Today marked Day 1; I’ve officially started training for Marathon #2, Denver’s Rock ‘n Roll Marathon!
This cycle commenced with an early 6-mile “easy” run. My pace was meant to stay around 9:30, but I was with Kate and we rarely stick to any plan. I did dictate the plan, but we settled into 8:30s mid-run. Knowing our style all too well, I anticipated this and prepared with a very easy warm-up and cool-down. Those middle 4 miles with her evened out, as we chatted and chose our “flat route” along the Potomac and behind the National Mall.
By the end, I had 5.75 miles in 50 minutes (avg 8:45 m/m) done and a lot of fluids to replace. It was a steamy 80* by our early departure, and I’ve been replacing that sweat all day long. Summer training will definitely be a new challenge, but I’m more than ready to take on every stick it throws into my path!
This will be so different from my first experience. How?
- I am comfortable with, and actually prefer, carrying water on my runs. You need that fluid! My arms can bulk up and realize they’re in charge of something very important. Or, I can use D’s camelback.
- I know which types of “fuel” do not work for me; I’ll continue experimenting with the ones that do, and report back here with ideas!
- I am dressing for 80-90* runs, not 10-20* snowy paths.
- I know the mentality it takes to put one foot in front of the other for 14, 16, 18 and 20-milers.
- I know I’m ready for this, and I know it will be hard.
I also know I’ll be doing some different things, this time around…
- Continuing my Run x 4 days, bike 1 or 2 days per week.
- Fueling with veggies, grains, dairy and eggs! No meat for this girl.
- Sticking to the training-plan! We won’t get into my attitude about that last time.
Each challenge you put yourself through – whether it’s training for a 5K or a Marathon – will teach lessons you never expected to learn. The next challenge is in how you use them to carry your muscles and mind through something new.
Have you tested your limits lately? If so, what’s on your training agenda?