I’m no fool. Going into this I knew marathon training would be difficult. Like probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. This suspicion has now been confirmed. Mentally I’m still feeling great, but man is my body TIRED. I’m starting to understand why people take ice baths. I’m starting to think maybe I need an ice bath.
I haven’t posted my workouts here, but I love reading it when other people do so I thought this morning I would quickly revisit what my training schedule has looked like for the past nearly 2 weeks:
- Sunday, April 27: According to my plan, I’m supposed to cross train on Sundays. I did cross train on the bike, but first I ran a 5K. (7:07 pace…I consider this my speed workout for the week)
- Monday, April 28: 50 minutes on the bike (13 miles) + core strength exercises.
- Tuesday, April 29: 5 mile tempo run (7:52 pace) + arms.
- Wednesday, April 30: 10 super interesting (NOT) miles on the treadmill (7:58 pace) + 40 minutes of yoga.
- Thursday, May 1: 5 mile hills (7:30 pace) + abs.
- Friday, May 2: Rest.
- Saturday, May 3: 20 awesome miles (8:32 pace).
- Sunday, May 4: 1 hour on the bike (15 miles) + yoga stretching + lots of walking with a 34lb toddler strapped to my back.
- Monday, May 5: 45 minutes on the bike (13 miles) + abs.
- Tuesday, May 6: 5 mile trail run (7:32 pace) + arms & core (lots of planks!).
- Wednesday, May 8: 8 mile tempo (7:46 pace) + 90 minutes of hot yoga.
- Thursday, May 9: 5 miles with 3×1200 intervals worked in (7:41 pace) + abs.
Usually I have a hard time sitting still, but today I will thoroughly enjoy doing absolutely NOTHING. ALL DAY. I need this.
All hurts aside, I can’t even begin to describe how thankful I am to be training for this marathon. A couple months ago I didn’t think I would be here. My body is sore, but it’s the kind of sore that means I’ve been working hard. KT Tape is still my BFF, but my tendon feels good. I also think I might be on my way to losing another toenail, but I can’t tell for sure because I’m wearing polish right now and I’m too afraid to remove it to check. And it would look really stupid if all my toenails were painted orange except for one and that one was black. Although I am an Orioles fan.
Because it is Friday, I am linking up with my DC favorites again (that would be Mar, Cynthia, and Courtney) to talk about FIVE THINGS! Even more awesome…two of these three lovely ladies are fellow Fit Foodie Ambassadors! I can’t wait to hang out with Cynthia and Courtney (and Sue!) in a few weeks! (I just wish Mar would be there too!)
Today’s topic? My Fitness Truths. This could get ugly up in here.
Fitness Truth #1: Sometimes I eat like crap.
There are days when some of you would probably be horrified at what I’m eating. Sometimes I am horrified by what I’m eating. In general I try to eat as healthily as possible, but I’m also very much an in-moderation kind of person. Every now and again I’m going to want to completely house an entire order of Greene Turtle soft pretzel sticks with cheese sauce because I just ran 20 miles dammit and I’m HANGRY.
Fitness Truth #2: I am terrible at eating breakfast.
::fist bumps Mar::
This is not to say that I don’t love breakfast food because I LOVE BREAKFAST FOOD. I would just rather have it for dinner. Ever since I started running, I started forcing myself to eat at least SOMETHING in the morning – usually Greek yogurt related – but it has been a really hard adjustment for me. I don’t like it, but I know it’s necessary so I do it.
Fitness Truth #3: I don’t know how to use a foam roller.
Okay so I’m either dumb and doing it wrong or the damn thing just doesn’t work for me. I have watched about a hundred foam rolling YouTube videos and it still has never made a bit of difference. I hate it. The silver lining is that Betty likes to carry it around the house and roll all over it so it wasn’t a complete waste of money.
Fitness Truth #4: I have no desire to ever try CrossFit.
For a second I thought maybe I did, but then…nope. I just had to sneeze.
I know people love it and I think that’s great for them, but I can tell you with 100% certainty that I would hate every single solitary second of it.
Fitness Truth #5: I’m scared of my own arms.
I don’t know what my body fat percentage is, but I assume it’s probably relatively low because as a result my arms are pretty vascular. They make me super self conscious. And then sometimes someone will point it out and then I get even MORE self conscious. I know I just need to get over it. It’s a sign that I’m doing something right and some of the muscle dudes at my gym would probably pay to switch places with me, but sometimes I get so veiny – especially after arm day or a long run – that it really freaks me out.
I’ll probably be really veiny tomorrow morning right around 8am when I finish my 12 miler. LAST DOUBLE DIGIT LONG RUN WHAT!?
Do you take rest days? How often? Do you enjoy them? Have you ever tried CrossFit? Do you love breakfast for dinner?
Whatever you have on your agenda for the weekend, I hope it’s spectacular!