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Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Training: Week Four

Monday: Rest

To celebrate my official rest day, I drank this.

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Tuesday: 3.63 miles (9:37 pace)

I was exhausted from two weeks of poor sleep finally catching up to me, but good company got me through this run.

Wednesday – Friday: Rest

My mid-week training kind of ended up being a fail. One was legitimately due to weather but the other two days were just me not choosing to make getting a run in, a priority.

On Wednesday, right before my last PT appointment, I got an email from the race director of the 5K I ran last weekend, telling me that the results were in and I officially placed 1st in my age group! Since the community center is five minutes away from Orthology, I swung by and picked up my medal!

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Thursday night, I had a work event and didn’t get home until 11 p.m. Friday night, I took J out for his birthday and I didn’t get to bed until midnight. #tooold

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Kevin Nealon — only kind of funny

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Delicious cocktails

Saturday: 3 miles with the stroller (9:58 pace)

Got a second run with the BOB under my belt and it did not feel any easier. It didn’t help that I was running into the wind for most of mile 2. And going uphill is the WORST. Luckily, Calvin was pretty happy on this run, up until close to the end, when he started melting down. He pretty much chattered away, happily, for most of it.

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unimpressed

Sunday: 7 miles (9:54 pace)

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When I looked at this at 4 a.m., it looked very different

I was going to visit a friend in St. Peter and wanted to time it to get Calvin’s first nap to take place in the car, so I planned to get up and run at 6 and then be back home to get ready, etc. and be on the road by 8:30 or so. With rain in the forecast, I started to get nervous about getting in my long run, so when Kate said she could run together if we went at 5, I actually said yes. I was in bed the night before by 9 and Calvin got up once around 2:30 a.m. to eat. When my alarm went off at 4, I actually didn’t feel too bad. Weather Underground said that it wasn’t going to rain until 9 — nice! I ate a Picky Bar, left a bottle for Calvin, and drove to Kate’s.

We did one of my favorite loops and saw a grand total of ONE other runner out. It started sprinkling during the third mile of the run, but we saw a few flashes of lightning. Then, with a half a mile to go, the rain picked up. By the time we made it back to Kate’s house, it was pouring (thanks for nothing, Weather Underground). But still, that was pretty amazing timing.

The run overall went pretty well, but since I haven’t done too many back to back runs this training cycle, my legs did feel a bit heavy. Looking forward to this week’s training and a 10K race on Saturday!

 

Early morning or evening runs?


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Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Training: Week Three

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 3.5 miles (9:35 pace)

Tuesday evening after putting Calvin to bed, I laced up my running shoes for my weekly run with Andrea and Kate. My legs felt extremely heavy, but I figured that was to be expected after taking an entire week off from running.

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 3 miles (9:28 pace)

I got in a quick three miles over the lunch hour since I had a work event Thursday evening. It was pretty warm out and my legs still felt heavy. I found myself feeling out of breath running up even the slightest incline.

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Run the Valley 5K – 26:51 (1st in AG and 7th female overall)

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Saturday morning, Calvin woke up to eat at 5:15 a.m., and since my alarm was set for 5:45, I just stayed up after putting him back down. I headed to the kitchen to get some breakfast and had to pat myself on the back for making a breakfast cookie the night before for one less thing to worry about on race morning!

Along with my cookie, I had a cup of decaf and a glass of water. It was supposed to be around 58 degrees at race time, so I decided on my Oiselle singlet and a pair of distance shorts. I also wore some compression socks and threw a pair of arm warmers and a hat into my bag, just in case.

Andrea picked me up and we arrived at the Brookview Community Center in Golden Valley a few minutes before 7:30 a.m. We got our packets, used the bathroom (not a porta potty – woo!) and did a quick warm up before lining up for the 8:10 start. I ended up skipping the arm warmers, but opted to wear the hat.

We started out closer to the front than the middle. Once we started, we really didn’t have to do too much weaving, and also weren’t getting passed, so it felt like a good position to have started in. I had zero goals going into this and wasn’t even sure I was going to race it — even though that’s what my training plan called for. With the disappointing runs earlier in the week, I had no idea what I would be capable of after we crossed the starting line.

But once we took off, I felt surprisingly good and the heaviness in my legs had disappeared. After a cautious first mile in 8:52, I officially made the decision to give the rest of the race all I had. The next mile felt great — I over took a few runners and saw the second mile clock in at 8:12 on my Garmin. Not too long after that is when things started hurting.

We started up a gradual incline that felt like it was never going to end. One person I had passed earlier passed me on the hill and I felt a moment of panic that I wasn’t going to have any kick left in me for the end. But once at the top of the hill, I regained my focus and set my sights on the fact that I had less than one mile to go.

As I neared the finish, I was able to dig deep and increase my pace (not as much as I would’ve liked) and passed the runner who got me on the hill. As I crossed the finish line and heard the announcer say I was in the top ten for women! I couldn’t believe it!

Once Andrea crossed the line just moments later, we headed into the community center and loaded up with post-race snacks. Of course, the donuts were calling my name.

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The posted race results are a little weird, with some “unknowns” posted, but if they are indeed accurate, I may have pulled off an AG win! That’ll teach me for leaving early! It felt really good to race again and it was also a wake up call that I’ve got a LONG way to go to get back to my 2012-2013 level of fitness.

I will DEFINITELY run this race again next year. It was well organized, had a nice-sized field, a good course and good race swag!

Sunday: 2.89 mile walk and a 1.29 mile walk

It was another gorgeous day, so Calvin and I met a friend for a walk around Lake Harriet. Calvin was fussy for the first part of the walk, but that escalated to full on screaming by the time we got halfway around the lake. So guess who got to carry a 20-pound baby around the last half of the lake? Yep, you guessed it — this lucky lady. I guess I got my strength training in for the day also? Oh, and he was in SUCH a good mood once I started carrying him, he was practically blowing kisses to everyone we passed.

Then, once we got home, we decided to take another walk to take the pup to get his long overdue “pup cup” from Dairy Queen for his birthday.

Anyone deal with “heavy legs?” What was the outcome?

How did you enjoy the weather this weekend?

 


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Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Training: Week Two

Major delay in getting this up, because all week I *thought* I had hit publish. Bah.

Monday: Rest day.

Had a long, on-the-go day, so by the time evening rolled around, I ended up falling asleep before getting any stretching or strength training in.

Tuesday: 3 miles @ 9:38 pace (9:53, 9:46, 9:31)

Thanks, Kate, for the photo

Thanks, Kate, for the photo

A nice, easy run with Kate and Andrea felt good after a long day at work. Legs felt a little heavy, but no issues with my hip or foot!

Wednesday – Sunday: Zero mileage.

The rest of the week was a major F-A-I-L. A stomach bug left me out of commission. The most physical activity I got the rest of the week included 20,000+ steps on Saturday at an all-day work event at Winter Park (the Vikings training facility).

I was obviously frustrated with such an abrupt wrench in my training plans, but not going to get discouraged! Next week I’ll focus on getting back on track.

Has something like this happened to you in your training cycle? How’d you get back on track?


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Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Training: Week One

Monday: Stretch and strength

I did my PT exercises and did some stretching, planks and push ups.
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Tuesday: 3.02 miles (30:13 – 10:05, 9:58, 10:01)

Put Calvin to bed at 6:50 p.m. and changed quickly into my running clothes before Andrea arrived to run with me at 7. I definitely broke out the shorts for this run! It was a beautiful night for a run — even though we were running into the wind on the way back.

Sorry for all of the weird shots of my legs.

Wednesday: 5x400s (1 mile warm up @10:00, 7:25, 7:41, 7:41, 7:41, 7:41, 1 mile cool down @10:00) = total 3.75 miles in 36:37

I was supposed to meet Sara at the track for this workout, but since the forecast called for pouring rain all morning (and because I’m a klutz), we decided to save the track for a less rainy day. Calvin woke up to eat around 5:11 and after I fed him, I changed into my running clothes and headed to the fitness center in my office building to get this run in before work.

After doing the first 400 at 7:25 pace, I realized that was ridiculous, so I backed it off for the remaining four repeats. I walked for a one minute recovery. After the workout, I headed to Twitter for advice:

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I love Twitter! Speedy advice. And from a super fast runner that I have a lot of respect for.

Later that morning I had an appointment at Orthology. Hip is feeling good — we even talked about me being discharged in a few weeks!

Thursday – Had 3 miles on the schedule, but when the friend I was supposed to run with had to cancel, I realized that maybe it would be good to take this as a rest day also, since I’m worried about increasing mileage too fast.

Friday – Official rest day. J and I walked to daycare to pick up Calvin in the stroller (you get weird looks pushing an empty stroller).

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Saturday – 3 miles @10:02 pace

Saturday was extremely windy and cold and there were snow flakes on my car. So basically I was crabby going into this run. The ONLY thing I was looking forward to was wearing my new Oiselle wallace jacket!

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But by the time I got done, I felt strong and glad I didn’t skip the run just because of the elements.

Sunday – 5 miles @ 9:44 pace (10:22, 10:00, 9:35, 9:37, 9:27)

It was already getting quite warm by the time I got out the door. Weather Underground said it was 50 degrees! I wore shorts and a long sleeve — I couldn’t believe how many people I saw all bundled up! It took me a good two miles to feel warmed up, but I felt really strong once I did.

I’m glad that week one is in the books! Here’s what this week looks like:

Monday: REST

Tuesday: 3 miles

Wednesday: 30 minute tempo

Thursday: 3 miles

Friday: REST

Saturday: 3 mile pace run

Sunday: 6 miles

For me, the biggest accomplishment of this past week is that running is finally starting to feel like part of my normal routine!