Hey, look at that. I never posted the first week of my training. Whoops. I’ve decided to refocus my Work It Out posts to marathon training, because, really, marathon training is so much more exciting! My first week was basically just easing back into running post surgery. I had to walk my first few training “runs”, but by mid week I was officially BACK! Here’s how it went.
Monday: 3 miles power walk. I was in Ashland. It was gorgeous. So wonderful, in fact, that I almost forgot how lame it was that I was walking my first week of marathon training. I was actually surprised at how great of a workout walking was. I was sore the next day. It felt lame, but I was moving my little walking days. It’s a great reminder that you don’t have to run to get a great work out.
Tuesday: Easy walk. I like walks. They’re nice. Since I don’t have my bike, or spin class, or motivation to do squats and push ups, I’ve just been trying to go on a nice walk on my non running days.
Wednesday: 3 mile trail walk/run. I tried to do a few running intervals. They mostly hurt, but I ran/walked with Mandie around all sorts of beautiful trails throughout the park. We chatted a lot, and it was really great to have the time to really catch up, while getting my training done.
Thursday: 3 mile walk/run. I RAN!!!!! HOORAY!!!! I did running and walking intervals with Terra for the first mile and a half, and was so amazed that it hardly hurt at all! I was so excited that I ran the last half, and came back with serious runners high. I even ran at NIGHT. What? Who am I?
Friday: Easy walk. This walk came with coffee. Those are the best kinds.
Saturday: 6 mile run. I ran “long”!!! 6 miles isn’t really long, but that’s what was on the plan, so that’s what I ran 😉 I ran sloooowwww, but it was awesome, and I was so happy to be able to complete my first full run back!
Sunday: Easy walk. Walking is nice.
Week 2 was better. No more Post Surgery Ari. Only Imma Kick This Marathon’s Ass Ari. Yup. It was also realllllly hard because all of the sudden, in addition to marathon training, I also started dancing 3-6 hours a day. Ouch. I forgot how sore I get when I’m dancing all the time. It definitely made for a few days where walking was a challenge, but I’m thrilled to be keeping my body so active and spending every day doing what I love! Here’s how it went.
Monday: 3.1 mile run. This run felt AWESOME! I ran with Tali, and we kicked it into gear in the last mile. We averaged a 9:59 pace, and I’m pretty sure it was Tali’s first time running the distance ever. I’ve coerced several of my co-workers into running with me
against their will.
Tuesday: Dancing all day long.
Wednesday: 1 mile time trial. Ran 1.3 mile warm up, found a track (YAY!), then ran my 1 mile in 7:31 (hello 2012 goal 😉 ), then practically crawled a mile cool down.
Thursday: 3 mile recovery run. 10:17 pace. This run was tough. My legs were soooooo sore, and my body did not want to be running, but I made it through and felt better by the end. I feel like that is the point of a recovery run, yes?
Friday: Daning alllll day long.
Saturday: 9 mile long run. Set out for the scheduled 8, but ended up with 9. I felt a little sluggish, but this was the first time I’ve run any real distance in quite a while, so I felt good about that. Averaged 1:30 pace.
Sunday: Full on rest. I’ve never been so excited for a rest day. It was awesome.
And those were the first two weeks of NYC Marathon training!
How are you workin’ it out? Training for anything exciting??