All posts filed under: marathon training

The Marine Corps Marathon

I haven’t posted about anything running related for a good few weeks. Ok, months.  I needed a break.  I was getting so overwhelmed with what I was (or wasn’t) doing with my training that I just hit a wall with writing about it. I decided that I would step away from the excel spreadsheet, and instead, take the final weeks leading up to race day to do as much as I could without fretting over what the schedule told me to do. Whatever was going to be on race day was going to be.   I deliberately waited a month to reflect on how I felt about the race, my performance, and marathons in general, before putting it in to words. I was too bipolar in the days following to be coherent. One second I was never running again, the next I was investigating the lottery for the NYC Marathon (just window shopping, I assure you). In one moment I’d be thrilled with my time (5:24 if you’re keeping score at home) and the next I’d be beating myself up, feeling like I could …

Marathon: Week 9-13

Was that really necessary? It just seems a little uncalled for before 7am if you ask me. I feel like this should stress me out, but it doesn’t at all.  It’s a relief, if anything.  One month from today – for better or worse – this little summer project is over. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad I’m getting this off the bucket list, and I feel pretty optimistic going into the home stretch of training. The 16 miler from week 11 was definitely a confidence booster.  We kept a comfortable 12:00 minute pace running a 2:1 interval, and when we finished, it wasn’t that overwhelming sense of “ohmigod I could never do 10 more miles”.  I didn’t WANT to run anymore, but I did have a sense of “I could knock this out if I was chasing a hot Marine on race day”. This has been a learning experience. I’ve learned that you can’t run a marathon and expect to lose weight, because that much cardio, muscle abuse and hydration fluctuation will make your …

Marathon: Week 5-9

A bit of housekeeping, if I may.  I am indeed still running. And cooking and sewing and blogging (in my head). However as you can see from the running calendar, life has gotten in the way of running, cooking, and putting the inner monologue blogs into words – in the best way possible.  The last few weeks for your favorite ginger included a proposal (eeek!), the concert of the summer (I ❤ you JT), a week long jaunt through Europe exploring Iceland,  London, and Paris, and somewhere in there, even a few long runs. I’m still processing everything. It really is a lot to take in. There will be more to come (lots more!) on all of the above. For now the only thing I really know how to recap is where I’m at in this training program. I knew when I started this, I would need some “off” weeks.  It was a good call to build them in, because they have come in handy. Two weeks off in a row from long runs was unnerving, and I …

Marathon: Week 4

To say this week wasn’t a struggle would be an absolute lie. It was hot. It was humid. I missed a midweek run. I had one of the most painful 3 mile slogs of my entire life. I questioned more than once… ‘Why the hell I’m doing this?!‘ I can’t say I feel 100% optimistic again, but there’s always something empowering about finishing the long weekend run, reminding you that this is not impossible. It’s hard because it’s supposed to be. If this shit was easy everyone would do it. Sunday’s 8 mile LR was surprisingly successful given the fact that I decided to throw in a whole bunch of new factors at once, breaking one of the most fundamental rules of running. I wore shoes I’m still breaking in and carried hydration for the first time (save for an incident with a water belt last year that really didn’t go so well) all while continuing to adjust to running without tunes. The shoes are improving, but I have a wonderful blister that has formed …

Marathon: Week 3

Even though I’m in Week 3, this felt like my first ‘real’ week of training. Four runs and 15+ miles logged, it felt like I was running for a reason.  While the total mileage is less than the original training plan I posted, that has been somewhat deliberate.  This week had my longest run since May 2012 when I fractured my heel, and I’m so prone to plantar fasciitis that I want to proceed with caution. So, even at about 2 miles shy of where the schedule says I should be, let’s celebrate some little milestones, shall we? An 8:11 mile Friday during my run home from work.  I was late, and people on the sidewalk were really annoying, so I tried to get it over with as quickly as possible.  Perhaps all my races should take place on the sidewalks of Boston during Friday afternoon rush hour. My furthest run in almost 14 months (and feeling amazingly good afterwards). I’ve been following Galloway intervals (3:1 on most the runs) and I’ve had to accept that while …

Marathon: Weeks 1 & 2

Week 1 I got off to a somewhat rocky start, which is not how you really want to start these things. As it was outlined in my game plan, this week happened to coincide with having my cousin in town and a trip to NYC followed by touring around Boston. Running didn’t happen. However, mileage did. I estimate we walked somewhere to the tune of 30-35 miles while he was here. That counts for logging distance on my legs, right? It’s going to have to – time passes either way and October has never felt so close. I figure at a 2:1 mileage exchange I still logged in 15-16 miles. It was enough that I felt like moving on to Week 2 on schedule would be fine. Week 2 The week started off strong. I fit in my 3 miles on Monday and 4 miles on Wednesday. Thursday was the 4th of July and about 487 degrees outside with 192% humidity. This is not an exageration, I swear. Unfortunately, this kept up for Friday. I traded …

I’m Running A Marathon

There. I said it. Isn’t that just about the dumbest thing you’ve ever heard? Well, be prepared to hear a lot more, because in addition to foodie goodness you’re about to get hit with some weekly running updates as I train. Approximately 18.5 weeks from now I’ll be questioning my better judgement, along with two of my dear girlfriends, at the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington, DC. I’m a goal oriented person, so here you go. Once in writing on the internet these officially become part of my permanent record. Let’s see what that does for my accountability. Complete my training. I’ve already built in 3 weeks of buffers in case of injury, travel or I’m-Just-Not-Running-This-Week-Goddamnit attitudes. I WILL complete the mileage. Someway, somehow. Finish. No seriously, that’s my only goal for the running aspect of this race. I have a weak mind at the end of 10+ miles. If I don’t say “F*ck it all” at mile 22 (or 11), that’s a win. Stay injury free. If you know me, this will be the …