Training for: Marine Corps Marathon October 25, 2015 in Washington, D.C.
Method: Run Less, Run Faster Novice Marathon Training
Goal: a) FINISH b) sub 5:00:00
I just wrapped up Week 1 of my 16 week training plan. The week started off great.
Monday: 3x 1600m in 9:10 with 400m rest
Total: 3.75 miles in 36:31
Tuesday: Swim – 20 laps of kicking with 30 sec rest. This was my first ever swim exercise. It is a great cardio work out and I’m looking forward to seeing how it helps strengthen me as a runner.
Then the dreaded stomach bug struck!!!!
Wednesday: planned tempo – forced rest
Thursday/Friday: Rest – repeat of Wednesday. I was “better” but totally wiped after work. Even if I had the energy for 6 miles, I couldn’t bring my sick kiddos to child care…. this tempo run was just not going to happen.
Saturday: Long run 8 miles @ 11:23/mi – ended up with 7.99 in 1:50:56 (avg. pace 13:54)
The run started off alright. Miles 1 and 2 were right where I wanted them and then I just lost it. My energy level was still off: I hadn’t eaten properly all week, it was hot and I ran out of water! There was a lot of walking. I was feeling disappointed with the run but I just told myself at least I got out there. 8 miles is 8 miles no matter how you get it done.
The week didn’t go as planned but, all things consider, I’m okay with it. If we had to get sick, I’m glad it happened at week 1 and not week 15. Hopefully we’ve gotten that out of the way! Who am I kidding, I have 3 kids! Wish me luck!!!
I’m really excited to see what this training does for me. I plan to swim and bike once a week on top of my 3 runs. I also want to mix in some Zumba and Body pump but that’s for fun!
Next race: Run with the Beavers 10 miler on Saturday!!
I’m training for MCM while fundraising for Girls on the Run. Help me meet my goal of $1500 to help girls have access to this awesome program!