I was on a good roll of doing “this week in workout” posts a few weeks back, but somehow they dwindled recently. See, when I’m working and tutoring and volunteering and all that, it’s hard enough to fit workouts in. I HAVE been fitting them in, of course, because I am determined and driven and all that good stuff.
But they haven’t been too interesting, and I haven’t felt motivation to write about them.
Now that I’ve begun the journey that is marathon training, I thought I would share with you what I’ve been doing to go from 0 to 26.2 in just over 6 months.
Most marathon training cycles are 18-20 weeks long, but those assume that you’re at least up to 5k/10k running level when you start. They also assume that you’re not coming off a super rough injury when you start. Gradual increases are the name of the game post-injury, and if you remember, I was completely off the road from June-mid August. I started walk-running in August, and slowly worked my way up to running three continuous miles at an easy pace by the beginning of October.
Throughout late August and September, I mostly just did my walk-running on my own, around my neighborhood. In fact, I have done almost all my running solo since I started running. A few weeks ago, though I started volunteering with my school’s DreamFar High School Marathon team. DreamFar takes kids from 0 to 26.2 over the course of one school year, which is SO AMAZING. Helping some amazing students be super brave and train for a full marathon at 15, 16, and 17 years old is really something else. We started out running 1 mile three days a week, then we upped it to 1.5 miles. We start doing our 2 mile loop this week, and on to three miles next week! So far I’ve had a ton of fun getting to know a few new kids, and it’s been nice to ease back into consistent running with some companionship.
I start long runs with my charity team in December, so I’m beginning to build some mileage on the weekends to get ready for that. I’m up to 4 miles now, and I’m increasing by .5 each Saturday until I get up to 8 miles with my team.
Quick Workout Recap…
- Sunday: 4 miles running! Wahoo!
- Monday: 1.5 mile run, Live Fit Arms and Abs Lift
- Tuesday: 45 minutes swimming
- Wednesday: 1.5 mile run, LifeFit Chest and Abs Lift
- Thursday: 30 minutes Elliptical, Livefit Delts Lift
- Friday: So Sick/ Multiple Naps
- Saturday: 30 Minutes Elliptical, Back and Delts Lift
- Last Week’s Total Mileage: 7
Now for a race recap!
A few weeks back I went up to Vermont with a bunch of my favorite gals. We were headed to a fall festival at a local ski mountain, and I heard that there was a 5k in the morning. I’d just worked my way up to running 3 continuous (& painless!) miles, so I signed up and was pretty excited.
Then I got to the start line.
It started with the course. We were to run up one of the ski slopes and loop back down four times in order to make “about” three miles. The trails were rocky and uneven, which isn’t really what you wanna see post-injury.
Then I saw the water table getting set up. I knew there would be beer when I signed up for a “gulp and gallop,” but I hadn’t realize there would be only beer. I am, of course, gluten-free, so I asked if there would be any water available during the race. Nope, no water. Only beer.
Don’t get me wrong; once I started running I had fun! My friends were all there by the sidelines to cheer me on, and lots of people wore super silly costumes while running. I was proud of myself for keeping up an okay pace, even over the craggy hills, even when my watch his 3.1 miles and I realized I still had 3/4 of a lap to go (It ended up being about 3.6 miles total). M\I think my finishing time was 34 minutes, but tbh I have no idea if that was accurate since there wasn’t an actual starting mat, or line, or like, anything. We just started running when some guy in a baseball cap told us to.
After the race I was so ready for a shower and some cider. My friends and I had a blast at the Oktoberfest Fall Festival that afternoon, too!
I am so thankful that I had something fun to do with my friends after the 5k, or else I would have gotten on my own case about running it a full 9 minutes slower than my last 5k. I mean, I know that the course was longer than it was supposed to be, and the conditions were less than ideal. But back in the spring I’d pushed my way into the 8-minute mile club, and pounded out a 5k in 25:08. The next morning I woke up with such terrible pain in my leg that I finally went into the orthopedist…and you know how the rest of that story goes.
After a long break and a lot of care, I am running again, but a whole lot slower. And I have to get used to that, which is hard. It’s hard when your hard work ends up hurting you in the end, and you end up right back where you started. It’s hard to know what fast feels like and not be able to feel it again. Maybe someday I’ll be able to get back to where I was, but it’s going to be a while. I need to do a whole lot of strength training and work before my body will be ready for faster speeds.
Now You Tell Me…
- RUNNERS: How do you keep yourself motivated when your times aren’t what you want them to be?
- Anyone out there training ALSO for a marathon right now?!?!
- TIPS for injury prevention? I really want to get through this cycle without any issues!!