I officially started my 12 week marathon training plan. Regarding the post title, I’m calling this “Race 4” even though I previously tagged the Rehoboth Marathon attempt from last year with that name. Of course, I wasn’t able to run that one because of a kidney stone, but I figure that it’ll be easier for searching and sorting later on to call this one Race 4.
I’m really going to make an effort to stick to every run that I have scheduled. Not just every run, but the specific type of run (i.e., speed, lactate threshold, VO2 max, recovery run, marathon pace run, etc.). I said that before but I wasn’t able to. This time, unless something big comes up, I am going to make the run schedule a top priority.
I had some good runs this week. Four runs total. On Tuesday, I got up at around 5:30 and went down to the Mall for an 8 mile run plus speed work. On Thursday, I aimed for a 9 mile run, but came up just a bit short. The reason is because I pushed my run from the morning to the evening. Running in the evening is hard under normal circumstances, but even more so when you have a 6 week old baby at home and an hour commute. By the time I got home, it was already 6 oclock, and I had to ask Jess to keep watching Mini so I could run, even though she had been watching her all day. So I ended up going for as much of a run as I could without putting too much of the work on Jess.
Which brings me to my next, and most important point. Probably the most important point in the entire blog I have here. I really couldn’t be doing any of this stuff without Jess’s support. She happily flexes her schedule so that I can make time in mine to run. And now with baby Asha, Jess has been nothing be amazing with helping me adapt my schedule to keep my exercise going.
On Saturday, I took my daughter out for her first run with me. It was a bit drizzly, but not too bad. We did five miles together. I wanted to test out how the running stroller performed, and it was great. My training plan calls for these recovery runs every Saturday, and I’m definitely going to take Mini out on them as much as possible. It’s such a great way to spend time with her.
Sunday was my first long run, 13 miles planned. I was able to finish it, but it was tough. I felt sluggish through most of it, but I was proud to finish it up. I tried gels for the first time during training. I took two of those every 45 minutes and also a salt tab in between. It certainly made a difference; I’m not sure that I would have finished the distance had I not.
During the first mile of the run, I stumbled across a whole lot of people running the Hope for a Cure 5k. I had no idea about this run, but it was absolutely packed and it looked like a fantastic event. There must have been thousands of people walking the distance together. It seemed like a great community event, and after digging more, it looks like they raised a lot of money to support treatment and cures for brain tumors. Of course, given my mom’s history, this was great to see. It was pretty inspiring, to see all the people marching on behalf of people they knew. Many signs and shirts that said “walking for X.” I stopped my run and just stood on the corner for about 15 minutes just to observe and take it in.
So, this week I did everything on the training plan, four runs for 34.36 miles
GOALS FOR NEXT WEEK
The goal per the training plan is to run around 40 miles next week.
TWIR (This Week In Running)
This week was marked mainly by Mini going thorugh her next “mental leap.” Apparently there are ten developmental leaps that babies go through in their first 18 months or so. It’s so crazy to see how much she changes from one leap to the other, and literally in the matter of a day. On Thursday, she was very clearly different than she was on Wednesday. More aware of her surroundings, interacting and following toys and objects that she was interested in, recognizing when mom and dad were nearby and when they were not, etc. Right now, her big entertainment is this birdlike toy we have that has a face on it that she absolutely loves. We dangle it over her and she loves swatting at it over and over again. And she does this cute thing where she kicks her legs like she’s riding a bicycle when she gets excited. She’s such a good baby.
Jess and I had a good week. Had some friends over on Tuesday night to grill food on our rooftop. That was a lot of fun, something that we’re going to try and incorporate into a weekly routine. I started taking the train up to work, which has been a life saver in terms of my energy levels when I get home (not battling traffic makes a world of a difference). On Friday, we did our weekly pizza night at Baked Joint. That was a treat. Nutritionally, I am looking to dramatically reduce the amount of sugar and carbs that I’m taking in. I have a family history of diabetes, and I am trying to make sure I keep that stuff under control. Anyway, pizza night was great because I’m dedicating that as my one meal off from it. At least for now. Over the weekend, we restarted watching House of Cards. Also, went to brunch on Sunday to celebrate Jess finishing her National Boards Certification requirements! On the way back, we stumbled across small little city park.
So, overall a great week.