Today, I had 5 miles on my training plan. It quickly turned into 2.25 miles and I was over it! The roads were slushy and icy, my yaks were working well but my legs were not! I think taking 11 days off running and then running that 5k was not a good idea!! haha! I had been slacking on strength training and stretching out so I had some areas in my legs that just didn’t want to loosen up!! I know it didn’t help that I was having to run and compensate for the slushiness of the roads.
Needless to say my foam roller and I had a nice date after I took a warm bath to get my body back from freezing!! Even though I was soaked, cold and had not such a fun run…I loved it!! Being back outside running and being able to just run was nice.
Speaking of my training plan….I had original had an 18 week plan that I thought was going to work great! I decided against it. This is my first marathon and I don’t want to train for it with a plan I just don’t like! There were days with runs at race pace but that was it. Everything else was slower runs and only one day off per week. My new plan I decided on has hills, speed work, LSD, race pace, conversational runs and days for strength training and one day just for foam rolling every week!!! Yes, one day where all I have to do is foam roll! I love that it has a variety! I won’t get bored and will be working my speed and distance all at the same time. Plus, once every few weeks I am going to do a timed mile! <–This scares me! In the 8 months I have been running I have not once done a timed mile!! First one of these is on Tuesday!!! I hope I do well! The old plan mileage peaks at 43 miles and my new one at 40. Not too much of a difference in the long run but the designated days for taking care of myself are more valuable to me than those 3 miles. Plus, both included 2- 20 milers which was important to me.
This is what this week looks like with my current plan vs old plan:
Sunday: Foam Roll -Cross Train
Monday: 3 miles -3 miles
Tuesday: Timed mile -5 miles
Wednesday: 3 miles race pace -3 miles
Thursday: Strength Training -Rest
Friday: 4 miles -5 miles pace
Saturday: 7 miles LSD – 6 miles LSD
Total: 18 miles -22 miles
For my runs that don’t have a specific pace I am just going to run on feel and leave my Garmin covered up until I stop it when I am done!!! I don’t want to pressure myself into running at a certain pace all the time. I believe I run better when I just run and I know I won’t push too hard. Like today, I wasn’t feeling it so I cut back. I have to trust my body when it is telling me no.
I saw a couple of pictures today that I couldn’t help but share also!
This was in a local store…I like to think my shenanigans are free all the time…no need for a discount!
D FINALLY received his award from his 5k in Detroit! It is pretty sweet…I am jealous!
|Has his name and all engraved, he loves it!
This sounds like a good plan!
And this stuff is the best when HOMEMADE!! I love having time to bake!
|So stinkin’ good!
Have you ever made a last minute training plan change?
Do you trust your body enough to just run while training?