Today is now day two of marathon training, but I wanted to recap the first day, which was yesterday. We had a busy weekend of wedding events (as you would already know if you read yesterday’s post), so yesterday was spent mostly hanging around the house, getting a few chores done, and prepping for the week ahead. Yesterday also marked the first day of marathon training!
I have been looking for a plan for a while now, and up until yesterday was just running based on my own little “plan,” which was actually no plan at all. I gradually increased my mileage, got some good long runs in, and basically built my base from January up until now. Fortunately they have training plans on the marathon’s website, so I looked to that when decided on which plan I wanted to use. It has two rest days, which I am already doing, and I am switching my rest days and long run days to accommodate my current schedule.
My rest days will continue to be Friday and Sundays, with my long run on Saturday. One thing that is different in this plan is that I am running four days per week instead of five. This will give me the opportunity to do more cross training, as I have definitely slipped on that front these last five months. Cross training gives your body the chance to have a bit of a break from running and work muscles that you may not necessarily use while running. Examples of cross training would be cycling or spinning, hiking, walking, swimming, strength training, yoga, etc. I am excited to add more cross training into my life as I know it is so beneficial for training, especially the strength training & yoga!
So I am starting at week 20, and my Tuesday runs will happen on Monday & then the schedule adjusted from there. While the plan says to do walk/run intervals, I typically train running ONLY, unless it is a super hilly course then I will take a walking break if needed, so 30 minutes running it was. This brought me to about 3.22 miles at 9:05 pace, which is my marathon pace. Or, so far it is. We will see how things progress.
One thing I have noticed is that with this training plan, my mileage will be lower than what I am currently running. Right now I average between 30-40 miles per week as my schedule allows. For example, last week I ran 30 miles amongst all the wedding activities. April was a big month for me in running as I hit 42 miles, but I know that I will not be running that much in the beginning of my marathon training. Nevertheless, I’m excited to see how the plan will go and how my body will respond to the combination of running and cross training.
Here we go! October 8th, I’m coming for you!
Have a great day everyone!
Today I wanted to share my running list of running goals. Clever, right? It’s something I started a few weeks ago, just jotting down things running-related that I want to accomplish. There’s no set in stone time frame for these goals, ergo why I call it a running list. I may add to it as I go, and hopefully check things off as I go, too!
The first thing on my list: run a FULL marathon. I have been hovering at the half marathon distance for a few years now, and I mentioned on the first podcast episode how I came about signing up for the full marathon. So, I am looking forward to that adventure – and the whole journey that training for a full marathon is – and then checking this goal off my list in October!
If you listen to my podcast, you will know that qualifying for the Boston marathon is up there on my list of goals. I feel like every runner has had that thought at least once before. “It would be awesome to qualify for Boston!” Not only do I want to qualify, but I obviously want to run Boston, despite how hard I have heard that it is. There is something special about that race, and I will be there one day!
I would also LOVE to do a RUNCATION and a DISNEY run! Going to a vacation destination to run a race would be so much fun. Why not combine two things that I love into one trip? Running and traveling can often go hand in hand. Now, technically traveling to Disney World for the Princess Half Marathon (my dream run right now because it lands around my birthday in February ; )) would count as a runcation, but I wanted to keep the goals separate so then I get double the fun. Why not, right?
Of course, setting PERSONAL RECORDS is on the list too. Who doesn’t want to challenge themselves to get better? If you listened to my podcast last week you will know that my new 10km race goal is under 50 minutes. That would count as a PR for me, and it’s something I have my eye on for sure!
Leave a comment below with TWO of your GOALS : ) Any goal will do!