I hope y’all had a great Christmas and that you were able to enjoy some down time. I know I did! Unfortunately, I got to enjoy some sort of virus, too. Boooo. I rarely get sick so it’s strange to be sick twice in one month. Oh well, tis the season for stuff like this, right? I’m the living embodiment of a snot faced punk right now…
In my down time, I was looking at my current training plan and realized that eight weeks ago I ran my first full marathon and that in another eight short weeks I’ll be running my second 26.2, the Rock-n-Roll Marathon in New Orleans. EEP!
I’ve been kind of unintentionally mum on my training for this marathon so I figured now that the ½ way mark has crept up on me, I’ll give y’all an update.
The first few weeks of training were actually spent recovering from the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM). Just taking the runs nice and easy, keeping the legs moving and blood flowing. My training girls and I decided that we didn’t want to lose any conditioning from the MCM so we kept our easy paced mileage in the manageable range of 20-25 weekly.
Then December rolled around and I realized that I had a ½ marathon in 9 days that I totally hadn’t prepared for. The longest distance I had ran since the MCM had been 9 miles. I wanted to get at least one double digit run just to make sure my legs remembered how to act right so I squished a 10 mile run in the first week of December. My legs did fine and I even PR’d at the ½.
Last weekend I met with my running girls to tackle 15 miles. It. Was. Freezing! Well, almost. It was 36 degrees. I realize temps like that are a heat wave to some of y’all but it’s freezing to this Northern-turned-Southern girl. I didn’t want to get out of bed but after having some choice words with myself I made it to the designated meeting spot. And I’m SO glad that I put my big girl panties because it turned out to be a spectacular run. The kind where you just don’t ever want to stop. At 14.5 miles I knew I wasn’t ready to stop so I said goodbye to my running girls and ran until I was content. I stopped at mile 18 when my foot said ‘Hoooooooold up…What do you think you’re doing to me?’ I’m sorry foot, I got carried away…
It was so great to have a run like that; I really needed it to get my head focused back on training. I’ve been pretty apathetic with this round of marathon training. When I was preparing for the MCM, come hell or high water, I wouldn’t miss a run. I wish I could say that’s still the same for this marathon but the truth is, I’ve slacked off big time. I’ve skipped a few runs and cut others short. I’ve also totally skipped out on my yoga and cross training. I have this ‘I’ve already run one marathon so I don’t need to train as much’ mentality which is going to get my tail in trouble. The worst thing I could do is toe up to the line on February 24th without being properly conditioned.
Speaking of not being properly conditioned, I haven’t ran since last Saturday. Thanks to that virus I mentioned earlier, I’ve decided to play it smart and give my body a break this week. I’m going to try to tackle my long run tomorrow but I’m not sure how it’s going to go.
So with that being said, I’m totally getting down to business these next eight weeks. I’m bidding adieu to my laissez faire attitude and welcoming back the ass kicking, take no prisoners Gina that put in the hard work to earn her first 26.2 eight weeks ago and who will earn her second 26.2 in eight more weeks. Even typing that feels empowering. I am woman, hear me roar! Well, right after I blow my nose.
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Question: Do you ever get into a training rut? How do you get yourself out of it?