Week 3 of Marathon Training is over. My short runs during the week were easy and I got them done with no problems. However, my long run this weekend has been a challenge to get it done. Here’s how my week went:
Monday – Rest day – I did take Jake for a walk.
Tuesday – I had a 3 mile run scheduled. I didn’t have a lot of time on Tuesday, so I ran a fast. The weather was beautiful. I’m loving this 60 degree weather in December! I ran 3.4 miles with a pace of 8:35.
Wednesday – I ran 4 miles. I spoke to soon yesterday about the 60 degree weather. Today it was cold! I guess a cold front came in during the night. It was 49 degrees, and there was a chilly wind blowing really hard. Once my lungs adjusted to the cold, I had a really good run! I had a pace of 9:55. I think I run better when it’s cold. Once I get adjusted, I think the cold makes it easier to breathe. My run seemed pretty easy. I’m only in my third week of training, but I’m already feeling stronger. Two weeks ago I felt like I was starting from scratch. I had no base, and I felt like I was so out of shape. But, now I am feeling a lot better, and each run is getting easier.
Thursday – I ran 3 miles. It was cold again! It was 48 degrees. I had to wear a headband and gloves. I also got chased by some dogs. They are friendly once they get close, but I still get nervous when they come running at me. I had a pace of 9:43 today.
Friday – This was a rest day. I didn’t run, but I took Jake for a walk. It was so cold!
Saturday – I was supposed to run 5 miles today, but we had a family Christmas out of town, so that didn’t happen. We had to leave town by 9, and in order to get myself and everything ready I had to get up at 7. I don’t like running in the dark, so there was just no way to get those 5 miles in.
Sunday – I had planned all week to get up Sunday and run the 5 miles. But, that didn’t happen either. I woke up at 3 am throwing up, and was sick most of the night. I spent most of the night in the bathroom floor, so my body is sore and achy today. I don’t know if I’m sick, or if it was something that I ate. I took some nausea medicine, but that really didn’t help much. I laid in bed until 12:30 because I was too nauseous to get up. Once I finally got up and showered, I felt better, but not well enough to run. So, I will run the 5 miles on Monday.
This is one reason why I really like this training plan. With 3 days off each week, I can move my runs around when things come up so I can still get them in. This next week is going to be a huge challenge to get all of my runs in with Christmas, but I’m going to try my best. This is one reason why I picked the 18 week plan, when I actually had 21 weeks until the race. So, if I miss several runs, I can do a week over and I will still have a little extra time before I start tapering.
For this weekly update I’m linking up with Holly of HoHo Runs and Tricia of MissSippiPiddlin for their Weekly Wrap. I’m also linking up with the other Weekly Wrap bloggers.
Merry Christmas Everyone! I hope you have a wonderful week!