Marathon Monday: week #3

Happy Labor Day!!  So fall is approaching and it’s time for me to switch some gears here at Redheadontherun.  I’m talking more than just switching my creamer over to pumpkin spice.  I’ve been doing a Must Have Monday’s post all summer which has been so fun.  I’m switching over to Marathon Monday’s.  My friend Heather over at What the heck..why not? is doing the same and I love the idea.  Ya’ll need to check out her blog and follow her progress as well.  Just click here.  It will help keep me accountable to my training(which is more mileage than I’ve ever tackled before….I’m dry heaving just thinking about it) and it will help you learn about this Hanson’s marathon method that I’m using.

I’ve decided to chronicle my marathon training process right here on the blog.  I don’t want to overload you with training info BUT I am using this “new to me” method and for any of you thinking of using it, I want you to have an accurate picture of how it works.  It’s a lot of running….a lot.  That’s where my compression socks come in…they have changed my life.

Lila also loves my compression socks(excuse the extremely unlady like pose).  I’m having 80’s flash backs.  Hello leg warmers.  
Am I bright enough?  Good grief.  So anyway, on this training plan Monday’s mark the first day of a new training week so it’s a good time to give you the last week in review.  This past week was 5 days of running.  My schedule was to look like this..
Monday: rest
Tuesday: easy 4
Wednesday: rest
Thursday: easy 4
Friday: easy 4
Saturday: easy 4
Sunday: easy 5
I had just gotten back from Hood to Coast Sunday night and I was exhausted.  I ran 15 miles over the weekend and went 40 straight hours without one wink of sleep.  Needless to say, this required a bit of patience to recover from.  We also jumped right back to school starting on Monday.  I had no problem taking Monday off from running as I was still just so tired.  My legs felt pretty good by Tuesday and had mostly recovered from the brutal Oregon hills.  Seriously ya’ll?  For those of you who run that kind of stuff every day, kuddo’s to you.  They were a challenge BUT I felt great while doing it and was able to run and not walk every hill on that race.  That’s when you start to feel your training pay off and it felt great.  
Tuesday it was back to it.   Lila was having a rough time this week adjusting to the boys being in school.  I was paged every day this week at the gym.  Every.  Day.  So, Tuesday I got 2 miles in.  Not the plan.  Wednesday, I went to the gym..also not the plan.  I ran 1 easy mile and did some weights, just in time to get paged.  Thursday, we tried again.  I got my 4 miles in even though they paged me at 3.5 but I went ahead and finished.  I was desperate people.  I needed my run that day for my sanity.  She didn’t melt during that extra 5 minutes it took me to finish my run and dash to the kids club.  I walked in and she was perfectly happy..what!  She did however have a dirty diaper….of course.  Friday, I ran my 4 outside and gave us both a day off from the gym.  Halle stinking lujah.  Here’s a little view from my run…

My hubby is training for a half ironman so most mornings he’s out the door by 5:30.  I’m not about running in the middle of the night(which for me is before 5am).  This makes it hard for me to get a lot of outdoor running in since I have Lila at home and it’s so stinking hot.  I get about 3 days outside and 2-3 on the treadmill.  Fridays run felt amazing.  I felt like I had recovered from HTC and was ready to get back to it.  My runs for the next two weeks are labeled as “easy.”  This means a much slower pace than I’m used to running.  Not that I’m blazing fast, but my pace has been dropping the more I run.  I need to slow it down.  I don’t need to be running my “dream” pace in every run.  The easy runs are for recovery so I need to be diligent about them. 
Friday I ran a little faster than I was supposed to but I felt good so I went with it.  Saturday my husband left early for his training ride and run.  We had a busy day so I decided to go Saturday night for an easy 4.  I ended up with 3.  It’s hard running at night ya’ll.  I was tired and hungry and it was still almost 100 degrees.  But, I managed to get a few good pics…

Yesterday Rob had to run 11 miles before church then we had another jam packed day.  I had to run last night..again.  I hate night running.  My dinner was in my throat the entire time and I had eaten a light dinner….except the lemon square I may have had.  Anyway, it’s done.  The week didn’t go exactly how I had planned but that’s life.  In two weeks this plan has me running 6 days a week.  I know that in order to make that work I may have to change my schedule up sometimes.  That’s ok.  Flexibility will be key. 
I’m ordering all of my material tomorrow for my NASM personal trainer exam.  Ya’ll..I’m going to be studying for the next 6 months!  Studying has always hated me.  I’m praying this is different since I’ll finally be studying something I love and am passionate about.  More on that later.  Hope ya’ll have a great Monday and for those of you training….wether it’s for your first full mile, a 5k or any other distance..happy running and keep up the good work!  I’ll leave you with a quote a sweet friend of mine shared with me this week….it made me cry.  I had a lot of change this week ok.  Bare with me. 

2 comments on “Marathon Monday: week #3

  1. I’m so glad you are doing this!! I can’t wait to read all about your training!! I’m thinking that if I ever run another marathon I will be checking out the Hanson’s method so I am anxious to see how you like it 🙂

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