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Wednesday (5/23):

5 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 43:23, 8:41 Pace)

Thursday (5/24):

5 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 41:20, 8:16 Pace)

Friday (5/25):

Bike 6.6 Miles Easy (Trainer, 29:46, 13.4 mph)

Weights – 5 Mins

4.01 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 34:40, 8:39 Pace)

Saturday (5/26):

8 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1:02:06, 7:46 Pace)

Sunday (5/27):


Weekly Running Total: 34.7 Miles

Weekly Bike Total: 6.6 Miles

Weekly Strength Total: 1

Monday (5/28):

12 Miles Med-Long (‘Hood, 1:51:18, 9:17 Pace, Windy and Hot)

Tuesday (5/29):

1.21 Miles Warm Up (Team Steam, 11:47, 9:45 Pace)

6K Hills – 3 x 2K Intervals w/ 3 Min Recovery (Team Steam, 27:23, 7:21 Pace)

0.65 Miles Cool Down (Team Steam, 6:04, 9:20 Pace)

Wednesday (5/30):

3 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 23:03, 7:41 Pace)

Thursday (5/31):

3.2 Miles Hill (Team Steam, 25:25, 7:57 Pace)

Friday (6/1):

Brick Workout

  • Bike 6.6 Miles Easy (Trainer, 30:00, 13.4 mph)
  • 11 Miles Easy (Treadmill – Boston Marathon Course, -3% – +4.5% Incline, 1:28:03, 8:01 Pace)

Last week has been exhausting. I was wiped Thursday and opted for a long nap after work than going to Team Steam. I was completely drained. Later that night I was able to get in 5 miles easy on the treadmill before calling it a day.

Last Friday we had an exciting delivery, our new Garmin 910 XTs are here!!

If you haven’t seen anything about it, here is some information on Garmin’s YouTube channel.

Garmin 910XT

I immediately got them unboxed and charging.

So glad that they include quick start guides in about 15 languages. I can brush up on my Mandarin while I wait for this thing to charge.

For size comparison here is the 910 next to the 305 and the 210. I like the 210 watch-like feel, but it is only a running watch and if it’s going to mess up keeping distance and pace correctly, then it will be only a back up watch. The 910 is thinner and sleeker than the older 305 model and the display is much larger on the 910.

So this post won’t be a full on gear review since I need some time with the watch to learn the features. Then I can come back with more comments and what I like and changes I would want in a future model. Plus there are two key elements still missing from my training to make a full review and that is cycling outdoors and swimming. I will be doing a bit of that and while my effort will be elementary, hopefully sharing my experience will help others decide what gear may be best for them.

Anyone have the Garmin 910XT? If so, what are your favorite features or tips for using it?


I Need a Decoder Ring

My legs have been feeling good since IL Marathon. I did some light miles last week between our hectic schedules and the only soreness that remains is my pesky right piriformis. I’m doing the stretches I got from my previous work with a physical therapist.

I’m seeing improvement, but if it doesn’t completely go away in this coming week I’ll get time scheduled to look at Graston’s treatments again to get it knocked out.

Last night was Team Steam workout and I was stoked to get back to it after taking last week off from the team workouts. Last Tuesday I was still sick from sinus stuff so I decided to keep my workout light and indoors at home and Thursday I had to travel for work.

After our warm up we hit the track for doing 400M @ 5KRP or better w/recovery partnered. Jamie and I partnered up for the workout. Basically we alternated running 400M and each got to rest when the other was out running. I ended up with 9 intervals. It was a crowded track so there was a bit of jocky-ing around for space, but I was still surprised that I was able to end up well above my 5KRP on unfresh legs with a 5:58 average. I’ll take it! It felt good (in a track hurty kinda way) to be doing speedwork again.

In other running new Natalie sent me the 2012 Boston Marathon poster. She had asked me if I picked one up and I said “No, I got one last year and I didn’t even open it yet”. And she said that the poster has all of the particpant names in it, kind of like the Nike Chicago Marathon wall of names in a mural. So of course I pouted that I didn’t pick one up, but as usual Natalie saved the day. She picked up an extra and said she would mail it to me. She always thinking ahead and manages to take care of me with Boston stuff, love her!

The names are printed on both sides of the poster just to fit everyone’s name. Luckily Natalie and I are on the same side so I can hang it in our workout room with both names showing. 🙂

Speaking of Boston Marathon momentos…I FINALLY got around to ordering my 2011 Boston Marathon picture and getting it put into the frame that Rob bought me last year. I love this frame, it’s one of my favorite running keepsakes.

And for those 2012 Boston Marathoners out there adidas has marked gear on sale so I totally stocked up. The prices are too good to pass up. I would look like a running billboard for Boston Marathon if I wear everything I bought together, but I will try to keep it down to 2-3 items per outfit. 😉 I’m sure I’ll get teased for having so much Boston Marathon gear in general, but I like the race, the style, the fit and the price, so oh well!

The women’s short sleeved shirt. Wore it to our track workout and it was perfect, I love that it has a longer length than the race shirt given for the event. The material is also very ventilated, the weave is very light and doesn’t feel heavy or scratchy at all.

Ah the Boston beanie! I needed a new one. In 2011 I picked one up and it was so cold race day I wore it to race in. Then it got warm and had to make the call to ditch it which I hated to do, but I didn’t want to carry it the whole way. Normally in these iffy weather situations I would bring a throw away hat, but I hadn’t packed one. So now I finally have a new one to keep!

I also ordered the tech gloves. I’m interested to see out the outside key holder works out and the touch finger that is supposed to be compatible with touch devices like watches and phones. It would be cool if it works as expected.

And an extra set of capris, always need more of these and the price was too good to pass up.

In other running news I got us registered for Bix7 again this year. I can’t wait to run this race again. Here is last year’s post if you haven’t seen it.

Also, I’m trying to fashion a workout plan to get me through a couple half marathons before Chicago Marathon training kicks off. I really can’t find a plan that fits around our schedule, Team Steam and that feels intense enough to maintain or gain fitness. So that leaves me to try a new experiment. Taking the philosphy of my favorite training guide “Advanced Marathoning” and trying to turn it into some sort of half marathon plan.

I’m basically reducing the volume of the long runs and the med-long runs by 25%. Then I’m adjusting the days of the workouts so that I can get the majority of my long runs completed on Saturdays and get Team Steam Tuesday and Thursdays and fit in races during this 11 week period. I feel like I need a decoder ring just to figure this thing out! I’m not sure if this is the best approach, but it’s worth a shot. I will keep you posted on my thoughts around it.




Monday (3/14):

3.14 Easy (Treamill, Central Park Course, -3% – +5% Incline, 30:00, 9:34 Pace)

Tuesday (3/15):

4 Easy (Treadmill, Boston Marathon Course, -3% – +3% Incline, 34:46, 8:42 Pace)

Wednesday (3/16):

4.5 Hills (Jersey Ave ‘Hood, RTW, 46:08, 10:16 Pace)

3 Miles Easy (Treadmill, Boston Marathon Course, -3% – +2% Incline, 22:31, 7:31 Pace)

Thursday (3/17):

6 Miles Easy (Treadmill, Boston Marathon Course, -3 – +5% Incline, 48:39, 8:07 Pace)

Friday (3/18):

50 Mins Yoga and Abs

14 Miles Med-Long (‘Hood, 1:57:38, 8:25 Pace)

Saturday (3/18):

9 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 1:20:20, 8:56 Pace)

2 Miles Tempo (Gym Treadmill, 14:52, 7:26 Pace)

20 Mins Strength Training

4 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 38:22, 9:36 Pace)

OMG this shirt is the coolest!! The picture isn’t the best.

I couldn’t resist ordering some more Boston gear. 🙂 I wanted to make sure that I get the items I want before they run out. So these were all my “must haves”. 😉

I got a beanie and a running hat. The beanie is super soft. I have another adidas one that is very nice, but holy moley this one is soft-soft. If you are doing boston and live somewhere that cold weather is an unfortunate part of your location, get this hat! 🙂

And this ventilated running hat.

And this will likely become my new favorite sweatshirt. The kitchen drapes make the pictures look reddish, but it’s grey with green threading. Love it!!

I went with the Ride the Wave-ers out for a hill workout on Wednesday and they held together really well! It’s so great seeing them getting stronger each week.

Now we are off to hang out with Jo and Larry. Tomorrow is a half marathon and it may be a windy day, but regardless it will be good training. Followed by some more time with friends. Can’t wait!


Watermelon Candy


Monday (1/17): 2 Miles Easy (Warm Up for Weights, Gym Treadmill, 1% Incline, 16:46, 8:23 Pace), Weight Lifting, 5 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 42:52, 8:35 Pace)

Tuesday (1/18): 10 Miles General Aerobic (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 1:19:48, 7:53 Pace)

Now this is my favorite version of watermelon candy! My new adidas adios came today!

The new color scheme makes me think of watermelon candy. 🙂

This shoe model has so far been my favorite of all time. This will be my fourth pair, but my first of this year’s version. There is a noticeable difference in the forefoot treading. It has a design that reminds me of the treading of a bulldozer track. I like how the new grip feels. New gear always makes a regular mid-day run feel more special. 🙂


Mercedes Marathon Training: Week 4 Day 5

Today was 5 Miles Recovery that I ran outside.

Our McMillian DVD “Drills for Distance Running” arrived in the mail so we watched it.

And I can’t say it was great. There majority of the DVD was body looseners and then just a handful of drills (side skip, karaoke, skip, butt kick, straight leg run, short sprint). For $17 I would expect some camera effects like slow motion with some computer overlay to highlight angles of the body or something. The drills were not broken down very much or with much camera angle to descern appropriate form. You can probably find most of these drills from various running websites and places like youtube. I had a higher expectation for this purchase. The DVD included trailers for the Core DVDs and they did look better so I can’t say I wouldn’t give another one of McMillian DVDs a shot.

Later I did upper body weights, abs and squats.