Marathon Training Week 1

July 19, 2015|Posted in: Uncategorized

I’m a little late on this post! A week to be exact, yikes. So you will get the week #2 update soon, lucky you!

The first week of marathon training wasn’t all that eventful because it’s the first week so I’m pretty much doing what I usually do in terms of running and working out. I ran 4 days out of the week, did cross training on 2 days, and had a rest day.

I use Mondays as my rest day just because who doesn’t get a case of the Mondays, right? I’m usually so much more tired on Mondays and I just need that day to get back into the groove of the work week.

The two days that I do cross training are usually a workout I create OR a workout video like 21 day fix. If I still belonged to a gym I would probably do some rowing and cycling. I am really trying to work on strength training though. I want to make sure my legs are strong so I do a lot of lunges, squats, and wall sits. But I also really want some more definition in my arms. That’s where I probably need the most work! So I’m definitely incorporating more weights and remember, use heavy weights until your muscles fatigue.

As for running, two of the 4 days I run are moderate paced runs of shorter mileage. The first week it was a 4 mile run and a 3 mile run. Those will get a little longer as training goes on but not by a whole lot. One of the other days is a speed workout. The only way you get faster is by running faster! So my workout last week was to do 12 quarter mile sprints! I got some rest in between. I didn’t actually end up finishing the full run because I had to get to work but hopefully I can get my butt out of bed earlier for the next ones.

As for the last of the 4 runs I do, that’s the mileage run. You’re preparing yourself for endurance so you can actually run 26.2 miles. My first week was only a 7 mile run. It wasn’t too bad except that the HEAT is really tough for me. Running in Chicago wasn’t as hot so I’m learning to try to always find shade and make sure I’m constantly hydrating. This is what I looked like after the long run:

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I couldn’t get up for a solid 10 minutes. I just sat there.

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And then I figured I needed some chocolate to reward myself.

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I will be honest and say the first week wasn’t as easy as I thought. More mentally than physically though. I think because I know I have so many weeks ahead of me so I feel like if I have one hard run that sucks because I have so many more to do. But I just have to take it week by week and realize that’s how it goes. Every run and every workout isn’t going to be great. I just thrive off of the ones that actually are great.

I also have to admit that being a mom now makes it harder during training. I am more tired and I just don’t like being away from my daughter. In reality, I’m not missing that much time with her because my weekday workouts are in the morning while she’s sleeping. It’s the long runs on the weekend but I try to always do those during nap times. (More on that whole mom guilt/working out thing later though.)

So the first week of marathon training is done! How many more to go? 13 or 14 I think? I’m excited I’m doing this though. I can’t wait to run Chicago again!

I want to encourage you to follow along in my health journey through what I learn and experience. I hope there is something you can take away from Fit Busy Female that inspires you to start taking control of your health and feeling better every day.

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