As you all know, I am currently training for the WDW Marathon in January. In fact, I actually started training a month later than when the "official" training started because I wanted to make sure that I was on the path to recovery. I did not do training updates every week but since I am half way through my training I wanted to share how it is going.
Last year I followed the Galloway training plan to a "T". The result: I think I was over trained which probably caused my injury.
This time around I am doing things MY way. I am not saying that my way is right or wrong but I am training based on how I feel and my body's reaction to it.
My schedule has been quite hectic lately but I have really been trying to stay consistent with my training. I have been going to the gym at Physical Therapy 2-3 days a week. I do one short run during the week and one long run on the weekend.
When I started my weekend runs, Scott decided that he wanted to join me. We do all our runs on the trail. He rode bike while I ran. I have to say, it took him a while to catch on to how this whole marathon training thing worked. One week he pulled over to watch a ground hog and expected me to stop running and come watch it too. One week he was distracted by a sign that said Labrador puppies for sale. I had to remind him that "NO" we were not stopping to look at puppies. At various points along the trail people are selling produce and one week there was Root beer for sale on the trail. Scott decided that he may have to carry a backpack to collect all these goodies when he comes with me. I think he finally learned that unless I am injured, I DO NOT STOP for anything while I run.
So far, my short runs during the week have consistently been 5 miles.
My weekend runs were as follows:
Weekends one and two: 5 miles.
Weekend three: 6.2 miles
Weekend four: 8 miles
Weekend five: back down to 6.2 (because I ran a 5k that same weekend).
Weekend six: I jumped to double digits with 10 miles.
Weekend seven: I went back down to 8 miles because I didnt get enough workouts in at the gym that week.
Weekend eight: back up to 10 miles.
Weekend nine: 12 miles. I was ready to be done by mile 7. I didn't have any pain from my injury, but my legs were SO tired.
Weekend ten : 13.1 miles.
So far with all the long runs I have been able to stay consistent and stay below my goal pace. Last training cycle my longest run was 22 miles before race day. In an effort to prevent injury, I do not plan to run that far during this training cycle. I talked this over with my PT and he didn't think it was necessary either.
I don't want to jinx myself by saying "I'm feeling good about training at this point" because I know anything can happen, but so far it IS going well. I do have a concern though, the weather. I mention the weather because the weather in Florida in January can be somewhat unpredictable. Last year it was pretty perfect though. It was overcast so it wasn't too hot. I just worry that it is going to be really hot this year during the marathon. This bothers me because I have been struggling in the heat during this training cycle.
How is YOUR training going? Have any funny stories from training? -M