Marathon Training is kicking.my.tail. There are no ifs ands or buts about it. It is HARD.
This is my first update on the blog about my marathon training since I began. I have been wanting to do an update but honestly I have been a bit disappointed in my training–I’ve been getting the miles done (for the most part) but really struggling to get used to the increased mileage.
If you guys hang out with me on Intagram, you have seen the outcome of my training runs–good and bad. Week one on my training schedule actually coincided with the last week of my job and the BlogHer madness. For the first time since I started running last July, I’d be running a lot of miles ALL in one week. My training plan called for 18 miles during the weekdays (6, 6, 6) and 10 miles on the weekend. Somehow through all the emotion, transition and running around I was able to make those miles happen.
The long run however was a major flop. I went out with good intentions, hydrated, fed and ready to go. Unfortunately the weather didn’t quite cooperate. The humidity was crazy high and the temp was in the low eighties. By Mile 4 I started feeling dizzy and disoriented. By this time I was 4 miles away from my house–so I made the decision to jump on the bus and call it in.
Week 2 was set MUCH easier, after all I had two weeks all to myself! I could run when I wanted. Early, late, it was all good–I was on vacation! Still though, it was really hot in NYC (something called a heat wave??) so I took it to the treadmill at Blink. Got six done on Monday, six done on Wednesday but by Thursday my body was screaming NO MORE. Friday I forced myself to get 3 miles done and surprisingly those were the hardest ones of the week!
The long run was pretty great. It wasn’t easy by any stretch but I felt strong. 10 miles in my local park. Boom! Confidence restored.
Week three was when things started falling in place a bit. I got all 18 weekday miles in, all of them at the gym, BUT I felt stronger and my times were better than last week. The long run unfortunately did not happen because of a non stop headache that I could not medicate. I felt horrible about it but in the end forgave myself and will move forward in my training.
In the beginning I though that this might be too much for me, I was SO looking for the towel to throw in. Slowly my body is getting used to the miles, to the point where the night before a training run I’m craving the miles. My cross training has suffered a bit after moving from 3 to 4 days of running but I am going to try and make that better going forward.