January 8, 2018
Welcome to 2018! I've been consistently posting about once per week to I RUN ON BEER the last few months, but as a part of my New Year's resolutions, and with marathon training underway, I'm hoping to begin a new weekly series of posts cataloging my training updates. My hope is that these updates may serve useful to others who may be considering running their first marathon. I also think that this will help me with another one of my resolutions, to get better about consistently journaling my runs.
I use plenty of different run-tracking apps (Garmin Connect, Strava, SmashRun, etc.) but my goal is to use journaling to get a better picture of some of the factors that can't be measured by my watch or smartphone. Specifically, I've started paying a lot more attention to what I eat before a run, and how I feel overall during each run. Since this is my first attempt at the marathon, I want to make sure I have a good record of training so that I can use it to review for future plans. So without further adieu, welcome to week 1 of training updates and week 3 of marathon training!
Monday, January 1 - Rest
Typically Mondays are my rest day but I do try to incorporate some morning strength training when I can. This Monday though, I decided to go ahead and let New Year's Day truly be a rest/recovery day which I definitely needed.
Tuesday, January 2 - Planned 3 Miles
Ran 3.12 miles in 25:48 at an 8:16 pace.
My wife got me an AWESOME running vest for Christmas which I've been wearing on virtually every run. I'm still working on perfecting my winter running strategy but my sweet spot seems to be tights and sweats for my legs, and then a long-sleeve tee, UA ColdGear quarter-zip, and vest for my upper body. It usually takes me about a half mile or mile to warm up but after that, I'm relatively comfortable.
Wednesday, January 3 - Planned 5 Mile Pace Run
Ran 5.01 miles in 42:20 at an 8:27 pace.
I started using pace runs for the first time last fall when training for Rock 'n' Roll Vegas but after experiencing some foot pain in the first weeks of marathon training, I don't think I'll be pushing too much for the next few weeks, I just want to focus on getting in the miles. Once I settle into a more comfortable routine I may add some speed work back in but for now, I'll focus more on the distance.
Thursday, January 4 - Planned 3 Miles
Training fell off the rails a bit at the end of this week as we were hit with a blizzard that prevented me from getting outside. I avoid the treadmill like the plague but with heavy snow and wind, there was no way I could make it outside. I thought I'd still get 3 miles in on the treadmill but I just couldn't bring myself to do it and convinced myself I'd just get the miles in on Friday once the snow stopped.
Friday, January 5 - Rest
Friday came and went without the 3-mile run as the temperature dropped and the wind picked up even more. With wind-chills in the negative 20s, I skipped yet another run.
Saturday, January 6 - Planned 6 Miles
This weekend my wife and I traveled to my hometown to visit family and attend a "Beer 101" introductory tasting course. With less than 48 hours to spend at home, I pushed my run to Sunday. Instead, my family and I spent the morning locked in a cage in a simulated zombie apocalypse escape room (don't worry we got out).
Sunday, January 7 - 60 Minute Cross Train
Ran 6.21 miles in 54:14 at an 8:44 pace.
We left Delaware Sunday morning and were back in New York in the early afternoon. It had been 3 days since my last run so I wasted no time getting out the door as soon as we were home. I'm actually pretty surprised by my pace only because of how much of the run I spent dodging slush and jumping back and forth from the sidewalk when I hit an unshoveled dead end.
Certainly not my strongest week of running, but with the first week of January in the books, I managed to stay on pace with my annual mileage goal which requires at least 14 miles per week. I'm looking forward to week four as my Saturday long run will be my longest training run to date, 11 miles. Up until now, I've only run ten miles during training for my half marathons. I'm also only four weeks away from my first run that will break the 13.1-mile mark.
My goals for this week are to hit all 4 days of running and to actually do some cross training on Sunday. As my mileage climbs, I also need to start experimenting with different fueling strategies so I hope to do some research this week.
How is your 2018 training going after week one? Do you have any advice for marathon fueling? Let me know in the comments below!