LA Marathon 18' Training Pt.1

LA Marathon 18' Training Pt.1

Week 1:

“I have a long road ahead of me but I will push through”

Going into this training cycle I am making it a priority to focus on running more efficiently. I will focus on strength training, proper recovery and consuming the right foods. My diet will consist of a balance of carbs, proteins, vegetables and fruits.

My goal for LA Marathon 2018 is to finish in 4:30 ( a one hour PR)

I know that I have to be serious about my training runs to meet this goal, but I am ready for the challenge.

Miles: 26

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Week 2:

“We don’t grow when things are easy, we grow when we face challenges”

The week started off good. The first few runs of the week were at a comfortable pace.

Wednesday's workout was a speed workout (tempo run). The workout consisted of a warmup, 10 min run at 10k pace and cool down. I felt great until we finished.

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Los Angeles County and Ventura County had several wildfires this week so the air quality was poor. My office building smelled of smoke and embers were falling from the sky.

I left work early because I had a hard time breathing and I had to use my inhaler several times.

After I finished the run, I kept coughing and it wouldn’t stop.

My chest felt tight and the dry cough persisted.

I ended up going to the emergency room to get a breathing treatment, steroids and medicine.

The doctor ordered that I refrain from outdoor running until the air cleared.

It was tough for me to miss out on one of the first long run of the season but I knew it would be best to focus on recovering.

To keep my muscles warm and my endurance up, I worked out on the indoor bike and stair master.

Miles: 8

Week 3:

“Temporary setbacks are overshadowed by persistence”

After my minor setback, I felt more appreciative of the run. Even if the run is uncomfortable, there is a freedom that comes from being out there.  I hated missing out on the long run with the team (BlacklistLA).

Now that I’ve been a pacer, I'm much more connected to the runners. Being a pacer has made me focus even more on ensuring that I perform well.

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During this week I made it a point to track my time by practicing during my solo runs. I also monitored my breathing and strides.

I incorporated strength training and practiced yoga after each run. I’ve also been focusing on mindfulness during this cycle.

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90% of long-distance running is mental. Each time I go into another cycle and challenge myself more, I learn the importance of this.

Miles: 33 miles

Week 4:

“The buildup of hard work gets you to the next level”

How can I get better? Practice, Repetition, Consistency, Dedication.

My second time doing hill sprints, I felt stronger. I focused on my breathing and stride so that I could push harder uphill.

I did have a hard time keeping up that pace when I leveled out but I was able to see where I needed improvement.

LA Marathon 2017 was my second full marathon but my first time running the course.

In the same way that I came back stronger on the hill repeats, I will come back stronger on the course.

“You run the course”

You give it your all. You learn. You come back to get better. 

Miles: 30

Most consumed foods during the month: Wild Caught Salmon, Cod, Ahi Tuna, Free Range Eggs, Vegetarian Meat Substitutes, Leafy Greens, Green Juice, Mixed Greens Salad, Steamed Veggies, Acai, Citrus Fruits & Berries

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Thank you for following my marathon journey. For daily updates on my training, you can follow my Instagram stories @Christal_Lauren. #LAM2018 

LA Marathon 18' Training Pt. 2

LA Marathon 18' Training Pt. 2

New Year, New Intentions

New Year, New Intentions