So there I was ready to write a blog a lot more often and talk about my training for my upcoming marathon and then it happened. Life again got in the way. This is not to say that the training came to a stop because it didn’t, it was just the blog that came to a stop again.
Now I am hoping to get back on track…
Recently I had an impromptu trip back to Oklahoma to see my mom, family, and friends after my Grandmother passed away. Even though this was sudden, it was a blessing in disguise. My mom had been spending a lot of time taking care of her mother and was suffering a few health issues from the stress this was causing her, so I am glad she can get back to taking care of herself. This is a great learning moment because it is always so easy to put yourself last in life. I believe if you do not take care of yourself, how can you possibly take care of others in your life. This is the one main reason I run. It helps me regain focus on my life and what needs to get done. Sometimes if the day at work is long, I find it better to leave at a normal time, go for a run and then spend a few moments during the evening finishing some of my work projects. It is such a better use of my time and does make me feel better.
Back to the marathon training……
The month of January was a great training month. In fact I ran more miles (168.21 miles) during the month than I have ever run and ran more days than ever (24 days out of the 31 days). The good news is that it felt good. I started my training plan having run 50 miles the week before which is a very aggressive plan but something I think I need to do to reach that goal of a new PR marathon. Unfortunately I was unable to hit all my goals last week due to my travels to Oklahoma but have been right on track this week. So far I have completed 39 miles and have a 16 miler planned for tomorrow.
I was spoiled while I was in Oklahoma with some incredible weather and was able to get outside for all my runs. I even got to run a 10 mile training run last Saturday with about 200 people from the OKC Landrunners. This seems like a great group of people who are all training for the OKC marathon. I will hopefully see some of them when I return in April to run the half marathon on this same day with these marathoners.
Some of the most interesting things I have found about this plan are the variations of the runs. Most of my runs are not even close to marathon pace. I knew this was going to happen but when you are doing it, it feels so strange. I spend a lot of time running at a slower pace which I think is the hardest because I want to get the run done. There is also speed work involved and half marathon pace work which is not really speed work but holding a faster pace for a long period of time. I think before this most of my runs were at the same pace all the time which is not really a good way to train.
Something else that is hard are the midweek long runs. Yes I meant for that to be plural. Think about trying to get in 55 miles or more a week…. Did you figure out how to divide up those miles? Well this plan has you completing a 13 miler on Wednesday, 10 miler on Friday and a lot longer run on Sunday 15 + miles. I am use to only one long run on Sunday so I am having to figure out how to give myself the time it takes to run this much. I do know that in the end this will pay off. I am also fairly certain that there is no way I could have done this plan when I still had kids at home so I feel so lucky to have this time at the end of my day.
Please don’t think I am complaining, I’m merely explaining the plan. It is a very involved one, mainly because it is “Advanced Marathoning”. I think what I am learning in all this, is that in order to be more serious about this marathon thing is that I need to run more to prepare for it. When you really want something, you have to work hard towards it. Like I said in my last blog my new motto is:
“Things you want, don’t come easy”
With this in mind time to get some rest for tomorrows long run. 🙂
How is your training going? Any new plans you are trying out? Any goals for your next race?