Tuesday, October 11, 2011

review & preview (week 1 and week 2 of marathon training)

It's now Week 2 of my marathon training.

Here's a little review of what Week 1 was like.

Monday: 3.5 miles in 37:35/ 10:44 average pace

Tuesday: Rest day
I don't exactly remember why I didn't run.  I know I thought about it, but something caused me to sleep in I guess.

Wednesday: 3.5 miles in 36:01/ 10:17 average pace

Thursday: Rest day
This was our 10th anniversary and I had thought about squeezing in a run before we took off for the day, but decided that enjoying a few extra minutes in bed with my honey was the best way to start off our anniversary.

Friday: Rest day
I had a lot of family running around to do on Friday and I was considering doing my long run that afternoon because Saturday was scheduled tightly too.  So I didn't run in the morning and then I ended up deciding Saturday was still best for my long run.

Saturday: 9.52 miles in 1:40:52/ 10:35 average pace
I left late, had been on my feet for 4 hours the night before so this run was rough on my body.  But in spite of it all, I was pretty surprised at my overall pace.  I never really slowed down and had some good negative splits, although all the splits weren't negative.

Total miles: 16.5

Thoughts on Week 1: I was short at least one run, or two shorter runs.  I needed to either run on Tuesday, or make time for it on Thursday or Friday.  But it's not the end of the world.  It was only week 1 and I'm still getting in the routine.  I know I need the weekly miles to build my endurance, but I find myself focusing more on the successfulness of my long runs.

This week so far:

I ran 3 miles on the treadmill and 3 miles this morning with my sister.  I really need to make these weekday runs more like 4 miles, but I'm just not quite getting up early enough!  I am hoping to run at the beach on Thursday with the double jogger and log 5 or 6 miles, probably with a stop midday to let the girls out to play.  I may run a few slow miles on Friday with my sister, and then 12 on Saturday!  I will be leaving plenty early and driving to a flatter location to run.

It's crazy to think that last year I was training for a November half marathon and my training probably peaked during this time with a 13 mile run.  And here I am, in the second week of marathon training already looking at a 12 mile training run.  This is for real, yo.

And I like it.

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