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Mercedes Marathon Training: Week 1.2 Complete

Our second week of the week one of our plan (to make a 12 week training plan 13 weeks) went well, especially considering how busy this week was with Thanksgiving. I didn’t get any cross training in during this week, but I will this upcoming week.

Today was 13 Miles W/ 8 Miles @ MGP and we went ahead again and made it 13.1 so it would be a half. It was cold, windy and overcast. It also rained on us the first 5 miles during our warm up, which didn’t feel too pleasant since it was very cold rain. I’m sure people in the neighborhoods we ran through thought we were nuts. Rob and I both PRed our run! Rob did it in 1:44:54 and I did it 1:45:33!

Here is how the week went:
M: Rest
T: Rest
W: 8 Miles GA + Speed W/ 10 X 100M Strides (Treadmill, 1% incline, 1:03:31, 7:57 pace)
R: Rest
F: 9 Miles GA (Treadmill, 1% incline, 1:08:01, 7:34 pace)
Sa: 1 Mile Warm Up (8:24 pace), 4 Mile Race (27:39, 6:55 pace, New PR!, 1st AG)
Su: 13.1 Mile Long (‘Hood, 1:45:33, 8:04 pace, New PR!)

Total: 35.1 Miles


Festival Of Lights – 4 Mile – 27:39

Today was a 4 mile race out of town. The race start and finish are not in the same location and they had busses to take us to the start line. The course is on a paved trail that goes through town and is a gradual downhill most of the race. The weather was perfect, 40 degrees, sunny, no wind. They had a chip finish this year which was very nice.

Rob and I both PRed!

Rob coming into the finish. Rob came in at 26:48.

Me coming into the finish. I was 27:39.

I also got 1st in my age group!

Rob won one of the give aways for $20 to the local running store, score!

Me with my medal:

6:55 pace
F 30-34: 1/21
F: 14/100
Overall: 83/439


Mercedes Marathon Training: Week 1.2 Day 5.2

What a week it has been! Such a whirwind of fun! Yesterday was a very early morning full of cooking and cleaning before everyone arrived for dinner. We had a bunch of my side of the family over and had a great time. The food turned out amazing and afterward we all played Wii Resort and Rockband. Grandma kicked serious butt in bowling. And I got some Wii elbow from the fencing game. It was such a good time!

A few pics of us from the day. Rob and I after everything is prepared. I love my new apron, I got it from Pier 1.

And some pics in front of the Christmas tree.
I was so wiped after everyone left that I decided to move my rest day and relax. It has been non-stop for us all week and it felt good to kick back.
This morning we woke up to gorgeous weather and decided to take a flight somewhere new. Us getting ready to go.
We flew up the Schaumburg, IL to an airport restaurant called Pilot Pete’s. The food was very good and there was so many things on the menu I want to come back and try. The restaurant is decorated in everything aviation. An ultralight was hanging from the ceiling.
After lunch before we headed back home Rob wanted to fly us over Lake Michigan so we could get an up close view of the Chicago skyline. It was the best flight that I’ve had so far! I love Chicago and seeing it from this vantage point was breath taking. Being out over the lake and so up close to the buildings was utterly amazing. I shed a few tears as we came up on the skyline because I was overwhelmed by the beauty and the thought that we were actually flying next to Chicago in an airplane that we built! I was just so proud, awestruck, and excited that this was really something we made happen. It was a lot of hard work to build this plane and it’s so great to finally be able to enjoy what we did. This was something I just had never dreamt about doing. The pictures cannot do it justice. There was a bit of haze out and the sun brought out a glare/reflection in some of the pictures, but here are some of the shots I got.
Bye Chicago, we will be back!!
When we got back into town it was time to hit the local running store for some day after Thanksgiving sales. Rob got a new pair of Nike Lunar Trainers and I got Nike Lunarglide+ to try in Metalic Summit White/Orange. I ran in them on the treadmill for my 9 Miles GA and they felt good! So I’ll be test driving them out for awhile. Our store has a nice two week exchange policy so if they don’t work out I can always go back to my past shoe models.


Mercedes Marathon Training: Week 1.2 Day 3.2

A late run tonight. I just got done with my 8 Miles GA + Speed on the treadmill. Rob and I have been working all week getting the house ready for family for Thanksgiving dinner. Last night we were up until 2am and tonight isn’t much different. But it’s all coming together. I’m looking forward to a fun day!

Here are some pictures of the decorating.

It’s already morning here so technically, Happy Thanksgiving!!


Mercedes Marathon Training: Week 1.1 Complete

This week flew by and I betting that this coming week will also seem fast with so much going on.

Here is how the first week went.
M: Bike 8.8 Intervals (P2, L6, 30 mins, 17.6 mph), Legs, Push Ups, and Abs on BOSU
T: 8 Miles GA + Speed W/ 10 X 100M Strides (Treadmill, 1% incline, 1:03:24, 7:56 pace)
W: Rest
R: Rest
F: 13.1 Miles Long W/ 8 @ MGP (‘Hood, 1:48:54, 8:19 pace, new PR!)
Sa: 9 Miles GA (Treadmill, 1% incline, 1:06:04, 8:28 pace)
Su: .6 Mile Warm Up (Park, 5:14, 8:44 pace), 4 Mile Race (Park, 29:54, 7:29 pace, hilly, new PR!, 1st AG), .5 Mile Cool Down (Park, 4:46, 9:32 pace)

Total: 35.2