Double digits and tweaks in (marathon) training

((oh look! Another uber-sweaty post-run picture to entertain you with!))

That would be our sweaty, hot, but still smiling, faces after hitting our 10-mile run on Friday, firmly planting ourselves back in the double digit club. And I’m proud to say that this run was far, far less mental than our last long run was. I think my brain was too consumed by the fact that it was suuuuper muggy and warm on Friday and it chose to keep the mind games at bay for the most part. Thankfully, my body firmly remembered how to run in the heat — and we got through the miles fairly uneventfully. I will say that the last mile, mile-and-a-half were built on sheer willpower. My body was just done by that point, I even got that goose bumpy feeling I sometimes get when my body is being pushed to the limits and that’s how it likes to tell me it’s got (almost) nothing left. I’ve only experienced that sensation a few times but it’s always been during a long run, and that’s how I’m interpreting the random goosebump thing (even though I could be totally wrong, haha). I mean, I definitely wasn’t cold in the muggy heat!

But anyway, I’m really happy with how this run went. Scott and I didn’t really talk all that much this time, but we did work our asses off to get through it. And yes, we brought water and fuel (honey stingers rule!) so we wound up feeling pretty good when all was said and done. Y’know, after we finally stopped sweating. 😉

In other news — I’m already looking at tweaks to my training for the marathon. 
…but it’s for good reason(s).

Reason #1 — I’m going to start teaching another barre n9ne class which I am PSYCHED about. That’ll make four classes on the schedule on a regular basis which makes me suuuuch a happy little instructor. I just love to teach and the more I get to do it, the more and more I love it. The only slight “downfall” is that this means that I’ll no longer be running my long runs this summer on Friday mornings (as I’ll be teaching at 6am and I don’t want to hold off on a long run until after 7am, no way man!). Which means a change in the handy-dandy little schedule of mine. I won’t lie — I did OATT over it a little bit while editing it, but I figured out a good alternative. My long run will now happen on Wednesday mornings each week. Kind of a nice way to break up the week and the training now that I’ve let the change settle in a little bit. But it IS a change, and that always takes me a little bit of time to process. Which brings me to reason #2 for the tweaks in training.

Reason #2 — I need to keep my eye on the prize: the marathon. Which means giving up some of the beloved fitdates I have been hanging onto like hell over here since starting training (a mere two weeks ago, lol). Since I’ll now be running my long run on Wednesdays, it’s no longer a very smart move for me to keep up the run-barre-rundates on Tuesday mornings. At least not regularly, and definitely not as the miles creep up for those long runs. The run-barre-rundates are a KILLER on the legs and the last thing I want is to run 16 miles on dead legs. No bueno. So I’m loosening my grip on these fitdates a bit (insert sad face). At least for now. I’m also going to have to give up my love of the Wednesday morning fitdate with my sis ala barre n9ne fusion class followed by a rundate. A killer fun workout, but one that no longer ‘fits’ with training. Again…at least for now.

Eye on the prize. The marathon. On running smarter, not harder. On making every single run count. Avoiding burnout. And not allowing marathon training to overtake my life entirely.

I can do this.

28 thoughts on “Double digits and tweaks in (marathon) training

    • Exactly. Smarter not harder has become my mantra on much more than just running…life is far too fragile and brief to go balls-to-the-wall all the time without regard to how smart or not that approach may be.

  1. You’ve got this!! As you know I’m in the same marathon boat as you. It’s a constant tweaking of my plan to make sure this marathon isn’t running my life. I had to rework my plans for my 14 miler yesterday and it all worked out for the better. Keep up the sweaty good work!

    • Sooo I tried like TEN TIMES to comment on your post this morning on your PDR but I kept getting booted off for some reason (could be the wifi on this flight to blame?). Anyway — I LOVE that you hit that PDR yesterday and that it gave you a confidence boost. I honestly think that’s what I’m needing – hitting that first PDR will be such a confidence-boosting milestone!

      I love that you’re goal is not to let this marathon training run your life this summer, it’s hard to strike the right balance but it can be done, I firmly believe it!

    • That’s exactly right — not only will it give me more time for the rest of my life but it’ll also give me a chance to run on fresher legs vs. waiting until the end of the week when I’m typically more tired/beat-up.

  2. You bet your ass you can do this!!!!!! I ran the last 1.5 of my ten on sheer willpower and a bunny sighting. lol I wish I could do my long runs in the middle of the week, but I’m afraid to…afraid that it’ll make me all discombobulated on race day Sunday. Is that silly? I’m getting to the point now where I’m trying to do my long runs on the days I know it’s not going to be as hot. Like tomorrow. 79º. Then come the 99º days. Looking forward to that I tell ya!

    You’ve got this. Keep your eye on the prize, like you said. If I can do this, Jess…(do I need to say it?;))

    • Ha! Thank you for the vote of confidence dear, you always make me feel better, SO much better!!

      I think it’s funny that you run your long runs on Sunday MOSTLY because that’s the day your race will fall on. But you know what? If that’s what gets you “there” mentally, I say stick with it! Make the training work for YOU, that’s the bottom line, right?

    • SO HARD for me to let go of my b9 schedule a little bit more…I don’t like to have to make choices like that but I know it’ll be smart in the long run and I also know that b9 will be there when all is said and done. For now, I’ll get my lickins’ in b9-style however I can get ’em!

  3. More classes so exciting! You’ll figure it out and will find your schedule will probably change 10 more times before marathon day. All part of the process lady! Congrats on a great one! I can’t wait to take your class!

    • I KNOW! I’m super excited to teach more classes – it is such a passion of mine!! So to tweak my marathon training to make sure I’m able to still teach as much as I can while marathon training is important to me. Even though it means giving up some of the classes I love to TAKE vs. teach. It’s a sacrifice I’m more than willing to make right now. SO excited to meet up with you soon (we gotta get on that after our vaca’s!) and to get you into the barre n9ne studio soon! 🙂

  4. I will miss our Wednesday fitdates, sis, but I’ll look forward to them even more when you are done with marathon training! I think this is extremely smart and Ibet you will really like the mid-week long run! Your legs will still mostly be fresh, too, which I think will be KEY, vs. a Friday, where you are kinda spent from running and teaching. See? It’s like it was PLANNED that way or something 😉 such a smart sister I have 😉

    • I know, I’m going to miss that time together like WHOA. But you’re right — it’ll make fitdates this fall, post-marathon, that much more special. 🙂
      And yes, I’m excited about this change to the running schedule — running fresh when running long? Awesome stuff if you ask me! Such a smart sister I HAVE for talking me down when I first started freaking out about the change to begin with 😉

  5. You totally can do this! Are you kidding? I kind of like the idea of doing the long run in the middle of the week and so great that you have the flexibility to be able to do that. And yes, smarter not harder. So important. Congrats on a kick ass 10-miler!!

  6. Hell yeah you can do it, you’re going to do great in the Chicago marathon, so great that you may be tempted to do the Dublin marathon in 2013;).

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