Marathon Training Week 1

I am planning to wrap up each week of marathon training with a post describing my runs and workouts. Week 1 went as planned. I swapped a shorter run for a longer run because it just worked out better for my schedule. I ran a 5 miler at the gym because of the heat. I have a training calendar that outlines my runs each day until the marathon. However, my goal for marathon training is to keep it flexible. I intend on sticking to my weekly mileage but if I need to move a run to a different day then so be it. I will be throwing in some strength training as the weeks go on. When Carlos goes back to school I am planning to return to yoga once a week.

While it’s great to look at the big picture I know that in order to keep my head in the game I have to take it day to day. This is just the beginning and there is a long way to go. Here is a look at Week 1:

Sunday, July 17, 2011 – Rest Day

Monday, July 18, 2011 – 3 mile run

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 – Walked about 2.5 miles with a friend

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 – 5 mile run (had a 3 mile run scheduled but did Thursday’s 5 mile run because it worked out better with my schedule)

Thursday, July 21, 2011 – 3 mile run

Friday, July 22, 2011 – 5 mile run (done on the treadmill at the gym due to heat and humidity)

Saturday, July 23, 2011 – 6 mile run

This week was all about getting back into a routine, following a schedule and simply running. I didn’t focus too much on my time. Down the road I will be adding some speed training and pace runs. The week was extremely hot and even hit 100 degrees by Friday. I ran around 9 a.m. every day. I stay very well hydrated. I tend to run a bit slower when it’s this hot. I felt great and I’m looking forward to Week 2. Stay tuned!!

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