I’m back! It’s been over a month since I participated in the Weekly Wrap but don’t think I haven’t been keeping up with you all ….I just needed a little break. I needed a break from running, working out, talking about running and working out and just really everything. Ever feel that way?
If you follow me regularly, you know that I completed my first marathon in January …so that, in and of itself, requires and demands some down time. You also know that Major Hubs is deploying VERY soon so I’m sure you can imagine that I have simply wanted to devote all of my attention to spending as much quality and quantity time with him before he leaves. In addition to that, there is a lot of things that need to be taken care of before a spouse leaves on a deployment ….things that one may not ever consider unless they’ve been through one. Needless to say, things have been a little hectic around my house.
With all the being said, I did sign up for my second marathon and the training miles aren’t going to run themselves …..so it’s time for me to get back in the game, get focused and link back up with all of my fabulously supportive Weekly Wrap gal pals!
If you recall, I signed up to run the Revel Rockies marathon with Holly. It is a beautiful downhill course in the Rocky Mountains just outside of Denver. Again, my goal will be to simply finish this race uninjured. However, this course will bring a new set of challenges …some that can be trained for and some that can’t.
- First of all, the time limit for the full will require that I finish at least 10 minutes faster than my first marathon. That’s probably doable since it is a downhill course.
- Second, it is a downhill course. I’ve only run one downhill course and it was a half marathon. The downhill felt fantastic and I ran paces that I hadn’t seen in any of my training runs ….until the course flattened out. Downhill running pretty much trashes your quads and makes flat running feel like you’re climbing hills. I can’t imagine what my legs will feel like after 26 miles of downhill!
- Third, altitude. I honestly don’t know if or how this will affect me.
- Fourth, I’m 12 weeks out from race day. Is it even feasible for a rookie marathoner to train for this in only 12 weeks while still only running 3x per week? Time will tell!
I do have a plan and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it works. Here’s how my first week went ….
- Monday: 30 min stairmill to work the glutes and quads / 15 min. rower /20 pushups, supermans and plank
- Tuesday: 3 mile run / 30 burpees
- Wednesday: Spin class / 30 pushups, supermans and a plank
- Thursday: 2 miles downhill repeats / 40 burpees
- Friday: 5 mile run / 40 pushups, supermans and a plank
- Saturday: 1 hour strength training with the hubby
When the weather forecast predicted rain all day for Saturday, I decided to move my long run to Friday ….yeah, that didn’t quite work out and 5 was all I could get in that day. I’ll have to make that up this week. Overall, not a bad week of workouts but I’m not sure how good of a week it was for ‘marathon training’. Oh well ….pressing on.
How was your week? What are you training for? Ever run a race in high altitude? Any tips or advice?
Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, one week at a time!