It’s been a while since I’ve posted, mostly because life has been busy. Now that I’m halfway through week 2 of marathon training, it’s not going to get any less busy, but after an amazing weekend with some of my favorite blogger friends, I have been inspired to get back to it!
As I may have mentioned I’m using a coach to train for the Chicago Marathon this fall. I really wanted to train for a time goal, and knew having a coach would get me where I need to be, but also keep me healthy. I’ll be doing many of my weekend long runs with CARA training, which I get for free as part of being a SoleMate for Girls on the Run Chicago. (And you can still donate to my fundraiser here!) My coach is awesome, and is pushing me to go a little beyond my comfort zone, which I love. For now 😊
I missed one of my weekday easy runs in week 1. It was a good reminder that planning to run after work, unless I’m meeting a group or friends, will not happen. Early mornings, while they may suck, will be the only way I’ll make it through this training.
Overall, I had a good first week. My pace for speed work was better than expected (Chris, if you’re reading this, it does not mean you need to speed things up too much!), and even with some serious heat and humidity, the base of my first real long run was about 30 seconds slower than what goal race pace is.
This weekend I’ll be doing my first speed work in a long run (middle miles at race pace) and I’m excited. I think I’ll really like pushing myself as part of a long run, and it will help to keep things interesting.
Now, I need your help
Danielle from LiveRunGrow.com and I decided last weekend that while we’re both training this summer, we want to do a series of posts on uncommon, trusted, weird, old wives tales and “I’ve always wondered” things to prepare for, power you through a tough or long run, or as recovery. We need your ideas!!!
So far we’ve got:
– Pickle juice – During
– Salt tabs – During
– Beet juice – Recovery
– Tart cherry juice – Recovery
– Tea made with honey – During
– Flat Coke – During
Are you doing a fall marathon?
What’s something we should try for our tests?
Do you do tempo or other speed work during long run so?