Over one month down in marathon training! The first 3 weeks I was actually pretty bored. I am used to working out more than this and found myself wanting to do more, but I followed my plan, just mixing up or skipping a few days. I was really missing cross-training though! So I'm excited to be reaching the point in my training plan where I add back in some cross training days, even if one is a low-impact/active-recovery day.
My Achilles/calf muscle in my left leg has already been acting up (NOOOOOO) so that is something I am actively trying to avoid becoming a real issue. I started having pain in that Achilles my first year running and it has lingered around, flaring up now and again ever since. One day was after wearing flats to work, which sadly causes me issues sometimes. I used to always say that either my knee or my Achilles was up to no good on my left left, but I'm working to correct my form and build up mileage slowly, so I'm hoping I can keep this irritation at bay!
So far all of my miles have been logged outside, many with my sister...who I am seriously trying to convince to run the marathon with me. The race I am planning on running is 2 loops of the half marathon course, so right now she is planning on doing the first loop as her first half, but she could TOTALLY run a full if she trained with me. Maybe if I write this in enough places on the internet she will cave :-P
Miles include a mud/obstacle run, our practice 5K at Girls on the Run, running at the beach and horrible, horrible hills that surround my house. First Fartlek run, done. Longest run in this training plan to date: 6 miles.
Week 1 (4/24/16 - 4/30/16): 6.33 miles
Week 2 (5/1/16 - 5/7/16): 11.18 miles
Week 3 (5/8/16 - 5/14/16): 6.25 miles
Week 4 (5/15/16 - 5/21/16): 10.36 miles
Week 5 (5/22 - 5/28/16): 13 miles
New gear has been purchased and I am ready to rock this training through summer! New shoes first and foremost and I also bought a Garmin. Unfortunately the watch was it was acting funky, having a few major issues so today I exchanged it for a Fitbit Blaze! It's SOOO much lighter and fits my wrists much better than the Garmin, so that's nice! The downside is that there is no built in GPS, so the Fitbit is still relying on my phone for that. Still exciting and will work for my needs!
Today I FINALLY picked up my jacket from the Millennium Running series I ran last year. Almost six months later! It's really nice. I'm very impressed and now tempted to throw together a bunch of races in their series to complete it again this year. All you need to do is run 26.2 miles of races from their list and BOOM free jacket!
I'm really tempted to start vlogging. I used to really love reading a bunch of blogs and that's part of why I started this site. But now I find myself loving vlogs more and more! I'm not very confident in my ability to record and edit nice videos, but I might go for it. After thinking about things and they are in the back of your mind for a while you just have to go for it, right?!
Hi, I'm Jessie!
I live in NH with my husband and our pups. My favorite things are coaching Girls on the Run, eating good food that I didn't have to cook, helping other people work on their health, volunteering for and running races, watching tv, doing yoga, and spending too much time on social media. #Balance