Well I have one week out of twenty-four weeks of marathon training under my belt. I can’t say it was the best. I’ve realized this week that my plan needs a little tweaking.
|Tuesday||rest||1 hr body sculpt|
|Wednesday||3 miles||3 miles|
|Thursday||30 minutes bike||22 minute swim|
|Friday||3 miles pace||NOTHING|
|Sunday||6 miles||6 miles|
People are always asking me how I do things and the truth of the matter is I’m beginning to wonder that myself. I feel like I’m limited by two factors. First, my children. I don’t mean that to sound mean, but let’s face it I can’t run a 3 mile pace run with THREE kids and I can’t ride my bike with them either. Although, Nicholas DID prove to be a GREAT 3 mile pace training partner, (read his first 5k recap here) so maybe we can get out together.
Second, the HEAT. I’ve been living in Texas for nine months now and I haven’t adjusted to the heat. Will I ever? Doubtful.
So, in order to do my marathon training, survive the heat, AND be a good mother, I’m going to need to do some tweaking to my schedule. Here is how it will look from here on out. (I hope)
|Wednesday||Weights by Susan||Spin|
It is obvious that this plan is NOT ideal and will probably require further tweaking as time goes on, but I have to do what I can when I can do it. ALL my kids will be in school on Tues/Thurs when my mileage is ramped up and I need to be able to do my running outdoors (i.e. NOT on the treadmill) and without kids. In addition spin is only offered on Mondays and Wednesdays in the morning so it’s best to have cycling and cross days be Mondays and Wednesdays. Ideally I’d love to be out on my bike, but I just can’t make that happen during the summer with 3 kids. I’m hoping spin class is going to be enough to get me through.
If anyone is even still reading this then you’ll be glad to know Day 1/Week 2 of marathon training was a “success”. All that really means is my plan called for 6 and I ran 6.
6 Mile Run
- Mile 1: 10:52
- Mile 2: 10:48
- Mile 3: 10:58
- Mile 4: 11:06
- Mile 5: 11:14
- Mile 6: 11:06
I’ve been so stressed out this week about having a PERFECT schedule and making everything work out just right. After a lot of contemplation, I realized no marathon training plan is going to be perfect. I’ve come up with a plan that I hope will work for ME. Let’s face it, marathon training is not my job-- it’s my hobby.
I’m not going to stress, I’m going to focus on what REALLY matters to me and I’m confident everything else will work itself out.