Walt Disney World Training: Week 5

I cannot believe that I’m already five weeks into training.  I feel like I’ve been training for only about 7 minutes and also 700 years.  This is probably one of the best, most consistent weeks I’ve had in a while — from either this cycle or any other cycle I’ve had in a really long time.

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Halfway through my 12 mile run.

Total miles: 32(!!)

Toughest run:  My runs early in the week were H.O.T.  They both resulted in sport bra and shorts runs.  In November.  I don’t even know.  As you might remember, I got heat stroke in 2012.  Since then, I just really don’t do well in heat, humidity or direct sun.  I melt like an ice cream (yummmmm ice cream).  So while I was able to get the running in, it just didn’t feel like the best runs of my life.  I will say, that even though they were hard runs, they got done.

Best run:  Without doubt my long run this week — just yesterday — a full 12 miles.  Even though I was completely wrecked afterward I was intensely proud of how I executed the run.  I was in it alone, which is always challenging.  I also got out the door directly from my house instead of taking the time drive somewhere, running and then going home.  It saved me a lot of time.  Then the run itself was pretty flawless.  I found the pace (which ended up at 11:50 average) totally comfortable, the weather was beautiful (again on the hot side, wtf) and even though I missed all my running pals I was never lonely.  The 5×1 intervals had me excited for the race — doing 24 of them makes it seem really real.  I will say that by the end I was whooped.  If anything this cycle has given me a renewed appreciation for first time marathoners.  Running 12 miles is hard work.  And you deserve all the naps and iced teas afterward.

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Knee and hip pain on a scale of 1 (post Motown Philly) to 5 (the day before the Richmond marathon): 3 and 2.  I had a lot of aches and pains this week.  I’m not sure if it’s the weather or the increased mileage or what but I was hurting this week.  Part of it, I know, is that I abandoned my stretching this week which is stupid.  As soon as I’m done writing this I promise to get up and stretch.  Assuming I don’t fall back to sleep.  Or watch 800 hours of The Crown.

Current gear obsession:  Aside from my lasting love of the vigor vest, My Nathan Hydration pack has been especially useful this week.  The best part is that the Nathan customer service is amazing.  They have not once but twice helped me replace pieces of the bladder that had either broken or molded.  They have been so helpful and have legitimately kept me running.

Personal training breakthrough:  This week was really challenging.  My muscles everywhere were so so sore.  It was tough to get through two sessions while upping my mileage.  This coming week will be especially challenging because I’m down two days and have to get all my training into 3 days during the week.  I’m hoping that taking some time off and just doing my PT exercises at home.  Otherwise, I think I’m starting to make some gains and I’m really happy about it.

Disney World motivator:  This week, again, I was focused on the WDW music, especially during the work day.  I also fell in love with the Mad Chatters podcast.  The most recent episode was hysterical — they discussed who the best fictional Presidents would be in the Hall of Presidents.

How was your week?

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