Well here we go!!!
I have been training for one event for 14 weeks!!! That is a pretty long time ;)
I'm not sure if there has been anything recently that I have focused on or worked for as hard as this. Maybe the weight loss yes, but this is so much more. It is mental, it is physical, it requires me to push myself everyday to get up, get out there and achieve my goals. Some-days I feel like why the hell am I doing this, and others I feel excited and anxious for the big race day to come.
I have been sticking to my Galloway method of marathon training and following his training plan in the book Marathon You Can Do It.
I chart it all in my daily planner and on daily mile and it has been working so far so good.
Monday- Cross training day. I have been doing a workout at home just random crossfit workouts I put together for myself based upon the classes I was taking last month. I have gotten pretty good at being able to kick my own ass and push my body to new fitness levels.
Tuesday- A crappy early AM run. I headed out around 5AM and my allergies were bugging me a lot. I took my meds before I ran and this turned out to be a bad idea. I ended up getting 5 miles done in 53 minutes. Not a great one but done.
Wednesday- I did another home workout at night after work. Lots of leg and core work.
Thursday- I got up and hit the roads again for 6.2 miles. This time I felt great and got it done in 54 minutes! Much better :)
Friday- I hit the gym. I got on the treadmill intending to do 5 miles but after 2 I could not bear the pain in my knee anymore. :( I got 2 done in 18 minutes and headed over to the elliptical. I got 3 more miles done on there for 25 minutes and then headed to work for the day.
Saturday- I took a rest day. It was tough but I knew my body needed it, even though my mind did not.
Sunday- The schedule called for 10 x 1 mile repeats. I was going to do them outside but I woke up and decided I would be 'lazy' and head to the gym and use the treadmill. To me its so much easier to run on the treadmill, where I live is hilly so I am always running up hills. That makes speed work tough. And honestly I cannot bear to run around a track for more than a few times. So treadmill it was. I felt good too and I know my knee held up better. I got 10 miles run in 1 hour and 21 minutes. Most of my miles were right around 8 minutes to 7:35. My hope now is to be able to hold onto those 8 minute miles for the long marathon distance!
I learned this week that you need to rest once a week when you workout everyday. Your body needs time to recover and more often than not you will perform better for it.
I am looking forward to the Smitty nose Half marathon next weekend with a friend who will be doing his first half marathon! I like having races to practice longer runs its more fun than those long boring solo runs :)