When I finished the Philadelphia Marathon (November), I didn’t think I’d want to run long again for a while. But after the post race high faded away and the post marathon blues came around, I knew I had to conquer 26.2 again sooner than later. While there was nothing that I could do to control the weather that day, I know there were some obvious holes in my training. So rather than start completely from scratch (although I haven’t run much since Philadelphia) I decided now was the time fix my training and see what I can do.
Last week kicked off 18 weeks to go until the Vermont City Marathon. I am following Hansons Marathon Method again, although I made a few changes. I am incorporating a second day of rest but am distributing those miles throughout the week. For Philly it happened fairly regularly that I either needed a second day or life happened and it would interrupt my training. Thus missing miles, by planning ahead, I think I’ll get more miles under my feet without losing the cumulative fatigue.
Thursday: AM: 3 mile run // PM: Yoga
I know it’s weird to start the week on a Thursday, but for some reason, Thursday is the first day according to the bible Hansons Marathon Method. I had made plans with my friend Lindsey to run Thursday afternoon. Wednesday night, she text saying she’d end up having to run in the AM instead. After a fairly quick exchange, we agreed to meet at SUNY at 6:30 am. This is huge for me. Super Super Huge. The run felt good and it was a nice change to be running with someone. ( Marcy dog is only so good for conversation) The 3 mile loop went by quickly and I was on my way to work. This time of year makes it easy to jump from one to the other with only change of clothes. It was nice to have the run done in the AM – I don’t know how regular this time of day will become, but its nice to know it’s an option. Currently I am running sans watch – to allow myself to get back into a routine without staring at the numbers. Once I make it through basebuilding (5 weeks total) I’ll be all about the pace!
Friday :AM Yoga/ (rest) / strength
It seems a bit silly to have a rest day on the second day of marathon training, but since I’m coming from almost 2 months of sporadic running – I have no reason to go over the top. Plus, work was exhausting. I left with about 8,000 steps. (typically I leave with about 5-6k) I am planning to incorporate some conditioning this time around and figured today was a good chance to create new habits. I completed my day 27 of Yoga with Adriene’s Yoga Revolution in the morning and followed the dirty dozen conditioning workout I once saw in my I Believe training journal. I stuck to lower reps, in the past I’ve tried to do the max of it all – and then was able to do it again for days. Nothing major but small steps for a stronger training.
Saturday AM Yoga // 3ish miles
I had an amazingly productive morning on Saturday. I woke up fairly early, cleaned, listened to Hamilton for the 5th Saturday in a row, and then did day 28 of #yogawithadriene’s yoga revolution. After, I packed a change of clothes for work (open house) and headed off to the Hudson Bike Path for 3 miles. I am still running watch -less but after so many miles there, I knew where I needed to go /turn around. My run felt good, my lungs are still trying to clear out the plague from Christmas, but it doesn’t seem to bother me while actually running.
Sunday: HMRRC Winter Series 3 mile race // PM Yoga
I decided to get my miles in at the HMRRC winter series. My plan said 4 and I should have warmed up, but enjoyed having the chance to catch up with friends that I haven’t seen in a while. I am still running watchless – but know that according to the official clock, I finished just around 32 minutes. I definitely wasn’t racing, nor did it feel like I was putting in a lot of effort, but this certainly weren’t of the effortless variety. But I certainly haven’t earned any effortless miles. Although I’ve been walking, practicing yoga, cycling, and strength training, I’ll be clocking some low miles for the month. It’ll come back, as it always does.
After some free soup and catching up with more running people, I hustled back to the house to change clothes and grab my foster dog Herman to head to an adoption event an hour or so away. He was well liked and I am hopeful that his family finds him soon! I was particularly worn out after the days events – lots of driving – but still managed to complete day 29 of #yogawithadriene
These first few weeks won’t be anything exciting, but they will be incredibly important in creating the strong foundation to tackle the speed/tempo/and strength runs that come in the later part of the training.
Total Miles This week: 9
Total Miles: 9