*Weekly mileage ~ Dec. 5-11*

Mileage for the week of December 5th – December 11th

Total weekly mileage: 35.5

Total December mileage: 59

Total year-to-date (2016) mileage: 1,388.75

Week in review:

12/5      No run/rest day

12/6      47:26 min./5.25 mi./9:02 pace

12/7      31:56 min./3.62 mi./8:49 pace (+.40 – watch didn’t sync) (NP)

26:56 min./3 mi./8:59 pace

12/8       No run

12/9      45:09 min./5 mi./9:01 pace

12/10    27:40 min./3.11 mi./8:54 pace

37:46 min./4.14 mi./9:08 pace

12/11    1:28:06 min./11 mi./8:05 pace

Making the transition back into marathon training in the heart of the holiday season is a wee bit tricky! I knew it would be… I missed a run this week due to an error in judgement Wednesday night at a holiday gathering that resulted in a gnarly hangover. Of course, I should know better… but I am human and slip up from time to time. Lesson learned and onward.

The skipped run resulted in me missing my weekly mileage goal by 4.5 miles but it’s not the end of the world. I had a strong long run on Sunday and got in a good hilly session with the November Project on Wednesday so not all was lost.

I’ve rearranged the early part of my training schedule for this week to accommodate another party but I’m shooting for 42 miles this week. My goal is to make this week and next really count before the Christmas/New Year’s whirlwind!

Have a great week!

*Strength… Stamina… Spartan*

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably already looking ahead to 2017 and considering how you are going to challenge yourself, set new goals, and experience some fresh, exciting events. It’s fun to think about all of the possibilities and planning for a new year!

One such possibility you might want to consider is registering for a Spartan Race. Spartan Race combine running with obstacles that require strength and stamina. They offer challenging courses and “provide racers of all levels a proving ground to test themselves.” It’s a brilliant test of strength, both physically and mentally. The bonus is, they’re also a ton of fun!

Spartan Race has races throughout the year in a number of cities and regions. You can check out their complete list of events on their website but if you’re itchin’ to start working toward a new goal, they do have events coming up in the earlier part of 2017, starting with SoCal the end of January. Other early 2017 locations include Las Vegas, Arizona, Houston, and Atlanta.

Season passes, for those that want to commit to more than one event, are now available. They sell out fast so don’t delay in making the commitment. (I’d wager to say that a season pass might also make a fantastic Christmas gift for the athlete in your life!) There are three pass options including the Trifecta, which allows the participant to complete in three races anytime in 2017. The Open Season Pass and Elite Season Pass allow for unlimited Spartan Races and are a great option for the serious Spartan competitor.

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Trifecta Pass

Also new for 2017 are some kicked-up race obstacles, Spartan gear and the coveted medals.

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Race Medal

One of the things I love about Spartan Race is that it’s not just about the race. The organization helps with guiding future participants with training and workouts to help racers prepare for events, offers nutrition advice and recipes (sent right to your email inbox if you sign up!), and they even offer an educational course which is intended to help participant find success whether in the race itself or day-to-day life. It’s a well-rounded program based upon the philosophy that you can change your life by tackling obstacles and challenges head-on and doing so with a willingness to learn from them to become stronger.

If you’re looking for a new challenge in 2017, set your sights on training for a Spartan Race! Aroo!!

*Disclaimer: all information presented was provided to me by Spartan Race. However, the opinions presented are my own. Wasn’t Just the Wine Talking makes no representation of validity of the information and is not liable for any errors, omissions, or any losses, injuries or damages that may arise from participation in Spartan Race events. All information is for informative purposes only.

*Weekly mileage ~ Nov. 28-Dec. 4*

Mileage for the week of November 28th – December 4th

Total weekly mileage: 32.5

Total November mileage: 126.5

Total December mileage: 23.5

Total year-to-date (2016) mileage: 1,353.25

Week in review:

11/28      No run/sick

11/29      29:15 min./3 mi./9:43 pace

11/30      25:04 min./2.9 mi./8:39 pace (NP PR day)

27:16 min./3.10 mi./8:48 pace

12/1       45:28 min./5 mi./9:08 pace

12/2      45:25 min./5 mi./9:05 pace

12/3      30:50 min./3.5 mi./8:49 pace

12/4      1:21:06 min./10 mi./8:07 pace

This week was a mixed bag that, all considered, turned out decent enough. Most of my runs were done at an easy pace with the first few days focused on trying to get back to 100% after a flu/stomach bug. The week culminated with my first double-digit run since the Portland Marathon.

I’m still ironing out some kinks but I’ve got a whole post in progress regarding the new training cycle I’ve just started. All of the sudden on Saturday afternoon, it occurred to me that I already have less than 16 weeks to prepare for the LA Marathon. The realization sent me into a state of urgency to get to business. I had intended to be more organized in planning my training for this cycle. Not the best way to start what I’m hoping will be… well, I’ll share more on that later, but it’s starting to come together. Even if most of it is still in my head. (I’m a HUGE advocate for writing out goals, plans, checklists, to-dos, the like and this step is really important to me.)

Anyway, busy, busy. As usual!

*Weekly mileage ~ Nov. 21-27*

Mileage for the week of November 21st – November 27th

Total weekly mileage: 27.25

Total November mileage: 117.5

Total year-to-date (2016) mileage: 1,320.75

Week in review:

11/21      1:14:26 min./8.5 mi./8:46 pace

11/22      1:05:16 min./8.25 mi./7:55 pace

11/23      27:22 min./3 mi./9:07 pace

11/24     No run/holiday travel

11/25     32:51 min./3.5 mi./9:23 pace

11/26     33:55 min./4 mi./8:59 pace

11/27     No run/sick

What started off as a strong week with the intention of higher mileage and a few solid strength training sessions was derailed mid-week.. Basically, I crashed and burned in a big way.

The week started off really well. Since I hadn’t run the previous Saturday, opting to hike with the local girls from the Oiselle Volée team, I decided to kick off the week with a longer, challenging (hilly) run. With my son out of school for the week, I was planning to use the “extra” time I was gifted not having to get him rolling in the morning to do a few longer runs. That, and I had a long weekend for the holiday too and wanted to maximize my days off, especially following Thanksgiving.

I guess I should have known better. Holidays are not an ideal time to try to add more to your plate. It was a busy week with holiday prep, spending as much time with our daughter as possible before she returned to Oregon after staying with us for three weeks, traveling to my brother’s home in San Diego for Thanksgiving and then back to LA the next day, briefly entertaining our best friends passing through town, beginning the first stages of Christmas prep, and then BAM! I got a flu/stomach bug Saturday afternoon that took me down for two days.

So a new week begins. But I’m using my experience from last week as a reminder that this time of year presents some challenges and if I set my expectations to high, I’m in for a long month of disappointment with myself. I spent a lot of time the past two days trying to figure out how to balance what I want to accomplish in March while honoring the season. I’m not 100% sure how I’m going to do that just yet… but at least I’m feeling better.

*Weekly mileage ~ Nov. 14-20*

Mileage for the week of November 14th – November 20th

Total weekly mileage: 26.5

Total November mileage: 90.25

Total year-to-date (2016) mileage: 1,293.5

Week in review:

11/14      No run/rest day

11/15      30:15 min./3.5 mi./8:37 pace

11/16      31:20 min./3.52 mi./8:54 pace (+1.98 mi. of hill repeats at NP) (5.5 mi. total)

11/17     48:01 min./6 mi./7:59 pace

11/18     31:51 min./4 mi./7:57 pace

11/19     No run/7.5 mi. hike

11/20     1:01:29 min./7.5 mi./8:12 pace

This week turned out to be a little lower in overall mileage but I made up for it with some good cross-training between the workout with the November Project and my hilly little hike Saturday. (My glutes are still sore from that hike too!)

My hope is to up my mileage a little bit this week since I have some extra time in the mornings. My son is out of school for the holiday so I get a break from the morning prep/drop-off routine, not to mention a long weekend coming up. What better way to fill that space than with some extra miles and added strength training?

I’m eager to dive into training but I really want to focus the next few weeks on building some strength and creating a solid foundation for when I do jump in. That, and create a plan of attack for the Christmas and New Year holidays so I don’t completely derail myself. Then balls to the wall come January!

*Weekly mileage ~ Nov. 7-13*

Mileage for the week of November 7th – November 13th

Total weekly mileage: 31

Total November mileage: 63.75

Total year-to-date (2016) mileage: 1,267

Week in review:

11/7      No run/rest day

11/8      42:21 min./5.25 mi./8:04 pace

11/9      35:35 min./4 mi./8:54 pace (+ 2.5 mi. at November Project)

11/10     48:08 min./6 mi./8:01 pace

11/11     33:14 min./4 mi./8:17 pace

11/12     26:09 min./3 mi./8:41 pace

11/13     51:15 min./6.2* mi./8:15 pace (Griffith Park Trail 10k)

*According to my GPS, the Griffith Park Trail 10k course was quite a bit short… my watch calculated the course to only be 5.79 miles with my average pace being 8:50 rather than 8:15. With my warm-up (.55 mi.) prior to the event, I know I ran at least 6.25 miles for the day. I’m never sure how to calculate these types of discrepancies but I’m very careful not to give myself credit for running mileage I did not run.

Given that, as I mentioned in my previous post, I walked away with a 2nd place finish, I’m completely content with how the week unfolded. I had a couple of great runs and a good workout with November Project. Everything seemed to come together how I had hoped it would.

I’m a little in flux as I begin a new week with no immediate goals… I’m still sorting out how I want to tackle my next big one. I’ve got some time but I’m anxious to get to it! ; )

Have a fantastic week!

*Weekly mileage ~ Oct. 31-Nov. 6*

Mileage for the week of October 31st – November 6th

Total weekly mileage: 37.75

Total October mileage: 112

Total November mileage: 32.25

Total year-to-date (2016) mileage: 1,236

Week in review:

10/31    40:34 min./5 mi./8:07 pace

11/1      52:56 min./6 mi./8:49 pace

11/2      27:35 min./3 mi./9:10 pace (and November Project workout)

11/3      42:50 min./5.25 mi./8:10 pace

11/4      1:12:06 min.8.5 mi./8:29 pace (mix of trail and road)

11/5      26:24 min./3.17 mi./8:20 pace (rounded down to 3 mi.) (Coffee run w/Burbank Fleet Feet)

11/6     1:04:55 min./7 mi./9:16 pace (mix of trail and road)

What a week! And not in a bad way at all! I got in some decent runs in preparation for my upcoming 10k trail race this weekend. I did a great workout at the November Project which made me sore for the two days following. I managed two runs that were a combination of trail and road, both of which were hilly. I met up with a small group of runners for the Saturday morning Fleet Feet Burbank coffee run which was three easy miles followed by a coffee stop at Starbucks. Finally, my week concluded with a little outing to Beverly Hills (I know, right?) for a November Project gathering and screening of a new short film about the project titled Showing Up, hosted by The North Face. This all wedged in around the other interesting tidbits that make up my life!

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Showing Up

With the time change yesterday (and every preceding year when we return to standard time in the autumn) my internal clock is waaay off and likely will be for a couple of days as I adjust. I’ve never been able to figure out why I’m so sensitive to the time change but instead of fighting it, I’ve learned to allow myself some gentleness through the transition. (Bed at 8:00 PM? Yes, please!)

The timing is probably good since I’ve got a race this weekend. While it’s not an “A” race (even though I had originally hoped to tackle it with a little more gusto), I’m still hoping for a decent performance so I am trying to step up the pre-race self-care rituals this week.

One other random thing to pass along… because I don’t have enough on my plate already… HA!… I’ve started a new Instagram page for an outlet to house my deep fascination with holistic, nutrient-dense, and superfood nutrition. Over the past few years, I’ve been diving a little deeper into the study of superfoods and ways to apply their qualities to help me, as an athlete, train harder, recover faster, and perform better. I’m just get started and not sure exactly what direction my feed will take, but if you’re interested in what I learn on my journey, I’d love for you to check it out!

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