I’ve completed (sort of) my first official week of training for the marathon next February. It was rough. I say I ‘sort of’ completed the week’s training because I didn’t do the last 4 mile run.
I’ve been doing a 21 day ‘No Junk Food’ Challenge and the 21st day was Friday. My long run for the week was supposed to be Saturday. I had plans for Friday night that involved fried fish and cake. Fried catfish and cake do not make for a good dinner the night before a run, so…. I did my long 8 mile run on Friday and planned to do the final 4 mile run on Saturday morning. Hmph… That didn’t work out!
I did the long run on Friday. I actually ran 8.18 miles. 😐 (Nike+ GPS strikes again!) It was kind of hard but I got through it. My only disappointment was how slow I ran it. I felt myself slowing down and then by the time I thought “I need to run faster”, I’d been running half a mile at a snail’s pace. My whole run went pretty much like that. I guess my tempo and pace runs on the treadmill will help with this. We’ll see. So anyway. I did the 8 mile run on Friday instead of Saturday – check. On Saturday morning, I was T.I.R.E.D. and worn out – there was no way in HELL I was gonna run 4 miles Saturday morning. I lounged around the house and slept most of the morning but I kept daydreaming that I was going to go to the gym ‘any second now’ and do the 4 mile run. Yo no lo hice…
So, I SORT of finished my first week of training. Five days of running is a big jump from my previous 3 days a week schedule. Hopefully, I’ll get them all done next week. Wish me luck!
I forgot two things:
1. I almost fell after tripping over something on the sidewalk! It was Friday at about mile 7 and the grass had been recently cut so clippings were all over the sidewalk. I didn’t see anything, but I tripped. I IMMEDIATELY thought “I am NOT falling on my knee” and shoved my hands out in front of me to try to break the fall. My knee got about 4-5 inches from the ground but I was able to upright myself. I twisted my knee kind of weird and had to limp for about a half a mile, though.
2. I KNOW why there’s a short run BEFORE the long run. Most likely, I’ll be worn out and tired and will NEED the day off after a long run. I should never have thought to try to do a long run and follow it the next day with with even a short one. That’s my lesson for the week 😉 – learned the hard way.