You might remember that I am currently “training” for the Marine Corps marathon, sorta. It’s been a few weeks since I talked much about that specifically, so I thought I’d share my progress today.
My original plan was to just focus on building base for 4 weeks, an informal plan until I reached 12 weeks out from the race. For the past 3 weeks, that’s exactly what I’ve done.
And I’m pretty happy with my consistency getting back into focused run training – with 4-5 runs per week. I’m hovering just below 30 miles a week right now, which is where I wanted to be at end of this base period.
But it’s not all good.
As I mentioned before, I certainly underestimated how HARD running at altitude was going to be. My long runs have not been good. In fact, I’d be pretty thrilled to learn I ran over half of the total distance of those. Maybe I did and I’m being hard on myself, but I walked…a lot. I don’t do that typically and it scares the pookie out of me.
So…consistency is what I’m going to focus on for now, but I have some work to do. I’m focusing on getting my runs in and trying to be force myself to slow down and avoid walking as much as possible. Working to stay positive is a BIG objective right now.
Friday, I’m going to attempt intervals outside. Now that should be interesting. If nothing else, I’m sure it will be another beautiful run!
But it’s also not all bad.
Because when I’m struggling to run, that usually mean the view is incredible.
And before you think I’m feeling sorry for myself…
I know that I’m going to go stronger when I get over this hump. So watch out! =)
Questions for you:
What challenge are you overcoming right now?
Do you run with your dog? I’ve been thinking of starting to do that more, since it’s so much cooler in the AM.