I finally did it! This week was my third attempt at my week 8 of marathon training. I wasn’t expecting much coming into this week since I was still recovering from being so sick. I thought I would just be able to do a few miles and then I would really have to start building back up. But, that was not the case. I really surprised myself!
Here is what my week was supposed to look like:
Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
Rest 3 6 3 Rest 13 Cross
Here is what my week really looked like:
Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
Rest Rest Rest 6 3 13 Cross
Monday and Tuesday I wasn’t 100 percent, so I didn’t want to push it and relapse. Plus, it was extremely windy and cold both days and I didn’t want to be out in it long. I did take Jake for a really quick walk both days. But it was too cold to stay out long. On Tuesday, I ran him a half mile – mainly because I was freezing and ready to go home! But it did feel really good to run!
By Wednesday, I was feeling so much better, but we were going to dinner and having company for Jeremy’s birthday so I didn’t have time to run.
When Thursday got here, I was super excited all day about my run. I knew I wanted to try for 6 miles, but being realistic, I was expecting to only be able to do a couple after being sick. After work, I mixed some BeFit pre-workout in my water and drank it before my run.
I could feel it immediately! I have used other energy supplements before, and they either don’t work, or they don’t last, or they have a bad crash when it wears off. This one had none of that. Within 10 minutes, I could feel it. I got a huge burst of energy! I ran the entire 6 miles and never felt tired at all! I was shocked! I really thought that this first run would be difficult and I would have to walk a lot. But, it felt so good to finally be running after being off for so long! Once I got home, I still had a ton of energy! I could not sit still. I kept thinking that it would wear off, but it didn’t. I had a really difficult time going to sleep. That was the only downside of the drink mix. But, now I know to drink it early in the day. After my run, I fixed a shake with BeFit’s protein powder, a banana, and silk milk. It was really good! Then I foam rolled and stretched for a long time!
Friday afternoon I got in a quick 3 miles before I went with Jeremy to his basketball games. Since I was planning on running 13 miles on Saturday, I wanted to eat some pasta. I always like pasta the night before a race or a long run. So, after Jeremy’s games, we ordered dinner from Dominos. I ordered pasta with meat sauce and pepperoni. It was good!
Saturday, I had plans to meet my dad at noon to run. I ate a banana and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich before. I also had a BeFit pre-workout energy drink. My dad had mapped us out a new route. The one that he likes to run is the 10k course that our town uses for races. Most of it is uphill, and at one point there is a steep hill straight up that is 3/4’s of a mile. Once we leave his house, we hit that hill around mile 4. I told him that I didn’t want to run that course and be worn out so early in the run. So, he mapped us out a new route. We ran all over town!
We stopped around mile 8 to have a GU and a drink. Once we got to 13 miles, we were still a couple of miles from home! I walked another mile while we waited on my mom to pick us up. This run wasn’t hard, but it wasn’t easy either. I didn’t feel like I struggled, I just felt out of shape. But, I guess that’s to be expected after not running much in the last three weeks. I was so excited that I was able to finish it!
I did more this week than I expected, so this was a really good week of training! I am getting more and more excited about the marathon!