Marathon Motivation Monday – Week 3
Alright, 2 weeks down and 12 to go. This past week seemed like a long one. I ended it tired, sore, and the massage on Tuesday seemed like it happened months ago. This week, I am going to rely on others to help motivate me a bit. Whoever said peer pressure was a bad thing, never went for a group run!
I was lucky enough to get invited to join an informal group on a few runs this coming week and I plan on getting over my “fear” and nervousness and just accepting the offer. I know it will help me stick to my schedule and bring some excitement to my workouts.
Week 2 Recap:
- Sunday- 10 minute warm-up, 3 x (2 min 5K pace and 2 min light jog). 10 minute cool down. Ran around the neighborhood, doing the 5K pace effort off of feel. Picked up the Oakley dog for the 10 minute cool-down. He is about 1-year-old and it is time for him to start running! TEMP: 80°F and HUMID!
- Monday- 3 miles and 4 x 100m striders plus ab work. Took Oakley out with me for this run and decided not time it. I wanted to make sure I gave him breaks for water and to cool off in the creek rather than forcing the untrained pup to keep a certain pace. TIME: ???, TEMP: 85°F – feels like in the 90s.
- Tuesday- Off from running. Schedule told me to get a massage – So I did. GLORIOUS. Maybe if all exercise programs included “mandatory” massages more people would exercise? I also lifted prior to anxiously allowing a total stranger to put their hands all over me. Hmm…when I put it that way, massages seem kind of creepy…
10 minute warm-up, 3 mile tempo 80% effort, 10 minute cool-down.I recently heard about a workout called Yasso’s 800s [yes, I have been living under a rock] and have decided to incorporate those in to my schedule every other week or so. Check out more about this workout at RunnersWorld.com . This week I did 4 x 800 m in 4:00 min (since 4 hrs is my marathon goal time), 4 minutes light jog. This was suppossed to happen Wednesday. It actually happened Thursday. Whatever. I finished ahead on each of the 800s, which cut back on my recovery jog time a bit. While the 800s are not run in any super speedy time, the active recovery makes it more challenging. Working my way up to 10 is going to be a struggle! TIME: 25:24 (would have been 28:00 if I hit all 800s right at 4 minutes) TEMP: 86ºF, feels like in the 90s.
- Thursday- Off!! Not really. Ended up doing Wednesday’s workout since I couldn’t get it in as scheduled.
- Friday- 10 miles. This was my long run for the week. I didn’t feel great during it like last week’s 8 miler which is a bummer since 10 is my all time favorite distance. My legs felt heavy and I struggled to hold on to a 9 minute pace from the start. I could feel myself slowing down with each mile. When I finally hit the turn around point I knew I needed a mental distraction, so I invented a little “game”. I would speed up for 10 strides, slow down for 10 strides, speed up for 20 strides, slow down for 20 x 2, speed up for 30, slow down for 30 x 3…and so on until I got in 6 rounds at 60 strides at a fast clip and 60 at a slow recovery jog. Before I knew it I was only a mile away from home. Success. Run nearly salvaged. TIME: 1:30:18 (9:02 min/mile pace). TEMP: 80°F. 90 minutes after finishing my run it was off to destroy my legs some more (aka - lift).
- Saturday- 90 minute Vinyasa yoga class in a slightly heated room. Yoga is still harder than it should be. My favorite position is the one at the end where you lie down and almost fall asleep.
Do you run with a partner or group often? Do you prefer it to going solo? Why or why not?