I waited all the way until Sunday evening to do my long run. Barry joined me for 6 miles on the roads around our house. That means automatic hill training.
Sunday’s run reiterated the fact that I do not have a stomach or digestive system of steel and I need to be careful about what I eat. Other than that the run itself went alright. We held a pretty good pace (and by that I mean 9:50/mile or below) until I got tired during the last 2 miles. Bet you can’t guess why, looking at the elevation profile above. It was relatively cool outside, due to afternoon thunderstorms, and it was raining lightly during our run. That was nice.
After doing my long run in the evening I have decided that I prefer to do my weekend run in the morning. I like starting my day off that way and I like not having to spend the whole day wondering when I’m going to go for my run. During the week I run in the evenings, but that’s the norm. I get up in the morning knowing I’m going to go to work and then come home and go for a run. So I think I will remain an evening runner during the week but a morning runner on the weekends. Even when I’d rather sleep in.
So that wraps up week #1 of marathon training! It went fine. The training plan actually only had me doing a total of 12 miles, but I doubled the weekend long run and totaled 15 miles for the week. This is still a bit lower than what I have been averaging over the past few months. I think it’s strange that this training plan has such low mileage for the first 4 weeks (12, 13, 14, and 12) because it said you should have been running 20+ miles per week over the past 2 months in preparation. I’m just keeping my long runs where I want them until they mesh with the training plan.
How am I actually feeling about this marathon thing after the first week? I flip flop between the expression on Buzz Lightyear’s face and the one on Woody’s:
Week number two of training kicked off today with a 3 mile run. Shocker! My training plan is a big fan of 3 mile runs during the week for the first 4 weeks. I don’t mind so much, as long as I can go longer on the weekend.
Do you ever do your long runs at a different time than normal?
When it comes to exercise, do you have a stomach of steel? Or are you like me and have to be careful about what you eat?
When you follow a training plan, how closely do you follow it?