Monday, August 1, 2011

Marathon Training Week 1 Recap

Week 1 of marathon training is on the books. Actually, it is an unofficial week.  I chose an 18 week plan, which officially starts August 8th, but I was getting antsy.  I did week one last week, and will do it for one more week before I officially start.  Plus, I figure this will get me into the training grove.  And I do way better with structure.  I am not a wing it kind of person.  Doing this also gives me a chance to see if I want to move the plan around.  I plan on following the plan, but I am not sure if I am going to keep the days the same or move them around.  As of right now I am suppose to be doing cross training on Monday, run Tues, Wed, Thursday, off on Friday, a tempo run on Saturday and my long run on Sunday.  Overall I like this set up.  Jeff has his off days on Friday too, so we might actually get to see each other.  However, right now in this heat the thought of going on a long run without a group isn’t too appealing.  I changed the days around a little last week, but this week I am going to try follow them exactly and see how it goes.

Numbers for the week:
Total distance: 24.78
Total Time: 5:17
Total Workouts: 6 (I did one weight training session this week.)

Not bad for "week 1"
I did one treadmill run this week, which was suppose to be 3 miles, but I did 3.1.  I just felt more accomplished that way.  My outside runs sucked, mostly because of the heat.  No, not even the heat, because of the humidity.  Running in pea soup just isn't fun, but I now it is making me stronger. ( Hopefully one of my marathons will have cool weather, and from what I have read, that is probably going to be Houston).  The other suckage was due to women's issues.............which really SUCKED, but it is what it is.

Also I want to thank everyone who weighed in on my is running 20 miles enough question.  Pretty much everybody  thinks it seems to be based on reading and or experience.  Since I am doing 2 marathon's 4 weeks apart for the first time I am going to follow the plan I picked and have faith that it will work for for me.

Finally, when I started running I could not take a step with my IPOD.  However, since the Houston marathon last year I have barely used it at all.  Except on the treadmill.  I still need a distraction on the treadmill.  For my treadmill run this past week I thought for sure I had 3 miles in.  When I looked down I had 1.57 miles.  UGGGG.  I am going to have to get used to at least one TM run a week though, b/c until it cools down outside I am going to have to do my tempo runs inside.  So the song that got me thru this week was Foo Fighters "Best of You"  Because I need to give my best this training season, and on the treadmill.

Happy Training!


  1. Running in the pea soup is good. Will def make you stronger
    played on iPod for 6months straight as part of IM training:)

    how bout this rager from wembley with J.Page

    what - a - rager !!!

    get down with that TM!


  2. "3.1 because I feel more accomplished"

    Freaking. Loved. That.
    Love the song!!!!

  3. Slow summer, Fast fall. James @ powerMultiSports gave me that quote. Can't wait to see this heat training pay off when it finally cools.

  4. Good to get the unofficial week 1 done. The mind needs training too and this will help for that. Keep it going!

  5. "3.1 because I feel more accomplished" - I bet Jennie can relate. There are lots of times where we end up running past our house and down the street to get in that extra .1 to make it complete.

  6. I think you'll be shocked at hot not humid it will be in Honolulu. December is chilly! We wear garbage bags to the start! A good bit of the race is fairly cool, especially if it rains. If you finish fast enough, it won't be too hot at all!

  7. I don't know how you guys do it. I know I tease you for living in Texass, but you guys are crazy stronger than me. I can't take the heat OR the humidity. I'm such a wuss.

    Great job on getting week one done... you are going to sail through this training!