I can’t believe that I am about 63 (EEK!) days from the Lehigh Valley Health Network Marathon that I will be racing on September 11th. I have been in “marathon training mode” for the Lehigh Marathon for weeks, but as we are getting closer, I wanted to start documenting my weekly training progress – both the good and the bad runs.
Training for the Lehigh Marathon is interesting for several reasons – 1) I am running a marathon in September (my prior 3 were in November); 2) My workouts have been challenging even though my overall mileage has not increased “that” much; and 3) My easy runs are based more on time than mileage.
Don’t get me wrong – marathon training is no joke – but as it stands now I have really “enjoyed” how my training has been programed. So without further ado –
Lehigh Marathon Training – Week Ending July 9, 2016
Monday – Off Day
- I really, really love off days that coincide with days off from work. I got to sleep in (meaning past 8am!) and spend a relaxing day with Mark.
- Per my schedule my plan was to run for 50 minutes but I ran a loop that totaled 6 miles so – the time increased to. Not to hard to get up but once I got out there is was humid, muggy and dizzily. Yuck! Time on feet felt good, even if I was a sweaty mess at the end. Ended with a bit of strength and of course some Nuun!
- The sun was just rising as I hit the track and it was steamy. Warm up in trainers and then I switched to my “new” marathon New Balances. After this past Saturday’s run – I was not sure if these would be the shoes for me BUT after getting into a groove I felt more comfortable in them. Good workout – happy with paces and I finished not feeling overly spent but challenged.
- I am not an afternoon runner BUT I have appreciated these runs on the schedule because it helps break up the mileage. I remember while training for the New York City Marathon, I was running 10 miles a day (before work!) for most of my week. It got old fast! These afternoon runs have helped me decompress, I just wish the weather would cooperate. It was still hot and muggy after work but the saving grace was that a cold front moved through at the end of my run – a cooling relief!
- The running Czar had enough and we finally turned on the AC last night – what a difference a good night’s sleep makes BUT it also means I was in full REM when my alarm went off AND I really don’t know what the temperature “feels like” until I get out the door. Holy soup Batman – 90% humidity at 5:30AM. YUCK! I sweated through my shirt and then some. I also came to the realization that cotton headbands DO NOT soak up sweat. I ended my day with my weekly trip to physical therapy. My left foot has been getting a bit sorer (I think due to wearing flip flops) – so this really helped. I also realized that my flip flops are going to have to go to the back of the closet again 🙁
- Wow – a cold front must have moved through last night because the temperature was completely different this morning. Used the racers again for the quality portion of the workout – shoes felt “ok” but my right foot felt “off”. It’s hard to explain but I felt that my foot was rolling outward. Not sure if it is the shoes or a muscle imbalance or both. However my pace ended up being 7:40 – so pleased with that. Surprisingly the track was busy this morning BUT I was done before the masses showed up. I do love being the only one on the track, especially because I can “yell” at myself to focus and not get any strange looks (except from maybe the birds but I am ok with that!)