out over mileage and missed workouts because I know getting stressed doesn’t do any good, but still I can’t help but just wish I was doing a little more.  I just need to make it happen

I like writing out my thoughts so that I can look back and remember what was going through my head after the fact,  so I am going to ramble a bit here to get some things out.  Don’t mind me. 

One thing I am having a little bit of a hard time grasping mentally is running a marathon as a “training run” for another race.  Portland is my “A” race which is 10 weeks after SFM, but I am having a hard time seeing passed SFM to my goal race.  I really wanted to embrace this whole flow of running and marathon training, but at the same time I am having a hard time with it.  A marathon is still a marathon and I have a hard time not taking it “seriously” (tapering, etc) even though I will be running it as a “training run” vs. racing hard. 

I am SO excited for the race, a little nervous as to how I might feel after, but this shift of focus I am experiencing is what I am not sure that I *love* and I will definitely look back on this before I considering setting my schedule up this way again.  It seems to work great for a lot of people, but I just don’t know if I work that way.  I am kind of scared that it will take more out of me than I want it to, since I had such a hard time finding my legs after Big Sur (which was a totally different story), but it still makes me nervous.  BUT I did get my long awaited BQ 10 weeks after another marathon, so there is that also.  I am just going to keep doing what I am doing with training hard, taking rest days when I need them, and making sure to really take care of myself before and after SFM so I can recover fast!

All that being said I have TWO weeks until my 11th marathon and am really excited for the race and a fun filled weekend with friends, food, and lots of events.  It’s going to be a blast!

Ok enough rambling now, onto my week in review:


Who is excited for team lemon run club!

10 progression

This week was the first week for the 7 mile option at team lemon run club, so I wanted to make sure to participate!  I decided to do my progression run that day (10 miles with last 6 moderate), which ended up not being so progressive.  Oops. 

I ran 3 miles before meeting with the group @ 8:19 avg, not quite an “easy” pace.  Then I ran a couple easy miles in the middle and picked it up on the way back.  The weather was SO much better this week than the last couple and I used it to my advantage.  It felt good to push the pace a bit at the end too.

10.0 miles/1:23:32/8:21 avg pace

5 easy

I slept in and did my recovery run after work.  Chris decided to ride the mountain bike next to me which he hasn’t done in forever so it was really fun to have him to chat with!  Things were going just fine until around mile 2 when that feeling hit and I HAD to find a bathroom ASAP.  This was one of the worst experiences and closest calls I have had in my many many close-call-runs.  Not fun!  After over a mile we finally found a bathroom and I felt a little better but the rest of the night my stomach was not happy with me.

5.0 miles/46:37/9:19 avg pace  

July 300

10 with 5 tempo rest

I woke up on Thursday morning ready to head out for my run and my stomach was still hurting from the night before.  I was too scared to try and run for fear of the night before, plus I just didn’t feel good at all, so I didn’t go, even though I knew I would not have time after work since it was Chris’s 30th surprise dinner!  30th birthdays definitely win over running though. 

I have been having a sucky time getting my tempo runs in lately and I am determined to get one in this week!  No excuses.

8 easy

After a late night of fun at the surprise dinner, I met up with Kristin for an easy morning run.  I only looked at my watch one time during the run and I could have sworn we were going way slower than that – it definitely felt easy!  Oops.

8.0 miles/1:10:40/8:50 avg pace

20 long 17 long

Kristin and I met up with Alyssa, Katie and Megan for our last long run around San Francisco before SFM.  We had planned on 20 miles but knew we had options of cutting it a little shorter if need be.  We met at the Ferry Building and were planning on the full marathon course minus the bridge and the out and backs in Golden Gate Park.

We set off and were having a great time chatting like we usually do and Megan and Alyssa ended up going ahead for a while.  Katie, Kristin and I were cruising along and we got to the hill before the bridge, which since we weren’t running the Golden Gate Bridge continued to the big hill after the bridge all in one swoop.  We were pretty close to the top (closer than I realized) and I just had to stop for a minute to catch my breath and get my heart rate down.  After a quick rest we finished the hill, enjoyed the downhill and were on our way through the Avenues around Mile 8 climbing some more as you can see. 

See Mile 4 – the hill that did me in this day.SFM071611

I was not feeling very good at this point and vocalized how I was feeling and they agreed to cut the run even shorter as well.  We had a plan made to get us back to the start in the shortest distance possible, and just needed to find the other 2 girls to let them know.  We found them at the corner, told them we were done but then decided to join them through the park to avoid some massive SF hills we would have to cross. 

Long story short, we ended up continuing on and finishing most of the route and 17 miles!  I started feeling better after our conversation and just decided to slow it down a bit (which never really happened).  I think I just needed a quick recharge and the rest came with it.  I was so happy to get that many miles in after it not looking good at all around 8!  Just goes to show you runs DO turn around, so don’t give up too soon. 

17.0 miles/2:29:07/8:46 avg pace

Blue Bottle coffee was my reward for the day.  They even gave me an extra fancy design.  They must have known.


Kristin and I headed back to the East Bay to finish off an amazing Saturday with a lululemon fit session and I got to participate in my first bridesmaid duty of joining her in her wedding dress try ons!  It was such a fun day, but 12 hours later when I finally got home, I was wiped!  Needless to say I slept well Saturday night.   

8 easy

I met up with my friend Lauren at the Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail and we cruised along chatting away.  We saw Kerry who was out on her long run as well and we all ended up going to get coffee after for more conversation.  Another great morning with friends!

8.0 miles/1:11:13/8:54 avg pace

Total for Week 10: 48.0 miles

Obviously this is not where I planned on being this week mileage wise.  I was really hoping to get another week close to 60 this week but what can you do?  I can’t go back and make up runs or re-do the week.  I am doing my best to not be a stress case about mileage and just really enjoying the fact that I am getting a lot of great runs in when I do run! 

I will probably keep it pretty close to the same this week mileage wise with less of a long run, and back off a little bit the next week for race (!!) week.  We will see how it goes since not much has been going exactly according to my plan these days.  It’s life right?! 

2 weeks until SFM, 12 weeks until PDX!

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13 Responses to SFM Training: Week 10

  1. ellen July 17, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

    Great week — and totally worth taking it easy for the 30th bday. Bigger deal than some miles for sure. I like your plan for SFM to be a sorta “warm-up” for Portland. Can’t wait to see pics. I was recently in Portland (and SF last year) and loved them both… though SF a bit more. I’m really curious about the courses. Destination marathon in the future? Maybe, haha.

  2. Ana-Maria July 17, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

    I understand your dilemma. Have you consider making yourself run the SF marathon as a progression run. Maybe start with someone who runs 9 min miles stay there for 6 miles, than run the next 10 @ 8:30-8:40, and push the last 10 @ planned MP for Portland. Or something to this nature. You want a confidence boost in this marathon, and I think a negative split with even a few Portland MP goal miles at the end would be helpful with that. This way, you won’t be running SFM for fun, you will be a woman with a plan!

  3. courtney (pancakes and postcards) July 17, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    good job aron! Every time I read your blog it makes me motivated to be a better runner. I felt sick this week and I think my mileage was less than half of yours. SFM is not looking so good for me. :)

    I wish I ran into you guys on Saturday–I was trying to run the course too, but I couldn’t figure out how to get from the pedestrian path on the bridge to whatever the road is that you run on through the Presidio! I live in the city and have a great sense of direction but this is the third time I’ve tried and failed! Next weekend is my last chance, you’ll have to tell me where to go :)

  4. Cory Reese July 17, 2011 at 9:05 pm #

    I love the jumping picture! I try to get jumping pictures whenever possible, especially during races.

  5. Kelly July 18, 2011 at 5:06 am #

    I can’t believe SFM is so soon! I can imagine how tough it must be getting in the mindset of using the race as a training run. The excitement would get the best of me if I wasn’t careful, I think! You’ve had some really solid runs, even if the week didn’t go exactly as planned, and I love your attitude :)

  6. marlene July 18, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    Summer is HARD! Between social commitments and the weather, I am having a heck of a time fitting things in and hitting the paces I want to. Hard not to stress, but we can only do what we can do. Nice job on all the runs this week – glad that long run finally turned around for ya!

  7. Jen July 18, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    Great week aron! I think it’s good that you cut a few miles- 48 is still very good mileage!

  8. the dawn July 18, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    i hope that you’re feeling completely better! i know that those stomach issues can be serious, so you totally did the right thing in resting for another day.

    i like that you’re processing through this whole “training” through a marathon thing. sounds interesting and i’m curious to see how well you like it :)

  9. Runner26 July 18, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    Wow that is a busy week!

  10. Corey July 18, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    I know you call this your “rambling” but I love reading your thoughts on your training and everyday runs! I’ve never run 2 marathons so close together, but I can imagine it is really difficult to see beyond the first one. Even when I do races (non-marathons) during training, and say that I’m going to do them as “training runs”, they hardly ever end up that way. I don’t all-out race them usually, but I also can’t totally blow them off. I can also relate to your thoughts on stressing about not hitting the mileage/workouts you want to hit. I’m a little lower mileage than I’d like to be right now (for a few reasons), but I’m trying not to get too caught up in it and remember that no training cycle is perfect, and all of the reasons to adjust have been very legitimate.
    I think once this first marathon is over, you will have a clearer head in general and be able to focus on your goal. You are so experienced and so at the end of the day, trusting your intuition is likely the best way to go.

  11. Fair Weather Runner July 18, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    oh i didn’t realize you were running portland, so jealous. that’s one of my ‘must do’ marathons some day! looks like you had a full week, love the lulu shot :)

  12. Stephanie July 18, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

    wow you rocked this week! you are going to do great. i am psyched for you! i love that mug how cool.

  13. Jess July 18, 2011 at 6:34 pm #

    Well like you said, it’s still a marathon! I think a little tapering is in order.

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