Yesterday’s workout didn’t happen until 6pm. I guilted my husband into taking yesterday off (a rarity for him) after his hockey weekend (his team lost in the semi-finals btw). When he’s home, my desire to run disappears because I’d rather spend time with him and the boys.
Between his being home, our contractor beginning work on the moulding in our house (YAY!), and my mom and niece coming over for a few hours, the day totally slipped away from me.
I knew that if I waited until after the boys went to sleep for the night, I would 100% NOT be running. And I would 100% regret it. So at 6pm, I nursed the little guy and then headed downstairs for a planned easy 6-7 miler. I took Sunday off – not because I was tired or sore but because my heart wasn’t in it. Ever have days like that? I just didn’t want to think about running or goals or the marathon. Just a day sans running.
Yesterday’s run was exactly what I needed. I started off slow and easy – 8:27 pace and kept increasing the pace. I kept telling myself that I would stop picking up the pace at the end of that mile, but I felt comfortable at the end of each one, so I kept speeding up. 7 miles in 52:12 – 7:27 pace:
- Mile 1: 8:27
- Mile 2: 7:53
- Mile 3: 7:36
- Mile 4: 7:27
- Mile 5: 7:13
- Mile 6: 7:01
- Mile 7: 6:35
One thing I’ve learned about marathon training, and really training for any distance, is that there is no right answer. I post my workouts on here as a way to share what I’m doing…that’s not to say that what I’m doing will work for you.
Through years of running, I’ve learned what I like and don’t like and what works and doesn’t work for ME. I do things differently from some very successful runners:
- I like to listen to music when I run – outside, track, treadmill…If you talk to EMZ (a serious bad-a$$ runner who logged 4,000 miles – LAST year), she often does runs of 20-25 miles on the treadmill with no music or tv.
- I prefer taking my rest day before my long run. Some believe in taking the day after a long run off. Others, like Amanda, are experimenting with a hard run the day before a long run.
- I don’t bring water or fuel with me on runs less than 16-18 miles. I like my long runs to be tougher conditions then they will be on race day (and I hate carrying water bottles). Some amazing runners I know use water on all of their runs.
- I keep my treadmill on a .5% incline ALL the time. I’ve never had any injuries. I like there to be just a tad bit of resistance. Some runners (Skinny Runner) keep the treadmill on 1.0-1.5%.
- I like to do long training runs of 24+ miles (I did a 30 miler on my 30th birthday in 2011 as a training run for the NYC Marathon). Some well-known and popular training plans top off at 16 miles.
Are any of the above better than the other?
Talk to five elite runners and I guarantee you will find five different training plans.
Just because I follow a certain methodology or someone who runs fast or who blogs does something a certain way, DOESN’T mean that it will necessarily work for you.
Every. Single. Runner. Is. Different.
There is no golden egg that will have us all running Kara Goucher-esque times. (Trust me, I’ve been looking and haven’t found it).
Experiment with things. Try different fueling strategies, different training plans.
See what works for YOU.
See what you LIKE (because at the end of the day, running should be FUN).
But don’t just read what I write here or another blogger you like writes and think “Hey, I need to do that.”
BE YOUR OWN RUNNER.
What’s one thing that works for you??