- I'm officially starting the 12 week marathon plan in this book above. Yes, yes, I know...I was reading the book Run Faster by Brad Hudson and planning on using one of his plans. However, I was just feeling a bit lost. I hadn't even completed a full week of his training because at the beginning I was base building, then I switched things up so that I could try out a 10k, and then I was injured and now I just need a fresh start. It works out perfectly. Pfizinger happens to have a 12 week plan which means this week is a perfect week to start since it was 12 weeks to Boston. I also love the way the plans are laid out and I'm finding the book very easy to breeze through. Even his writing voice seems to click with me. Plus, I hear lots of good things about it from others so this makes me happy. There are so many great plans out there and all of them should get you to your marathon ready to race. For me, it meant finding something that just "felt" right. I'm a feelings kind of person and this feels right so I'm going with it and not looking back. Now if I can just stay injury free then I'll be all set!
- Injury. Thankfully, my strains were not too serious and I haven't lost much time. I caught them before they turned into a monster of an injury. They feel much better right now even though I'm aware that I still need to be careful and continue to strengthen those areas and keep going to see the doc (more on this in another post too). Unfortunately, the other side of my body has taken a hit as I mentioned in some of my previous posts. I've still been feeling some pain and tightness but the past couple of days have felt really great.
- Being able to run 8 miles today at a relatively normal pace without too much discomfort (except for this weird foot pain that I won't even bore you with) felt so wonderful.
- Tomorrow I will be doing a threshold run of 10 miles with 5@15k-half marathon pace. Not sure what that 5 miles will look like until I'm doing it. I will go by how my body is feeling. If it gives me the green light then I will GO GO GO with it.
- I should still hit 50-60 miles this week despite my bumps. I'm thinking that sticking to the 55-70 range for the duration of my training will be smart. No need to go a bit higher. I'll even take it down if I need to.
- I'm not sure of my goals for Boston. Honestly, I will need to really think about this one. There is a lot that goes with this and I might be addressing it in another blog post. For now, I'm going to keep my priorities straight, focus on keeping my body healthy, enjoy running because I love to run, train hard, keep things in perspective so that I don't lose sight of the life all around me that is so much more important than running and just enjoy the process.
There are so many things I'd love to write about right now. But my bed is calling me. Gotta get up early to fit my run in since my son is no longer taking naps and the chances of him doing anything remotely calm and quiet for the length of time it would take me to run 10 miles is just hilarious.
Thank you for all the e-mails, personal comments, and overall support I've felt from so many of you lately. I know I've been really lame at e-mail and blog reading but thanks for understanding.