I haven’t been doing so hot with getting it going in the morning. I hit snooze. I get up and check my email on my phone, then peruse Facebook and Twitter. I make breakfast, finally get dressed, then start to think about heading out the door.
It’s not working out for me. Not only am I pushing my runs back too far and missing the bus, but I’m also running after 8 a.m., when it’s already starting to get to be too hot.
My long run this week was a classic example of dawdling. So classic that I even bailed on running Saturday, which was a better day for my schedule, in order to sleep in. I mean, it was great, sleeping in, but unnecessary. Then on Sunday, my last chance to get those 12 miles in, I got up, went back to bed, couldn’t decide if I wanted to bail on the run or not. Finally I decided not, but it took me half an hour to get out the door after that. Starting a 12 mile run on a day with a high of 92 degrees at 8 a.m.? BAD idea. I walked a lot. Probably…three miles minimum? I’m not sure. I was hot and cranky and soggy from sweat by the time I got home, and that’s no good.
I’m starting to really doubt my sanity. Training for my first marathon in a D.C. summer? I MUST be a crazy person. But then I remember how great I felt during the Battleship Half after training through a truly miserable summer. It was cool and perfect that day, and I felt like I could run forever and ever. I’m not expecting to feel so great during Marine Corps – I have been told that a marathon might be twice as long as a mini, but it’s like five times as hard – but I am hoping that all this hot weather training will come in handy and make it feel just a little bit easier than it might otherwise.
So I’m using this post to chastise myself a bit, but also to remind myself that I’m finally getting into gear with the training. I hit all my runs last week, even though I almost talked myself out of the long run. Here’s my breakdown of last week’s mileage:
|Monday 6/4||Strength training/4 miles||4 miles|
|Tuesday 6/5||6 miles||6 miles|
|Wednesday 6/6||Strength train/Rest||Strength train/rest|
|Thursday 6/7||4 miles||4 miles – tempo run between 9:53 and 10:15 for 2 miles|
|Friday 6/8||4 miles/strength train||3 miles (super tired legs this day)/strength train|
|Saturday 6/9||12 miles||Rest|
|Sunday 6/10||Rest||12 miles|
This coming week is a bit easier, which will be nice, but after this, I’m getting into the meat of my training plan and starting to build some serious miles. By July, this week will look like an easy week! I’m working on building strength as much as possible and running really easy on my easy days to get used to this.