Marathon Training week 1
Week 1 of 16 weeks of training was interesting to say the least. Of course we are in the middle of a heat wave here in NJ so 95 degree temperatures with 80% humidity felt like a kick in the stomach. I am loosely following Hal Higdon’s marathon program. When I first looked at week 1 my thoughts were this is going to be easy. I am in pretty good shape after having never really stopped running since last year’s NYC Marathon was canceled. The only thing I need to start doing is log more miles and run more often. In the “Off-Season” I typically run once or twice a week and usually on the weekends. With this program the miles and the pace don’t scare me but the 4 days a week I need to get used to.
The plan: Week 1:
Tuesday 3 miles easy pace. 8:40 a mile. This turned out to be no problem. The heat wave didn’t kick in at this point yet.
Wednesday 3 miles easy pace. 8:41 a mile. Crossfit at night. Again no problems here.
Thursday. Bike ride 12 miles
Friday was supposed to be another 3 miles run but I ended up not doing it. My wife misplaced something which led to a 4 hour search that ended at 9 oclock at night but that’s a story for another day. Turned out to be an off day.
Saturday was where things got dicey. The heat wave kicked in. Even at 9 a.m. it was already hot and very humid. I decided to join the Morristown Running Company’s group run. I have done this in the past and enjoyed it. They do a 5 miles run and my plan was to do another mile on my own after for the 6 I was supposed to run. Keep in mind I just ran 7 miles last weekend at about an 8:30 pace no problems. At about mile 3 I literally felt like I was going to puke. It was a brutally tough run. All types of things are going through my head now. Things like I am too heavy. I am 8 pounds up from this point last year. CrossFit and biking is just too hard on my legs. I was able to gut out 4.5 miles at a 9:30 pace but I had some thinking to do. I can’t remember the last time my pace was over 9 minutes a mile. Maybe Mile 23 of the 2011 Baltimore Marathon.
Sunday. 3 miles still super hot and humid and I finished at a 9:04 minute a mile pace. That is still slow and my legs felt heavy but it wasn’t quite as bad as the day before.
All in all I am going to forget about week 1 and chalk it up to unusual heat. I went back and looked at last July when I was training for NYC and it seems like I ran at night more often. 7 or 8 o’clock right before the sun goes down so I may try that for some cooler temperatures. Week 1 is in the books and already the mental battle begins. But I still have a smile on my face because it is summer and most of my days are spent like this.