2 weeks down, 13 to go. Biggest news of this recap is that I actually did every (running) workout I was supposed to do. I personally believe I deserve a medal for this accomplishment. Ok ok, yes, that’s what a person who’s training for a marathon is supposed to do. But still. Two weeks of sticking to a plan is pretty darn revolutionary for me.
The first two weeks of training have been pretty manageable. There’s been plenty of heat and humidity, a good bit of rain, and pretty much just status quo in terms of running, as the long runs are still distances I’ve run before. What I have noticed is that, at least right now, I have a bit of extra motivation to get the miles in so that I don’t have to admit I didn’t follow the (only 3 days a week) schedule. Noticeably absent? Cross training. Which I’ll blame on the rain, as a lot of my scheduled cross training was tennis, which can’t be done in pouring rain, but I admittedly could have changed course and done something else. Oh well, room for improvement!
So! Here we go – my first ever detailed training recap.
Tuesday – 5 miles
As I’ve mentioned, I’m doing speed sessions with Fleet Feet on Tuesday nights. This first workout was 8 x 400 with 1 minute rest at 1 mile time trial pace. I started out way too fast, running the first in 1:28 (goal was 1:38), the second in 1:30, but then settled in for the rest and hit each one around 1:36 – 1:38. Still working on dialing into the right pace on these workouts, but getting better. And man alive, that 1 minute rest felt very very short starting around #5. Extended my warm-up and cool-down to hit 5 miles total.
Wednesday – supposed to play tennis. Rain. Laziness instead.
Thursday – 5 miles
Our 4th of July was blessed with pouring rain all day. I watched some Wimbledon in the morning and finally got out of door around noon. For once this summer, going out early didn’t matter because it was pouring rain and not hot. Started out quicker than expected and didn’t want to spend longer than I had to in the rain, so I decided to make it more of a tempo run than a regular old out for some miles run. Picked it up for 3 more, then cooled down for 1. 8:39, 8:15, 7:54, 7:45, 9:15. Then sangria, burgers, other 4th of July deliciousness, beer pong, and no fireworks (because of rain) with friends. Awesome day despite the rain!
Friday – rest (planned)
Saturday – 10 miles
First group run with Fleet Feet and guess what?! More rain!! Steady, but it wasn’t so terrible, and honestly I’d take it over screaming heat and humidity. I met some great people, and confirmed my suspicion that training with a group is going to be much easier than going at it alone. We all went out a bit faster than we should have – between first run excitement and not wanting to stay out in the rain, it was hard to slow down – and finished the run around a 9:00 average. I was sleepy (we’re starting at 6! Eep! But will appreciate it when the heat is back) but felt good.
Sunday – tennis planned, cancelled because of sore throat/headache/general grossness and threat of rain.
Monday – Tennis! Finally!
HUMID, but good to get out on the court. I didn’t play too well, but got a good 1.5 hours of short lateral motion and a semi-upper body workout in (a stretch, yes. Truth is, I love the sport, and I’ll risk the change of a turned ankle or something to keep playing as much as I can. Tennis is likely in no way recommended marathon cross training, but whatever. It’s exercise, and good exercise when I’m playing singles at that.)
Tuesday – 5 miles
Lord have mercy this track workout was a WORKOUT. The heat was back in full force, making 6 x 800 with 1 minute rest rather daunting. I adjusted my expectations a bit, but completed the workout pretty well considering. First 4 were right around 3:30 as planned, with about 1 minute rest. The next two were between 3:35 – 3:40, and my rest was extended to 1:30. Desperately needed that extra 30 seconds! Overall happy with the workout.
Wednesday – rest
Tom actually had knee surgery on Tuesday, so I didn’t want to spend too much time away this week. Fortunately my wonderfully amazing mother in law came down to help us out for the week, so all was taken care of (hi Peggy! THANK YOU!!). Plus, it was pouring again (I sat in my car for 15 minutes after getting home that night because the lightning was literally on top of me) so anything outside was out of the question.
Thursday – 6 miles
Started my run from my office after an afternoon thunderstorm, and it was cooler but super humid. Didn’t realize how much I was sweating until I looked down and my shirt was soaked through. Took an easy out and back route for a steady 6 miles around 9:00/mile.
Friday – more rest. Considered getting up for yoga but had a really hard time getting out of bed. Also still had a scratchy throat so gave in to it.
Saturday – 11 miles
Lovely morning for a run! It was 62 degrees when I got in my car, which was glorious. Slowed it down a bit for the first 9 miles (9:30 – 9:40) and picked it up for the last two at 8:55. Felt great coming in. Big confidence booster, but I know I still have a long way to go!
So there you go – my first two weeks of training. Goals moving forward include slowing down my long runs a bit, getting in more cross training, not complaining so much about the humidity, and taking the dogs when I run in the AM!