On the Train Again

September 6, 2012 § 6 Comments

The whole purpose of beginning this blog was to document my marathon training while living this crazy place called Mommyland.

It’s with relief that I am now coming full circle as training for race number two officially begins on September 24th.

In the space between the last marathon and now I have worked and re-worked the plan making educated and experience based substantive decisions, which I will do my best to follow.

1. I will again be following Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 schedule, but instead of three-day mid-week runs, I will be combining the mileage to run only two. This will mean that those mid-week runs will be longer, but I’ll have more days in between to rest and recover. I am hoping that exhaustion from too many successive runs in a row (which was an issue last time) will be resolved with this plan. I will also use the Galloway system of strategized walking, as I do believe it works and will help me go farther with more control.

2. I’ve agreed to help out my most favorite yoga instructor on Saturday mornings by checking in her students in return for a free pass to her phenomenal class. Last marathoning go around I was so consumed by the run that I neglected my yoga, neglected a huge piece of what grounds me to my life. Agreeing to be at the studio every Saturday will ensure that my yoga practice is built into the schedule. It will also give me an opportunity to re-build the dusty resume and re-establish the fact that I am consistent and committed and pretty competent at tasks in which I’m given.

3. Long runs, then, will have to happen on Sundays or Mondays (last year I ran long on Saturdays). The most gratifying runs are the long ones, for me. I am looking forward to those hours and hours on the road, out there on my own two feet, floating alone inside my own busy brain.

4. I’ve been off of sugar for twelve whole days, off of Diet Coke a week longer, and I’ve been much more careful about the overall contents of things like cereal and yogurt and so-called healthy snack bars and drink supplements. An ongoing process, I am sure there will be much more written about my emotional connectedness to food as it’s the one part that I still haven’t fully figured out. I should mention another change, too. I will NOT be getting on the scale anytime in the near future. More about that to come.

And so I am ready to go.

The last factor (of which I have no control) is with mother nature.

Yes there will be days in the next months that I will have no choice but run in the drizzle and/or rain and/or the early morning freezing cold. I can handle all that. It’s part of the challenge.

This heat, though, needs to go.

September marks a new beginning for me in so many ways and the muggy humid air has gotten very very old.

What races are you running? What will your training plan look like?

XOM

ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon. Joanna, from Poppy’s Style and I are running it! Anyone else want to come to the party?

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§ 6 Responses to On the Train Again

  • recipeforabeautifullife says:

    It sounds like you have a great plan in place. I think things are generally better the second time around. You’ve got one under your belt and you know more of what to expect. Good luck with kicking off your official training! Also, I agree about the heat. Time to go!!

  • artoornstra says:

    I agree! It does not sound like a great plan. I did read somewhere (Runners World?) in some ways running four days a week is better. Some of the newer training plans emphasize way more cross training. I am doing a little running, biking, swimming, and power lifting in hopes to do my first sprint triathlon next fall. I hope to do my fourth marathon someday, and I am finding I like spring marathons better than fall ones. Mostly because I find it very hard to train in the summer with our family’s summer schedule. Even though the weather is usually lousy, I’d rather train in the winter and early spring.

  • kim says:

    You go girl!!! xoxo

    …and I am not running anything, training for anything…but hoping to fit some sort of physical activity back in my life…somehow!!!

    • Running in Mommyland says:

      Schedule it. It’s the only way. When I’m left to my own volition, like this morning, it doesn’t happen!

  • GREAT job! And as a mom of doubles myself (altho grown now) I think you have a good plan on the midweek runs to allow more rest -you’re using up a lot of energy on those two little cuties. I did Galloway on my first five marathons and used the Higdon plan for my last one – both are great! I’m going to enjoy watching your journey – and best of luck!

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