Gettysburg Marathon Training: Week 1
Wow, now the marathon is feeling real now that training is officially started! The weather this week was all over the place- super warm and beautiful one day, then snowy and freezing the next. Luckily, I was able to get in all of my runs outdoors, so I hope that I can continue that as long as possible.
Let's get into the week of training!
Let's get into the week of training!
What better way to start out a training plan than with a rest day!? This plan has me resting on Mondays, so in the future I might use this to go swimming or do some yoga. This day I was tired out from going back to work for the first day and waking up early again, so I was happy to stay home and relax.
4 miles / 37:02 / 9:15 pace
It was a little chilly this day, but otherwise perfect out! Dan wanted to go for a run, so I ran 2 miles with him then ran a 2 mile loop to my gym. I felt really great and my legs felt really fresh.
I've been seriously slacking on going to this class at the gym lately! We had a new routine which was full of great stretches. I really like it! There's one move that the instructor said was to "get in touch with our inner stripper" which was interesting...
4.5 miles / 40:42 / 9:02 pace
My first speed workout of the year! The plan was to do 2x1600 at tempo pace. My first mile was a bit faster, then my second mile was right on. I felt really good the whole time and didn't feel like I was pushing at all, which was a great feeling. I also loved having the entire track to myself, and the beautiful sunset to look at the whole time!
Yay! Another rest day. This might also be another day that I'll swim, but I was happy to have a complete day of rest. Nothing wrong with that!
Friday4 miles / 36:44 / 9:11 pace
This was a really cold, windy and wet day, so I was planning on going to the gym. Unfortunatley, my gym closes early on Fridays (which I forgot about) so my only option was to suck it up and run outside. It ended up being a really great run and I felt amazing! There were a few slick spots on the sidewalks where the rain started to freeze up, but otherwise I was thrilled that I ran outside rather than giving up and staying home.
3 miles / untimed
Saturday was the beautiful, warm day that I was talking about! Dan, Selma and I decided to head up to the oval at Schenley Park. I ran around for 3 miles while they walked, and the park was really packed. It seemed like everyone in the area decided to play frisbee golf and go ice skating!
7 miles / 1:06:50 / 9:32 pace
This was a run that almost didn't happen. Dan and I were out most of the day at open houses, and the weather was terrible. It was pouring down rain and really windy, which eventually turned to a sleet/snow mixture. I just about asked Dan to drive home, but I decided just to stick it out and get in a few miles. My plan was to run 10 miles, but the conditions kept getting worse and I eventually stopped a little short. As soon as I stopped, my entire body was really sore from bracing from the wind. I was shocked that my pace was so good because I felt like I was almost running backwards for most of the run!
Week One Comments
I was really proud of myself for sticking out the up and down conditions this week, and didn't give in to running indoors! I know that I can't control the weather conditions on race day, so I'm happy that I got outside. I would have liked to complete all of the miles for week one, but I think overall that it was a good decision to stop a little short.
One thing that I want to improve this coming week is more cross training. I only got in one session, so this week my goal is to get two. I also want to continue my daily practice of stretching, foam rolling, and body weight exercises. I think it's really helping with recovery!