This week marked the beginning of marathon training! I kicked things off by skipping my first run. I know, great way to set the tone. In my defense, the weather was rotten, and I got my run in the very next day. In fact, training went really well this week!
- Total miles for the week: 20
- Total minutes on my feet: 209
- Longest run: 10 miles (yesterday)
- Shortest run: 5 miles (Wednesday and Thursday)
- Fastest pace: 10:24 (yesterday)
- Days until next race: 13 (The Texas Half)
- Days until Big D Full marathon: 91
I ran 5 miles on both Wednesday and Thursday with my friend Heather. When I first started running, Heather was the person that I directed all my questions to. She is the person who told me about Hal Higdon’s training plans, she is a great runner, and an all-around great person. It’s been really fun getting to know her better this week. I’m hoping that we can continue to run together a few times a week. This week alone it has been very motivating.
Yesterday was my first long run, and my first run with the DRC (Dallas Running Club). I was really nervous about going, but I’m so glad that I did.
It was a gorgeous day at the lake (The DRC does all of its runs at White Rock Lake), and the temperature was perfect. Somehow I ended up being put in the 4:10 pace group (ha!), but they do their long runs at a 10:30-11:30 pace, which I think is right for me. I considered switching to a slower group, but after yesterday, I think I’m ok.
I felt great the whole run. Best of all, I have discovered that I really like running with other people. I like talking when I run and listening to others’ stories about races and what is going on in their lives. Everyone seems really nice, and I’m already looking forward to next week’s 12 mile run.
The best part of marathon training so far is that I’m only doing one long run a week! When I was training for the New Year’s Double, I ran on Saturday and Sunday every weekend. It’s so freeing to run early on Saturday and then have the rest of my weekend wide open. We’ll see if I change my tune once the runs start getting really long!
I watched the Olympic marathon trials today.
Talk about inspiration! The runners move so effortlessly, yet you can tell that they are working incredibly hard. It takes so much focus. Shalane Flanagan, the women’s first place finisher, said that her marathon mantra is “cold execution.” I thought that was great! I hated watching the fourth place men’s and women’s finishers cross the finish line. (Only the top 3 will go to the Olympics in London.) To be so close but not make the cut must be heart breaking. The whole thing has definitely motivated me to continue working hard. My goal may not be anything near Olympic or even Boston qualifying, but I plan to work my tail off to complete the marathon in April and beat my previous time.
Did you watch the Olympic marathon trials? Are you a Hal Higdon fan? I am, but the DRC training plan is way different from a Hal training plan. Should be interesting!*