Today marks the official start of my five-month New York City Marathon training plan. It’s hard to believe this time has arrived, and I’m both excited and a little nervous to get to work. I’ll start with my weekly workouts for this week and then share a little about what I’m expecting in the months of running to come!
Monday: 6.3 miles
Tuesday: Rest day
Wednesday: 5.4 miles
Thursday: Rest day
Friday: 5.7 miles
Saturday: Rest day
Sunday: 5.3 miles
On Memorial Day Monday, I went for a 6.3 mile run that brought my May mileage total to 95 miles for the month. Definitely under my goal, but since I was sick for a week after coming home from Maine I’m not too worried about it. I had other things on my mind on Monday anyway, like making sure all went according to plan for Brett’s birthday dinner at Big Daddy’s Diner that evening.
Wednesday and Friday were my usual midweek morning runs before work, and instead of a long run this weekend I ended up with another one of those 5-6 milers on Sunday, because I had to squeeze in a run the morning after a late Saturday evening wedding, on roads around the hotel in Long Island, before our drive back into the city. I figured getting in a short run was better than nothing. I was pretty tired after the wedding since I didn’t get to bed until close to midnight, and I woke up around 5am due to sleeping in a weird place, but there’s nothing like running to clear your head. It also meant I got outside a little bit before the Sunday storms started in New York. We stopped off for some refueling at the Westbury Diner before getting back to Manhattan, and a good run makes an omelet and gluten free toast all the more enjoyable.
Sunday afternoon, I thought about how I had just completed my last run before official marathon training began. I received my training plan for the first month from Laura and I’m eager to get started. It looks like I’ll be running four days per week for the initial weeks of training, which is about average for me, and starting at around 23-25 miles per week, also close to my average. The new things will be trying to do runs at different paces instead of just going with the flow – meaning I’ll need to start wearing my Garmin watch again, which hasn’t been on my wrist in a couple months – and adding in a day with a dedicated strength and core work session of 15-30 minutes. I also intend to really focus on stretching since it’s key to avoiding injury. I’ll be checking in regularly as time goes on, but for now I think the best way to approach the start of training it to think of it as a journey, rather than focusing on the enormity of the destination.
Do you squeeze in runs when life takes you out of town for a night?
Is it wedding season for you?
Words of wisdom for someone starting a marathon training plan?
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