detroit free press marathon

DetroitFP Marathon Training: Week 9

Week 9


4 mile run – 10:06  avg

Couldn’t wake up early enough to beat the heat (sleep won!) so I suffered through the heat/humidity for these 4 miles. Despite the weather, they were good miles and I felt strong.

Legs ST

Workout B from Best Body Bootcamp. Great routine—I felt it for days after!


4.62 mile run – 10:26 avg
Core ST

First try of Yasso 800’s. It was 91F with 87% humidity in the AM, so I waited to run until the sun was going down. Good choice. Really enjoyed this speed work and surprised myself. The pace seems slow, but that’s because it included 1 minute of total rest between 800s.


Rest really meant spending the day walking around Tokyo. Not rest at all.

12 mile run – 10:28 avg

Last long run in Japan. Bittersweet, for sure. Good run, though I started out a bit too eager and fast and was feeling quite dead-legged by the end.

2 mile run – 10:57 avg

Easy recovery run before spending the day on the beach


DetroitFP Marathon Training: Week 4

An entire month of training for marathon #2 is finished?

It doesn’t seem like I’ve been training that long at all. Nevertheless, this week’s training went pretty well.

The runs


Monday: .5 mile in the AM (it was too humid and I quit)
2.5 miles at night; 4 hill repeats

Thursday: GPP speed workout + 1.5 more “quick” miles after

Saturday:  8 mile long run @ 10:17 average

Sunday: 1.5 slow, easy recovery miles

Other workouts


I ended up taking more rest days than planned because I had an awful bout with insomnia this week and was feeling sluggish all day long. Plus, we had a typhoon on Tuesday night/Wednesday so running was out!

Week 4 Stats:
Runs: 4
Mileage: 15.5
GPP workouts: 2
Yoga: 0

Month 1 Stats:
Runs: 18
Mileage: 56.9
GPP workouts: 11
Yoga: 1 (Yikes—will fix this!)
Tears: 0 (so far)

Thoughts and goals

I was really happy with my running effort this week. I tackled 4 small hill repeats and did a speed workout—and I did both smartly and without injury. However, I learned the hard way that conbini bread (melon pan for the win!) and ice cream are not a good dinner choice the night before a long run. Those 8 miles were incredibly tough and I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to finish at one point.

Goals for this week:

1. Count calories/track food every day – I’ve slacked on this majorly

2. Do 3 GPP workouts (it’s okay to scale them back if I’m sore from running, but I shouldn’t skip them)

3. Do a yoga workout to streeeeettcccchhhhh and prevent injury

4. Foam roll every single day—the Peroneus Brevis & Longus on my left leg have been staying tight and causing my foot to feel weird, but the tightness/pain goes away with consistent foam rolling


So, that’s it for this week.

What are your favorite songs for running? I’m looking to add some new music to my iPod, but I’m stuck!

DetroitFP Marathon Training: Week 1/2

I’ve been slacking on running/blog updates lately.

Here’s my recap of the first and second week of marathon training for the Detroit Free Press Marathon:

Week 1:


Week 2:



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Combining week 1 & 2:

  • runs:  7
  • miles this week: 21.4
  • miles total: 30.4
  • GPP workouts: 2
  • Yoga workouts: 0 (starting this week!) 
  • tears: 0 (so far)

Training feels like it is going pretty well, surprisingly. I’m hesitant to talk too much about it because I don’t want to jinx myself, but…  I’m feeling good. <—That’s all I’ll say for now.

I think the biggest key for me in this training cycle is going to be finding the right mix of running/rest and easy/hard runs. I have a tendency to want to go balls to the walls on every run, but that doesn’t work for my body. I’ve been making sure to pull back a little on “EZ” runs and just enjoy being out and moving.

This morning I woke up early to run with some friends at Izu English Running Club. This running club meets once a month and enjoys an easy 5 or 10K loop with breakfast afterwards. It was nice to slow down and run with some others—admittedly I am not very good at running in crowds, which is why official races always leave me feeling anxious. I figured today was a good trial for running with more than 1 or 2 other friends.

I think there are some “trial” races around Ann Arbor before my marathon, so I am going to look into those. It seems they would be good to practice pacing for race day.

Post-running club this AM I took this year’s first ice bath. Not the most pleasant experience, but it really does help with flushing out your muscles and speeding the healing process. I was feeling a little sore from yesterday’s long run, coupled with this AM’s EZ run, so I thought an ice bath was a smart move.

This week will make my fourth week of training (I started with Week 0), so I am going to do a step-back week to try and prevent injury.

My training approach

With my first marathon I found a training plan and did my best to stick with it 100%. I missed a few runs here and there, but, for the most part, if my plan said XX miles on Saturday, I ran XX miles on Saturday. This time around I have a general plan, but I am being much more flexible with myself and letting my body be the guide.

I have an idea of what key runs I need to get in before race day to make sure my body is prepared to tackle 26.2 miles, but nothing is in “permanent marker.” I’m finding this way of training to be less stressful and more enjoyable—if my body isn’t up for 6 miles next week I will cut back. If it’s feeling good and up for more than 6 miles, I’ll do a bit more.

DetroitFP Marathon Training: Week 0

Wanna know what got me out the door for my workout this evening?

I didn’t want a big X on my training plan the very first week. Kind of silly, but it worked!

Today’s GPP workout was Lil Kate:


(Click on the above photo to see the workout on GPP’s site!)

My metric to miles conversions aren’t so great, so I had no idea that I’d be running 2.5 miles before this workout was over. And because I did this workout right in front of my apartment, I was running the second half of those 400s uphill. What. A. Workout.

And damn those burpees. (I WILL learn to like them one day, right?)

Head over to the Lil Kate post to see my time and other thoughts.

Let’s just say I felt like this afterward:

May 2012

It’s the workouts you don’t want to do that matter most.

Onto this week’s marathon training.

This was what I’m calling “Week 0.” The week before real training begins to give me a chance to feel everything out and see how my body is feeling.


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  • runs: 4
  • miles: 9
  • GPP workouts: 5
  • tears: 0 (so far)

Time for dinner! My tummy’s growling and ready to be filled.

(No weigh-in video this week, by the way. I just didn’t feel like filming one. I was down another half pound, though.)

Badass, Crazy, or Both?

Hey guys. I have a few minutes to write a post before we head out for dinner.

The last few weekends have been SO busy and this weekend was no different. Saturday was spent running errands and yesterday was a mixture of fun (early AM hiking with Marc) and work (office BBQ). All-in-all I am spent and ready for a weekend at home soon. No matter how much fun I am having, being out and about all day totally wears my body out.


I was up and at ‘em at 4:30 yesterday morning (couldn’t fall back asleep) and met Marc at 6 to climb Jyouyama again. This time I climbed in my Vibrams and it was so fun to feel the rocks under my feet. They also made it way easier to grip as I was climbing up.

We were up and back down before the supermarkets were even open, which is pretty cool.


We saw this little Fiddler Crab on the way back down. How cute is he? He was ready to take a bite outta Marc, but couldn’t quite get to him.


I started this morning with a 1.5 mile run in my Nike Free Run 3s. So far, I REALLY love running in these. I sincerely hope things don’t go South with these shoes because my feet seem to be very happy and pain-free. Let’s not talk about it because I don’t want to jinx it.

This is the longest I have ran in well over a month. It was a little tough because of the humidity, but my legs were actually feeling good. Thanks GPP.

I mentioned in a previous post that I am registered for the Detroit Free Press Marathon (October 21). Since my stress fracture popped up—which now seems to be healed—I was pretty sure I would not be training for/running the full marathon. However, I still think it might be possible.

I’ve modified my original training plan to include more weeks of training at lower mileage. I’m going to just go with it and train as long as I have no injuries. I’m not training for time—I’d just like to enjoy the process and complete my second marathon. I’m also curious to see how routinely strength training with GPP affects my running.

For the record, J is totally against me running the full at this point and thinks I am crazy. I realize he is probably right, but I can’t help but wonder, “What if I can?” Runners are insane people and I DO NOT recommend anyone else doing this or following my example. Please be smart and ready before beginning a marathon training plan. If this were my first marathon I wouldn’t even consider it. If at any time training becomes a danger to my health I will stop without question—running is fun, but there’s more to life than running.

So you tell me: attempting this marathon—badass, crazy, or both? I’m going to go with both.