Saturday, January 12, 2013

Week 2 Training

The week started off a bit off. We were out of town and I was unsure when I was going to get my training in, but I managed to do 3 last Saturday and 5 on Sunday. I had to change up my training schedule a bit since I was supposed to do 7 last weekend and 5 this weekend. Since my training was barely up to three miles (which is usually "normal" runs for me), I switched the two around.

I was still a little hesitant about my decision to sign up for the marathon... I still am, and probably will be until it's over. But at the beginning of this week, I was really wondering if I should. I mean, I hadn't run more than 6 miles a week since returning to running.

This week I had 3 miles, 4 miles, and 3 miles on the schedule, which got switched around due to scheduling issues, then this weekend I had to do seven miles. I was a little nervous about the big jump in mileage but the runs during the week went really well and even today's 7 miles went great. I'm slower than I was before, but I'm running by myself now instead of training with others. Usually when I run based on a plan, the mileage for the day seems like the furthest I can run--whether it's 3 miles or 7  miles. So far it seems to be easier. We'll see what happens when the mileage goes up, but I'm feeling pretty good right now!

Today was gorgeous! In January, it was 58 degrees. Overcast all day, but perfect day for a run. I didn't get out until after 5:00 or so. Since I'm a slow runner, it was getting dark. Unfortunately I didn't think to bring any reflective gear, since it was still light when I left. Luckily, I have a really awesome hubby, who loaded up the three kids and found me on the road to bring me a flashlight and reflective vest. I was only 3/4 of a mile away from home, but it was the busiest road around (our road...). I stopped to put the vest on and grabbed the flashlight. Unfortunately, it was pretty difficult to start up again. My hamstring had just started bothering me right before that so starting up again was hard. I was about 30 seconds/mile slower for that last 3/4 mile than I had been the rest of the run.

So, 22 miles this week.Slightly more confident in myself than before, but still nervous about it all.14 weeks to go!

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