I have been so busy lately, that I haven't really had the time to sit down and think about my new marathon training goals for this summer, so while I have nothing better to do today, I thought I would take the time.
If you're new here, I just finished my first marathon on May 2nd in a pretty slow/sustained/whatever time of 5:01. I have since signed up for the Marine Corps Marathon on October 25th through Team in Training to try and beat that time by about 30 minutes as well as to raise some much needed funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I have already raised $537 towards my $4,000 fundraising goal! (My minimum amount I have to raise by August 23rd is $3,500...but my personal goal is to beat that by $500.)
While I was out of town last week on business, I missed our TNT kick-off meeting Tuesday night, so I made sure to find out if we had our first "long" run this Sunday morning...I was told that we didn't. Of course we actually did, which I found out this afternoon when I got an email recapping the run. Way to start off on the crappiest foot ever with my TNT team!
Oh well, I will be there Tuesday night! If you're not familiar with Team in Training, it basically works like this:
- In exchange for raising money for the Leukuemia & Lymphoma Society, each runner trains for a distance event with trained coaches as well as their other team mates.
- The fundraising minimum is a lot, and varies by event. For the Marine Corps, the minimum is $3,500.
- Each team meets twice a week; once on Tuesday night for either a shorter run or a clinic of some sort (this coming week is a shoe clinic at a local running store), and Sunday morning for the weekly long run. (Of course the rest of the week you run on your own.)
- Each runner gets a training schedule (I think this varies based on running experience/pace/goal marathon time, etc. but honestly I'm not sure since I have missed the first two meetings).
- TNT pays each runner's way to the race, including airfare, hotel and other expenses.
- They don't only do marathons, you can also train with TNT for Olympic distance triathlons and century bike rides.
- Although I can certainly train on my own, I think this TNT experience will A) be a lot of fun! B) make me feel as if I am a part of something larger than my own selfish self and C) be a way to make new running friends!
- Sunday: Long run
- Monday: Off/cross train/abs
- Tuesday: Hills (4 -6 miles)/TNT run
- Wednesday: Mid-week long run ( 5-10 miles)/abs
- Thursday: Speedwork @ the track (3-6+ miles)
- Friday: Off/cross-train/abs
- Saturday: Off/cross-train/short run (3-5 miles)
My time goal for the marathon this time around is anything sub 4:30.
I was sort of shooting for that last time, but obviously, that didn't happen. It didn't happen for a few reasons, one being that I didn't train based on time, I just went out there and ran. Sure I tried to keep a good, even pace and to keep negative splits, but I wasn't really bothered if I didn't, I just wanted to finish. Another reason I didn't hit my goal was because I clearly had not done enough hill training! North Carolina ain't the Rockies, but it was definitely more hilly than my training ground of below sea-level, flat as a pancake, Charleston! I was also kind of lazy out there, and once I took my first walk break, my mental toughness was dunzo....it was all run/walk from that point on.
So...other than sticking to my training schedule over the next 5 months or so, I also want to maintain a few things:
- I will not skip speedwork or hills, period.
- I will strength train at the minimum two times a week.
- I will work on my abs three non-consecutive days of the week.
- I will never skip a long run. (This only happened once last time, and it messed me up for almost a month!)
- I will be aware of my goal pace for each run, and try to stick to it as much as possible.
- I will ride my bike and/or cross-train 2-3 times a week.
- I will take up yoga.
- I will continue to eat healthy :)
- I will continue to drink a crap load of water.
- I will run happy!
I may also do a sprint triathlon at some point this summer. If I do decide on that, then I guess I need to start swimming, huh??
In addition to my athletic goals, my professional life is crazy hectic these days. I am going through my second and then final tests over the next few months, and after that happens, I will be moving slowly into a new role at my office. It is scary and it's not the easiest, but I think it will be all worth it in the end! So needless to say my life is about to get a whole lot busier.
This weekend has been great so far! I went to the Farmer's Market yesterday morning with friends, and then we went out on their boat for most of the day. It was nice, and I got a little sunburnt...oddly I think from the Farmer's Market...wouldn't you know it.
Today has been lazy and great. I made some suuuhhhweeet BBQ pulled chicken tonight that couldn't have been more easy! (Thanks to Erica for the idea & recipe!) I will post pics later on.
Hope everyone has a fantastic Memorial Day tomorrow, and don't forget to thank our men and women in uniform, as well as to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.