Category Archives: Marathon Training

I’m Still Here!

Smack into marathon training as soon as I stepped foot back in DC.  Taking it easy, of course, since I don’t want to get injured, so lots of walking with running for now, until I get my running legs back. 

My troublesome feet?  Have definitely been complaining…  Hoping to snag an appointment with a podiatrist this week and find out why have they been giving me trouble for the last two years.  We will see what happens.

It’s been nice to be back on my beloved trails and see these views once again…


I’ll be back soon to share more about what we’ve been doing since we left Manila, and to hopefully catch up with all the trips that are left to blog about…  Turns out life with a baby?  Much harder to get two free hands than I expected, but I miss writing, and I miss this space.


Filed under Marathon Training, MCM, Runs

Adding the “Running” back into this blog! (And into my life!)

For real.  In an attempt to not be completely out of running shape once I get back to DC and in marathon training mode, I decided to start running again this week, after getting the “all clear” from my doctor.

On Wednesday, I jumped on my treadmill, on what will likely be a goodbye run:  looks like it’s getting sold this week.  It has served me well, even if I barely got any use out of it, thanks for injuries and all my pregnancy fatigue.  I should be buying a replacement before heading back to Brazil, unless we’re living close to the beach, then running on the boardwalk will be much more my style!

I’m not going to lie:  the run was not pretty.  I kept the running part at a 11 min/mile pace, and still had to take walk breaks pretty frequently.  At the end, I finished 2.5 miles averaging 12:57 pace, which it’s not *that* bad considering there were lots of walking sprinkled in there.

Friday morning, I met up with a friend who is also trying to get back to running after baby.  I met her by her house in Dasmarinas Village and we went for a jog (for those of you unfamiliar with Manila, the villages are closed residential areas with single family homes, so lots quiet streets for running, less polluted, little cars, no traffic and even a lot of shade!).

I was nervous, I can’t even remember the last time I ran outside!  But when she asked if I wanted to do the 3k route or the 5k one, I said “5k” without hesitation.  Did I have to walk?  Sure, I did.  I actually thought walking was a good think (let’s not do too much too soon and get injured, right?), but we went way past the halfway point before any of us walked.

Since I forgot my GPS at home, I’m oblivious to our pace, which may be for the best!

Sadly, I’m so out of running shape that I’ve been pretty sore the last couple of days.  I’ll be back out on Tuesday for yet another running date! 


Filed under Marathon Training, Runs

Marine Corps Marathon!

So this happened…


(Yes, folks, it’s official, I will add back the “running” into this running blog, woot!)

But that confirmation was not before I went through almost an hour and a half of this…

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And this…

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And this…

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And some of this…


And a lot of this….


At the end, I wasn’t successful (and both Karl and I were trying from our respective computers), but my friend Angela was in getting me in.  (Thanks, Angela!)

So it’s official:  in two months (!!!), we move back to the States, I will rejoin my running group, and will start training for the marathon.  (It will be my third marathon, my second MCM.)

I’m not going to lie:  I’m really really nervous about it.  I still have strict instructions that I cannot exercise (my body rejected my stitches from childbirth so my recovery has not been easy), so I don’t even know when I’ll be ok to start running again.  And being stuck at 9lbs above my pre-pregnancy weight, which was already 15lbs above my marathon training weight, I know it’ll make things harder.  Plus, the knee pain that showed up in my third trimester is still there…  And my feet are a constant source of issues since I was training for Chicago.

But Karl promised to watch Elena while I go for training runs, and enough of my friends signed up that I’ll have company for training.

I can do this! 

I can do this, right? 

I really hope I can do this.

Wish me luck.


Filed under Marathon Training, MCM, Race

My legs were beaten with a baseball bat

Ok, so my life is not that dramatic (and let’s hope it stays that way, ok?), but that’s how they feel like today.

Remember when I talked about the New Rules of Lifting for Women book?  Despite missing barbells, I figured I’ll try my best to do the exercises with dumbbells instead.

Using a 20lb dumbbell in each hand for squats was not that bad.  Using 25lb in each for step ups, was a tad more challenging.  So of course I was a bit sore during the last couple of days.  But then yesterday it was time to do “workout B” of the phase 1 of the book (you alternate A and B for the first 16 workouts).

So I had never done a deadlift in my life, and after looking for youtube videos of how to do it with dumbbells, I figured I was ready for it.


OMG THOSE THINGS ARE HARD.  20lbs in each hand doesn’t seem like much, but I didn’t realize just how much my quads would be used to lift up those stupid weights.

Then lunges with weights – that quickly went out the window and it became lunges with body weight.  I’m not bad at walking lunges, but turns out lunges where you go back to your starting position are a lot harder to do, specially when your quads are already sore.

So yes, this morning even reaching the toilet seat to pee was a challenge (TMI?).

It’s no wonder the book explicitly tells you NOT to do the program when training for an endurance event.  Imagine if I had to run a 20 miler with these DOMS legs?  Non-running related DOMS legs?  (Which is a lot harder to do!)

Then it got me thinking and I wonder if other people go through the same thing…

During marathon training, I was ALWAYS sore.  Not “I can’t walk” sore, but sore nonetheless.  It was like my legs were constantly making me aware that they were there.  My calves were always tight.  Sure, compression socks helped (a LOT), but it never solved the problem.  I just got used to living with sore legs.  (And to be honest I kind of miss it.)

Am I the only one, or does everyone get constant sore legs during marathon training?

And since it seems like I’m reminiscing a lot about DC nowadays, can I mention how much I miss this trail?  (Anything similar to it near Manila or is that wishful thinking?)



Filed under Marathon Training, Weightlifting