A Look Back
I started training by following Kara Goucher's Half Marathon Plan, which I really liked. After a few weeks, I switched over to a marathon training plan that's focused on breaking four hours. The only thing that I've modified is switching up the speed work. I'll incorporate some of the speed work in Kara's plan with the speed work in this plan and it's working out really well.
I like how in the marathon training plan, there are a lot of workouts done at marathon race pace. I'm starting to get really comfortable running a lot of miles at this pace, and I know it'll help my confidence on race day.
I've been keeping things similar from my quarter point check-in since things are working so well. Here's what's been working for me (and what I switched up from last post)
- Morning runs. I'm still loving morning runs. I'm in the habit of doing them now, so it's getting easier and easier to wake up early! It feels great to get my workout over with before I even get to work.
- Evening speed work. Even though I usually run in the mornings, I decided to switch my speed work to the evening. I wasn't hitting my paces in the morning, so I made the switch to doing those workouts after work. It's worked out great and I realized that it's ok to change things up!
- Yoga. I finished up my Yoga Revolution series, and I'm still doing yoga about 4 times a week. I want to get back to doing this daily again, because I realized that it's easier for me to do something daily rather than saying I'll do it a few times a week. I'm one of those "all or nothing" people, so I'm going to try to fit it in every day again.
- Protein powder! I have a post coming up with different kinds of vegan protein powders that I've tried, but I've honestly noticed a huge change in my appetite and strength since adding a daily protein shake to my meals.
What's Not Working
I'm still pretty happy overall with my training. I'm glad that I'm still looking forward to each workout and not going through that dreaded phase of running where I feel sluggish and don't want to work out. I'm hoping it keeps up, and in order to do that I have a few things that I want to work on in the next few weeks:
- Group runs. I went to one group run this month and really enjoyed it. It helped me stay motivated during my long run and I promised myself I would be back for more. Unfortunately life got in the way the past few weeks so I couldn't make it, but I want to start going more often and making it a priority.
- Slower easy runs. I'm still struggling with slowing my pace on easy runs. This might seem like a good thing, but I know that a lot of injuries are caused by people refusing to slow down and take easy days really easy.
- Cross training. So far I've been doing great with adding yoga to my routine, but I still want to get more strength in! I do a core video occasionally, but I want to focus on doing that more consistently.
- Comparison. I talked about that in this post, and it's still something I'm working on. I'm starting to do more runs without my watch so I don't have to worry about competing with myself or with others, but I also think I need to take a step back from social media.
Next week I'll be running the Spring Thaw. For this race, I can run 10, 15 or 20 miles. I have a massage/floating session schedule in the afternoon, so right now my plan is to run a 5 mile warmup, then do 15 miles in the race for my first 20 mile run. I'm hoping to do the 15 miles at marathon race pace, and this will be a great confidence builder! We'll see how race day goes, because I've never run 20 miles before.
As you can tell, I'm feeling great about training. I'm still hitting all of my miles and feeling great! I'm hoping to stay injury free during this training cycle and get to the starting line healthy. Now that I'm halfway through training, it's starting to feel real!