Thursday, November 8, 2018

Marathon Training: Week 8

I can't believe my first marathon is coming up in January! All those last few years of thinking about it and knowing that I wasn't ready to commit to training for one seemed like forever ago, and now it's real and I couldn't be more excited (and nervous - let's not lie here lol!). For the marathon plan I'm following, I chose one for beginner runners who have about a year of running under their belt. While I'm not a beginner, I wanted to work more on hills, technique and speed and I feel that this plan will allow me to do that to a greater extent.

Week 8 was full of new PRs and records, and it made me so happy to be able to feel like my running is getting better with all that practice. 

The week 8 breakdown went like this:

Monday 10/29: Rest Day - just what this Monday needed! 

Tuesday 10/30: 4 miles at the park today.

Wednesday 10/31: Happy Halloween! I was supposed to do a 1 mile time trial but it was pouring outside so badly so I rescheduled that to later in the week, just ate Chinese food and chilled at home with a movie. 

Thursday 11/1: 4 fast miles at the park today while working on better breathing. I am such a
"bad" breather - you can hear me a mile away and it affects my running. Practicing diaphragmatic breathing has been helping and has already lowered my times.

Friday 11/2: 1 mile time trial today! My time was 8:22, which is a definite PR since I haven't done any speedwork in at least two years lol! I was so happy!

Saturday 11/3: 4.5 miles at Memorial Park with Robyn. We did a slower pace which was nice since the speedwork from the other day had my legs a bit sore.

Sunday 11/4 15 mile long run today! This has been my longest run yet in...well...EVER! WOOHOO!!! Those last few miles were challenging but I got it done! I learned that even though I want to keep running I need to fuel properly, and also to not skip the sunscreen, even when it's cloudy out. There were some people I kept passing on this trail (I did a little over 7 laps at a little over 2 miles a lap), and we gave each other thumbs ups and encouragement each time we passed each other. It was AWESOME! And that feeling of finishing after and thinking of all the Los Cucos I was going to eat was the icing on top of the running cake. 😍

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