Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Marathon Training Week #1

Last week was week 1 of marathon training.

Unfortunately, it did not get off to the stellar start I was hoping for.

Mon, 2/13 - I felt sick to my stomach all day long. It was difficult enough to get through the school day, so I thought it best if I put off starting training a few days.

Tue, 2/14 - I was feeling better in some ways but still not good enough to work out. Instead we ordered a pizza and played pool to celebrate Valentine's Day.

Wed, 2/15 - I missed my bus to school in the morning, so I walked the 1.2 miles. After work, I did not feel like working out, but I forced myself to head to the gym. I did 20 minutes on the StairMaster and then a few core exercises in the weight room and a few more at home.

Thu, 2/16 - I was so tired and weak feeling that I skipped another day of training. Well, I did walk home from school. That 1.2 miles must have really wiped me out!

Fri, 2/17 - It was such a nice afternoon that I walked home from school again. I pretty much headed straight to the gym after getting home and ran 3 miles on the treadmill. I finished my workout by doing my Strong Stride video to work on some core. The video was 46 minutes and TOUGH!

Sat, 2/18 - Jeff and I went to the pool. We were probably only in the water for about 20 minutes. I probably did more floating than any attempt at actual laps, but at least it was something. :-)

Sun, 2/19 - What a beautiful day for a run! Saturday evening, a friend texted me to say she would like to join me for my 8 miles on Sunday. Way to hold me accountable! :-) I'm so glad that she texted me. 1) It really motivated me to actually go for a run outside. 2) It made the run go so much faster with a friend. 3) It made me feel really special knowing that someone was checking my training schedule.

Total miles: 11
Total cross: 60 min
Total core: 61 min

Overall, it was a bit of a rocky start to the start of training, but not too bad overall. I do know it will take a lot of tenacity for me to stick to this training plan.

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  1. Great job on the 8 mile run! Glad you were able to run it with a friend. Always makes the time go by faster!

  2. Sticking to the plan is key in my opinion. But it is so hard when life gets in the way! Keep up the good work!

  3. Once you are feeling better, then stick to the plan, it is counter productive to push through when sick. By doing all the rest of the schedule, I think you'll be more than ok.

    I've had those runs where I was thinking of skipping it or watering it down, then a friend sends me a text asking me to run with him, great when that happens.

    Also, sounds like a fun and stress free Valentine's Day celebration!

    Best of luck with the rest of your training!!

    I'll be watching.

    1. Thank you, Mark! I'm a little nervous about the half marathon I have in just over 3 weeks now. I've been so focused on starting the marathon training that I kind of forgot to train for the half. I'm pretty sure it will turn out okay, especially if I stick to my plan over the next few weeks.