Marthon Training Update
No big deal, I just ran 18 miles Sunday!
I don’t say this to brag (though it very much sounds like it, I know). I say it because I’m continually amazed at what my body can accomplish. I have a strange love for pushing my body body to exhaustion – somehow it brings peace to my mind. It’s along the same lines as the feeling I get from our backpacking trips, except not as great since it doesn’t end with camping and I don’t get to hang out with T. The views in LA are nice, but they certainly don’t compare to my true love, the Sierra Nevada mountains.
I have been having so much fun exploring such a long range of the city using just my two little feet to get from point A… well, back to point A! But so much in between! My long run routes take me through at least 3 parks, up in some hills, through runner friendly streets, into wealthy neighborhoods with super tall hedges, and along the Pacific Ocean. Love!
I’m following a plan by Pete Pfitzinger based on his book, Advanced Marathoning. Of course, I’m only a beginner marathoner, and my time goal is vague and unimpressive. However, I am a scientist at heart, and his plans are based on exercise science – research and studies. Exercise physiology. That’s why I chose his plan, even though it leaves little room for cross training.
I’m paying attention to my body and focusing a lot of fueling (aka EATING!) and recovery. I’ve been slacking on my ab/strength workouts, but now that I’m feeling a little less worn out, I will start dedicating more time to them again. My biggest complaint is that my schedule is a lot busier than usual. I am just not used to spending 3/5 post-work evenings at the gym for 1-3 hours. The weekends are fine, but I often don’t have a lot of energy for cooking & cleaning. Every Saturday night, I just want to eat pasta, hydrate, and go to bed early. Kind of lame! But worth it?
Costs so far:
- Race registration, $150 (or close to that)
- New shoes and insoles, $120 (I may need another pair before I’m done)
- Energy Food at REI, $20: Clif Shot Bloks & salt tablets
- Water bottles to attach to my belt, $15: Add they are SO annoying!
- Gym Membership, 30/mo 4 months & counting: $120
- Compression socks, $30: I kept stealing T’s & they feel so good!
- 24 pack of Gus, $25 or soI’m also probably going to enter several training races over the next few months, and those add up fast! Not to mention gas and hotel for the race itself…
- Audiobook, $11: I mostly listen to podcasts while I run – 3+ hours of music doesn’t do it for me, you know? I am learning so much about such random things! I just bought myself this audiobook as a special treat.
Looking at this and my running schedule, I feel like I probably won’t do another marathon. It’s expensive and time consuming. But it is oh so rewarding, and I haven’t even gotten to the race yet, so I can’t rule it out!