In it for the long haul

Week 2 of 22 marathon training is in the bag.  Well, the miles are tracked on the shoes and I am feeling better.  I made sure to get up at the crack of dawn, literally we are watching the sun rise at the park, to complete my runs.

So, here’s a quick recap of week 1 and week 2

Week 1:
Tuesday- 3 miles
Thursday- 3 miles
Saturday- 4 mile race 8:34/mi. pace
Sunday- should have ran 2 miles but my life got in the way

Week 1 total- 10 miles

Week 2:
Tuesday- 3 miles
Thursday- 2 mile walk (I was slacking and didn’t quite feel like running.  hailey decided 4am was a good time to wake up and stay up until it was almost time to head to the park.
Saturday- 4 miles (even on the weekends I get up at the crack of dawn to complete my miles. Best to get the miles in before the baby wakes for the day)
Sunday- 3 mile

Week 2 total- 12 miles

So, if we combine week one and week 2, I have almost completed a marathon….oh this doesn’t count?  I am hopeful.  However, I’m starting to run and breathe at the same time again.  At the beginning of this, I was huffing and puffing my way through 3 miles.  I know that my strength and endurance will continue to improve as the training progresses.

If you are interested in following the long 22 week training program you can find the link here in a previous post. I will be incorporating some of the training from this program as the weeks continue. I will also be adding in a CT day on Wednesday starting at week 18.

Hope you continue to enjoy this journey with me and that you feel inspired to complete your own personal challenge.  This is definitely going to be an interesting experience!

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Until next week be confident! Be fit! Be you!

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Marathon Training Time

Raise your hand if you noticed I’ve been absent for a while….

Well, I haven’t been writing the blog because there really hasn’t been much to write about.  I wasn’t running, I wasn’t working out, I was eating fast food, and quite frankly life started to take control over me.  I wasn’t allowing myself time to work out for even 30 minutes during the day.  I was finding a reason or excuse to get ice cream or fast food almost daily.  I was not adjusting to the chaos in my life of work, school and family.

However, this past week most of that changed.  I started a 22 week (yes, I feel that I need at least that long) training program found here. I got up at 4:45am two days this week and completed the 3 mile runs.  Then on Saturday, I was supposed to complete a 3 miler but participated in a 4 mile race with a good friend.  I was just hoping to finish without walking.  I hadn’t run very much lately and the furthest I’d gone was 3.2 miles in the last week.  It was a perfect day for running and I found my rhythm quickly.  I kept an 8:34 pace the entire race and finished at 34:15.  I completed this race right around 32 minutes two years ago when I wasn’t pregnant and quite frankly at the peak of my running ability.  I had improved my time slowly over a year and was extremely excited for that 32 minutes.  This race was no different.  I was overjoyed that I was able to complete it in just over 34 minutes.  It gave me the confidence booster I needed to get up for week 2.

So, over the course of the next 22 weeks, I will be blogging about my training.  I have arbitrary goals for Columbus at the moment, but as I approach race day, I’m sure my goals will change.  I will be able to better gauge my abilities during the long runs as we get a month or two out from r-day (race day).  If you are interested in training for the marathon with me, comment below!  I would love race buddies and I know we can all use some extra encouragement as the weeks move on.

Sorry I don’t have any photos from the race on Saturday.  I will try to be better at taking photos to add life to this blog!

Be confident, be fit, be you!