If you asked me eight years ago if I would ever run a marathon, I would have told you no. If you asked me two years ago if I would ever run another marathon, I would have said hellllll no. But now here we are in 2017 and I’m training for what will be my third long distance race in six months. It’s uncanny how things change — how perspective can change. What was once a daunting distance is now a slightly-less-daunting distance. It’s still a challenge but it’s not a mental battle just to get to the starting line. I’m amazed at how far my body is able to carry me and just what I’m capable of as a runner both mentally and physically. Now? I’m focused on Marine Corps Marathon training.
I mentioned on Friday that I’m looking forward to training for my second go at the Marine Corps Marathon. I took two glorious weeks off to reset my mind, body, and soles, and now here I am with another week of training in the books. I’m thankful my coach is giving me easy miles to get back in the swing of things before the real work begins once again.
Back in the Saddle: Marine Corps Marathon Training Week 1
Thursday — 3.5 miles
I kicked off training with three and a half slow and easy miles. I took my dog with me, tried out my new Aftershokz headphones, and started up a new podcast. It was a super easy run.
Friday — 3 miles
With dog in tow, we embarked on three miles together on Friday. Again, very slow and easy. It was nice to be back on the road and getting the blood flowing. Plus those Aftershokz… review forthcoming but I’m a changed woman!
Marine Corps Marathon Training
Saturday — 6.2 miles
On Saturday I met up with some friends. I did a lot of solo running toward the end of Grandma’s training. While I do enjoy my solo miles, I appreciate running with friends. Running with gal pals is my equivalent to happy hour. We catch up, crack jokes (that’s what she said, Carole), and discuss life’s biggest struggles. I value this sacred time with friends.
Sunday — 4.42 cycling
Sundays are for coaching. I debated on Saturday night whether I would run or ride with my runners. I ultimately decided to ride and I’m thankful I made that decision. Cycling will not only save my legs for when the mileage gets really high into the fall, but it’s also great cross-training. Plus it allows me to ride between runners and check in on everyone through the course of training.
I’m looking forward to easy runs this week with a longer on Saturday. And speaking of easy runs and podcasts (which we weren’t, really) I’ve just started S-Town. Have you guys heard it? I’m on chapter 2 and it’s fascinating…
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