Well, I guess I’m running my first marathon this Fall. I wasn’t planning on it but since Mike is doing one, I have to do one too. There’s no way I could run a half marathon and watch him finish a full without beating myself up. So we’ll do one together! Well not together together but we’ll start together. :) We’re running the Hartford Marathon on Saturday, October 13th. We ran the half last year and had a great time so I’m sure the full is just as good. Plus, they have an awesome beer tent.
After checking out a bunch of websites, I finally found one (from marathonrookie.com) that works for our schedule:
This training plan has 4 days of running and 3 rest days whereas a lot of the other plans only give you 1 or 2 rest days. I know that 3 rest days is key for us since it’s the summer so we’re usually busier and don’t have time to workout 5 days a week nor do we want to in the crazy hot/humid Northeast summer weather.
Another great thing about this 16-wk plan is that it includes rest days before and after the long run. I know that some people like to do a slow, easy run the day following a long run but not me. I’d rather give my legs complete rest so they’re fresh for the next week.
So how was week #1 of training?
As you can see from the plan, it was a pretty easy week so no complaints here. :) For the week day runs I tried to beat the heat and did them at @ 5:15am. Yesterday I went to Castle Island in Southie to complete the 5 miler.
It was a ‘muggy as hell’ type of morning so my pace was slower than usual (around 9ish min/mile) but at least it was overcast so I didn’t have the sun beaming down on me.
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