Monday, August 1, 2016

Here I go again...Not on my own.

Like the bad {in a perfectly good way} 80's rock ballad states:

Here I go again on my own Goin' down the only road I've ever known
Once again, it's the first week of August and I've started training for the California International Marathon. Just like last year.   Once again, I'm using Pete Pfitzinger's Advanced Marathoning to train for it. Just like last year. My goal, same as last year, is to run a sub-4:00 marathon or at least a strong marathon. 

Unlike last year, I'm not really on my own. 

Like the elite runner I'm most definitely not, this year I have a whole team to help me get to the finish line. 

  • My awesome physical therapist, Pete. I've been working with Pete since last October when I got injured training for CIM. We've activated and strengthened my glutes, worked on balance and movement and now are working on power and agility. 
  • Paul, my husband, who supports my running habit and is also my strength training coach. 
  • Jill, owner of The Energy Lab and fitness guru, who keeps me honest about Pilates and core-strength. I can't always make a Pilates class, but I do work on my own through out the week!
  • Dr. Mike, my chiropractor, who does ART on my tight IT bands and hip flexors to keep me running.
  • My nutritionist, Ashley. She's going to help me make sure I'm properly fueling for racing and training and to dial-in the best macro levels for me.
  • My local running mates, especially Dani, Andrea, Dana, April & Nathan. This includes  two running groups I've become more involved with--Redlands Runegades and the Loma Linda Lopers. I learn a lot from running with others. 
  • Erin Taylor and Jasyoga. With the #jasyogajuly challenge, I've made #hitreset a habit and use a video everyday (at least once, sometimes more!)
  • All of the women of the Oiselle Volée who have also started training for CIM. At last count, there was 20 of us. Although we don't live in the same town or even the same state, we are virtually cheering each other on. 

On Deck This Week (Week 1: 17 weeks until CIM)

Goal Mileage: 33 miles

Monday, August 1: REST/XT Day (I love how training plans start with a rest day)
Tuesday, August 2: 8 miles with 4 miles at lactate threshold (8:02-8:31/mile)
Wednesday, August 3: REST/XT Day
Thursday, August 4: 9 miles, general aerobic (9:10-10:22/mile)
Friday, August 5: REST/XT Day
Saturday, August 6: 4 miles, recovery (9:10-10:22/mile)
Sunday, August 7: 12 miles, medium-long (8:31-10:22/mile)

Training Zones based on Training Peaks experience-calculated values

Not to be forgotten: 27 Days until the Santa Rosa 1/2 Marathon!


  1. Yay for CIM training! You are never on your own, cheering for you and supporting from afar. :)

  2. Hooray for CIM! I won't be running the marathon, but I will definitely be out there with cowbells in hand!

  3. I think it's so important to have a great support team when training for a big goal race and it sounds like you have an excellent one! Best of luck as you start your training cycle - CIM is on my bucket list!