Woohoo! Week One of Marathon Training is in the books. The week went pretty well and I managed to stick to the running portion of my plan. I did have to move around one of my cross/strength training days for an impromptu date night but it was totally worth it. As Pete said, “Once a week, you have to go Greek!”. We went to a local Greek restaurant so it was a very appropriate saying.
Monday – Cross Training + Strength Training
- Elliptical – 1.70 miles, 20:00 minutes
- Strength Training – NROLFW Workout 1A #1 (24 minutes)
Tuesday – Easy Run
- Easy Run – 2.01 miles, 27:51 minutes, 13:53 min/mile avg. pace, 138 BPM HR
Wednesday – Rest
Thursday – Easy Run
- Easy Run – 2.04 miles, 28:56 minutes, 14:14 min/mile avg. pace, 141 BPM HR
Friday – Cross Training + Strength Training
- Elliptical – 1.65 miles, 20:00 minutes
- Strength Training – NROLFS Workout 1A #2 (25 minutes)
Saturday – Rest
Sunday – Long Run
- Long Run – 4.01 miles, 56:00 minutes, 13:56 min/mile avg. pace, 141 BPM HR
One thing that I am really trying to focus on this marathon training cycle is quality over quantity. In the past, I have always stressed over how many miles I needed to run so that I would feel prepared to take on 26.2 miles. That mentality has not exactly worked for me and sometimes it has really hindered my progress. When I see 20 miles (or more) looming over me, I don’t see the progression leading up to the distance. I get blinders on and only see that 20 mile long run and scares me to death. I have run two marathons and I am still intimidated by the longs run.
The first week of my training plan wasn’t super difficult. My total planned mileage was 8 miles over 3 days and all of the runs were at an easy pace. This schedule really works for me and it will allow me to continue strength training. Like I mentioned last week, I am scaling back on the amount of strength training that I will be doing during marathon training. Even though I didn’t finish the LiveFit Trainer program, I decided to start the NROLFW program for a third time. The workouts in the NROLFW program are a lot better suited for my marathon training plan. I am hoping to do two or three strength workouts each week on my non-running days.
My week started off with a cross training and strength training day at the gym. I have to say that it was kind of nice to complete a strength workout that didn’t take more than an hour of my time. When I finished my workout on Monday, I had an awesome sweat going on but I didn’t think I had overdone anything. Of course, I was completely wrong about that because I could hardly move on Tuesday morning. My legs were sore and I was a little worried about how Tuesday’s run would turn out. Thankfully, it was a 2 mile easy run at a pace that was slower than I am used to.
When I started my run on Tuesday, I made the decision to run the entire distance without any walk breaks. I have been religiously sticking to my run-walk intervals for the last few months and they have worked really well for me. For the first few weeks of my training plan, I want to push myself a little bit to see just much my running has improved. At some point, I know that I will be adding walking breaks back in when the distance become longer.
On Thursday evening, I had another 2 mile easy run on the schedule. My legs were still super sore from my strength workout on Monday and I felt a little sluggish throughout the entire run. My average pace was a little bit slower than Tuesday’s run but I managed to run the entire distance. I considered doing the strength workout that I missed on Wednesday after my run but I didn’t get to the gym earlier enough to make it happen.
On Friday, I left work and headed to the gym for another strength and cross training workout. It was a repeat of Monday’s workout so I knew exactly what I was doing. I will say that adding in a full 15 minute stretching session was a very good idea. I haven’t been doing nearly as much stretching as I should be doing. As I move forward with my marathon training, I am planning to incorporate more stretching and yoga.
On Sunday, I waited WAY too long to get going on my long run for the week. It was hot and humid out, which meant that I was sweating from the moment I started my run. I never thought that I would ever be one of those runner’s that would run with only a sports bra on but that is exactly what I wore. I was a little self conscious at first because my stomach is not exactly flat but it was SOO much cooler. I think my confidence in bearing my stomach was greatly helped by the fact that I was running on the treadmill in my garage.
How did your workouts go last week?