Marathon Training Week 2 and 3

We interrupt these quilting blog posts to give you an update on my marathon training.

The past couple weeks I have been able to run more and more outside.

Yay!!!!!!!!! (mini celebration here! Pardon me while I take a celebratory lap)

People here are still complaining about the weather….we are supposed to get some more snow today, but for me am just thankful that its above zero!

Early in week 2 of training, I did have to run 10 miles on the treadmill. It actually wasn’t half bad. I think running on a treadmill is like anything else in life.

You can get used to it.

Mind you, I am not giving up my stand that running outside is the best, but running on a treadmills has its perks.

Watching a never seen before movie helps too.

As I am finishing up Week 3 of marathon training, I am learning to figure out how schedule my training runs around my busy life. I generally work weekends, and that’s normally when I run my long runs. So whats a girl to do?

For now I am learning to get up super early and just get it done. I know…..not too fun right? In the past I usually would run my long runs in the afternoon after church, but I am finding it is really nice to just get that huge run out of the way so I can enjoy my weekend.

I am going to have to figure out some strategy to fuel up for those early morning runs. I am finding that I get extremely hungry on those morning long runs…….might call for some evening snacking to make up for it. Hm….

On a happier note I ran outside this morning. It was so warm that I had to take off my hat and gloves!

So invigorating!


Marathon Training….Week One

Today I started my first week of marathon training…….on a treadmill.

I had expected to be able to run outside…..but when I checked the temps this morning….it was -18 degrees outside. Nope…..not gonna happen.

Needless to say I wasn’t very excited to have to run inside, but I am so glad that we have a treadmill especially this cold cold winter otherwise training and maintaining would have been non existent!

My first week of training started with an 8 mile run. The farthest I have ever run on a treadmill. I was wondering how I was going to stand it. Last week when I ran 6 miles on the treadmill I thought I was going to faint. A feeling I never have when running outside but for some reason a treadmill makes me feel disoriented when I get off and my legs feel like jelly.

Here is how I was able to endure 8 miles on a treadmill.

  1.  Keep water by the treadmill
  2.  Kleenex is also essential. You will need this to wipe your face.
  3. Make sure you have music
  4. And movies (you will need variety)
  5. Pandora is also nice.
  6. Mix it up….and get off the treadmill and take mini 5 second breaks. Trust me it helps a ton!
  7. Set goals…..playing mind games with yourself works wonders. If you convince yourself that mile 5 is practically done…..and 6 you can almost call yourself finished because 2 miles really isn’t that far… can sprint that! Believe me that is the best part!
  8. Don’t give up….and you will feel so accomplished!

The first week of marathon training is usually pretty easy…..but it builds pretty fast….thankfully I always follow the same form of training plan no matter whether I am in training or not so that when I do start training all that involves is bumping up mileage in different places. My favorite running book is Running for Women by Claire Kowalchik. A running friend gave me one as a surprise when she heard that I was going to run my first marathon. It has been a life saver and I keep going back to it for running advice and training plans. I will use it again this training season.

Why fix something if it isn’t broken?

Happy running and make sure you replace those calories! (preaching to the choir here!)

Time of Year

Its that time of year again!

Yep…..marathon training! Yeah I know its still cold out and the entire country is still either being dumped on or being frozen by the arctic chill but for those who like to run spring marathons, training starts now. Yes, now in the frigid cold.

On Sunday I will officially start bumping up my training and start extending my long runs and my speed runs. I am really hoping that the temperature average gets to be above zero soon, because I dread running long runs on the treadmill. Its boring, my fingers tingle and I feel like I will faint after too long on that thing. Running on a treadmills has its perks though. I can get on it whenever I want and its always warm in my house unlike the outdoors and hey! I can’t watch a movie if I run outside! Yet running on a treadmill is nothing like running outside with the wind and the sun and yes, the cold.

I am planning on running the Lincoln Marathon in May, and to help in training for that, a half marathon in March. It has been two years since I have run a race and I am a little nervous because I haven’t figured out my food balance yet. Getting it so my intake is enough to compensate for what I am burning it rather hard especially when I run my long runs once a week. But hey getting to eat more is never bad! That is one of things that I love about running, I get to burn so many calories and eat so much more!

I got to run outside today and it was heavenly, despite the cold and the wind. I have learned that even though I maybe cold in the beginning of my run I should just keep running. I usually warm up after a mile or so. So I ran, having fun on our icy country roads, dodging the snowplow and looking forward to Sunday when I get to start marathon training!