marathon training: week 7

This week was all about the dreaded “R” word — rest.

When someone tells me I should take it easy, I usually glare at them, lie and say I’ll think about it, and then go back to whatever I was doing. (Stubborn, much?) But then, when my body tells me it needs rest…I can’t fight back. Mid-week, I caught a bad cold — nothing serious — but I felt so incredibly exhausted I fell asleep at 7pm every night. (I’m going to be such a good old person.)

So here’s the short training recap:

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 4 miles, core work

Wednesday: 45min lift, 4 miles, start feeling like death

Thursday Friday Saturday: REST (and grumble a lot, sleep a shit ton, miss running and get all melodramatic in my bed while drinking way too much cough medicine and probably not enough water).

Sunday: 15 miles, 8:30 pace. I woke up at 6:30 this morning (this is what happens when you fall asleep at 6:30pm…) and literally could not spend another moment in bed. I made coffee and told myself I’d “evaluate” how I was feeling, and if I felt OK, would go out and run slowly and comfortably until I didn’t feel good anymore. No pace, no set milage…just a fun run as a “reward” for being “good” and not running for the past three days.

I ended up going for 15, glorious, happy and loving miles. It’s funny how just a few days off can make you miss the sport so much, and appreciate how good it feels to start up again. I did not feel awesome by any means, and there were points where I contemplated stopping. But once I got to Central Park, I turned off my music and ran/cheered alongside the pack of runners doing the NYCRUNS half/full marathon. I listened to the birds (SPRING!) and didn’t deal with snow or ice or cold wind or anything that reminds me of evil winter. I finished by doing a loop of the reservoir — at that point I could tell my body felt a bit weak/off — and stopped.

With that,  I think I’m slowly beginning to realize the marathon plan I’m following is very challenging for me. If I didn’t have any other obligations — career, social life, “me” time, cleaning my apartment (?!) — then I would be able to stick to it to a T. I’ve never been a stick-to-a-plan type person, so when I began following this I felt I needed to do everything or else my goal for Eugene was out of reach. Now, I know this is stupid, and even Jason told me the plan is flexibleSo I’m learning what workouts and types of mileage and amounts of strength training I should be doing, but I’m also learning what works for me. And most importantly, how I can combine these two things.

Basically, I think I need to run a little less, and do yoga and lift a little more. A better balance of all these things makes me happy, and when I’m happy, I run better. That’s all it really comes down to.

In other news, I suck at “tracking” but joined both MyFitnessPal (because I’m bad at knowing how much I need to eat when training) and dailymile (because I want to join another awesome running community). So LET’S BE FRIENDS! I love friends. And lastly, thank you all so so much for your amazing response to my post on comparison & perfection. I had no idea it would receive the response it has, and am glad so many people could relate.

All of the love, and hey — here’s some pictures of a cute dog since I just wrote way too much. (And follow her on Instagram, she has more followers than me…)



About Laura

marketing director at Possible. formerly at Greatist. Still running, finding zen, and searching for the perfect bloody mary.

Posted on February 24, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Hope you feel better soon! No fun being sick :/ I do agree running 4-5 days a week is alot and you can train for a marathon with 3 good runs per week. Gives you more time to rest/do other things like yoga 🙂

  2. Rest really is magical; it sounds like it was well-worth it. I hope you’re feeling better!

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