Marathon Training: Week 2

Last week was a tease. A beautiful, sunny, warm tease. Luckily it eased me into my training so this week I was ready to tackle some colder-weather running. Here’s what my week looked like:

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 3 miles w/ Yasso 800s

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: Lowell’s First Run 10k

Friday: Yoga for Runners DVD

Saturday: 4 miles & yoga

Sunday: 2 miles, shoveling, and one sun salutation

Weekly mileage: 15.2 (1.8 short of goal)

The week started off pretty well. Despite temperatures sticking around 20 or below, it really wasn’t unbearable for running. My long run was supposed to be 7 miles on Sunday, but since I did the 10K on Thursday, I decided to shoot for 4 miles instead. The weather didn’t agree with me and decided to give me snow, slush, and ice instead of the clear streets I’ve been spoiled with.

I knew that training for a spring marathon meant having to run in shitty conditions, and even though I purchased Yaktrax to keep me from slipping to my doom, I was still apprehensive about running in the snow & ice. Regardless, I strapped on my Yaktrax for the first time and headed out the door. It was a balmy 32 degrees so the snow was melting and everything was just super sloshy. After my first hundred yards, I realized that the Yaktrax are actually pretty awesome and I didn’t feel unstable at all. My biggest obstacle was going around giant slush puddles and trying to not get splashed/ run over since sidewalk running wasn’t an option.

I had a hard time finding a clear enough path that would have limited traffic so I just ended up cutting my run short to 2 miles. I’m glad that I did, too, since by the time I made it home, my calves were killing me. The extra height from the Yaktrax must have really thrown off what my legs are used to so I delicately sat down on the floor for about a half an hour with a bag of frozen veggies on each calf.

As my mileage increases this winter, I’m going to have to either find better routes or pray to the snow gods to keep the streets clear on long-run Sundays.

Here’s looking at 9 miles LSD next week!

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