DAY | PLAN | ACTUAL
MON | REST | REST
TUE | REST | REST
WED | 3M | 3.1 (10:01/MI)
THU | 3M/STRENGTH | 3.1 (9:48/MI)/STRENGTH
FRI | 3M | 3.2 (9:33/MI) HILL INT
SAT | YOGA | 90 MINUTE BIKRAM
SUN | 6M | 6.2 (10.03/MI)
TOTAL |15 MILES | 15.6 MILES
Woohoo for Week 1 of marathon training in the books! Last week my head got a little crazy and I got busy comparing myself to other people, it was a pretty thankless task. I wondered if the beginning of my training plan was too lax, especially since in many instances, I was running less than a normal week’s mileage. By the end of this 7 days I collected my sanity and realized that first, I was probably running a little more than I needed to during my off time, and second, week 1’s plan was exactly where I needed to be. With the holiday weekend, travel, and cramps in my calf, rest and easy 3 mile runs were just what the doctor ordered. I’ve also found it extremely helpful to be following all of you Chicago Marathoners out there who are a few weeks ahead of me. As you guys start to see tougher runs, I’m inspired, but I’m also reminded to stay present and focused on only what’s directly in front of me. Staying in the day is something I have always struggled with but I think training might really help; I can’t run tomorrow’s miles today. (Well, I guess technically I can, but you guys know what I mean!)
- I do a lot of my short runs inside on the treadmill because I strength train before, but this week I got outside for 3 out of my 4 runs–it was such a welcome change. I’m gonna switch things up as often as I can to keep my mind fresh and my legs adapting to different terrain. Also, getting out of my dark gym and getting in some push-ups, planks, lunges, and squats with this view–it’s not the worst.
- I think I am the only runner who loves the summertime! I’m not sure if it’s cause I’ve been doing Bikram for 9 years and am so accustomed to the heat and humidity, or if my July birthday put the tropics in my veins. I really can’t get enough of the warm weather. It makes me feel pretty lucky cause I read at least 5 blog posts a day from people really struggling with the heat.
- That being said–I am the most efficient but profuse sweater that I know, and I’m having to work really hard to fuel correctly and get my hydration and electrolytes in balance. I drink two glasses of ACV and lemon water every morning (it’s my cup of joe!) and I’ve been adding sea salt to it as well. I’ve also been throwing 1/2 a teaspoon or so in my plant based protein shake. Almost any run over 5 miles (now 3 miles in the the heat) I’m ending with salt caked all over my body–I’m telling you, the perspiration is real (and also not the sexiest, I finally realized why I get so many stares when I grab something from the store after a run!).
- I’m remembering how much I love 6-8 mile runs. 10ks are such a great distance, aren’t they? They are just long enough that you have to pace yourself, but also short enough that you can really push and leave it all out on the table if you want to. I think when I finish this marathon I’m gonna focus on major strength training and improving my shorter distance times. –Whoops! So much for staying in the day–let’s table that, shall we?
- This week has made me really happy. It was easy and fun. I know not every week is going to be like this so I’ve just enjoyed it. On easy breezy mile 4 of my 6 mile run on Sunday I had the thought: this run is helping me get to my first marathon. The easy ones, the hard ones–they all have their role–each mile is putting me that much closer to my dream. Pretty cool.
How’s it going out there? I can’t wait to catch up on how everyone else is doing–anyone else starting week 2 this week with me? How about you Chicago people–how you feelin’? Any first time 5k or 10k runners out there? As always, please share, love hearing from all of you! x