It's hard to believe it's February. It's hard to believe that I just turned 28. It's hard to believe that this week started my training for my first marathon. June 2nd seems so far away, but I know will be here in no time!
Although this marks the official start of my marathon training, I have been training hard since January 1st. I have 2 half marathons leading up to the big day, one in March and one in May, wish a couple other races pieced in between.
Each week, I plan to do a short recap of the week so I can keep tabs of my progress throughout.
Sunday (2/3) - 8 Miles
8.55 miles - 1:26:56 - 10:09 pace
Super Bowl Sunday. I was tired. I was lazy. I didn't want to do this run. My day was already thrown off because I slept until 9 (first time in months I slept that late - normal is 7:30-8ish). So I had to go to the later church service. I got back, and just crashed on the couch. At about 12:30 I kept saying to myself I had to get out before the Super Bowl. Finally, at about 2, I got off the couch. I didn't think this was going to be that great of a run. Actually, I thought it was going to be terrible. I thought 6 miles would have been a success. The first couple miles were fine. But once I started hitting 4...5...6... I knew that I was going to do it. Once I started approaching 8, I noticed I still felt great. So I finished my loop and it felt great. Super excited about this run!
Splits: 9:37, 9:54, 10:07, 9:55, 10:14, 10:17, 10:33, 10:20
Monday - Rest
Technically, marathon training said I was supposed to run here. But I am transitioning from long runs from Sundays to Saturdays, so I needed a rest day here.
Tuesday - 3 Miles
3.11 miles - 28:04 - 9:01 pace
I left my apartment hoping this run would be about the 29:00 mark. I knew in the first mile I would crush that. I ran harder than I've ran in a while, but it felt pretty good! I'm really glad my splits became progressively faster each mile (9:12, 9:01, 8:54) and had a strong finish. I'm a little surprised by this - I'm only about 40 seconds off my 5K PR right now, and at this point when I was in my half marathon training this past spring, I was running at the 9:30s-40s pace - I'm super excited about being ahead of that schedule!!
Wednesday - 4 Miles Pace
2 hours of volleyball, 10 mins elliptical, abs
Sore from last night's run and knowing I have volleyball = no run. I tried to elliptical it up, but a few minutes in my legs were really feeling the fatigue. It's not worth killing my legs this early on in the journey. Time to get ready for tomorrow's run.
Thursday - 3 Miles
2.19 miles - 21:17 - 9:41 pace
Soreness. Pain. That's how this run started. I felt tight. I felt strained. But I had to get out. About 1.5 in, my calf started hurting. Shoot. With every step, it got worse and worse. Finally, I had to call it quits. Not sure what's wrong with it, but time to foam roll like crazy!
Friday - Rest
Saturday - 3 Miles
2.48 miles - 27:14 - 10:54 pace
First group training run with Team in Training! Today was all about meeting the team, socializing, getting to know the terrain, and just getting a couple of miles in. It was just what I needed, because I can still feel my calf hurting. No pushing it for me. It was so much fun chatting with the rest of the team, and I can't wait to continue this amazing journey with everyone. One guy on the team is even from my home town! Crazy!