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Week 1: Marathon Training

If one can stick to the training throughout the many long years, then will power is no longer a problem. It’s raining? That doesn’t matter. I am tired? That’s besides the point. It’s simply that I just have to.
– Emil Zatopek


Distance: 8 miles

Time: 1:11:52

Pace: 8:58

Weather: 25-30 degrees, sunny, light wind

Run: Long run

This was a short week since we were away on vacation over New Year’s and then I didn’t sign up for the marathon till Thursday.  However, I thought I should get started on my weekly updates.  I realized after my last post that I need to do my blogging on Saturdays since my workout plan is Monday to Saturday.  Sunday and Thursday are my rest days.

I will tell you that it was a mental struggle to get out the door on Friday.  I was really cozy in my armchair with my favorite cat, Mouse.  It was 25 degrees outside and I did not want to leave the warm house.  I knew I needed to get my eight miles done before getting my daughter from school, but I was stuck in the armchair.  One of the things I was legitimately concerned about was that I haven’t run more than 4 miles in sub-freezing weather in awhile.  I was worried about getting too cold and then being too far from the house.  But after seeing all the runners I follow on Instagram running in the snowy weather, I thought, well it’s warmer here and sunny so I have no excuse. 🙂

Once I got on the road, I didn’t even notice the cold.  I was listening to my podcast, The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey, episode #174, and the miles just seemed to run themselves.  I was completely in the zone, just running at a comfortable pace.  When I finished, I was happy to see that I had run an average pace under a 9 minute mile.

One of the things I’ve routinely struggled with is tendinitis in my right foot.  Last year, I finally decided that if I want to keep running (which I do), then I needed to start taking care of my body.  I can’t expect it to run without doing some maintenance.  This is actually a character flaw that I see in other areas of my life.  I want to just go, go, go.  Maintenance requires me to stop and slow down.  I like the idea of yoga and weight-lifting, but in practice they are so boring for me.  However, I’ve found that if I do just a few simple stretches at night or in the morning or both, my tendinitis is kept in check.  I had been pretty consistent, but I haven’t been lately.  Now that I have a race coming up, I have to make maintenance a priority again.  My coach writes it into my training plan, but I frequently skip those.

Pretty much the second I sit on the floor to stretch or I start to workout in the house, it’s a queue for the animals to come hang out.  When I’m just stretching, I don’t mind the company.  When I’m trying to do sit-ups, it’s nearly impossible with a dog or cat climbing on your chest.

Usually, it’s Copper (my dog – he’s the Brittany) that wants to keep me company, but this week Mouse and Lou (my husband’s dog – she’s the German Wirehair) also wanted to join in for evening stretches.


Workouts for the Week: 3

Total Miles: 13

Goal for Next Week: Hit every workout since I won’t be in school yet.


So far so good.  Now I need to get into a routine and stay on top of my training.

Thanks for reading!

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