My first official week of marathon training has just finished. I know every week won’t be like this, but I am very happy with how this first week went.
- Monday : rest day
- Tuesday : treadmill run at lunch : 7 km @ 8,7 kph & 75 minutes of yoga in the evening
- Wednesday : rest day, because I am following my training plan faithfully for the moment. I could have cross trained but 2 sessions yesterday were enough. In addition, my hamstrings were REALLY tight, due to the yoga poses.
- Thursday : 5,5 km at 9,6 kph on the treadmill. Felt great.
- Friday : 7 km early morning outside run at 9,4 kph. The weather was gorgeous and I could have kept running but this little voice kept me grounded “you don’t need to do more than what the plan calls for”. It was a beautiful day.
- Saturday : 30 minutes upper body workout at the gym, abs & lots of stretching
- Sunday : 10K race Nogent Baltard. I had hill repeats on my training plan and the race ended up being major hills. It was a complete coincidence but hey, it worked out perfectly.
- Total time running : 3 hours
- Total kilometers / miles : 29,5 km (18 miles)
Fueling / nutrition
I felt motivated to eat very well. After my 16K on September 27, I was a bottomless pit. This week was much different. I was so motivated, and happy, to start “official” training that all I wanted to do was fuel my body with good food. Butternut squash was on the top of this week’s menu, and some veggie lasagne for Saturday evening.
With all my running this week, I fully enjoyed my Sunday indulgence :
The photo doesn’t do it justice… apricot / creme brûlée mousse, chocolate mousse and pistachio. So yummy !
- Motivated, happy, excited. My family is at a good place, work was interesting (despite the Friday thing) and not overly stressful, I slept well… couldn’t have asked for better conditions. …until Friday when I had a minor car glitch (preoccupied with the work thing, gggrrrr) and completely ripped off my right side mirror backing into my garage. I tried to put it aside over the weekend.
Some random marathon and running thoughts
- I have been running pain free for the last few weeks. That is such a great feeling. No niggles, nothing. Let’s hope it continues.
- Wow, there are a TON of chestnuts, I have to be really really careful not to twist my ankle.
- There are a lot of people out on their bikes going to work, I need to be sure that I do not sway and risk getting hit, that would suck (I did get hit by a bike once and it was not fun)
This coming week I have a conference, so week 2 will be completely different than week 1 ! I have four days where I will need to work from very early to very late…. it is rare but it happens to be this week. So, I can not plan as I usually would.
Congrats to those who ran races today…the Chicago Marathon, Army 10 miler, the Paris 20K just to name a few ! Did you race this weekend ? Are you enjoying the great fall weather ?