I’m in week 5 of my Boston Marathon training with about 8 weeks to go. I had a slight panic attack that I was a little too far behind in my training and I thought I might have to hang in the towel. The panic came after not doing a stellar job of hitting all of my workouts and a week spent in San Fran doing fitness stuff but not running as much as I was supposed to, and eating way too much (zero self control). A couple of things pulled me out of that funk: finally recording all of my workouts on Daily Mile (that I haven’t done in over a week) and a glance over my upcoming week’s training schedule.
Tracking your workouts
I like numbers, most runners do. It’s instant feedback. Plus, it allows me to compare my workouts to my previous workouts. Once I input my data and included all of the other workouts I was doing, I realized that it wasn’t too shabby. So what if I didn’t do my Tuesday speed workout last week??? I took back to back tough spin classes (courtesy of my good buddy Bria). I think that counted for something. Plus, I did a lot of strength workouts and took some cardio and strength classes and learned a lot of great new stretches for runners and cyclists (albeit a wee bit painful). Once I looked over my workouts, I realized that I was still doing pretty well.
Looking over your training plan
I look at my plan at the beginning of each week and try to schedule out my day or week and weekend to make sure I can fit things in. Then I adjust as I go. It’s what I have to do to make it work. So, on Sunday when I was looking at last week’s training schedule and what I needed to do this week, I realized that I wasn’t too far off and I might have, maybe, just a tiny bit freaked out over nothing. Wouldn’t be the first time. So, even though my training up to this point isn’t terribly motivating, I do have a solid run base and have kept my fitness up so I’m staying the course!
Here’s this week’s schedule and how I have changed it:
Monday- 7 miles easy. Ended up with 6.5ish miles. It was a gorgeous day to meet up with fellow blogger, Dominick for a Red Rocks run. It was his first adventure to Colorado so we made sure to do it right. Most people drive to Red Rocks Amphitheater but I knew he wanted to do a trail run while out here so we knocked off 2 birds with one stone. I took him on the Matthews Winters/Red Rocks Trail (6.5 ish miles with plenty of up and down. The Amphitheater is your turnaround point so we walked the gazillion stairs to the top and walked around a bit before heading back. It was a beautiful day!
Tuesday- 7 miles Tempo (5 miles at 7:35 pace) + Strength Workout- after stuffing my face while standing at my kitchen counter, I somehow thought that of course, I should go for a treadmill run right after. My tummy had other thoughts. So I opted for a headlamp urban run through Highlands Ranch (if you can even call HR urban). It was fun though. I finished up with 6 miles at a 7:50 pace. Noah and I had a fun day playing so it wasn’t in the cards for a tough gym workout although I do feel a wee bit guilty about not hitting the TRX in my room, oh well.
Wednesday- Hill Repeats + Yoga. Weeeellllll, after deciding that I would be greatly modifying my plan for this week, I opted to lay off the hills and just go for a moderate effort run for 6 miles. It was a busy day so I couldn’t quite fit the Yoga in. I was on a roll. I’m launching my business’s new website next week and I needed to get down to business.
Thursday- easy 7 + Strength Workout, Yeah nope, this became a rest day. I was going to fit some Yoga or Strength in, but another busy day and I need to let my body rest for what I am about to put it through for the rest of the weekend.
Friday- Yoga. What was supposed to be a light workout day is turning into a tough, tough, hilly 10ish miler in Boulder on a classic Boulder dirt run called Old Magnolia with some runner gals that I haven’t seen in ages that I need a dose of (Kathy of Got to Keep Running Long and Terzah of BQby40, plus Melissa- who I ran my first 50K with, and some other ladies training for their own crazy events). Yep, I’m excited!!!
Saturday- 20 miles (yep, it’s the first 20 miler of the year. Technically, I’m supposed to do it next week, but Nina is running 20 this week so I might just do 20 both weeks – I’m weird like that.
Sunday- 30-60 minutes easy jog + Strength + possibly Yoga if I can find a class that fits in to my schedule.
So, as you are reading this, I will be most likely walking up my first hill on Magnolia Road followed by some good ol pancake eating. So don’t feel too sorry for me. I’m back, baby!!!