I returned from the Missoula, Montana marathon late on July 12th and was out running with our Cross Country team on July 14th. We did 4 miles, 3 miles the next day and 5 on that Saturday. I usually take a month off from running following a marathon, but with coaching I wasn't able to. But, I felt good! I was excited not to have any pain, and I was running at a 9 minute pace without trying! I enjoy encouraging the kids, and seeing their progress inspires me. I was out there 5 days the following week, running with them, and logging over 20 miles. It felt effortless.
But then, for no apparent reason, this Tuesday I ran 4 miles with the team and it was extremely hard. I was going slower, yet it felt I was expending more energy. Back at work, I have not ran since Tuesday. And, just when I was thinking I would take a week off, I found out that I'm leading practice next week, meeting the students at 6:30 am before I go into work. Our coach (I'm an assistant coach) will be with the majority of the kids up at camp in Big Bear. But those who aren't going still need to run! That's where I come in.
And then, I noticed that the marathon is 13 weeks away, the minimum amount of time required to train. So, tomorrow is officially my first day of training for the Santa Barbara Marathon! And, like it our not, training begins.
|I've been following the same plan for years!|
Here's my training schedule, long runs only:
Sat. 8/20: 10 miles
Sat. 8/27: 12 miles
Sat. 9/03: 15 miles
Sat. 9/10: 18 miles
Sat. 9/17: 15 miles
Sat. 9/24: 22 miles
Sat. 10/01: 15 miles
Sat. 10/08: 18 miles
Sat. 10/15: 15 miles
Sat. 10/22: 22 miles
Sat. 10/29: 10 miles
Sat. 11/05: 10 miles
Sat. 11/12: 26.2 miles! Santa Barbara marathon!
Because I also have my 1st ultra marathon, the North Face Endurance Challenge on December 3rd, I will also need to follow some of the long runs listed above with long runs. I know that I will need to run 10 miles the day after the Santa Barbara marathon. Beyond that, I'm not sure what my training for the 50K will look like! Yikes. I guess I need to start reading the book I bought two months ago: Relentless Forward Progress. This is completely uncharted territory for me, but I'm excited. I think.
I've ran long enough to know that bad runs happen. I just need to push through this and it will get easier; it always does!