Week 1 of marathon training using Hal Higdon’s Intermediate 1 program is in the books. I had to do a little shuffling around – not how I expected my first week to pan out, but I suspect this is what will happen over the course of 18 weeks. Here’s a rundown (no pun intended) of how I did.
Monday – XT (30 min on bike). This was somewhat interrupted. Word of advice – don’t try to cook dinner and ride on your trainer at the same time. It feels very disjointed.
Tuesday – 3mi (actual – 3.27). My pace this past week was surprisingly fast for me. If you follow me on Daily Mile you can check it out.
Wednesday – supposed to be a 5 miler but I was exhausted so I swapped out rest days. It was just one of those days where I knew I’d be slogging along.
Thursday – 3 mi (actual 3.38)
Friday – 5mi (actual: 5.36). This was the originally planned rest day.
Saturday – 5mi @ marathon pace. I averaged 8:47 here which was NOT the plan. I am trying to make a conscious effort to slow down because I am fearful that I will not be able to sustain this pace for a prolonged period of time. There’s no prescribed speedwork with this training program so I am running mostly by feel (although I wear my Garmin). If it feels comfortable I will run that pace until I can’t hold onto it any longer.
Sunday – 8mi. Hal Higdon says to NEVER skimp on your long runs. I broke the first rule of marathon training! This was definitely not planned. I headed up to Lake Placid on a whim to spectate at Ironman. So, since I got home at dusk I cut the run short to 4.01mi. I’m not too concerned because it’s early in training. This definitely won’t be happening in later weeks.
For my first week, I think I did OK. At this stage in the game, I like knowing what I have to do everyday with the luxury of a little bit of flexibility. I’m paying close attention to my diet and not overindulging which is critical.
So, getting back to Ironman. One word: WHOA. I cheered on cyclists midway through their 112mi. trek as they headed back into Lake Placid and then cheered them on between miles 18-23 of their run. I cannot even begin to imagine how much true grit you have to have within you to endure a full Ironman event. It makes my wimpy marathon training seem inadequate! While I never say never, I feel pretty confident in saying that an Ironman is definitely not in my future, but I commend all of you who take one (or more) on. It was so amazing to watch and to say that I am inspired is an understatement.
How was your weekend? Ever participate in a full or half Ironman or other triathlon? When you follow a marathon training plan, do you run EXACTLY the same amount of miles the plan tells you, or do you go over?