This is where my blog starts to become a bit of a training diary. I get a lot of questions about training and I like to keep a record for myself so I usually do weekly recaps when training for a big race. If you’re totally uninterested in how I train for a marathon, by all means, skip these posts. I don’t blame you. 🙂
I’d say the first week of Chicago Marathon training was a success. It looked a little something like this:
Monday: Spin class @ SparkCycle
Tuesday: 6 mile run (4 miles @ tempo pace)
Thursday: 5 mile run (4 x 800 meter repeats)
Friday: 3.5 mile run (easy)
Saturday: 12 mile run with Sheri and Jen (easy)
Sunday: 4 mile trail run with Brittany + the pup (easy)
Total Mileage: 30.5
I am easing in mileage-wise and sticking to only 20% of total mileage at a harder effort. This week, that equated to only about 6 miles of harder running. I was actually pleasantly surprised by the pace I was able to hold during my tempo run and how much energy I had during the fourth mile to push it. I am hoping that continues for the next 15 weeks.
I am still trying to figure out the best schedule for myself and it may vary from week to week. Today, I knew I needed a rest day because I have a speed workout tomorrow and it would’ve been my 5th day of running in a row. I definitely try to avoid that, so I opted for a beach walk instead. I probably could’ve hit up a pilates class or something more structured, but the weather was just way too good to miss. If it’s 75 degrees and sunny at the beach you probably won’t catch me in a pilates studio. Definitely not sorry about it.
With marathon training also comes getting my diet in check. I’m a generally healthy eater. I crave vegetables and never go a day without eating a whole lot of greeny goodness, but I definitely splurge on sweets. Like a lot. I’ve never met a homemade cookie I don’t like and I have a hard time turning down baked goods of any kind. But I know processed sugar is terrible for my body and if I want it to perform at its best, something’s gotta give. And that something happens to be cookies, ice-cream, cake, donuts and all things gloriously sweet. Don’t get me wrong – I will never entirely give things up (EVER) but I do need to cut back. Ok, enough of that depressing talk.
It feels good to have some structure to my running again and a goal in sight. I’m pretty pumped about it. It doesn’t hurt that Brittany is also running Chicago and is equally as jazzed at the moment. I hope she stays excited and continues to wake up early with me on Saturdays to run. Not gonna lie, I was completely shocked when she popped out of bed this past Saturday to head out on a run when I did. It was a totally welcome surprise and I love when our schedules are in sync. Actually, this might be the first time they’ve EVER been in sync. I’m hoping now she’ll see why I’m so boring on Friday nights. Training is tiring and those early mornings require early bedtimes. I save my fun for Saturdays. 🙂
Brittany is off to San Francisco for work so I’m a single dog + cat mom this week and then I’m off to Palm Springs for a friend’s bachelorette this weekend. It should be fun but I’m definitely getting my 14 miler out of the way before I head to the 110 degree desert heat.