A chronicle of my new challenge. To become a triathlete.
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.