Monday, November 12, 2018

Marathon Training: Week 9

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 come January for April's marathon. 

Week 9 felt like it climbed up there with the amount of mileage, but I think it was also because I made the choice to switch my long run day from Sunday to Saturday, since it rained a lot more on Sunday. It put more mileage on at once without those rest days in between

The week 9 breakdown went like this:

Monday 11/5: Rest Day - ahhhh yeah! Makes my Monday feel complete as soon as quitting time came around. At least in that "I still have other things to do" kind of way.

Tuesday 11/6: 4 miles at the park today, in the dark. It was nice though, no creepy "I'm running by the dark woods" vibes today. At least mostly. Just gotta keep running.

Wednesday 11/7: Rest day again, which in my book was great because I wasn't feeling the best. 😷

Thursday 11/8: I made it 1.4 miles on the treadmill at the gym (out of what was supposed to be 6), and ended up scrapping it. I wasn't feeling that great and just didn't have it in me, so I moved this run to Friday, which was supposed to be a rest day. 

Friday 11/9: 6 quick miles in the park today. It was night and there were only about 3 other people on the trail, but I clutched my tiny can of mace with all my might, turned Queen on the speaker of my phone and got that s**t done. It was a good feeling.

Saturday 11/10: 12 mile long run at the park. It was about 50 out, mostly overcast and drizzled ever so slightly (not enough to call this a rain run). I forgot my Gu gels I had bought two days previously for this run, and instead ran on determination, grit, and the image of something in the food section of Walgreens in my head. I just drank a lot of water in the meantime since I had a good sized breakfast. It worked, but I don't recommend it, it wasn't smart. 

Sunday 11/11: 4 miles on the treadmill and the hydro-massage chair after. Today was pushing it because my legs were the tiniest bit sore, but I plugged in to some Spanish soap opera para practicar mi Espanol, and just did it.

The chair was SO nice after.

SO nice.

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