Mesa Falls Marathon 2016 (Marathon 18, State 13- Idaho)

Sorry for the delay!  I traveled around after the Mesa Falls Marathon (post on that travel to come!) and wasn’t able to do a write up right away.  But here it is!

Race:  20th Annual Mesa Falls Marathon

Location: Finish/packet pickup was in Ashton, Idaho, in eastern Idaho about 2 -2.5 hrs from the Jackson Hole, WY airport.  Note for sea-levelers: Ashton is 5,259 feet above sea level (and note, a week of easy running at a similar altitude is not sufficient acclimation).

Time of Year: End of August, on a Saturday. 

Weather:  Can vary, but for me it was wonderful — started in the high 40s at 6:30 am and ended in the low 70s, I think.  Temperature felt good the whole time running but a little cold standing at the start.

Number of Runners: 146

Other Races:  Half marathon, 10K, 5K, fun run.

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A Really Good Training Week

IMG_1660Given a crazy summer schedule, I am not planning on doing weekly training recaps for my Mesa Falls Marathon training.  HOWEVER, I had a shockingly spectacular — dare I say, breakthrough — training week last week, and so I wanted to share some of the changes I made to my training that worked for me.

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VCM Training Week 7: Running Long… On a Thursday

I wrapped up another week of training for the Vermont City Marathon.  This was week seven with just three more weeks until the race — aka one more week of training before the taper!  I’m feeling really ready, maybe because this will be by third marathon this year, maybe because I’m actually sticking to my “training plan” pretty well.   This week, things were still busy but slightly more calm at work so I was able to get in a couple good workouts although maybe not as many as would be idea…

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VCM Training Week Four: Running Long

  OK, OK.  Week four.  Really into it now.  Only six weeks left until race day!  (And can we talk about how it is LEGIT springtime right now???

Here’s what I had planned:

  • OTF
  • Yoga or back to pilates?
  • Run 17 miles
  • Do UVA Speed Clinic remedial exercises DAILY

AND I ACTUALLY DID IT (for the most part).

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VCM Training Week Two: OTF, Gardening, and Sleeping

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U.S. Arboretum

Another week has come and gone, and we are already into APRIL!  This was my second week of training for the Vermont City Marathon.

Here was what I had planned for this week:

  • OTF X 3
  • CorePower Yoga X 3
  • Run 10 miles
  • Lose some body fat
  • Do UVA Speed Clinic remedial exercises DAILY

And here’s what I did…

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What A Training Cycle REALLY Looks Like

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Training for the Mississippi Blues Marathon

At the beginning of each training cycle, I set out my plan for the workouts I hope to do each week.  But I’ve never looked back after the fact to see what workouts I actually completed.  Until now!  (Since I’m in taper mode for the Asheville Marathon, I had a little time on my hands.)

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