I’m not sure if you noticed but it’s been like two weeks since I’ve posted an update on marathon training…
I fell off the wagon a little after I didn’t run in Texas because I was sick. After giving it some thought, I have a theory about why I fell off the wagon. The plan I had set up for training was 20 weeks long. I think honestly for me, that was too large a commitment and it gave me far too much time to slack off…and I did.
So I decided that I needed to make things easier for myself because well, that’s how I have to deal with myself 😂 So, as you may know, Ryan and I are running in a half marathon in November and that’s about 10 weeks away. Taking on 10 weeks is a lot less intimidating than taking on 25 weeks of training. So I found a plan that is 10 weeks long and I’m going to commit to that 10 weeks to get me ready for my half and then I’m going to build on that training right after my half.
To be honest, I’m not really doing anything differently. I’m really just splitting my initial plan in half and just working up to the half. Even though I’m not doing anything differently, thinking about training for one race at a time is helping my mental state and that’s half the battle.
So here’s what this week looked like:
Sunday: 2 miles
-Can I just tell you how amazing these 2 miles felt? When you don’t run for a long time and then you finally do, it’s like tasting pure freedom. I’m gonna get a little TMI right now…after my run, I got in the shower and just felt so amazing. That run was almost better than good sex. I took a shower and just wanted to take a nap it was that good. 😂😂
Monday: 2.5 miles
-Felt really great my first mile and a half. I had eaten and had some water beforehand and as soon as that was all worked off, I just started to spiral downhill haha. I still finished off the last mile but it definitely wasn’t anywhere near as good as that first 1.5. I still need to focus on working up my endurance again because I’ve definitely lost a bit of that but I feel confident that I can get there.
Sweet Jesus I needed this. My calves were so sore and also it was such a rainy, yucky day so I have no complaints about this rest day haha! I can’t wait to see how the rest of this week goes!
Wednesday: 3 miles
These 3 miles tonight were actually pretty good. I did the full 3 (as opposed to the 2.6 I ended up doing on Monday) and I kept right around an 11:11 mile for all three and I’m actually really happy with that consistency. Like I said about Monday, I just need to work up my endurance so that I can get some speed into my miles!
Thursday: 3 miles
Saturday: 4 miles