Marathon Training: Week 6

Weeks until Mountains 2 Beach Marathon: 15

I took a step back this week because last week was a lot. I ran six out of seven days, including three hard workouts. This week, I gave my body a little bit of a break, and my knees thanked me. I didn’t even go to November Project. This week was also the last ‘base building’ week of the training plan Coach Lauren made for me, and next week is officially the first week of ‘marathon training,’ which is exciting. And I’m running the Rose Bowl 10k in Pasadena next Sunday! I haven’t raced since November, and I’m feeling ready to push hard. I’m really hoping to PR, and it will be fun to see how much I’ve progressed since my last 10k in October (my time then was 58:26, and my 10k PR is 56:07). Whenever I haven’t run a race in a long time, I get super pumped, especially seeing pictures every weekend of all the people racing on Instagram. The 10k finishes inside the Rose Bowl, and there’s a 5k and half-marathon as well. I was looking at the race’s website, and I saw the divisions:

Age Groups and Divisions

  • Age Group-Male & Female: 13 & Under, 14-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+
  • Clydesdale: Men 200+ lbs
  • Athena: Women 150+ lbs

There are separate divisions for plus-sized people?! And seriously 150 pounds… come on guys, that is not plus-sized, or Athena, or whatever you want to call it. I’ve never seen anything like that… am I the only one that thinks that is weird?

Anyway, here’s the past week in workouts and life.

Monday – 6 miles with 8 x 400m repeats

I always do my morning runs on the same path, which includes a couple steep hills, making speed workouts a lot harder than they already are. I finally ventured to Echo Park Lake for this workout, and it was so much better. It was about a mile and a half to the lake, then the path around the water is a little over a mile (I think), and then a mile and a half back. The entire thing is paved, also, unlike my other route, so I felt like I could run a lot faster. My 400m split paces were: 7:45, 7:47, 8:04, 8:13, 8:17, 8:12, 7:51, 7:15. Not bad! During my last repeat, an entire class from the local high school started running on the path, and I ended up racing the girl in front (she didn’t know we were racing), and it gave me that extra push to get my fastest interval in. I’ll definitely be returning to Echo Park Lake for my speedwork.

Echo Park Lake.

Echo Park Lake.

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After work, my coworker and I went to the bar on the rooftop of the Ace Hotel downtown to see our other coworker DJing by the pool. I love the view from the top.

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Tuesday – rest

Wednesday – 5 miles easy @ 9:45 min/mile

Normally I would go to November Project Wednesday morning, but I couldn’t fall asleep until 1am or so and had one of those restless nights, so I opted to get an extra hour of sleep and do five miles easy. I also figured it would be better not to push my body too hard, and a little decrease in activity would help.

That evening, I was invited to go to the Avalon Hollywood (across the street from the Capitol Records building, which looks really cool at night) for a presentation on an event called Checkpoints Race. I’ll write more about that in another post, but let’s just say I went to the event straight from work, and I forget that stuff in the heart of Hollywood is usually swanky and I was wearing sneakers and just totally underdressed when I showed up to the bouncers behind the velvet rope. I’m so used to being in Silver Lake or downtown where anything goes as far as clothing, but there’s a whole other side of Los Angeles that I sometimes forget exists. Aside from that, the presentation was really cool and the event sounds pretty awesome.

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The fancy bathroom at the fancy club I was underdressed at.

Thursday – 5 miles easy @ 9:48 min/mile

It was nice to have a few easy days of running this past week.

After work, my boss took us all for happy hour and bowling, and I don’t know how it’s possible but the left side of my butt is STILL sore from it. Who knew bowling was such a good cross-training activity?

Friday – rest

I was planning on going to a sunrise 6k race that November Project was putting on, but it was moved from Griffith Park to the Santa Monica Pier so it was too far away for me to attend. But it’s probably better, since I got an extra rest day out of it.

Saturday – 10 miles, last 3 miles fast finish

Lately, it’s taken me a few miles to get into long runs. That didn’t really use to happen, but I think it’s just because I’m working harder these days and my body is still adjusting. The last few long runs, I haven’t started feeling really good until about mile 7. But at least I feel good! This past Saturday, I turned on the WTF podcast and just headed out the door, not expecting anything. I didn’t have breakfast except for a couple Powerbar Energy Chews (they look like Gushers on the package and that’s why I got them, but there’s no stuff that comes out of the center when I bite into them, maybe I got a faulty bag), and then I ate one more of those at mile 5.5, but that’s it. I usually eat something more substantial in the morning, but I was out of bananas and didn’t feel like making oatmeal. This could also be why it was hard to get started. But luckily my energy kicked in around mile 7, right when I was supposed to start my fast finish miles. I switched my iPhone from the podcast to my running playlist, and sped up. I was aiming for 8:30-8:45 miles, and the first mile included a half-mile big hill, so I didn’t quite get there. The last two miles were great though, with 8:29 and 8:38 as the average paces. My legs felt super fresh at this point, and like I had just started my run. That was a really encouraging sign!

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After I was done, Jeremy and I braved the weather (it was 60 degrees and sprinkling) and got lunch at a placed called Mexicali in Chinatown. It sounds strange, but it was delicious. We are slowly making our way through Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants in Los Angeles. Only about 96 to go. It’s a tough task, but somebody’s gotta do it.

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We then went to Frontrunners in West Hollywood, where I got the new Saucony ISO Triumphs, and I had ordered the newest version of the Wave Creations on Zappos earlier that week. My last two pairs of running shoes were the Wave Creation 14 and 15, so I’m looking forward to seeing if I love the 16 as much as the others.

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I’ll have a lot more to say about these shoes after I’ve run in them for a week or two!

That night, Jeremy and I watched Gone Girl (I finished the book earlier in the day), and I went to bed nice and early.

Sunday – yoga and stretching and foam rolling

The weather was perfect so I sat outside and read for a while in our backyard, then went and bought some plants for our apartment. I didn’t run, but I made sure to stretch and foam roll a lot and ice my knee, and then did this Yoga for Runners video I like.

Our cute little backyard, with lots of citrus fruits on the tree.

Our cute little backyard, with lots of citrus fruits on the trees.

Happy Monday!

26 comments

    1. I know! I weigh almost 150, and I really don’t get what they’re even thinking. And the men’s 200+ pound division being called ‘clydesdale’… ouch.

  1. Great job on your fast finish long run!!!

    That Athena division for 150+lbs is really odd. I’ve never seen that before! Having divisions set by weight alone is very odd because you can have some very athletic and tall 180lb women (like one of my friends) who weights 180lbs but is still very thin and then you can have someone much shorter who is overweight. If you’re going to try to make separate divisions by weight class I think you also need to take a few other things into consideration!

    1. I haven’t seen that before either, and yeah there is so much that goes into weight, especially with fit people… what the hell. I don’t even get the point, no one wants to be put in a separate category based on weight, especially when it’s at a race where everyone is just trying to run and do their best!

  2. Sounds like a great week of running and a nice break from last week’s tougher workouts. It’s nice to vary it up! Awesome job on the fast finish, too. (Side note: I’ve definitely had instances of being underdressed – like the one time when I went to Fashion Week in NY, so I wore the same dress for like three events.)

    The weight thing is weird to me. I would definitely be in the Athena division but it annoys me (like Kristina) that they don’t factor in height!

    1. Hah I could never go to Fashion Week, I’d have to buy a whole new wardrobe! I was hoping someone had commented on the whole Athena/Clydesdale thing on the race’s Facebook page but I can’t find anything… I’m tempted to write something about it on there.

  3. I weight just under 150lbs, but am 5ft 11,wear a UK size 8 (US size 4) and have never ever been considered ‘plus size’, since I’m as skinny as anything…. maybe I should enter, I’d totally rock that race 😉

    1. Yeah! I’m almost 150 lbs but definitely don’t feel like I’m ‘almost plus-sized.’ I just really don’t get it. Maybe I’ll get more answers the day of the race.

    1. Yeah, what’s the point? So weird. And thanks! Sometimes I think it’s too easy for me to take a rest day, but then I remember how important balance is.

  4. Great week and awesome fast finish! That’s one of my favorite things to do because it makes you feel so good at the end of your run to push it 🙂 It’s a huge confidence booster. And amazing job on your 400m splits, speedster!

  5. The weight-divisions are so strange…Clydesdale? That is SO insulting! And wtf is “Athena” supposed to mean?? You are creeping up in some pretty high mileage, I don’t think I have ever run more than 5 days a week-and even that is a rarity! 😀

    1. l know! They could have at least called the men Hercules or something… but yeah the whole thing is bizarre. And yeah, I have never run five days a week before! It felt good to take a step back last week for sure.

  6. That’s crazy that there are different weight groups! I realized that I can’t run 6 days a week anymore, so props for all the training! Boy I’m missing that sunshine weather 🙂 have fun in Pasadena!!

  7. I can’t wait to hear what you have to say about your new Sauconys! I’ve seen those weight divisions in a couple of races that I’ve done before. It seems kind of weird to me in general and 150 lbs seems just crazy.

  8. Another solid week of training, Lily! I know you’re going to do really well at the 10K on Sunday. You will PR for sure.

    And how did I not know you have a citrus tree in your yard? I would have bugged you to bring me some fresh oranges when I was in town. 🙂

    1. I should have brought some, the tree is overloaded with ripe fruit! Although they’re not oranges, they’re some weird citrus fruit that has a super thick skin and really sour fruit even when they’re ripe. I think it’s a Chilean citrus tree or something? I don’t know, maybe I just made that up.

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