Scott and I are at the 8 week mark of marathon training. It’s crazy how fast the time is starting to fly, especially as I look at our training plan and gauge how far we have to go by the number (and length!) of our long runs to come.
It’s kind of insane.
…but it’s also kind of exciting.
It’s also utterly exhausting. A fact that I didn’t even realize until this week. A week marked by our first PDR level run – 14 miles that I kind of think we crushed if I do say so myself! 😉 But as the day and the weekend wore on, I realized just how tired I was. Literally in bed at 9:30 on Saturday night, up at 7:45 the next day (a solid 10+ hrs!). And then Sunday night was a later night given a wedding we attended so I got more like 7ish hours of sleep. Apparently that wasn’t enough. I came back from teaching my 6am barre n9ne class on Monday and at the sight of Scott still snuggled in bed, I climbed back in for (what I thought would be) a 5 minute snuggle fest.
…and promptly conked out for another hour+!
This does not happen, ever.
Clearly I am in need of lots more sleep than this body normally needs.
After this earth-shattering revelation of mine (gee, running a shitton of miles week-to-week is tiresome, you don’t say!), I re-examined my training schedule. I think I’ve created a schedule that’s a wee bit too hardcore in terms of the drop-back weeks I’d added in. Let me rephrase that: the drop-back week (not weeks) I had planned for. After doing a little bit of research, I’m going with the consensus here and breaking our plan into three distinct sections — which means that I’ll have two drop-back weeks (vs. one) plus the taper weeks that’ll start our final drop-back in our plan.
Previously, I had budgeted in a drop-back week but it was only a few miles shy of our previous week’s long run. Now that I look at my plan more holistically, I’m realizing that I needed to drop back more than originally planned. So, here’s how the long runs look for us coming up:
This week – 15 miles (kind of excited about this, don’t know why)
Next week – drop back week: 10 miles for our long run
Going forward: 16, 18, 20 miles and then another drop-back week before we get into serious business: hello 22 miler, I’m kind of afraid of you!
I think this will help in two ways — um hi, it gives us a couple of mini-breaks in the action before ramping back up again into higher and higher milage, and it’ll reduce the risk of injury greatly. The last, last, last thing I want is to wind up injured. And oh yeah — I still want this to be a *fun* experience too, so the drop-back weeks will help keep the fun times rolling, ya know?
So anyway, just a few thoughts on where my head is at, the deeper we get into training. In all? I’m really finally finding a ‘love’ for the whole marathon training thing. At first, I was finding myself to be so apprehensive and unsure of how much I’d really enjoy the whole process. But truly? It’s becoming such a fun and interesting learning experience — and an awesome bonding time for Scott and I. A nice little side benefit, I do believe. 🙂