This week, I decided to do something different and look back at my first two months (roughly) of marathon training. We are just under three months out and I wanted to track my training thus far. The summer is just flying by and before I know it Racetober (where I run two marathons and the Army Ten Miler) will be here! Time for an assessment of where I am in my training! I hope you enjoy this comprehensive marathon training update!
I thought one of the easiest ways to do this assessment was to ask myself a few questions surrounding my training so far.
- What do the numbers say? So far, I have run 160(ish) miles during this training cycle, with the bulk of those miles coming in July. July was my first hundred mile month and it was also a month where I was out of town for about half of the time. In addition to the miles I’ve run, I’ve taken 16 Pure Barre classes and walked an endless amount of miles. I don’t track my walking miles but I walk quite a bit in my everyday life. I’m really happy with these numbers thus far.
- How do I feel? I feel good. I haven’t been as diligent as I need to be with my PT so my knee has been a little twitchy here and there but overall, I feel really good. I definitely feel slow. The heat has taken it’s toll and it’s been hard for me to ramp up speed. I know that I just need to keep at it and that the heat and humidity are huge factors but it is frustrating at times. However, like I said, overall, I feel really good!
- Where do I need to improve? Definitely my pre run fuel game has been off. I’ve regularly been not eating or eating too little before long runs and I’ve been ending long runs with a noticeably hungry tummy. It can be hard for me to eat first thing in the morning (I eat at 5:30am on long run days) but I really need to force myself to do so. Feeling weak with hunger is not the best way to end a run.
- What’s been working? I’ve been very diligent about not missing a long run – I’ve typically missed one or two during a training cycle and have made it a goal not to miss any this go round. So far, so good! I’ve had to plan ahead and be flexible in regards to my schedule but I’ve made it work and I’m really proud of that!
How is your training for your fall race coming along?