Marathon Training: Week 5

Ah week 5. The week of my birthday, a double run day, and Montreal. Fun week, not so fun training. Let’s have a look:

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 4 miles easy
Wednesday: Morning: 6 miles easy Evening: 1 mile & 20 minutes elliptical (was supposed to be 8 miles.. we’ll get to that in a bit)
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Unplanned rest
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: Unplanned rest Continue reading

Marathon Training: Week 4

Already done with week 4? Woah baby, where does the time go?? This week was the first of my new plan and it went quite swimmingly. Breakdown!

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Monday: Rest day—felt very good after 9 miles!
Tuesday: 3.5 easy—stuck to the treadmill for this one. Even opted to go after work and actually went!
Wednesday: 5 tempo at lunch—1 mile warm up, 3 miles at 10k pace, 1 mile cool down. I also went to a Hatha yoga class that night. Felt sooo good to stretch out the run.
Thursday: Rest & a night of bowling.
Friday: 4 easy—another successful journey to the gym after work.
Saturday: 25 minutes of yoga—nothing crazy, but it got me moving.
Sunday: 11 whopping miles. Continue reading

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!

Marathon Training: Week 1

Well, I did it! My first week of training is behind me. I’ve been using Runner’s World’s bigbookbeginner marathon training plan from the Big Book of Marathon & Half Marathon Training. Yes, despite all the free information on the internet, I still went and bought a physical training plan.

The book has a lot of info on fueling, staying healthy, yadda yadda, but my favorite part is its companion journal. I’m going to try to religiously document each run in my journal so that I can look back at my first marathon and think fondly of how much pain I was in.

So far, the journal has actually been helping me stick to my goals. Since I know that it’s there, waiting for me to write in it, I feel this guilt bubble up in me if I think about not going through with a run. Also, I write goals for each run in the book and knowing that I have to go back and confirm whether or not I reached those goals makes me push myself a little more.

I was lucky that this week was wonderfully delightful weather-wise and was perfect for a first week of really getting back in the swing of high-mileage weeks. Here’s what was on the docket for the week:

Monday: Rest (I strongly stand by having the first day of any training plan being a day of rest… I assume this is for people who are already doing a lot of running beforehand.. not doing a lot of resting, like me)

Tuesday: 3 miles (It was cold and pouring this day so I did 3 miles on the dreadmill)

Wednesday: Rest (I do this well)

Thursday: 4 Miles (I actually also rested today since we were traveling a lot for Christmas)

Friday: Rest (did the 4 miles from Thursday. My boyfriend accompanied me for 2 of which and it was SO nice out, I ended up running in just a tshirt and capris)

Saturday: 3 Miles (easy peasy lemon squeezy)

Friday: 5 Miles (tried a new route… hillier than expected)

My major goal for the week was to run each distance without walking at all. Since they were relatively short distances, I figured it’d be easier to psych myself into completing that goal. I told myself that speed didn’t matter — completing the distance with no walking did.

I shockingly completed that goal (even despite Sunday’s extra hills) and I kept my pace in the 11 min/mile range (expect for the 3 mile days, those were a little faster). I’m hoping that my pace for the marathon will stay around 11 min/mile so hopefully I’m on track for that.

The big old book says to train about 60 seconds slower than goal pace but I can’t sustain a 12 min/mile pace.. my body naturally just bumps it up a bit. Granted, I totally get in that 12 min range when climbing hills, but the whole mile averages itself out to be a bit under.

I am now enjoying my Monday rest day and will probably just do some foam rolling later tonight since my calves have been tight. 1 week down, 15 to go! I can do this! Right..?


Guys, Next Week is a Big Deal….

No, not because of Christmas. It’s because on Tuesday I begin MARATHON training. Holy shmoly.

Now, you may have noticed (or not noticed at all because there is nothing happening) that I am a horrible blogger. I know this. I accept it. But I want to try to document this harrowing journey of trying to complete 26.2 miles. Maybe I’ll make it a New Year’s resolution.

Ugh, am I really doing this? Scared.