June 2, 2015

It's All About that Base...Week 4

Week 4! This was supposed to be my last week of base training before I kicked off an 18 week marathon training plan. What I didn't realize is that the 18 week plan I was looking to loosely follow starts off with 16 miles/week with a long run of 5 miles...which is exactly what I did last week.

Last week went really well. I felt great.  I did yoga twice (not three times like I hoped), I got all of my runs in as planned and I felt strong. Running is starting to feel a lot more natural than it has in a long time. I think this is the longest I've successfully trained for anything since before I got hurt. Even when I ran DC Rock 'n' Roll this year, I skipped a lot of runs because it was cold and just felt miserable through all of training.

At this point, I'm thinking of going back to my usual 16-week training plan and taking the next two weeks to step back and then add another run per week bringing my runs up to 5/week. I'm a little bit hesitant to do that, but right now, I don't feel like I'm running enough to feel confident going into a marathon. I ran 4x/week when I trained for my first 26.2 but have stuck with 5x/week since.

I've been doing yoga twice a week and it was really great to get into a class on Friday night. As much as I love the convenience of doing yoga at home, it's just different than being in a class. As for those PT exercises I keep telling myself I'm going to do...yea...

I also realized that I should probably start doing some strength training again. It's been 3 years since I've trained for a marathon and I'm suddenly remembering everything that goes into it. It's good though! It almost feels like I'm training for my first one again, which is awesome because there's no feeling quite like training for and running your first marathon.

So, that's that. This week I'm planning for 18 miles, yoga 2 (hopefully 3) times this week and finally (maybe) doing those PT exercises.

I should probably sit down and write my training plan too.

How is your training going?
How often do you run each week when training for a half or full?
Have you ever felt like you were training for your first race all over again?

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