Week 1 – Marine Corps Marathon Training

Week 1 – Marine Corps Marathon Training

Monday – 5/21 – ah, nothing like a rest day coming as day 2 of training, hehehe, hohoho, bahahah. I won’t lie, I am sore from my run/walk yesterday. It is going to take about 2 weeks to get back into shape, until then, here we go. I will be using Hal Higon’s marathon training. Monday’s will be rest days. The training will go as such…

  • Monday – rest
  • Tuesday – short run
  • Wednesday – longer run or cross training
  • Thursday – short run
  • Friday – rest
  • Saturday – long(ggg) run
  • Sunday – cross train (walk, bike, yoga)

REPEAT

Tuesday – 5/22 – today’s 2 mile run has taught me two things…

  1. Always under dress, getting overheated is a really bad feeling, I wasn’t overheating however I was getting a little toasty because of the humidity from the rain.
  2. I need a hat with more aeration (in which I spelled airation the first time). Once I took my hat off the heat escaped and it felt goooooood. However then my wild hair came out and I don’t want to scare people.

Kim and I were walking in town to drop a few things off at UPS, get some fro-yo and then we ended up stopping at a local running store, Jack Rabbit (weird). We picked up some Nuun. It is for hydration purposes with sodium, potassium and magnesium. I have never had it before and I want to start testing out things that I like/dislike. I am wearing these Nike shoes right now, they are very light weight. They don’t have the bright pink color I have anymore. I wore these Fabletics leggings. They are very high wasted, a little heavy for summer running but they are awesome.

I am starting to change my diet and eating times based on running, ah, the good ole’ days! I woke up this morning and had half an english muffin (only half because Kim insists on getting the sandwich sized ones) with Jif low sugar PB and strawberry jelly with coffee and a little cream. I was drinking black coffee for a few months then put cream in it and DAMN THAT’S GOOD. I waited about an hour then off I went. Conditions were cloudy, about 65 degrees with rain on the horizon. Pretty perfect running weather.

On Monday I finished the run in about 24:30 with 4-5 walks and today I finished in about 22:30 with 3 walks. What a difference a few days can make!! My goal is to get down to 10 minute miles. After my run came more coffee, sautéed kale and potatoes with two eggs. SAUTEED KALE WITH GARLIC SALT AND PEPPER IS AMAZING. Also broccoli baked at 375 F for about for 45 minutes is amazing as well, it gets a bit charred and mmmmm.

Wednesday – 5/23 – there are far few things worse than a poor nights sleep, perhaps cancer. I am not sure if I drank coffee too late, or if since I ran out of allergy medication I did not sleep great. IDK. I was going to run 2 miles today but decided to rest. This is gonna be a slow transition.

Thursday – 5/24 – 2 mile run – 23:00 – I swear this run was harder than Sunday! Why?? Hillary said it can be many things; weather, sleep, hydration, food. My legs felt like they were 300 pounds (which they damn well might be). Ugh it was difficult. It was also pretty warm out. I need to get a hat with more aeration like I said above — goal this weekend. I ran/walked 2 miles then I walked a mile home. It was my boss’ birthday so I went down to the office after.

Enjoying what you do is a true gift. I love my job. I feel like I have hit the jackpot. It is my dream job and I got it at the age of 28 and it only gets better. I have open communication with my boss and we are growing the company together. Recommendation: if you don’t really like or love your job, find something else.

Friday – 5/25 – rest day. Does it seem like I am resting a lot, WELL I AM OKAY. Rest is important…. right? Anyway, every Friday in warm weather, I treat myself to an iced french vanilla coffee with cream from Dunkin’ Donuts. It tastes soooo much better when you don’t get it everyday.

Saturday – 5/26 – first “long run” of the training, 3 miles! May not seem long, but it is to me. I have been taking allergy medication every night, the rite-aide brand of zyretc, BECAUSE THEY ARE THE SAME THING. Anyway, I fall asleep every night between 11-11:30 pm, as I did last night. I woke up at 10:45 am!!!!!!! WTF. I am the person who can’t sleep in, however I guess now I can. I also wear ear plugs and wear an eye mask because, I am not really sure. Kim doesn’t snore. I just found that I have a better sleep this way, clearly I do.

So I woke up, had my coffee and same breakfast as before, 1/2 sandwich sized english muffin with PB and Jelly. I went for a run around 12:30 pm, when it was 87 degrees. Sigh. I bought this hat last night at Dick’s Sporting Goods. It’s really good and has good air flow. Felt good going out for the run, hot, but good. I was trying to stay under the trees for some shadow. I hit 1 mile and felt good. Once I got near 1.5 miles I was feeling tired. I walked and then starting to do 0.15 run with 0.1 walk. At least it was the longest I have run at once. I need to get up earlier during these summer training months.

I was sweatingggggggggg. I tried the nuun hydration tablet flavor blueberry pomegranate. It was good, not sweet at all and very easy to slurp down. It also didn’t leave that layer of I don’t know what that gatorade sometimes leave in my mouth, anyone else know what I mean? I just signed up for a spin class at a local cycle place in Morristown for tomorrow at Simply Cycle, first class is free! I need to cross train tomorrow, which is walking, swimming, biking, anything other than running.

Sunday – 5/27 – Cross train. My cycle class was at 9:30 am. I set my alarm for 7 am as I was not trying to sleep until nearly 11 am again today. I didn’t sleep well. I don’t think I ate enough yesterday which is quiiiite unlike me. I woke up at 2 am thinking about chips and caesar dressing and eggs and english muffins, I wish I was kidding. I got up at 7:30 am, coffee, 3 scrambled eggs, half an english muffin and a peach. YUM. Food is so good. I tried the other flavor of Nuun hydration tablets we got, fruit punch, I like the blueberry pomegranate the best so far. The cycle class was great. The instructor’s music was perfect for every increase in speed.

First week of training went well. I feel like this next week will be easier and I will start to get into my groove.

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