I haven’t written very much in a while, mainly because I have not had much to say. Okay maybe that is not a great way to start a blog, with a lie. I always have a lot to say.
I have started a few blogs but found them whiney so I deleted them. Today when I was at the gym, once my music stopped and I actually had to think, I was thinking I could just start talking about my training that started officially today. Maybe this will help Dave, so he won’t have to hear about it every day when he gets home.
So here goes….
Because I am crazy, I signed up for my 6th marathon about two months ago. It’s called the Vermont City Marathon and we are excited to go up and spend a little time with the oldest child. When I signed up I was thinking I would maybe hire a trainer to help me with my goals but then thought about it and realized that if I bug my friends enough about their trainers than I can gain their knowledge without the cost (wink, wink). Okay maybe that is not the truth (what is it about you all that I seem to be lying left and right now). I really don’t know the first thing about hiring a running trainer but I did ask my friend who has had a lot of success lately what she is doing. She said she has been utilizing her trainer and they are working through the book “Advanced Marathoning”.
Well that I can handle. I can buy a book, read it, follow a plan and get better. So that is what I have been doing. Although the plan starts today, there is a lot of ramping up you have to do to follow this book, I mean after all it is “advanced” marathoning. First of all I had to get my running to 6 days a week. Then I had to get my miles up which made me start to feel I was in marathoning stages way before today. My plan is to do the medium level training which is 55 to 70 miles a week.
The good news is that I got my miles up to 50, I’m completing the 6 days of week running, and that I am smart enough to realize that my plan is going to be a little modified smaller than the 55 miles but at least it will be more than I am use to. So with that, today I begin. And here is what that means…..
Monday = Rest Day/Cross train
Now don’t get me wrong, I struggle with rest days so I did get to the gym for a light bike ride (10 miles), upper body and core workout. Some stretching and then the highlight to my every other Monday’s at my gym, Massage Monday. It’s a 10 minute chair massage but felt so great at the end of the day.
I have to say that this training plan seems a little daunting and I am somewhat scared of it but really things we want don’t come easy. Well I guess I just found my theme for my training plan.
“Things we want, don’t come easy!”
Here we go…. I hope you will join me on this great adventure. My real hope is to complete the marathon more successfully. What that means to me is:
- Not hit that wall at mile 20 where I start to question why I am even alive, not to mention why I do this to myself
- Run or some type of continued forward movement without stopping or walking through the length of the full marathon
- Not have leg cramps so bad in my legs that the next week after the marathon do I question my ability to walk nor do I want to be in the med tent for two hours like my 3rd marathon
- Enjoy myself. I have enjoyed my running adventure and most of the time I think I should stick with the half marathon distance but apparently twice a year (oh yeah did I mention I am hoping for a fall marathon maybe NYC I registered for the lottery but if not that one, I will find one) I like to test myself and my sanity! I am clearly insane, glad I have the mental health license so I can diagnose myself!
So join me as I make my quest towards a successful Vermont City Marathon on May 29th and this training adventure to get me ready. If you have any tips, please let me know. 🙂