Good morning everyone!
So Sunday was suppose to be Day 1 of marathon training, but based on my weekend activities I turned Day 1 into a rest day. Day 2 came around and I had to make up my run from Sunday, so I had 6-8 miles planned for that night. I decided to break up this run and that actually made things a bit more manageable while I build strength in my legs.
I grabbed Buster and we knocked out a quick half mile. This portion served two purposes: 1) it gave me a good warm up because I knew my legs were going to be thrashed afterwards and 2) it gave Buster his exercise for the night so he wouldn’t be all antsy later that night. I dropped Buster off at home and headed off to my buddies house about 2 miles away. I held a pretty good pace during this section but still dialed it back from my goal pace. By the time I got to his house I was already soaked in sweat, he even made the comment “dude you’re so oily right now” LOL. The only response I had for him was “its so da%* hot out here”. We proceeded to run walk the next 2-3 miles, this is the same buddy I ran with on Saturday morning and he is trying to get back in shape after his shoulder surgery. Putting all the blame on him for the slow pace…that’s what friends are for right??
On a side note, how many of you are into those Spartan races and Mud runs?? This guy keeps trying to get me signed up for one of those and I don’t really see the appeal to the whole thing. I get the sense that whatever clothes and shoes I wear are going to be trash afterwards and that doesn’t seem like a good idea to me. Maybe I’m just a running purist and didn’t know it lol.
After I ran a few miles with my buddy, I finished up with a couple miles back home. I slowed it down even more during this portion. I continued the run/walk process because I didn’t want to take any chances of overworking my legs. At any point I felt a little twinge or tightness; I stopped running and walked for a bit. Seemed to work out pretty well because my legs felt fine when I got home. I had the usual tiredness but nothing to be concerned about.
So there it is, run #1 in marathon training is officially in the books. I am a huge fan of having a full rest day after a long run so Tuesday was another rest day. As of this morning my legs are tired and sore but actually feel really good. I have 3-4 miles on the plan for tonight.
Who is a fan of Spartan Races and Mud runs?? Do you break up your long runs or try to knock them out in one large chunk??