It’s officially official: I pulled the trigger and registered for Twin Cities Marathon! Surprisingly I survived week one of training without getting injured. I’m hoping this is the year I break the curse of Twin Cities Marathon training injury. Because of my irrational fear of injury, I am letting that fear keep me motivated to stay on top of strength and core work and listening to what my body needs. I am doing the unconventional this training cycle and am creating my training plan as I go. I will use past plans to guide my approach, but will largely plot my own journey as I go. I’m doing this because I tend to get TOO attached to following training plans and have been known to do a run even if my body isn’t up for it, just because my plan says I have to. I used Hanson’s Marathon Method for my last marathon, and while I really liked the singularity of focus and I felt good running 6 days a week, I don’t think I’m feeling up for that type of training this time around. Since it’s Summer, I love going for long rides on my road bike, and I want to be able to use cycling for cross training. Hanson’s did not have strength training built into the plan, and I often felt like I didn’t have time to add that on while running heavy Hanson’s mileage. My plan for this training cycle is all about balance.
How did week one go? GREAT! If I can manage to sustain this for the next 14 weeks, I think I’ll be in good shape for TCM on October 1.
Week of 6.19-6.25
Monday 6.19: 2 miles at 10:34 pace, 30 minutes of upper and lower body strength training, plus core.
Tuesday 6.20: 3 mile warm up before running ramps, 11:06 pace, 2.6 miles of running up and down ramps and stairs. 20 minutes of core work.
Wednesday 6.21: Fellow Saltine, Ginger was in town for a visit! Took her along on my group run with my running group for a bright and early sunrise run. 4 miles, 10:53 pace.
Thursday 6.22: Day off from running. Did my Thursday night group ride on a super windy night. It was a challenging 30 miles! 15.1 mph avg, 139 avg HR.
Friday 6.23: Somehow this run went really well. My pace does not reflect a few stops to adjust my laces on my new shoes (I’m trying Hoka Clifton 3 for the first time), but overall today was faster than I have been. 5 miles, 10:26 pace. Went to the gym after my run and did 30 minutes of lifting and core.
Saturday 6.24: I had planned to run this day, but it was cold and windy and drizzling for pretty much the whole day. Took this as a complete rest day.
Sunday 6.25: This run didn’t feel great. I think I’m still adjusting to running in Hokas and felt some soreness in my left lower leg, the site of past tendinitis problems. I let that get in my head and most of the run I worried about that becoming an injury. Lots of rolling and stretching and icing when I got home. 5 miles, 10:57 pace.
Strength/core: 3 sessions, 1 hr 20 min total.