|Ugly little suckers. Noisy, too.|
I am off antibiotics, so it's time to get my head back into the game. My next race is in August, Leg 7 of Burning River, which is about 15 miles. The next weekend I have Ragnar Trail Relay in West Virginia, where I will run 30 miles. During this time, I will be training for the Akron Marathon at the end of September. It will be my first marathon.
Those of you who know me know that I am not comfortable asking for favors or showing that I need something. This has been a very vulnerable time for me (3 family deaths! 2 in one week!), so last week I broke down and told Shelby that I needed her to run the Akron Marathon with me. I never say I need anyone or anything, so she was a bit shocked, I think. I'm so lucky to have her as my friend. Who else will listen to my bullshit?
|This is EXACTLY how I look when I beg Shelby to run my first marathon with me.|
|Bedford Reservation. Beautiful!|
On a completely unrelated note, I am now a Bondi Band ambassador, Peeps. I love Bondi Bands because they are the only band that keeps sweat wicked away from my eyes. I sweat A LOT. You can see in the picture above that Shelby and I are both sporting Bondi Bands. If you ever decide to order any of their products, use my code (TroubleRun) to get 10% off.
This is my first official week of training for the marathon. I have finally cobbled together a program based off of about three different books and a webpage. My prep will basically consist of three different types of runs: the tempo run, the long run, and intervals. I will also have easy runs in there to help ramp up mileage. The part I couldn't figure out was how to safely ramp up the mileage while making it fit my lifestyle, which is why I had to consult so many charts. Then I printed out a blank calendar and wrote those miles into the days when I intend to run.
Today I started with a 3 mile hike at Adam Run with the kids. We saw two salamanders.
|Say hello to my leetle friend!|
One thing I like about my plan is that some of the runs are shorter than what I'm used to. This will allow me to add in strength training after a run. Normally I devote separate days to yoga and lifting, but now I can add it in on short-run days.
I'm excited to train for my first marathon. Will I feel this way in four weeks? Who knows? Right now my first challenge will be to run in Florida. I am not a fan of heat and humidity, but I'm sure it will make me a stronger runner.
What are you training for, Peeps? I hope that you are able to run happy this week!
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