Just finished my last run of week 2 on this sunny, warm Minnesota day. We’ve had a streak of warm weather, and I’m so glad I got to run outside for the past few days. I know there are plenty of treadmill days still ahead of me, but it’s nice to have a reprieve here and there.
This marathon training, I am more focused than I ever have been on nutrition and taking care of my body. I’ve been doing a lot of reading about what carbs to eat when and figuring out a good balance for my day to day eating. I want to make sure my body is properly fueled, because my BIG goal is injury prevention. I have had to drop out of the last 2 marathons I’ve attempted to train for, and I know pace, fueling, and just general imbalance in my routines were huge factors. In that quest, I FINALLY decided to buy a foam roller. How I neglected to buy one for the past 5 years is pretty impressive (or stupid). I bit the bullet and I’m going to roll after each and every run. My new plan will be protein shake and foam rolling after every run, no matter how small or easy the run was.
The scheduled runs for the week were all easy pace runs, as these first 5 weeks are just base building, and working me up to running 6 days a week. This week was 5 short runs and the first time I’ve run 4 days in a row in a long time. I could feel some soreness after today’s run (lucky for me, I’m now the proud owner of a foam roller!)
Here’s a rundown of the week
Monday 1/25: Off
Tuesday 1/26: 3.05 easy treadmill miles
Wednesday 1/27: Off
Thursday 1/28: 3 easy treadmill miles + 1 mile incline walking + 15 minutes in the sauna
Friday 1/29: 3.2 miles outside. It was a warm day here, and I ended up running in a rain shower- weird! My run included rain, a beautiful sunset, and a rainbow. Felt good to get outside!
Saturday 1/30: 3 miles outside. Another easy run, another warm day with very little wind. Yay!
Sunday 1/31: 4.27 miles outside. Sunny, warm afternoon. 36 degrees in January is pretty incredible. I planned on a pretty, scenic run along the river, but ended up on a path that was full of puddles and ice patches. I ended up having to run the roads instead to prevent breaking my neck. I splashed through a few more puddles than I would have liked and my legs were feeling pretty tired today.
Total running miles: 16.52