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LA Marathon 2014, Revenge!

After I DNF’d, which you can read here, during the 2013 LA Marathon I told myself that I would be back the next year…for revenge!

Registration for the 2014 LA Marathon opened on October 1st at 9:00AM. I was registered at 9:06AM. I’m IN! Training starts in the middle of November.

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Moving Forward

Roughly a month ago I did not finish (DNF) the LA Marathon. Since then I have taken some time off from running to reflect and heal.

I have decided not to run Rock N Roll Portland Half Marathon in May to focus on rehabbing and strengthening my legs. Every race after that is also up in the air. I don’t want to jump back in too quickly.

However, there is one race that I do plan to run. But luckily that is much later in the year, which gives me plenty of time to train and be 100%. That race is (drum roll please!) the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon!

In November of 2010 I ran the my 1st half marathon ever at the Seattle Marathon (see full post here). That didn’t go well as planned. Now it’s time for revenge. Back to where it all started. Yes, I will CRUSH the Seattle Marathon. I will be documenting my training up until the big day on December 1st, 2013.

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This year I have been very fortunate to be a Seattle Marathon Ambassador! I’m very humbled and honored to be part of the Seattle Marathon Association. Full disclosure: They have provided me with a race entry as part of being a Seattle Marathon Ambassador.

LA Marathon Training – Week #18

The last week of training has come to an end. It’s been a crazy roller coaster of 18 weeks!

I’m still dealing with a tight IT band. I’ve been icing, stretching, foam rolling and seeing my sports chiropractor regular to allevate the tightness. It’s a bit better than it has been.

I decided to only run2 of the 3 schedule runs. I opted out of Wednesday’s 4 mile run to allow my legs and IT band to rest.

Tuesday – 3 Miles
Weather: 54 degrees
Actual Miles: 3
Pace: 8:49
Time: 26:21
Notes: Not my prettiest run. I made sure to keep a slower pace (failed at that. Doh!), because my IT band was pretty sore. Tried out an IT band strap. Not sure if the strap worked or not since I was still pretty sore from my sports chiropractor appointment.

Thursday – 2 Miles
Weather: 52 degrees
Actual Miles: 2
Pace: 9:31
Time: 19:03
Notes: Last run before the LA Marathon! Ran with Jon from Gametiime. Knee was a bit tight. IT band was a tad sore higher on the leg. Looks like my marathon pace might be in the 9-11:00 minute (most likely on the slow-ish side) range now.

Total Week #18 Miles: 5 miles
Total LA Marathon Training Miles: 269.36 miles

LA Marathon Training – Week #17

My right leg feels good. However, my IT band started to scream at my this week. I hope to get it mostly worked out before the LA Marathon next Sunday. Looking forward to the upcoming low mileage (only 9 miles total) week!

I’m still seeing the sports chiropractor, but only 3 times a week. The last day I will see him will be a few hour before I fly out to LA!

Tuesday – 4 Miles
Weather: 46 degrees
Actual Miles: 4.10
Pace: 8:34
Time: 34:57
Notes: The first two miles my right leg felt fatigued and a little strained. Last two miles I felt stronger and leg didn’t feel too bad.

Wednesday – 6 Miles
Weather: 44 degrees
Actual Miles: 6.05
Pace: 8:34
Time: 51:59
Notes: Another wet run and soaked socks. Felt pretty strong toward the end of the run. Leg was a tiny bit sore/stiff. Not bad though.

Thursday – 3 Miles
Weather: 46 degrees
Actual Miles: 3.10
Pace: 8:06
Time: 25:02
Notes: Faster pace than I expected or wanted, but I went with it. Definitely NOT the pace I will be running the LA Marathon next weekend.

Sunday – 8 Miles
Weather: 48 degrees
Actual Miles: 7.08
Pace: 8:58
Time: 1:03:25
Notes: My IT band started to scream at me around mile 6 and a half, which is probably due to my sports chiropractor working on it the day before with graston. It tighten up and I finished my planned 8 miller at 7 miles. I ran marathon pace (around 9 minute pace). I slowed myself down when I noticed I was running too fast. I felt myself tighten up my legs and relaxed them. Wore some of the items I will be wearing for the marathon. A semi-dress rehearsal.

Total Week #17 Miles: 20.33 miles
Total LA Marathon Training Miles: 264.36 miles (total miles was really off the last few posts)

LA Marathon Training – Week #16

I’ve been seeing the sports chiropractor the entire week. They have definitely helped my leg with a combination of deep massage, graston technique and taping. It feels a lot stronger than it did. I was able to put a good amount of miles on it this week with minimal issues.

I will continue to see the sports chiropractor up until a few days prior to the LA Marathon. Though it will only be 3 times a week.

Tuesday – 5 Miles
Weather: 46 degrees
Actual Miles: 5
Pace: 8:34
Time: 43:01
Notes: Thought my strained right leg would hurt. Not the case! Took the first mile slow (9:11/mile), but felt good enough to speed it up a bit. Really enjoyed myself during this run!

Wednesday – 9 Miles
Weather: 49 degrees
Actual Miles: 9.10
Pace: 8:42
Time: 1:19:12
Notes: Wasn’t sure what to expect during this run. Started out slow, but felt strong after a few miles. It felt as if I wasn’t injured. Schedule called for 8 miles ran 9. Could have made it to 10 but didn’t want to push my luck.

Thursday – 4 Miles
Weather: 47 degrees
Actual Miles: 4.05
Pace: 8:25
Time: 34:03
Notes: I wasn’t really feeling the run until about 2 miles in, which seems to be typical. Overall a solid run. Leg definitely feels strong!

Sunday – 12 Miles
Weather: 46 degrees
Actual Miles: 2.54
Pace: 8:42
Time: 22:16
Notes: Should have been a 12 miler, but felt the strain at 2.10. I probably could have ran slower and got the 12 miles, but didn’t want to push my luck.

Total Week #16 Miles: 20.69 miles
Total LA Marathon Training Miles: 244.03 miles

LA Marathon Training – Week #14 & #15

I strained my right leg two weeks ago. I could feel the muscle pulling when I tried running, so I stopped running. I rested, iced, and stayed off of it for a few days. However it did not get better. So I started seeing a Sports Chiropractor last week to get this muscle strain worked out. I’ll be seeing him every day for a week to get the strain treated. The doctor is hopeful that it will be good to go for the LA Marathon.

Needless to say, it has been a frustrating last couple of weeks. I still have hope that I will be able to strong enough to run the LA Marathon in a few weeks!

Total Week #14 & #15 Miles:  13.43 miles
Total LA Marathon Training Miles: 209.91 miles

LA Marathon Training – Week #13

Finally back on track with my training schedule with less than 6 weeks to go until the L.A. Marathon! Overall a pretty strong week. I was extremely lucky with the dry weather this week. Definitely surprised myself this week!

Tuesday – 4 Miles
Weather: 46 degrees
Actual Miles: 4:14
Pace: 8:27
Time: 34:55
Notes: Woke up early to get my run in. Nice to finish before 8am. Not a bad run. Right leg felt a little sore and stiff. Overall not bad. Found $2 on the ground during my run. Ran to a store and bought two $1 scratcher tickets. Sadly my luck ran out there!

Wednesday – 9 Miles
Weather: 47 degrees
Actual Miles: 9.3
Pace: 8:39
Time: 1:20:29
Notes: The weather was perfect. I ran a few hours later than planned, but less people were out. Legs felt a little off and I almost wanted to stop 2 miles. Yup, one of those runs! But powered through it and came out with a not-so-bad time.

Thursday – 5 Miles
Weather: 47 degrees
Actual Miles: 5
Pace: 8:13
Time: 41:14
Notes: I could definitely feel that legs and hip were sore. Thought I could only run 3 miles, but hit my 5. I thought I was running slower than usual. I thought wrong!

Saturday – 18 Miles
Weather: 41 degrees
Actual Miles: 18
Pace: 8:34
Time: 2:34:39
Notes:  Felt pretty good for miles 1-13. But miles 14-18 were pretty tough! Had to take a few breaks to catch my breath. Overall a pretty good run with prefect weather.

Total Week #13 Miles:  36.83 miles
Total LA Marathon Training Miles: 209.91 miles

LA Marathon Training – Week #12

Not one of my best training weeks. Didn’t get my long run in, but I did manager get my mid-week runs in. <insert-every-runner-excuse-in-the-book-here>

Tuesday – 4 Miles
Weather: 45 degrees
Actual Miles: 4.01
Pace: 8:27
Time: 34:00
Notes: Made it outside before the rain started. Picked my route as I ran to make it interesting. Overall a good run. But I think I’m pushing myself too much and need to pull back a little.

Wednesday – 8 Miles
Weather: 48 degrees
Actual Miles: 8.1
Pace: 8:27
Time: 1:08:24
Notes: Checked the weather, said it would there would be ‘dry conditions’. Not the case at all – sprinkling rain. Oh well, still ran and killed it. Ran one of my first running routes. It was nice to run it again!

Friday – 5 Miles
Weather: 46 degrees
Actual Miles: 3.1
Pace: 8:00
Time: 24:46
Notes: Whoa! Really surprised myself! My left leg was bothering me the other day and still bothered me a bit today. But I ran my fasted 5k yet! And my last mile was under 8 minutes (7:55). In total shock.

Total Week #12 Miles:  15.21 miles
Total LA Marathon Training Miles: 173.08 miles

LA Marathon Training – Week #10 & #11

Again with the crazy weather, errands, travelling, and a wedding. I had little time to run. I know – excuses, excuses! I only managed to run very low miles. But not enough.

Total Week #10 & #11 Miles:  8.66 miles
Total LA Marathon Training Miles: 157.87 miles

LA Marathon Training – Week #9

With the crazy weather (freezing temps, icy roads/sidewalks and some rain) this week, I didn’t get nearly as many miles that were on my schedule. However, when I did run I felt really good. Pace is getting more consistent.

Wednesday – 3 Miles
Weather: 42 degrees
Actual Miles: 3.10
Pace: 8:20
Time: 25:50
Notes: Found a break in the weather to run a quick 5k. Legs felt great!

Saturday – 10 Miles
Weather: 34 degrees
Actual Miles: 10.01
Pace: 8:38
Time: 1:26:29
Notes:  I ran my ass off. Lots of hills – my legs were working overtime! There was ice here and there, managed to avoid it and not slip. Fastest hilly run, so far.

Total Week #9 Miles:  13.11 miles
Total LA Marathon Training Miles: 149.21 miles

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