Monday, January 11, 2010

Happy New Year!!

Okay, I know it's already January 11, so the new years wish is a bit late. I have literally been away since before Christmas though and I just returned last night. I am so excited to be home! My vacation was quite nice, but it was also very, very busy. I went to see my parents for Christmas, then flew to Florida to see my grandparents, then flew to Cali to see my boyfriend and his family. I finished the week in San Francisco networking with companies in the area to see if I could perhaps get a job at one of them eventually. After all that, being locked up in my toasty warm apartment with my cats is AWESOME! I do have class today though, so it is back to reality!

While I was away, I started my marathon training. The first two weeks went something like this:

Rest, 3 miles, 3 miles, 3 miles, rest, 6 miles, Cross Training
Rest, 3 miles, 3 miles, 3 miles, rest, 7 miles, Cross Training

I didn't do the workouts EXACTLY as above because I just need more of my weight lifting than that is allowing. I definitely did two 3 miles runs each week and my long run. I also did a lot of walking with my dad and my boyfriend, and I hit the hotel gym a couple times and used some free weights. I have not weighed myself since I got back... ugh reality! I was not awful but I had my fair share of beverages and yummy food. I am going grocery shopping today to stock up my fridge on healthy, wonderful food. Can't wait!

This week's marathon training looks like this:

Rest, 3 miles, 4 miles, 3 miles, rest, 5 miles, Cross Training

I'm a bit sore from my 7 miles run on Saturday, so I plan to do some yoga today to warm up and stretch out my muscles. I'm cool with the running mileage on the other days, but I'd love to throw in one full body strength workout. I'll make sure to get in one real rest day as well because that is going to be very important. Last bit of really important activity is food journaling... I'll be burning a lot of calories running, so I need to make sure I properly refuel my body so I can keep up with the workouts. Plus I don't want to use running as an excuse to pig out! When I ran my first marathon, I gained weight because I just ate whatever I felt like! Not good!

Hope everyone is having a healthy start to the year!

1 comment:

  1. I hope you are mixing up your runs and not going at the same pace all the time....I would make one of your shorter 3 or 4 mile days 1/2 mile or 1 mile repeats with your rest in between being half of your run time. ex. 1/2 mile in 4 minutes, rest 2 minutes, second 1/2 mile in 4:10, rest 2:05.....