Monday, February 21, 2011

Marathon Training: Week 1 - Soreness and Reflection

I did it. I took the first steps toward my goal of running my first marathon.

As the saying goes, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

I took my first steps this past week. I already have done more than what I thought I could. I honestly did not think I would pull off all five days of running. I figured I would have to drop down to four days, but I stayed strong and accomplished the training.

Monday - Rest day in which we performed a P90X workout
Tuesday - Ran 4.25 miles at 8:32 pace
Wednesday - Hill Workout on Treadmill for 4 miles at a 9:01 pace
Thursday - Rest day in which we performed another P90X workout
Friday - Ran 4.28 miles at an 8:25 pace
Saturday - Ran 9 miles at 9:00 pace
Sunday - played basketball game and ran 4 miles at 8:30 pace

My totals for the week were

Total Miles: 25.6 miles
Total Running Time: 3.75 miles
Calories Burned: 4500 

Today my legs are sore. They are in need of rest. I am glad I have a day to do very little. The backs of my knees are in some pain as well as my calves and Achilles area. Other than that I feel pretty good. I feel much better than I expected to feel.

My goals for week 2 are the following.
1. Do more stretching
2. Eat better for snacks. I was starving every minute of they day last week. I need to find more healthy snacks to help with the hunger. I need to drop a few pounds to make the running easier for me, but still need to refuel the body. This is something I need to educate myself about a little more.
3. Try to keep all my easy runs under 8:30 mile pace. I am not going all out, but I want to have better race times this year so I need to make sure that my easy pace is in a range that will allow me to push harder on the other runs

Week 2 has me scheduled for 28 miles of running. I have one 4 mile run, three 5 mile runs(one hill workout), and another long 9 mile run. Will keep you posted as it does me good to reflect on my training.

How are your training plans going?

I have taken my first step and now just need to keep moving forward.
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