All posts tagged: marathon training

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 …