Marathon Monday! Part III

Welp.

I didn’t run yesterday. Instead, I slept until 1:45 in the afternoon because I was up until 5 in the am deep cleaning my apartment and then I ate all of the Chipotle and cupcakes and valentine’s chocolate and decided definitively that I was 100% absolutely not going to be running one foot.

So, needless to say, this morning’s run was not at all pleasant. I was tired and my stomach was full of crappy crap crap and I just was not feeling it. But, Boyfriend went with me so that made it a little better. He did guilt me into actually going, but that’s beside the point. It is true what people say, you really never regret getting up and getting a run in.

This puts me off a day + 1 mile behind official marathon training. Which I can easily make up. I’m not too worried about it. Yet. I’m just glad I have Boyfriend around to keep me on my game. He’s pretty alright.

And (drum roll, please) it’s time for Marathon Training Rungenda Week Three!

Monday: Rest/Yoga 3 miles (from Sunday)

Tuesday: 3 miles

Wednesday: 20 min. Fartlek

Thursday: Rest/Yoga

Friday: 3 miles

Saturday: Rest/Yoga

Sunday: 4 miles

Total: 9 miles

And there’s that.

More later, I’ve got a crazy physiology test to study for.

Brittany v. Rain

Drought? Pshh! What drought? (just kidding, two days of rain won’t be fixing much) It’s finally raining here in northern California. AND I LOVE IT. If there was one more 80 degree afternoon smack dab in the middle of January I was going to shrivel up and die from dehydration. I needed the rain.

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The rain, however, was going to make my running nice and challenging. I didn’t run yesterday like I was supposed to. Boyfriend and I were both off of work, we didn’t have school, and we were way too lazy because of it. Also, slightly hungover but that’s besides the point. Because of that my eating was completely off.  A Blizzard, Subway meatball sub, a Trader Joe’s (delicious) hot dog. I felt sick and like “WTF, Brittany?” all day. Excuses excuses, I didn’t run. I decided to use everyone’s favorite word and push the run off until *tomorrow* (today).

Fast forward to now and I was able to make it .96 of a mile before I was like, “Nahh, I’m done. This jacket was supposed to be a rain jacket and now I’m .04 of a mile away from pneumonia. Home time.” Now I’m sitting here, like, “Really, you couldn’t have just done .04 more? Really?”

I’m not too happy with myself. But, I’m only 1 mile behind schedule. That should be easy to make up if I need to.

Tomorrow I have 3 miles to run. And it will most def be a gym date for me.

Marathon Monday! Part II

First week of marathon training can get a big old completed check mark right by it! It was a great week for my running. Even though the mileage was low, I felt good during all of my runs. I feel like I’m geared up and ready for a FANTASTIC AND ANNOYINGLY GOOD 7 month training session.

I’m keeping this short because I’m crazy behind on homework and have procrastinated enough this weekend.

This week’s training goes a little something like:

Monday: 3 miles

Tuesday: Rest/Yoga

Wednesday: 2o min. Fartlek

Thursday: Rest/Yoga

Friday: 2 miles

Saturday: Rest/Yoga

Sunday: 3 miles

Total: 8 miles

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What will you do to make your day a good one?

Marathon Monday: Week One

If everyone could come together to do the most dramatic of drum rolls to introduce….

Marathon Monday!

THE FIRST OF ITS KIND.

THE WEEK WHERE IT ALL BEGINS.

THE BEGINNING OF A NEW ERA.

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Should I digress? I guess so.

But, on a more serious note, marathon training starts TODAY. Like, this blog post will be sharing the same 24 hours as my first official training run. Even though it’s only 2 miles. It’s a training run. Not that this is any new news here, but I’m running my first ever marathon on July 27 in the most gorgeous, most perfect, and most hilly cities around: San Francisco. I have been to San Francisco more times than I can count and crossing the Golden Gate Bridge is a scene that will never get boring.

I’m secretly hoping that San Francisco’s famous fog is there the day of the race. To me, this is probably one of the best times to see the Golden Gate. It’s almost as if its toying with you. The fog covers most of it, but then there will be that one spot that is open and you can see that quick glimpse of rust. Nothing is better.

EXCEPT FOR RUNNING ACROSS IT.

To be honest, I didn’t even think about the fact that San Francisco is crazy hilly when I entered my credit card number and pushed register. Didn’t even occur to me. And now it’s a terrifying factor, but I’ll save that ramble for another Marathon Monday. When I actually begin to attempt hill training. If I don’t have buns of steel after this marathon is over, I’m gonna have a real problem. (Buns of steel? Get yourself together, Brittany)

Like the good student I am who never procrastinates and gets all work done in a timely fashion, I waited until the semester was over and grades were in before I made my Marathon Folder. Immediately after I registered back in October, I spent about 3 or 4 hours putting together my Marathon Folder. In it holds my training plan, my registration confirmation, and the course map.

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I’m following a 26 week training plan. I know that that is much longer than normal training plans but I am going back into running as a complete beginner. I’m hoping to use the first 3 weeks as a Couch to 5k type of plan and just work on building endurance and then I can really get down to the depth of marathon training. And the hills. I found a training plan online and then made an excel spreadsheet out of it a la Liz of One Twenty Five.

Monday: 2 miles, easy

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: 2 miles, easy

Thursday: Rest

Friday: 2 miles, easy

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: Rest

Total: 6 miles

I’ve got my pretty purple Garmin Forerunner 10 all charged up and ready to go. I’ve got my clothes laid out. I’ve got my marathon face on.

LET’S GO.