So my marathon training starts on Monday. The funny thing about the plan that I am following (Hal Higdon’s Novice, slightly modified) is that it has me running less mileage per week for the first 4-5 weeks than I am already running. I have been trying to maintain roughly 25 mpw since I recovered from running my half marathon back in October. This coming week I will only be running 15. At first I was really concerned about this and considered starting my training later and jumping in where I was in my mileage. I have since decided that it would probably do my legs (and body) good to ease up a little for the next few weeks. I have had some shin and calf issues on my right side that could use some TLC. I have added in some yoga & more stretching & foam rolling to manage the tightness. Another change is cross training. Previously I was running 5 days a week. This plan calls for 4 days of running & 1 day of cross training. I didn’t like the sounds of that at first, but also think that this will be a good thing in my training. For cross training I use the Arc Trainer, spin bike or elliptical. I would love to swim in my gym’s pool, but I am not sure I swim well enough to call it exercise! For the next 18 weeks I will hopefully prepare my body well enough to run 26.2 miles on May 16th.
Training for a marathon calls for some fun gear. I have my trusty Polar heart rate monitor/watch and Garmin that I use for running & tracking my outside miles. These tools allow me to monitor my progress a little easier. I have to give a shout out to Chris at Polar for helping expedite the repair of my Polar watch over the past 2 weeks. I thought that my battery just needed replaced, so I took the watch to a Batteries Plus store. The store manager informed me that he placed 3 brand new batteries in the watch & the watch completely drained them. I was told to contact Polar. Fortunately my watch was still under warranty, so I sent it right off. I sent my watch out on 12/23/2009 and it was fixed & back in my hands on 12/29/2009! Amazing, especially considering there was a holiday in there! Talk about great customer service. Thank you to Chris & Polar for helping me out. I may also be purchasing some YakTrax here shortly for my long, weekend outside runs. These are supposed to help grip the ground in snow or ice. As much as I hate to be cold, I don’t think I can run any longer than 8 miles on the treadmill. Anyone have any input on the YakTrax?
Training also calls for careful planning with food and fueling. I am always learning how to do this better. I don’t think you can learn to much about this topic, so if you have some tried & true tips you would like to share, I am all ears. I have recently tried Zing Bars and will be doing a review on them here shortly after I try all of the flavors. I really enjoyed the Cranberry Orange bar that I sampled the other day. These have more protein in them than Lara or Pure Bars, so better for fueling, especially after a run to help repair muscles. Love that they are gluten-free! There are so many more choices out there now.
Hope you all have a great weekend! I kept thinking that yesterday was Sunday! I just couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that it was Friday. Now I have a whole weekend ahead of me!