Tuesday, August 7, 2012

NYCMarathon Training

Christy posts her marathon training weekly on Tuesdays, so I'm taking her lead, since I think I need something to hold me accountable, while also keeping me motivated to stick to my plan. And to be honest, I've been terrible about sticking to the plan.

I'm following a combination of Run Less, Run Faster (the Runner's World book) and this plan from Running in the Family. Now that I'm onto week four, I realized how much I need to kick it into high gear. The weather over the weekend was really miserable, and when I set out to do 10 miles on Sunday morning, I only made it through a little over 4. My legs felt so heavy, and I was sweating more than I've ever sweat from running.

I've only missed one workout to date, but I didn't do 7 of the 20 miles I was supposed to put in last week. I know that it's early on, and last week's extenuating circumstances had my body all out of whack. I guess I just need to let it go, and move forward a.k.a. making sure I stick to my plan better.

Anyone else really hard on themselves with training? Is it better to tack on extra miles this week to make up for last week's? I guess I just need some reassurance and advice from some runner friends who are experienced marathoners.

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11 comments:

Jenny said...

Definitely not an experienced marathoner but I do have faith that you can do it!

Writing it down always helps, which is something I have started doing as well.

Cheering you on!

Lisa said...

I don't really feel qualified to give advice, but I'm currently training for my second half marathon. The thing that helps me most is if I write it down. I print out a blank list with every day between now and race day so that I can write in how far I ran, my pace, other cross-training, and rest days. It really helps me stay on track and I feel guilty if I have too many "rest" days on non-rest days :) Good luck!!

Adam said...

good luck on your training

Kristine said...

good luck on your training! I am week 2 into my half marathon training!

Amy Powell said...

I'm always so impressed with your discipline & dedication to this! good luck!! I know you'll be kicking butt in no time :)

Marjorie said...

Good luck! Can't even imagine running one mile much less twenty!

Christy said...

Being hard on yourself during training is something that just comes naturally. I think in a way, it's healthy. This is the first time I'm easing up on myself a bit and I think it's because I know and trust the distance so much better than I ever did. Allow yourself to be hard on yourself but just remember to listen to your body. If you feel like tacking on extra miles, go for it! One thing I do when I try to tack on extra miles is run double days...it's a great way to get in your extra mileage and get used to running on tired legs BUT remember the 10% rule...you don't want to jump from 25 miles one week to 35 the next just because you missed some miles. I missed my long run last week giving me a weekly total of 15 instead of 35...but I'm not tacking on anything extra. It's too early for that. Instead, I'm turning my step back long run of 10 miles this week into 14. Let me know if you need a little help breaking down what you should do to make up for missed runs, I'm happy to help =)

femmefrugality said...

Wow that's so awesome that you're training for this! Sometimes we don't reach our mini goals like we thought we would but we just have to use it to push us harder the next time...4 miles is better than none!

Natalie said...

I am not a runner...but keep it up girl!

Janna Renee said...

You make me tired just reading this! I have every faith that you will do awesome ;)

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