Monday, June 27, 2016

Week 1 done!

So as previously mentioned, I'm following the run/walk program from Marathoning for Mortals. I'm already confused and worried about how it'll end up because the program has rest days on all the Sundays ... except for the last Sunday, which is when they show the race will be. I do like having rest days on Sundays since those are so hectic anyway ... but my race is going to be on Saturday. Seriously? I'm already worried about months from now when I have to figure up how to either just drop a running day or drop a rest day so that Sundays remain rest days and I finish the program on the correct day. My mind amazes me sometimes ... and usually not in good ways.

And I weighed myself before this thing started. I know I probably won't lose weight on this journey, but hey, if I do ... score!


This is all for my own benefit and notes for future training - read on for utter boredom.
Week 1 - run/walk program -- all times include 5 min of walking to warm up and 5 minutes of walking to cool down
Monday - treadmill at the Y - 45 min - 3.41 miles
Tuesday - treadmill at the Y - 45 min - 3.48 miles
Wednesday - cross-training - which wasn't much of anything. Had planned on going to yoga at the Y, then thought we were going to church for supper, then found out that was off but there was a poison ivy-wrapped tree across our compost bin and Matt can't get within 10 feet of poison ivy without contracting it. So cross-training consisted of getting rid of the tree (dragging it across the yard and rolling it down a hill towards the creek) -- Nature's Crossfit. Good thing I don't get poison ivy, but I did take a shower right after and then didn't want to get sweaty doing some other exercises ... so semi-fail that day.

If Jillian were yelling at me, I'd probably cry too.

Thursday - treadmill at home - 45 min - 3.38 miles (a little slower because it's an older treadmill and I was just tired. Had picked up Allie from church camp that day so that's my excuse.)
Friday - rest day (I don't like that ... so I walked the bridge again)
Saturday - and I didn't get the long run in on the scheduled day. Worked at an auction (outside in the heat) and didn't drink nearly enough liquids. I "attempted" a run on the treadmill at home but after a minute, my legs were killing me and my stomach was hurting. Let me just say that I was ANGRY with myself.
Sunday - supposed to have been a rest day ... but woke up at 6:00 to get my 5 miles in before church. Woot! - 1hr 14 min - 5.5 miles

Bonus/Bummer for this week -- the FitBit challenge at work is measuring mileage and my team is in the final 3. I found out on Sunday though, that after running 5.5 miles on the treadmill, the FitBit only showed it as 4.3 miles ... and that's WITH me overestimating my stride for the calculations. Not expecting to win the week's challenge as a result.

On to week #2! .......

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Marathon Training begins!

It's here ... the moment I've been dreading anticipating ... the first run of training for my first marathon. I did it though! Had to mop up the sweat from the base of the treadmill at the Y but don't care much about that. :)

Me ... about 2 minutes into a 35 minute run/walk.

I haven't really done diddly since the half on April 30. I mean, my mileage total for May was 9.9 miles ... not even 10 miles! Matt and I went out for a run on Memorial Day weekend but even starting at 7:30 a.m., it was so muggy that day that we only did about 3 miles. I even thought about going out on May 31st to do some sort of run to at least get me up to double digits, but that train of thought died at the station.

The first part of June found me getting back to walking the Big Four Bridge almost daily at work and that helps. I need that hour walk more for my sanity than for any training/exercise. There is an old treadmill I can use at work on days that it's rainy or if it'll be too hot/humid for me to manage ... but there's no way I'll try running on it - rather unstable and I want to get as many of my training runs outside on the pavement, rather than inside with A/C and a TV on.

The clouds may imply coolness ... but it was hot. Why do I live here?

Last week was a road trip/vacation with the family to a state park in New York and a day trip up to see Niagara Falls. Matt and I packed our running gear for 'just in case'. This is bear country though ... and the bears were supposed to be out and about. We didn't see any bears AND apparently western NY is rather hilly ... so no running. It's all good though - got lots of steps on my FitBit with the walking and hiking.

This trip was on my bucket list. I don't feel bad about dragging the family along either.

We did have ponchos on (provided by Maid of the Mist boat) but the water was blowing EVERYWHERE.
Our arms and legs were soaked but it was awesome!!!

I already know what my challenges are going to be here -- nutrition and proper hydration, finding out what to do for cross-training, sticking to the running schedule, and finding the time to do this along with regular wife/mom/housekeeper duties.

I like tacos.

Plus, I just finished reading Marathoning for Mortals and decided that I want to ENJOY this journey and AVOID injury ... and to do so, I would need to pick an actual training plan. Since I haven't been one to run an entire race (except for the Anthem 5k in 2015 -- I'm still pretty proud about that), I knew I didn't want to train to "only" run for 26.2 miles. Good Lord ... ain't happening. So there's a run/walk training program and I'm hoping I stick to it. I already changed it a bit last night -- supposed to run for 3 min/walk for 2 min ... but it takes the treadmill 10-15 seconds to completely change speeds. I ended up running 3.5 min and walking for about 1.5 and then since I want to be able to run the last part across the finish line, I'm skipping the last walk interval and ran the 3 plus the 2 at the end. Whatever works, right? I know the intervals will change over the weeks but that walking for 2 minutes (or 1 1/2) wasn't what I was looking forward to. Also hoping for some cooler weather so I can get in the majority of my runs outside.

It's gonna be a long 20 weeks ...