Happy Monday to everyone!!
Depending on how you look at things, my marathon training has either started disastrously OR extremely well. In the comments you will have to let me know what you think. I felt really good about my runs the last two weeks and have been really confident with the way my legs were feeling. I knew official marathon training was starting on Sunday so I was cautiously watching all our events leading up to the weekend. We have been playing in our church softball league the last few weeks and this was going to be the final weekend of the season. Now most of the season I have been able to take it easy, let all our other players do the hard work, and I get to be the famous coach who just picks up with wins. Challenge with this weekend was that we had a game on Saturday night and Sunday night.
I woke up early Saturday morning to run with a buddy that is getting back into exercise after surgery, so this was a pretty relaxed run for me. This was the perfect run to end my week and shake out my legs in preparation for my first training run on Sunday. Later that night we headed out to softball where I actually had to play, and more importantly had to do a bit more running than I expected. It was a ton of fun and we had such a great time with all of our church friends. Unfortunately, we got home really late, didn’t go to bed right away, which left me in a tough position for my run on Sunday morning.
Day 1 and I decided to change my training plan around!! Sunday was supposed to be a long run of 6-8 miles, and Monday was a planned rest day. I turned Sunday into a semi rest day since I still did some running out at church softball, and plan to run my 6-8 miles tonight. The thing I am actually looking forward to tonight is having a split 6-8 miles. I’ll be running 3 miles to my men’s group, we will have our meeting, and then I will have 3 miles back home. I think this could really work out perfectly since I’m running on tired legs.
On one hand I had to ask myself, who the heck misses the first day of marathon training?? LOL. Yet, on the other hand, I know I made the right decision. It would have done absolutely no good for me to go out and try to knock out 6 miles on a couple hours sleep. That isn’t the way I want to start out this training plan. Instead, I’ll be mentally prepared tonight, break it up into two portions to manage my tired legs, and have a much better beginning to this training plan.
In all honesty, the flexibility I showed with moving my dates around was actually encouraging. I don’t want to be super strict through this process and want to focus on training smart. So we will see how tonight’s run goes.
Alright everyone, did I make the right call? Who thinks it’s absurd to miss the first day of marathon training??