Marathon Training – Week 3

Ok, so blogging is really a lot harder than you’d think.  I set a goal of trying to blog at least 2 – 3 times a week.  One about training, one about paleo food and cooking, and then maybe some Roxy pics or something else interesting.  This last week…nada.  I have some great pics of food I cooked, how I prep meals for the week and I even made up a new recipe.  But would you all know about it?  No.  I’ve got a great blog going in my head, but getting it online is a whole other story.  This week, sleep won out.

I’m trying to not be too hard on myself for being a blogger loser last week.  I can always do better this week.  Especially since there isn’t a mileage increase (YIPPEEEE!!)

Anyways, back to Week 3.  There was a 6 mile increase and 5 days of running, so I took the advice I gave myself last week and worried less about my pace.  The point of these first few weeks is not speed, it’s about building mileage.  So I just need to relax and get my runs in at a reasonable easy run pace.

Week 3 Runs:  21 miles planned – 21.06 miles logged.

Screen Shot 2016-06-27 at 6.54.37 PMMonday and Thursday were both treadmill runs.  Treadmill runs suck.  I’m sorry, but they do. Running in place, going nowhere, feeling like you’re spinning on a wheel…now I understand why hamsters don’t ever look happy.   However, Monday I was running before my training workout and Thursday it was raining.  I don’t run in the rain.  Period.   I’ve run races in rain, wind and sleet.  I know I can do it, so why do it if I don’t have to?

All runs this week went up at least a mile and I definitely felt it, although ironically, my fastest run this week was Sunday (10 min mile pace.)   I will say that it’s nice to run without worrying about time or pace.  I also ran 3 out of my 5 runs with friends this week, which takes my focus off the fact it’s training and makes it a little more fun.  Although I’m not going to lie, I would also be very happy to catch up with my running friends over a mimosa or glass of wine.  That’s fun, too.  We should combine that with the runs (hint hint.)

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Week 3 Workouts:  Two workouts with my trainer this week.  They were shorter workouts, but that doesn’t mean they were any easier.  When we do a half hour, he kicks up the intensity.  However, the cross-training is definitely key right now.  Running with the right form is all about making sure I’m keeping strong all over.  My core, my arms and back – it’s not just all about the legs and glutes.  At some point, I’m going to very likely have to scale back on some of my cross-training, so it’s good to push myself and build my strength now so I can go into “maintenance mode” when I need to.

Week 3 Diet:  The 21 Day Sugar Detox is over!  I’m always glad when I do the detox, but I’m always happy to see it come to an end.   While I agree that eliminating sugars has it’s positives, it’s very limiting in terms of recipes.  A lot of them have minimal natural sugars.  However, it served it purpose.  Physically, I feel better and stronger than I have in a long time and I’ve definitely gotten my paleo and clean eating groove book.  I’m looking forward to some indulging since it’s my birthday this week – but all in moderation and then I plan to return to the straight and narrow for the remainder of training.   I do plan to blog a little more about my meals and cooking going forward, as I do believe my eating and diet plays a big part in my training.

Week 3 Hydration:  All I do is pee.  But my skin looks fabulous and my runs are strong, so it must be working.  I’ll need to see if 101 ounces is enough or if I need to up it with my mileage.

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Another week down – and only a few more to do until speed work starts.  I’m not going to lie, I’m scared like a bunny.  I’ve never done speed work before, and it looks really friggin’ hard.  But that 4:18 marathon ain’t going to run itself.   Have a great week and I’ll leave you with this.

 

 

Debra

Running for Medals. And Bacon.

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