Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Marathon Monday uhhh...Tuesday?

I understand that it is not technically "Marathon Monday" but I already posted yesterday and I wasn't sure if blog etiquette would allow me to bombard you with 2 posts in one day.

I can't even believe I just wrote that...I'm the queen of never posting anything and now I am worried about 2 posts in one day? I think now that I am using this as more of an accountability/log for my marathon training I will be a little more consistent. After all...I have lots to say :)

I have been debating on posting about this for awhile...I wasn't 100% sure I wanted to fully commit to this, but after 2 long weekends of celebrations I can safely say that I am ready to 100% commit. I am ready to feel better and hopefully kick those crap runs to the curb!

When I first started training for the Heartland 39.3 back in January I started reading EVERYSINGLETHING I could find about half-marathon training, and well, running in general. I looked at different training plans, what to eat, what not to eat, what strength training and cross-training I should be doing...you get the idea...I read it all! One thing that really caught my eye was talking about running and alcohol...

I read that many runners will cut way back or completely eliminate alcohol from their diet while training. I can't really remember the rest of it or even if it was legit, but it got me thinking...I wanted to experiment with eliminating booze from my diet. I wanted to see if it truly made a difference...and I also thought it would be cool to see if I would lose weight. 

Well...come to find out it did make a difference in my running. I felt less sluggish, had more energy, and it made my long runs on the weekends much easier. (Running after even a few drinks the night before is pure nightmare...trust me!)

It also seemed to affect my weight...however, I gained 5lbs. Yep, you read that right...GAINED! Honestly though, I didn't really have much weight to lose and I am sure "it is 5lbs of pure muscle" as everyone ALWAYS says (I am not sure I believe that, but I am going to go with it!)

So now that marathon training is here and as much as I hate to do it...I am going to jump back on that wagon and cut the alcohol from my diet yet again. With early morning training runs and the heat of the summer already making it hard to stay hydrated I feel like this will make my training a little less painful.

Marathon training is a bit longer (about 4 weeks more) so I can't promise that I will be perfect...especially when August hits and I am in the midst of back to school craziness (I will NEED a drink or two) but I am going to do my best to limit my alcohol consumption.

On top of cutting out alcohol, I am going to completely eliminate soda as well. This is just as bad (if not worse, really) than alcohol. All of that extra sugar is not good, plus it dehydrates me really quickly. I haven't been the best in the last month (with alcohol and soda) and I have really noticed a difference in my running and motivation to run. I have had a lot more "bad runs" or days that I felt just too tired to get out and run.

So here we go again...no alcohol and soda until October (conveniently right before my birthday) and I have to say it doesn't seem nearly as difficult this time around. I have no problem being a designated driver and having fun without alcohol...plus I love feeling like a million bucks the next day!

As far as training is going...I am in week 3 and I have to say I am tired. I need a bit of a break. I just completed the Runner's World Run Streak, where I ran at least 1 mile a day every day for 40 days, and my legs are angry. I have had a few weeks of "crap runs" where 4 miles feels like 40. This morning I ran 5.5 miles and let me tell you it was painful. I'm not 100% sure if it is the heat, humidity, or me just being worn out, but I am going to try taking 2 days off and throw in some yoga and maybe some time on the elliptical and see if that helps. I am also going to cut my long run this weekend. I had 11 miles planned, but I think I am going to do 6 or 7 instead. I'm still early in my training and now is the time to scale back for a few days and rejuvenate myself. I've had high weekly mileage since my last half in May, and sometimes the body just needs a little breather.

Taking a break doesn't scare me like it did before. During half training I skipped a long run because of an injury and I panicked...I was afraid I was sabotaging all of the hard work I had put in up until that point. Well, the following week after skipping my run I had my best long run yet. I realized then, that sometimes a little rest and relaxation is just what the body needs to perform better.

Another reason I am not too worried is because I have decided on which race I am going to run. I am going to sign up for the KC Marathon which is October 18th. I was going back and forth between that race and Prairie Fire which was October 12th. When I set up my training plan I was aiming to be ready by October 12th just in case, so now that I am doing the KC Marathon I know I have a few extra days in my training program.

I know I had planned on having my schedule set in stone by this week and sharing it with you, but unfortunately I don't. Taking some time off this week has thrown things for a little loop and honestly I am feeling very overwhelmed with creating my own plan. I am by no means and expert and there are SO many training plans that I have been looking at that it is hard to decide which one is right for me. As soon as I have my plan ready I will share it on here with you guys :)


  1. See you in October! I can't wait to run with you! (well, for half of it)

  2. I took three weeks completely off of running in the middle and end of my marathon training in the winter. I was still able to run the full marathon. I had an injury...so technically I hobbled more than I ran, but i did it. My overall fitness wasn't affected even with the time off, it was just my bum knee that didn't cooperate=) take the time off when you need to, your body will thank you!