Ok, the weeks are going by incredibly fast! I can’t believe I’m already on week 17!
Training is becoming more and more a routine and a part of me each day. At first, it was a very noticeable change from just working out willy-nilly whenever I wanted to. And since this is my first time actually training for a run, training for a marathon was a HUGE change! I’ve noticed, especially lately, that now its really become a huge part of my life. Even my friends and family know it’s a part of me and that I’m in bed by 9:30 on Saturday nights.
Like they say: Try training for a marathon and it not change your life.
I beginning to know the meaning behind this. The challenge is an amazing thing. Mentally as well as physically.
So, this week I’m finally getting back in the groove of being back in Texas and have been waking up at the crack of dawn (actually, before the crack of dawn) to get my runs in before the sun starts cooking. Early runs have been a bit frantic trying to squeeze them in before work, but it’s been completely worth it – 90 degrees vs. 100+ (yes, it’s still 90 degrees first thing in the morning in Texas).
[ week 17 / 13 weeks until 26.2 ]
Sunday – 8 miles, 1:10:56, 8:53 min/mile.
Today I tried to beat the heat but woke up a little late. I went around 7:30am and it was already 90+ degrees. It wasn’t too bad, though. I was thankful for my hydration pack (the Orange Mud Endurance Pack) and that nothing hurt. The last two miles were tough. The heat really started getting to me – but all was great afterwards.
I also learned a trick from the amazing Runny Legs that you can freeze your Glukos gels, and they are AMAZING. The perfect pick me up for a longer run!
I did a personal training session at my gym and learned a ton of great strengthening/weight training workouts I can now do on my own. Before today, gym equipment was pretty foreign to me – I mean, I did some weight training in High School track and that’s about it. I’m a cardio feign. Now I feel confident going in and utilizing the machines in order to get the most out of them and build a little more strength in my legs as well as upper body. Strength training is very important and useful for runners!
I also learned from the fancy machine that the trainers have, that I have 13% body fat, my BMI is 20, and all my other numbers are good (not sure what the others were).
Early morning tempo run! I had a great run today! I actually get super pumped for tempo runs (I’m a crazy person, I know) so I was ready to go! It was also nice going early and not being cooked by the sun. I just had fun with it and jammed out. It felt good.
I also did a Gold’s Fit class later in the evening and we did a lot of arms. Nothing too crazy, though. I wasn’t overly sore afterwards. It was a great class, though, as always. I love the camaraderie, the feeling of working out with friends, and the slight competitive edge to the class. I’m a lone wolf when it comes to running, so it’s nice to do some workouts with other actual people.
It was really tough to wake up early for my run this morning and I almost didn’t (half-asleep thinking I can do it later…) but then I just imagined how HOT it would be later, and promptly popped out of bed. I’m glad I went early because it was still unbelievably hot. But it’s always better when the sun isn’t beating down.
I also did a lunch time bike ride – my legs were actually a little fatigued from Gold’s Fit yesterday (and the training session on Monday), but I hadn’t done a spin class in a long time so it felt great and I was really feeling the energy of the class. It was fun yet challenging. Just perfect.
Nice run today, it was hard to get up early again (as always), but I was glad to get it done early. Also still hot (again) but better than the afternoon. The last two tenths of mile really got to me, though. I felt like I could just lay down in the middle oft he sidewalk and just take a nap right then and there. But I did it and I felt great afterwards.
2 easy miles, 2 @ 8:30 pace. All I can say is I was glad tomorrow would be rest day. I was so tired today – I started my run at about 11 minutes per mile, which is unusual for me because I like to start fast (I usually have to pace myself at the start). I finally woke up and felt like I was going a more “normal” pace. The last mile was especially tough, though. Even though it was 6:00am, it was HOT. and there was NO breeze. I think my body was more than ready for rest day after this run.
A much needed rest day. I think it was the perfect amount of time, though, as I woke up feeling great and ready to go for my long run on Sunday.
Total miles for the week (running only) – 26
HUGE shout-out to my coach, Andrew Simmons for prescribing all of these workouts AND for being there for me no matter what! No matter if it’s a running question, or a life question. I don’t know where I’d be without him. Coaches can be beneficial for runners of all ages and stages, and with goals ranging from completing a 5K to winning an Iron Man. If you have any questions about coaching, please reach out to one of us!
I hope you all had an amazing week and start off this week strong!
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