Well, I did it! My first week of training is behind me. I’ve been using Runner’s World’s beginner 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..?