Or, Marathon Training Recap – Week 5
I have a big confession to make. I have yet to follow my training plan the way it’s written. Seriously. I mean, I know that being flexible is a good thing, but I have this weird guilt thing when I don’t run when I’m “supposed” to and then I need to make up mileage and miss fun stuff. Poop. So next week, I am vowing…nay…promising to follow my training plan exactly so that I can go to F.A.S this week!
What I was supposed to do:
|1.21-1.27||Rest||3 m run||6 m run||3 m run||Rest||12||Cross||24|
What actually happened:
I feel as if runners can talk their way into or out of anything. This past week, my legs felt tired and heavy. And, my hamstrings felt kind of tight. So, in my mind, that totally justifies not running on Monday or Tuesday, right? Nope. Probably not.
This week’s long run was moved inside due to Winter Storm Luna. Miss Luna decided to grace the midwest with freezing rain, so there was (I think) a half-inch of ice all over the sidewalks and trails. The streets were OK, so I did 12 miles on a treadmill at the gym.
It took me four (!!) tries to get to 12 miles. It was harder than I thought it was going to be. Here are some things I learned about running long distances indoors:
- You will dehydrate much faster than outside.
- Break up the run into smaller, more manageable chunks.
- Don’t go your regular 4-6mi pace (see the 8:37 average? Silly Ashley…)
- Bring fuel. I looked pretty funny with Gatorade and Swedish Fish, but I was happy I had it.
All in all, I’m really pumped I got the mileage in. It was hard, but it was worth it. Definitely looking forward to tomorrow’s rest day.
Have you ever done long distances on a treadmill? What’s the farthest you’ll go? Tell me in the comments!