Monday, June 1, 2009

Week 1 of Training!!

It is now officially week 1 of training for the Twin Cities Marathon!! While very exciting, it is also rather nerve-wrecking. I am trying hard to balance like 10,000 plates on my pinky finger and hoping that they don't come crashing down. We'll see what happens. I will be following Hal Higdon's Novice 1 training plan, because I simply don't have the time or energy to put into anything more advanced. I feel kind of silly using it, kind of like when I had to have my parents put training wheels back on my bike when I was younger because I had forgotten how to ride it. But you do what you have to. I would have felt better had Hal described in his description of the Novice 1 plan, "This plan also includes someone who has run a marathon and wants a relaxed training plan ". Instead, I think his description clearly says "Rachel, you should be at least at Novice 2."

Anyways, this weekend I had two decent runs. I still don't know the distances because my Nike+ system has died on me and I have yet to invest in a new one. I have been looking at Garmins as well but I think I'll have to put that one off for a little bit. What Garmin do you all run with?

Back to the runs this weekend...They went swell. I found a new trail by Andy's house on Sunday and ended up taking him and Duke on a walk that way later in the day. I still have a little bit of yucky stuff in my chest from the cold almost 3 weeks ago. Hoping that goes away soon though...

4 comments:

Carlee said...

That's the same plan I used and I felt pretty well trained. Yes, I now feel like I have a great base and should be able to get more out of a second marathon...but it did the job.

Sunshine said...

Good luck with your training!

EmLit said...

That's how I felt about using the same training plan (that 'Rookie Plan' RW one) for both my marathons. The thing is, you have to do what's right for you and not worry about what you "should" be doing or what you wish you were doing instead. And you can always add some mileage or speed work or other key runs if you feel like you have the time and inclination! The most important thing is to be ready for the distance :)

nwgdc said...

if time is an issue, I would suggest fewer runs, but higher mileage in the run. Hal seems to be a big proponent of daily running, but I would suggest pulling it back to 3-4 times per week==pick your easy days, and make them GOAL RUNS. Just a suggestion!