Kayla and I decided on the Run Less, Run Faster 16-week marathon plan, with a few minor adjustments. I had been running 2-3 times each week leading up to the official start, but I must say I was still a little nervous to get started! Here’s a recap of the first week:
Sunday: 2 mile run as part of a triathlon relay team
Monday: 3×1600 track workout. The goal was 11mins/mile, but we hit: 10:55, 10:45, 10:43. Not bad for our first-ever track workout, but I certainly plan to keep working on the consistency!
Tuesday: Cross-train. 30 mins on the bike plus weights. It had been far too long since I lifted and I felt the burn from that session for days!
Wednesday: Tempo run – 2 mile warmup, 2 miles at 11:35/mile, and 2 mile cool down. This run ended up being 5.6 miles, but I hit the tempo miles at 11:36 and 11:35 and felt amazing!
Thursday: “rest.” I’m at school from 7am – 10pm on Thursdays, so to add a workout would be brutal!
Friday: 3 easy miles and some ab work
Saturday: Red River Revel Run 15k – 9.3miles in 2:01. My training plan only called for 8 miles that day, so I walked the first mile and ran the rest, walking through the water stops. Since this was my first 15k, it’s an automatic PR!
I did tape my left shin for both the triathlon and the 15k, just as a precaution. Since I injured it last year, there’s an aching sensation sometimes. I also had a little knee stiffness, but nothing that lots of foam rolling and massage stick-ing can’t fix! I’m really excited for this round of race training!
26.2, here we come!