As I transition into marathon training, I’m going to keep up with regular weekly updates on how training is going. Tuesdays = training updates day from now until May!
I didn’t really have a week 1 of training since that was my first week since the half. So here we are in week 2 already.
Last week, I followed my training plan but didn’t run all the miles I planned on. Although I fell a little short, it was nice sticking to my plan anyway.
It showed me that I do like having rest days on Mon/Fri. That actually turned out to be perfect. I’m not sore for my long runs and I’m not sore on Monday either. And trust me, I don’t need anything else to make me cranky on a Monday 😉
Monday: rest day. Felt odd since I normally work out every Monday, but I let it go and now I’m very glad I did.
Tuesday: 3 miles (treadmill; 29;05) & this weighted arms & legs circuit.
Wednesday: 3.5 miles (treadmill; 34:31). Was aiming for 5. This was after work and I’d had a headache going on a few hours. Still had it at this point so I just had to stop from the pain.
Thursday: 2 miles (treadmill; 19.47). Wanted to do 3 but ended up running out of time. And 2 rounds of this abs circuit.
Friday: rest day
Saturday: long run day. 12 miles? Details about this below…
Sunday: did some stretching. This is supposed to be my “yoga/stretching” day. I didn’t have time to whip out a full yoga DVD like I intended, but stretching was done.
This run was brutal. All the trails were snow-covered, icy, wet or all three. There were very few spots with dry ground. I got tired fast due to sloshing around on the snow. It was a good run for about the first 7-8 miles or so. Then around mile 9 I just hit a wall and felt terrible. My hip was hurting. My Achilles were on fire, which is very odd to me. I remember looking up at some girl who was in front of me thinking “Dang, she’s going slow. And I’m behind her. Ugh.”
Nike+ says I ran 13 miles, but I stopped short from what I had planned so I think it was off and I really ran about 12.
The only redeeming factor of this run was, of course, the view. And that I did it.
Overall, I feel good about this week of training. I showed up for all my workouts and didn’t make any excuses. I need to improve on making more time for my workouts in the AM. I’m use to only running 2-3 miles in the morning, but now I need to up the mileage plus the time to do that. It’s going to be a challenge, but I should be able to figure it out.
This week, I’m planning on taking it pretty easy. For the past two days, I’ve been feeling like I’m coming down with something and my throat is sore. So I’m not going to push it. And with moving a little during the week and this coming weekend, I want to save my energy for that. I might not have time for a long run this weekend, and I’ll be okay with that. But we’ll see!
Questions for You:
- Are you still happy with long runs just because they’re done, even if they weren’t good runs? I’m really trying to embrace this for marathon training. I know not all runs can be great ones.
- Favorite thing you’ve seen on a run, walk, or workout lately?