I finished my first week of my 20-week marathon training.
I saw this rainbow on Monday the evening of my first day of training (there were actually two at the same time) and I wondering if it’s a beautiful promise of things to come??!?
All in all, I had a pretty good week of training. It’s a long training cycle for sure, but I’m excited to train well and keep strong. I’m still getting used to the heat after being out of it for a couple of weeks, so I’m hoping it will get slightly easier as time goes on.
I ran a total of 39 miles this week. Yay! So I was more than happy with that.
Tuesday I ran hills for some strength, Thursday was a short tempo, and Saturday was a long 12 miles. Then I recovered with this breakfast taco “Sunday Brunch” from Fuego’s, a local spot. It hit the spot.
I’m happy just to log miles at this point and not worried about hitting paces because increasing mileage itself is a big adjustment. My heel is still bothering me, but I’m trying to stay positive and not freak out. I know what I need to do and I’m doing it with hopes that it will improve.
I had read this week the latest issue of Runner’s World that receiving positive feedback and focusing on the positive aspects of a workout had significantly more testosterone in their blood. Testosterone is needed for muscle and bone repair and growth, so to that end, I’m going to work really hard to stay positive throughout this training.
This week, I also got a real road bike (Bessy my Walmart special bike is jealous). She was fine for the 20 mile rides, but it was really challenging to do all the hills, so I bought a used Fuji road bike. I took it for a short ride this morning just to get used to it. It’s sweet! Of course, now I need to buy some real bike shorts with padding because….ow.
I’m going to finish on what I’m most thankful for:
- Good health to be able to run at all!
- My family that’s been supportive of me running NYC marathon.
- My friends to run all the miles with and pass the time (it makes it so much nicer!!).