Monday, June 18, 2012

Marathon Monday: Week 1

I did it. I completed my first week of marathon training, and I did it to the "T." Or should I say to the #TLAM.

Oh, geez. Sometimes my wittiness kills me. Or you. Whatevs.

Here's what the week looked like, anyway:

Monday: Easy 3 miles
Tuesday: 4-mile pace run
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: 6 miles, negative split (3,3) + BODYPUMP
Friday: Easy 4 miles
Saturday: BODYPUMP
Sunday: 8.18-mile long run

If you want to add that up, it's 25 miles. TWENTY FIVE. For one week. And to think - that's just the start. My half-marathon plans used to top out at 25 miles.

Needless to say, there were a few times this week when I felt a bit overwhelmed. I clearly remember at the beginning of Thursday's negative split run, "What the hell was I thinking? My cousin was right. You have to be crazy to register for a marathon." I doubted my ability. My desire. My time. I wondered if I made a mistake. I wondered whether I should have picked a half-marathon as an "A" race.

And then I remembered why I chose the marathon. I chose it because it was my beacon during pregnancy and early post-partum days. It was my hope. It was my savior, if you will.

Thankfully, my body held up better than my mind. My legs felt tired but operational with the increased mileage and harder workouts. My lungs did not explode. I did not collapse in the grass.

I survived. And that's all I have to say about that.


  1. Congratulations on Week 1! I can't wait to be on week 1 of marathon training.

  2. Nice job on Week 1!!!! I can't wait to start my marathon training in just 3 weeks and you are so right, the marathon is my beacon during pregnancy/early postpartum days. It's my way to feel normal again. You are rocking it with that body pump and runs.

  3. Great job on week one! Love that it was/is "your savior". It's definitely not easy, but marathon training has got to be one of the most gratifying experiences in the world. Yes, we are crazy, but crazy in a good, "I just ran 18 miles this morning" kind of way.

  4. Holy cow, seeing your mileage I am starting to doubt my training plan for St Jude in December!

    Way to get it done!