That was sure risky. So my underwater iPod stopped working?! I need to send it back. Anyways, after Candice left this morning I needed tunes to finish up my pool run and I plugged my normal iPod into my waterproof headphones and attached it to my headband. I am beyond lucky that it didn’t get wet and I am sure I looked even cooler with an iPod attached to my head as it was bobbing around while running around in the deep end.
I had time after the pool to hit up the weight room for 30 minutes, I am serious about this gaining muscle thing.
See:) I am trying out something new for breakfast (I turned it into a smoothie with pb and banana thrown in too). I will do a full review on Fit 4 Her after I have tried it out for a while. As far as taste goes, it is actually really good and way better than I was expecting.
I am living on this sucker. 12 days until marathon day. I will get to that starting line healthy. PS would anyone like a ‘how to’ foam rolling video? I had one up on my blog from 3 years ago but it doesn’t work anymore.
And at almost two years old she is already too cool for kisses at the splash pad.
Everyone trains so differently. Some people reach personal records from running a ton of miles at moderate intensity during their training cycle and some people stick to high-intensity running with lower mileage (and make those miles really good ones) and have awesome races.
I have talked to sub 3 marathon runners that have done both—> 80+ of easy/moderate miles and also people that don’t go above 45 but each of those miles have purpose/speed/hills/tempo and the long run for endurance building. They both reached their goals and they both swear by the way that they train.
I love THIS article about the topic.
Quantity vs Quality. Which one is better?
I don’t think there is a better. I think it just depends on the person. One person may do really well with high mileage while another gets an overuse injury by attempting do to so (obviously things like strength training and nutrition play a role in injuries but still, I think certain bodies can only handle so many miles). I think it takes experimenting around for a while or having a running coach that really knows their stuff and how your body handles different workouts to figure out whether quantity or quality is best for you.
Finding a balance between the two could also be a really good option for you. Maybe during the winter months you choose to focus on easy running and a lot of miles but when racing season comes you choose to zone in on intense workouts?!? It’s up to you!
Find what is best for you and what makes you happy and enjoy running—> stick to that, don’t try to mimic other bloggers/runners training plans.
My first marathon was based on quality. I never went over 35 miles in a week the entire training cycle (I did also teach 3 spin classes a week and took 2 strength training classes a week so I was rocking cross-training) and I finished in 3:20 and felt a little too good during the race…
I also didn’t go over 40 miles per week with my PR marathon (3:04.. I was also cross training a lot too).
This training cycle I played around with higher mileage and even though my easy days were at an easy pace I think I was still doing too many miles on those easy days to truly recover for the next hard work out.
Good thing I have a lot of years of marathoning ahead of me because I am working hard at figuring out what is best for me.
When it comes to your running are you a quantity runner or quality runner?
-My inner Janae wants to be a quantity runner and run a million miles a week because I love high mileage BUT I get injured that way. I think quality is going to be the way to go for me… key workouts, long run and the other days in the pool or on the spin bike for my next marathon training cycle.
Any almond milk drinkers?
What was your very first race ever?