October 30 seems light-years away. I mean, that’s Halloween weekend and it’s not even July yet! Catch my drift? I’ve got a long way to go with training. In fact, I keep downplaying it because a) I am in the very beginning stages and want to pace myself (literally) and b) (COMPARISON ALERT) I see people on social media who run so much more than me and aren’t training for anything. We’ll address the latter issue in a future post.
When my mom asked me how my long run was this past Saturday I responded “it was only 8 miles, no big deal.” Technically it didn’t feel like a big deal because I’ve been running that distance for the last few months but she correctly reminded me to celebrate the mini-wins along the way. Celebrate getting up super early. Celebrate feeling good on a run. Celebrate every runner’s high.
High mileage or not, 20+ weeks is a long time to dedicate yourself to something so you might as well appreciate the journey.
Now to recap the last two weeks of workouts. As a reminder, this go-around I’m working with a coach…the lovely Susie of Suzlyfe! Further down the road I’ll write about this experience but just as an overview, she posts my schedule on a Google Doc with the distances, speeds, warm-ups, cross-training, etc. that align with my overall goals. The big goal: get to the starting line injury free.
One thing that is new to me this cycle is taking easy runs EASY. As in, 1-2 minutes slower per mile than I would normally do. (Here are some articles for more info on that: here + here). I’m swallowing my pride because I know it will pay off.
I feel like I have a million more things to say (from maintaining strength training and yoga to the freaking AWFUL heat and humidity here in Florida), but I don’t want to make this too long. There will be many more recaps (every two weeks) so let me know if you have any questions.
Marine Corps Marathon Training: Weeks 1 + 2
Sunday: Active rest day (10 minutes of core and stretching) + hip and ankle strength (5-10 minutes)
Monday: 50 minute spin class + 10 minutes of stretching
Tuesday: 5 miles easy (10 min/mile pace). I ran this on the treadmill because of the weather so it was easy to perfectly maintain the “easy” pace.
Wednesday: 50 minutes of strength training (mainly upper body and core)
Thursday: 5 miles negative split (9:27, 8:49, 8:44, 8:20, 8:17) + hip and ankle strength
Friday: 20 minute walk + 75 min Vinyasa Flow
Saturday: 7 easy miles (9:40 avg.) + 4 strides
Total: 17 miles
Sunday: Active rest day (20 minutes of core and light upper body) + hip and ankle strength work
Monday: 45 minute spin class + a new-t0-me yoga class that I love. It’s called “Soften, Stretch + Strengthen.” It’s all mobility work using lacrosse balls, foam rollers, bands and blocks. Not typical yoga but great for releasing and stretching muscles.
Tuesday: 1 mi warm-up + 8k (5 mile) time trial + .5 mi cool down. I ran the time trial like a race. My splits were 7:58, 7:27, 7:40, 7:56, 7:52. (6.5 miles total)
Wednesday: 45 minutes of full body strength training
Thursday: 1 mi warm-up + 4 x 600 meters of hill repeats + .5 mi cool down. For the hill repeats: 600 m uphill + 600 m downhill = 1 repeat. 600 meters is roughly .37 miles. (4.5 miles total)
Friday: 1 mile walk + 15 minutes of upper body and core + 75 min Vinyasa Flow
Saturday: 8 easy miles (9:43 min/mile) + 4 strides
Total: 19 miles
There ya have it! One reason I like to document my training is to look back and see growth over time. Admittedly, that’s a selfish reason, but I see the value in sharing the highs, lows and all the in-between.