Today was Day 1 of my “Official Marathon Training” schedule! I got up so much earlier than I am used to — but fell right into my running shoes and clothes (or so it seemed at that wee hour of the morning), and took off. Apparently the misquitoes rule when you head out just before sunrise and I was swatting those puppies off here and there during the run. At least it made me run faster to get away from them, though! I was a little nervous heading out so early, so I didn’t wear my mp3 player. I wanted to be alert to bad guys, cars and dogs. My only odd encounter was right in my own neighborhood, when no more than a block from my own house, I passed a Scotsman of about 60 dressed in a kilt, hat – the whole costume!!! I thought I was dreaming since where I’m from this is not a common sight — but — the imaginary Scotsman bid me a “Good morning” and I bid him one as well. I’m still not quite sure I was fully awake at that point, but I am certain he was real and not a figment of my active imagination.
I’ll be sticking to the training schedule for the next 16 weeks, only varying occasionally (such as for my 6 milers on Fridays with my buddy, since my schedule only calls for a 3 miler, a 5 miler (tempo), and a long (8) for this week, for instance.) She’ll become my tempo run for now. I may pull back to 7 on the long one to keep the total milage in line with the program. My goal is to train well – and avoid injury!!!
So..today — 3 easy miles at better than target training pace (my smart coach training plan from www.runnersworld.com actually tells me exactly what pace to strive for and with my handy dandy Garmin, it’s easy to stick to the plan.) In my case, this training schedule was created using my recent 10K race time which I know to be less than my “best”, so I’m going to allow myself to run these training runs up to 30 sec per mile faster than prescribed whenever it feels like a better fit. I’m hoping that by increasing my training pace, I’ll also start to see the scale moving in the right direction again too.
This was my last run for June. 11 runs in all, which was less than I’d intended — but — considering I’m onto my Marathon Training now – that was probably a good thing to give my legs a bit of a rest before requiring much more of them over the next 16 weeks. I just added up my required miles for July to stay on track with the plan and that added up to 83 miles!!!!! July should be an exciting month!!!
One last fun fact –I just added up the number of miles to run on this training program (including the actual race at the end) and it totals 350 miles!!! Cool bananas!!!!!!