As of last Monday, I’m officially in training for my first marathon! I’m absolutely terrified but I WANT this!
I’m definitely thankful to have a great runner support system including my new coach, Abby! She’s so close to being certified and I have no doubt she will be soon. I told Abby about my lack of running through May/June and my fear of pushing too hard and building up too fast, putting me at risk for injury (I had a stress fracture 4 years ago and never want to deal with that again). Since she’s awesome, she took all of this into consideration when creating a plan for me. We’re doing 18-weeks (the marathon is November 17th), so I have plenty of time to build up mileage, get strong and run long.
I’ve been insanely busy during July, so kicking off Week 1 of training has been rough, but I got it done! Here’s how it went…
Monday: 3 miles (easy)-Easing back into early morning runs, kept around 9:50min/mile.
Tuesday: 60 min walk-Was going to be a rest day but I wanted to get out and moving so I took a long walk through the park.
Wednesday: 3.5 miles (easy with 5x 30-sec pickups)-Ugh. So hot and humid, pace was SLOW even with the pickups.
Friday: 3.25 miles (easy)-Easy pace doesn’t feel so easy! It is so hot. Is it fall yet? How am I ever going to run 26.2 miles?
Saturday: Rest-I’ve been working a lot and definitely needed to sleep in and not run today!
Sunday: Queens 10K-Abby had a 6-mile long run scheduled, so I figured why not sign up for this race, get another 9+1 credit, hydration along the course and awesome T-shirt? I didn’t race and stayed within my LR pace…Check out my recap here.
Total weekly mileage: 15.5 miles
I definitely should have fit in some strength/cross training this week, but I just didn’t make the time with my hectic schedule…and I really needed to take my rest days when I could. Stay tuned as my training becomes more intense and things get really fun!
Are you training for a fall race? Tell me how your training is going! Are you getting beat by this heat?!