Last Sunday night, before my first run of this marathon training cycle, I took extra care to lay out my clothes, freeze my water bottle, and go to bed early. I slept well and woke up completely exhausted. Huh? I usually spring out of bed, sometimes even before the alarm goes off, especially when I’m excited about something. Instead, I slowly got up, bleary-eyed and yawning, and stumbled my way through the run until I felt awake. A few hours after that 3-mile run, after I’d eaten the same breakfast I pretty much always eat, I was starving. Huh??? These days, I’m never starving. I snack on lots of fruits and veggies so that I never get to a state where I want to mindlessly shove food into my face. Instead, even after eating all my snacks and my lunch, I was still starving. I was still starving when I got home, and even after I ate a relatively huge dinner for me, I was still hungry!
This continued all week. Apparently, my mind got the memo that marathon training was starting and told my body I was exhausted and starving!
This is a great example of how this first week of marathon training was more of a mental shift than a change in my routine. With five easy runs totaling 20 miles and three strength training sessions, it wasn’t much different than I’ve been doing for the past few weeks. Instead, I went about my routine with intention and changed some things up.
I broke out a new pair of my Saucony Triumphs that I got on sale a few months ago. I’d worn Asics GT-2000 all of my running life until they changed the model last fall and gave me major foot problems. I would get about 300 miles out of my Asics. I can’t believe how much more mileage I got out of my Sauconys–200 more miles! And they still feel very cushiony and nice for walking.
I know I’ve raved in the past about the strength training routine available from the Hansons’ coaching site that was created to be done along with the 18-week marathon plans. Just like marathon training, the strength plan builds on itself. There are three six-week phases, with the first focusing on stabilization and strength. The reason I love this plan is because you never do the same routine twice throughout the entire 18 weeks. Some of the exercises are the same, but each day’s routine is different. I also love it because it starts and ends with foam rolling and stretching, and I always feel refreshed after I do it. I have these sessions scheduled in my Final Surge calendar, and a weekly goal will be to get in all my strength work.
During base building, I started to foam roll a few times a week. I did it daily when my mileage increased during marathon training but then fell out of the habit. It really hurts when you haven’t done it in a while! That’s why I made sure to do it a few times a week when I was building my base. Once I’m back in the groove of doing it, I don’t have much problem keeping it up. This week I did foam rolling four days and want to keep that up until my mileage increases.
Week at a Glance
- Training mode: Training for the NCR Marathon November 25, 2017 using the Hansons Marathon Method
- Days running: 5
- Miles this week: 20.5
- Time running: 4:36
- Miles this training cycle: 20.5
- Miles this month: 72.86
- Miles this year: 538.94
- Strength training: 3 sessions
Easy Run: 3 miles + strength training
I was blessed with relatively cool weather for my first run of this training cycle and for most of the runs this week. Low humidity and in the mid-60s! Thank you, Mother Nature!
I did realize, though, that it’s now too dark in the mornings to take mid-run pics, since they turn out like this. I’ve even used my headlamp a few times.
In the evening I did the Hansons strength training routine for about 30 minutes.
Easy run: 4 miles
Rest day + strength training
I decided to run through Washington’s Landing, which I never do. Washingtons’ Landing is an island that used to be a brownfield site of industrial waste until the 90s, when a big revitalization effort cleaned the waste and added residential townhomes, office buildings, tennis courts, and a marina. There’s a short trail that goes around the perimeter that we walk the dog on a lot. I was working from home and slept in a bit, so because I went later when it was light out, I decided to go on the trail. It’s pretty, but I remember why I don’t run here a lot–there are a lot of big rocks and loose gravel that were put there because of all the bike traffic. And, there are a lot of morning walkers there. Still, it was pretty and a nice change of pace.
Easy run: 3 miles
The humidity was back in full force. Kinda odd for a really humid morning to be sandwiched between non-humid, cooler mornings!
Easy run: 6.5 miles
I’d originally planned on doing a trail run, but since it had been raining (no surprise there) and was cool, I decided to do the Pro Bike & Run group run instead. These are the group runs that I started doing last year. This week the group met close to where I live, so I decided to run to the meeting point. I was late getting there but made it just in time to join the group. As always, the miles flew by, especially since I hadn’t run with these ladies in months and had lots to catch up on. It was raining lightly at the start and stayed in the low 60s–so refreshing!
In the afternoon we took a little trip to the Oil City/Franklin area of PA. Oil City was a booming site for petroleum in the 1850s. The last time we were there, it was, as many small towns in PA are today, depressed. We were surprised at the recent revitalization–new parks, gardens, public art, and building renovations.
Next we went to nearby Franklin, a cute small town with huge, gorgeous old homes. Of course I wanted to buy this one! It was pretty cool with a carriage house in back but would need a lot of TLC.
Rest day + strength training
After I did errands and strength training, we headed over to the Strip District for the last Open Streets of the summer. This month’s route was close to us, so we walked Django over. On our way, we ran into friends coming from there who warned us that it was nuts. I guess that’s the challenge of an event like Open Streets–it’s great for encouraging people to get out and about and walk, bike, and have fun in streets closed to cars. But as it grows in popularity, it becomes so crowded that it’s not much fun. It was so crowded that it was hard to even walk with the dog. Plus, it was sunny and warm, so Django was dragging. We headed home after just a few minutes.
Coming up this week will be another week of easy runs.
I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for their Weekly Wrap, Steff, for the Pittsburgh Run Bloggers Weekly Recap, and Courtney for her Training Recap. Have a great week!