01 19 2015.

marathon monday: week 1 reflection

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. Welcome back to the work week; back to the grind. I don’t know about everyone else here, but I love Mondays. They always seem to fly by, and despite being a tad difficult to adjust to after a weekend, I find that I need the routine of a 9-5 to stay on track.

Because it’s Marathon Monday, let’s talk about running!

Monday: cross training, spin class. Done. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before – I attend this class every Monday. Last Monday’s class was killer. I think everyone left feeling – quite literally – weak in the knees. Starting the week off with a challenge was the perfect introduction to marathon training.

Tuesday: 3 miles. Done. I joined up with my local running store’s Winter Warrior group. All I have to say is shoe screws, people! Tuesday night at run group I got screws put in my shoes! These are life-changing, folks. After a half-mile or so of cautiously testing them out, I’ve determined that they’re amazing. I ran with a great new friend of mine, A, around Back Cove. We did 3 miles – granted, they were at a slower pace due to the snow and ice, but there was absolutely no slippage.

I’m really excited about that run. It was short (3 miles) and cold (face mask required!) but running in 10 degree weather on ice and snow and feeling comfortable was a huge breakthrough for me. I feel like I can run in anything at this point. I hate to admit this, because now it’s going to happen, but I think I’d be okay if it snowed on one of my long runs.

Wednesday: 5 miles. Done. (Excuse the photo, it’s terrible.) I still have a few weeks left of my Wednesday spin class so I decided that I’d get up earlier – 5am early – and use the treadmill at the gym to get my 5 miles in. It was one of my best treadmill runs, actually. Perhaps it was because I was half asleep for part of it or because the gym was nearly empty at the time. Regardless, I enjoyed it and the positive experience set a nice precedent for gym runs.

Thursday: 3 miles. Done. I wasn’t a huge fan of this run. With the Winter Warriors, we ran along the Eastern Prom trail. I came equipped with my screw shoes but it was just slushy. My calves were tired at the end of the three miles because trudging through deep snow/slush is hard. We had been told at the beginning of the program that winter running is less about pace – if you’re running in really cold weather with shady road conditions, you’re going to be going slower. It’s a simple as that. We were also told that a benefit of winter running is that it helps you build strength in your legs. I believe it.

Friday: off. Done. Well that was easy.

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(Photo copyright Maine Running Photos.)

Saturday: 8 miles. Done. Except that I did 10. In preparation for the Midwinter Classic 10-Miler, I joined up with the Winter Warriors again that morning for a preview run of the course. I feel so good about that run. I started off running at my own pace by myself, around 8:30min/mile. About a mile into the run, a woman caught up to me, introduced herself (“E”) and told me that she liked my pace. I was happy to run next to her and chat with her – but I knew that my conversational pace is a bit slower than I was running. Still, I was interested in her stories, so we continued to talk throughout the entire run. A girl (“C”) who had been running slightly ahead of us the whole time fell back to join and we did the remaining 5 miles as a team. We talked and talked and talked and I didn’t glance at my watch until around mile 8 because I completely lost all sense of time and distance. I was amazed to find out that we were running around 8:20min/mile while talking constantly. And I was comfortable! I feel really confident about it. I’d love to break 1:20 at the race itself (we did 1:25) and after that training run, I think it’s totally possible.

Sunday: off. Two rest days in a week is more than I’m used to – especially when the rest days fall over a weekend. I’m not sure how I feel about that yet, I feel so lazy! In the future, if I decide to make plans some weekend, I’m sure I’ll be glad for it. I ended up trying out a 40-minute yoga video that kicked my butt. It was a Jillian Michaels video – so I don’t know what I was expecting but holy crap I was bending and balancing and shaking and crying.

Week 1 of marathon training is done!

Here’s how this week is looking:

Monday – cross, spin class

Tuesday – 3 miles

Wednesday – 5 miles

Thursday – 3 miles

Friday – off

Saturday – 9 miles

Sunday – off


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