Marathon #2: Here We Go Again!

Today marked the end of the first week of marathon training…again.  Yes, I’ve got my sights set on the Route 66 marathon in November.  I know if you’re a beginning runner, reading about marathon training may not be particularly helpful, but I also want to record my training for my own benefit.  My first marathon was a good learning experience, and I want to fine tune some areas in my training that will hopefully make this next one a better experience.  I’m hoping that recording my training play by play will help me stay on track and tweak what needs tweaking.

This first week started with a slow, easy run on Monday.  Mondays are “recovery runs” when we run almost a minute slower than our base pace, the pace we generally run on our long Saturday runs.  Recovery runs are hard for me because the pace is so slow.  I just naturally have a faster pace that I fall in to, but it’s important to run slow to give muscles a chance to heal and recover.  This is one area I really want to work on in this training season.  Last season, I tried to run slow, but all my runs wound up being around the pace I just naturally default to.

So I got off of work Monday morning at 7 a.m., exhausted from a 12 hour shift, but bound and determined to get my recovery run in before I went home to get some sleep.  I did NOT want to start out the training season a day behind already!  I brought running clothes with me to work, and as soon as I finished my shift, I changed clothes and hit the pavement.  I find that if I don’t go home first, I have an easier time getting that run in.  Plus, I like running, and running in new areas is fun.

Unfortunately, my pace was still a bit fast, but I felt great when I finished those 4 miles! (Yes, I know it’s a bad picture but cut me some slack.  I just worked 12 hours and then ran in humid 85 degree weather.)

003Tuesdays are track days when we do speed work.  Unfortunately, my work schedule did not allow me to make it to the track, so Tuesday ended up being a rest day for me.

Wednesday.  The last of my three consecutive night shifts ended at 7 a.m.  I took a nap and then got a CrossFit workout in.  Wednesdays are cross training days where we do another activity except run.  I usually CrossFit and/or cycle for cross training.

On Thursday, I got another CrossFit workout in at 5 a.m.  Call me crazy, but I love those early morning classes!  I planned to run with my training group for a tempo run that night, but a bad storm canceled those plans.  I ended up doing a tempo run on my treadmill instead.  In hindsight, I might as well have run in the rain; I got just as wet!

009Friday was CrossFit again.  And then came Saturday!

I love Saturday runs!  I usually do my weekly runs alone, but on Saturdays, we run as a group with our coaches for a longer distance.  For this first week, we ran just a little over 7 miles.  It’s amazing how quickly 7 miles goes by when I’m running with a group!

006And I am breaking in new shoes!  My feet were happy.  005So what do I want to do differently for the second week of training?

  1.  Work hard at running recovery runs at recovery pace.  It’s crazy that running slow is almost harder than running fast!
  2. Get in the speed workout.  My schedule should allow me to get to the track on Tuesday, but if not, my goal is to do the speed workout on my own.
  3. Keep a good attitude.  I found out I may actually have to work the weekend of the marathon, so that’s put a bit of a damper on training.  I kind of went into the week with a why-train-if-I-can’t-run-the-race attitude, but I’m trying to be positive that training will at the very least keep me in good shape and who knows?  Maybe I will get the weekend off!

Talk to me:

So would you ever consider running a marathon?

What questions do you have about training for a marathon, or for a race in general?

Have you run a marathon?  What is your best training advice?



Author: Juanita

Thanks for dropping in! I'm Juanita. People tell me I don't look like a Juanita since I'm red headed and freckled with super pale skin, but what's in a name, right? I'm a 40-something, single (as in no kids, never been married) gal from Oklahoma. I'm a nurse and most importantly, a follower of Jesus. I love chocolate, am scared of heights, and petrified of snakes. After my fortieth birthday and coming to grips with the fact that I was obese, I discovered I'm a runner and a CrossFitter, and that there's a whole lot of life left to live. I just had to get past the fat, stare down the fear, and realize that 40 is not too old for new beginnings. So this is the story of my struggles and adventures in the quest to live a healthy life in mind, body, and soul.

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