I'm supposed to be taking it easy this week, given the strange virus I had Sunday/Monday and the frustrating weekly weigh in, it seems like a good time to step back and reevaluate. I guess I should clarify what I say when I mean taking it easy. It's going to look more like only one two a day this week. Which will consequently, make up for the work out missed Monday. I'm not setting any weekly goals, which is different and nice, since I can decide the day of what workout I want to complete. It's also got me forward thinking about upcoming goals and training for my first Marathon!
Tuesday night, I got in a fast 3 mile run and JM 6 Week Six Pack. I'm currently on the sixth week. Results to post next week. I know ya'll are itching for the end of that challenge!
I've been thinking a lot about my next challenge. The biggest I've got planned for myself in the coming year, running my first marathon.
I'm beginning to outline my training plan for the upcoming run season. I know, I know the last one just ended, however it's cheap to sign up for races right now, early birds love getting that worm, so I'm all wrapped up in what's to come! In talking with one of my Sole Sistas at the race this past weekend, I've decided not to run the Rock N Roll full Marathon this year. She ran that full in 2013 and convinced me the Louisiana Marathon would be a much better fit for me for my first full. Plus, she's running this race, and I do not want to be out on the road alone for 26.2 miles. Shiz dizzle I'm going to run 26.2 miles.
Just let that sink in a hot minute.
Picking which race to run is essential in success. A bad course can really ruin a race experience. Several factors play into a race, the route, the spectators, road quality, entertainment, having a pace buddy. I want to make sure I pick the right race for my first full marathon. Oddly enough, the Marathon feels like the next natural step for me. It's not scary or daunting to me in the least. In my experience, if you follow your training program to the T, you will be prepared come race day. Prepare = Success.
My sole sista with the marathon experience recommends getting a head start on training. They say it's good to have at least three 20 mile runs under your belt before heading into the Marathon. Which would mean I need to start working up to that kind of mileage now. I plan to loosely follow Hal Higdon's Novice 2 Marathon Training program and I'm upping my half marathon training to the intermediate level. 2013-2014 Pace goals are to run the half averaging 9 minute miles and the full averaging 10 minute miles. Go big or go home right?! Gotta have a goal. The following are races I know I'll participate in the coming year. I'm sure there will be others thrown in and a smattering of 5ks along the way.
October 12th, 2013- NOLA Jazz Half Marathon
November (TBD)- Cajun Cup 10K
January 19th, 2014- Louisiana Marathon
February 2nd, 2014- Rock N Roll Half Marathon
Anyone out there got Marathon training advice? Have you started planning for upcoming races?
I'm finally feeling like myself again today. Threw in some red pants for an extra boost!