Training Week 1

Published on November 3rd, 2013 | by karlyn


Week 1 Recap. 168 Days to Go!

I’m writing this post while being inspired by the New York City marathon on TV. One of the few days of the year that I can watch full coverage of my favorite sport.

My goal for the first several weeks is simply to get into a routine of running four times a week and begin to ramp of milage. I’m not worried about speed at all – that’s my husband’s territory. I’m erring heavily on the side of being conservative – I simply want to be consistent and injury free.

This week I ran four times – two 1.5 mile runs and two three mile runs, for a total of 9 miles. My average pace was just over 11 minutes a mile. The first three runs went much better than I expected – I started stretching in a different way and saw immediate results in a dramatic decrease in the amount of pain I’ve been experiencing in my calves. Saturdays will typically be my long run day (though a long run yesterday was just 3 miles) and I tried a new course outside that Victor had warned me was harder than I was giving it credit for. The first half went better than I thought it would but then second half I just felt like I had nothing left. I picked it up and forced myself to finish strong at the end but just not a great run and the pain in my calves was definitely back. I’m going to see a sports injury doctor this week to see if I can get more information about what’s been going on.

So what happened yesterday. I don’t think I warmed up as much as I should have, and I don’t think my diet both yesterday morning and on Friday helped much. I also think I’m going to try a different pair of training shoes, since these problems started at the BAA 10K when I had just switched to running in Altra’s The One. I absolutely adore those shoes – minimal, zero drop, a wider toe box than normal shoes – I do wonder if I need something with just a bit more cushioning and support for training.┬áVictor and I celebrate our two year wedding anniversary on Tuesday (remember, remember the fifth of november!) and our gifts to each other this year were new running shoes. So it will be an interesting experiment to see if different training shoes make a difference.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with the week. Definitely more of a confidence boost about this whole endeavor than I was expecting! Here’s my schedule for this week:

  • Sunday: Cross training
  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: 1.5 Mile Run (and seeing a sports injury specialist)
  • Wednesday: 3 Mile Run
  • Thursday: 1.5 Mile Run
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: 3.5 Mile Run

Oh, and I raised over $1,000. Not too shabby.

168 days until Boston…


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I'm a non-runner (i.e. a proudly slow runner) training to run the world's most famous marathon. This will be my third marathon, and second Boston Marathon in a row. I will be running as a part of the Dana-Farber Marathon Team and will be raising money for the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Cancer Research. Follow my journey by joining my mailing list, following me on Twitter or on Facebook.

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