Marathon Training – Week 2

Week two done!   This week was actually a “normal” schedule for me – no bootcamp training class or studying for a certification exam.  I do feel I need to try and establish a fairly regular schedule so I can keep an handle on work, managing my life and home, trying to maintain some semblance of a social life and also keep up with the blog.  Oh, and sleep.   I’m going to need some of that, too.

Week 2 Runs:  15 miles planned with a target overall pace of 10:15.  I logged 15.08 miles.

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I’d set my easy run pace faster for the first few weeks since I wasn’t going to be doing any speed work or tempo runs.  Basically, in the Hanson book, I took my target marathon time and that’s what defines all of the paces I have on my training schedule.  But thinking about it (on a run, of course) I’m not exactly sure why I feel compelled to run faster than I need to – especially given the amount of running  I have ahead of me.   I’m feeling more inclined to not worry too much about a target pace on the easy runs – obviously I need to stay within the range but I think I’m going to let them be what they are supposed to me.  Easy Runs!!  Why make it harder than it needs to be?

Back to the running.   The runs this week were pretty solid – it’s been awhile since I ran 5 days in a week and the current running schedule has me running 5 days in a row (soon to be six.)  My body seems to be adjusting fairly well to the increased activity.  Thankfully I had running group on Saturday – even though it was a hilly run – I was happy to be running with the pack again.Attachment-1

I’ve been pretty good about tracking my daily runs on Instagram and Tumblr for accountability during the week.  I follow quite a few people who are currently training and their regular posting about runs can be motivating to me on those days I start considering about skipping a run and doing more mileage another day.  So I decided I’d start returning the favor.

Week 2 Workouts:  Two workouts with the trainer this week – one of them was pretty brutal and the other he showed a little mercy (although his definition of merciful still ain’t pretty.)  I’m a little concerned with being able to keep with two days of cross-training once the mileage ramps up and speed work starts, but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.  Except it’s highly likely I might have to crawl across that bridge based on how he’s been working me.

Week 2 Diet: Still on the sugar detox and eating super, squeaky clean.  I can totally tell, too.  As much as I hate to say it, I think my body functions optimally when I eat this way.  Which I wouldn’t mind so much if that didn’t include not having any adult beverages.  I miss my vino!  With the lack of sugar carbs, I’ve had to make sure I’m consuming enough carbs from sweet potatoes or regular potatoes any day I’m working out or running.  It doesn’t have to be a huge amount, but previous experience has taught me that when I’m training, if I don’t get enough carbs, I not only start to feel physically awful – I get pretty crabby and negative.

Week 2 Hydration:  I’m spending a lot of time peeing, which means I’m hitting my daily goals.  Unfortunately, it seems that I do a lot of my water drinking later in the day because I see I’m not going to make my goal, which has turned me into a old man, getting up in the middle of the night to pee.  Ok, I’ll stop talking about peeing now.


Week 2 Supplements/Fueling:  There’s nothing new on this front this week – I won’t start fueling on runs until they get a little longer.  I have been consistent about taking my daily supplements (4 pills in the AM) and BCAAs (branched chain amino acids) before cross-training workouts.  I haven’t been taking them before every run – I need to do a little more research on that to see if that would be beneficial for any types of my runs.

This coming week is a six mile jump in mileage….wooohooo!  I’m going to need more yams.

Have a great week!  If you’re training, feel free to comment and let me know how you’re doing!



Running for Medals. And Bacon.

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