So…surprise! I’m running a marathon this spring!
I’ve been holding this in since Tuesday when I made the decision. I guess a little explanation is in order.
I’ve been pondering the possibility of a spring marathon ever since Tina discussed her marathon plans. I really wanted to do it and the possibility existed. I kept putting it off since I was running so many races in between.
The thought never left my mind though.
Last Tuesday I started working on my training plan for April and couldn’t figure out how to keep increasing my mileage using the half marathon plans I was looking at. With great trepidation I pulled up coolrunning’s intermediate marathon plan and started doing a bunch of calculations to see if there were enough weeks to adequately and safely continue to ramp up my mileage to prepare for the marathon.
In less than an hour I had contacted the race organizer, arranged the upgrade in race distance and mailed off a check for the difference.
I’m running two marathons this year. Yay!
Now that I’ve confessed that, how did the first week of training go?
Monday: 4 x 1 mile repeats
This run felt amazing! I upped the pace each repeat and felt stronger than I did all last week. I couldn’t wait to run again on Wednesday.
Tuesday: stationary bike warm up + Nike Training Club
I didn’t like this particular work out. (Didn’t save it.) It didn’t have any recovery periods but it did the trick.
Wednesday: 7 miles
This run felt absolutely amazing the entire time. I started out with a smile on my face and it never left. I wore my new Nike capris (maybe they’re compression?) and loved how they felt. Oh, it didn’t hurt that it was chilly rather than humid. Even though I felt amazing at the time that was in comparison to the previous week. I still felt more fatigued than I thought I should.
Thursday:7 miles(am) +
Nike Training Club(pm)
AM-My legs were really sore most of the day Wednesday and even when I started out this morning. It definitely slowed me down on the uphills and I felt really fatigued. It was on the way to school that day that I realized the fatigue might be due to iron deficiency. (I’ve been taking an iron supplement since Friday … not much time … and will reserve judgement until my run on Wednesday.)
PM-I figured it would be better to skip the strength training workout and give my legs a little breather.
Friday: stationary bike at gym
It was a good, solid ride. I wanted to ride longer so I could read more of Runner’s World. I couldn’t get enough. 😀
Saturday: GHS Centennial Half Marathon
I loved this race. 😀
15 min Nike Training Club rest
I also decided that since most of these workouts have been rather half-hearted it would probably be better to have a complete rest day.
So, week one is done. Only three more races between now and the marathon. 😀