Hi all! Happy Monday...and more importantly...happy MARATHON Monday!
Today marks day 1 of my 16 week marathon training and I am really exerting myself with a rest day-I think I am really going to like this training plan ;) I am feeling excited and nervous all at the same time. I cannot wait to run the Chicago marathon...but knowing I have a 20 and 22 mile training run coming up have me feeling a bit anxious.
I haven't run more than 15 miles since my marathon last fall and those longer training runs are just as much mentally taxing as they are physically. I keep thinking back to a few of my long runs from last summer...the 15 miler in the heat, the 18 miler that turned into 15 miles and 10 minutes laying on a park bench crying...you get the idea ;)
However, one thing that I am going to do differently this year in an effort to alleviate my anxiety of the "long runs" is to take my training one week at a time.
Last year I wrote out all 16 weeks of my training plan and then worried about my 20 miler the whole time. This time around I will only write out my training schedule one week at a time, and hopefully it will keep me focused on that week's runs instead of thinking ahead to my longer runs.
Another thing that is different this time around is that I will be raising money for a charity during my training. Have Dreams is a non-profit serving children, teens, and adults impacted by autism. When they offered me a chance to run the Chicago Marathon and raise money for a cause so near and dear to my heart I just couldn't say no. However, I have been feeling nervous about the fundraising portion of this the whole time because I don't like asking for money from people...but it's for such a great cause I figure it's worth feeling a little uncomfortable asking for donations :)
Here is a link to my personal fundraising page where you can read more about the charity I am running for and make a donation if you want! Remember every little bit helps...so any sort of donations is greatly appreciated! I plan on donating $10 per week so that by the time I run the marathon I will have personally contributed at least $160.
Another thing I am going to do each Monday is blog about the previous week's training. I loosely did this last year and I would like to be a little more diligent about it this year and treat this like a training journal so that I can keep track of how each run felt and make changes along the way so I can ensure a successful training cycle and hopefully a 3:45 marathon!!!
Here is week 1's schedule:
Monday: Rest (don't mind if I do!)
Tuesday: 4 easy paced miles
Thursday: 5 easy paced miles
Saturday: 4 easy paced miles
Sunday: 8 miles
** I might switch things around this week since we have our couple's shower on Saturday night. I can imagine after a few margaritas I won't be feeling up to an 8 mile run ;) I'm also going to work in some strength training, pilates, and spin classes each week, while still making sure to utilize (and enjoy) my rest days!
Other than that this week's schedule looks pretty great to me...it's a lot less miles and more rest days than I am used to, especially coming off of the Heartland 39.3 training! I know that it won't last and things will be picking up quickly, but I think I will enjoy this while I can :)