One month done! That felt good, to have the first month of training behind me. The program I follow seems doable, however I do find that I get nervous or should I say anxious before every training run. Why? Mainly because I want to do my best to meet the required pace projected for each training run. It is a challenge most days, but I can usually meet each goal. But as we runners know, you never know what kind of a run you are going to have until you get out there and start running.
Keeping my mind positive, I always tell myself to just do my best and not to stress over it. When my sleep becomes impaired due to the stress of the next day's training run, then I know I am stressing way too much about it. Often, I pray through each and every run for God to give me the strength and endurance to power through. Most days, I can feel His power helping me get up a hill or through each track repeat. Other days, I am thrown a curve ball in the shape of wind resistance, sleep deprivation, or illness. Its all part of the training for a marathon, so much of it is mental.
Trying to find the right combination of mental and physical training is key and extremely challenging because you don't want to completely deplete your body nor your mind to the point where you just lose the love of running. You still need to find joy in each run. One way I stay balanced is to remind myself of the time I was laid up with a femoral head stress fracture and I couldn't run for 8 weeks and missed it so! Or the last summer when I had a physical therapist tell me he didn't think running was doing my body any favors and causing my hips to become unbalanced. After a visit to a specialist, I was clear to continue running.
Running is a privilege, not everyone can do it and not everyone wants to do it. I have found my joy in running, a new career, new friends, strengths I never knew existed! Before every long run I always say, "I GET to run 20 miles today!" Instead of saying, "I HAVE to run 20 miles today!" Running is a gift, and I am so thankful for it.
Monday: Row Machine Intervals: 10 min easy, 5 min hard, 5 min at tempo, 5 min easy. I also worked out my lower and upper body with a PiYo Class and some resistance training with a kettle bell.
Tuesday: 3x 1 mile repeats with warm up and cool down for a total of 6 miles. I ran my fastest mile to date @ 6:55
Mile 1 @ 7:18, Mile 2 @ 6:55, Mile 3 @ 7:12
Wednesday: Spin Class
Thursday: 3 Mile Tempo Run with warm up and cool down for a total of 6 miles. Average pace for tempo was 7:26 for the 3 miles without stopping. I also did some kettle bell and medicine ball resistance and core training.
Friday: Rest Day!!! So tired and sore!!
Saturday: Long Run @ 18 miles with average pace of 8:37I had a coyote cross my path and I had to detour my route to avoid it. Scary!