Week 1 of marathon training is in the books, and while it was an exhausting week, I’m still excited about running Edmonton in August. I ran 18+ miles last week, plus a yoga/mobility/core workout and three slo-pitch games…because of course ball season starts the same week as marathon training! I even forced myself to run in the rain for my long run on Sunday, because you never know what conditions will be like on race day. No more being a wimp when it comes to running in precipitation!
Even though it was an exhausting first week, I’m feeling good. I’m totally realizing the value in taking time to focus on mobility, strength and restorative work, and not just running. I’m listening to my body and easing up when it tells me to. I’m drinking Gatorade after runs to keep my hydration and electrolytes up, because post-run headaches and foot cramps suck (and because other electrolyte drinks/tabs don’t agree with my stomach).
Sleep is still something I will need to work on. I know that my standard 6 hours a night is not going to cut it as the mileage gets higher, but I’m making baby steps.
So, I continue on. Week 2 has already seen a five mile run and another yoga/mobility/core workout. On tap for the rest of the week are some hills, a strength workout, a four mile run, a ball game and a 10-miler to wrap up the week.
Have a great week everyone, and happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and mums out there!