Well. I made a promise.
I said that as soon as my birthday and Mother’s Day and all the associated festivities were over, I would start that thing.
That marathon training thing.
I can’t believe it’s happening. (Warning: I’m probably going to say this a lot over the next few months)
We were off to a somewhat slow start this morning, when Bentley proceeded to beg me to stay with him instead of going out. He was convincing and I almost gave in.
However, pugs are devious creatures who always want extra cuddles and kibble, so while the rest of the house slept, I put him back to bed and laced up.
I felt a little judged by this cat perched on my neighbor’s fence, who was clearly not impressed to have company at such an early hour,
but I set off anyway.
It was a good 3.4 mile run. I felt strong and my legs didn’t feel as heavy as they have been. I was pleasantly surprised. I haven’t gone for a run since last Wednesday, although we did tons of hard walking over the weekend, so maybe that helped.
I loved the beautiful sunrise,
which partially made up for spotting not one, but two snakes! Ew.
Day One is, officially, in the books.
There are clearly lots of long training sessions ahead of me, but, all in all, I feel like I am off on the right foot. Pun absolutely intended.
After I showered, I plugged my session into my Daily Mile account and opened up a new spreadsheet.
I managed to train pretty successfully for two half marathons, but cobbling together bits and pieces of different plans that worked best with my schedule. This time around, for 26.2 miles, I am being a little more conscientious. For one, I absolutely, 100% NEED to build in cross training. A new yoga studio just opened near my house that offers classes early in the morning that I can manage. I have never had much luck with yoga, but the intense stretching can only do good things for me, and since I won’t have to travel far, I’m going to suck it up. I am also going to take advantage of our community pool and squeeze in laps on alternate mornings.
The goal is to get to the finish line without injury along the way, and I want to do everything in my power to make that happen. As you can see, I have a lot to fill in over the next 35 weeks, but it gives me plenty of time to efficiently build my base and work on my buildup.
All the pieces are falling into place. It’s time to put in the work.
How do you organize your training plans for big races?
What are your favorite methods of cross training?
How many weeks do you devote to marathon training?