Sunday, September 13, 2015

Let's Get This Party Started

Your first projects aren't the greatest in the world, and they may have no money value, they may go nowhere, but that is how you learn- you put so much effort into making something right if it is for yourself. -- Steve Wozniak

Today began the official start of my very own, 20 week, marathon training program. Ironically the program began with a rest day. It worked out for a number of reasons. Today was the first full day of NFL. It's almost a holiday for me. Then I am resting and recovering from a long running 2 days. Lastly, I was hurt a little bit and the day of bed rest and actually not stressing my knee further probably helped. I got to watch football with a warming bean bag warming pouch from a teddy bear as I wrapped myself in my daughters princess blanket.

Tomorrow will be early morning speed work. The program itself is what I consider to be expert level. The speed portion is less so. One day a week will be dedicated to speed. The first one tomorrow are intervals. A 1 mile warm-up at 75% of 10k pace. 4x1200 meters @5k pace. Finish with a 1 mile cool down at 75% of 10k pace.

The program starts off with a few weeks of rolling up and down in total mileage. Then it gradually increases every week until the taper.

I have marathon goals this year and it's more than to simply finish them. I want to do them faster. I want to feel better during and after. I want to run more than 1 in a year. I want 26.2 to feel like 10. The only way I feel that I can get there is by following a program and staying in control of my running life.

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