The first time I trained for a marathon, I rarely stuck to the “plan” besides the suggested LR distances. In fact, I rarely even glanced at it during the week, and I skipped most of the speed workouts as my interest was really surviving 26.2 miles, not racing them.
What else did I overlook? Strength & Cross training.
Since I was training during the Winter (January – March), opportunities were limited anyway. You’d find me at the occasional Bikram yoga class, or with Jillian and her crazy workout DVDs. However, consistency was not my friend. If “rest” was an option, I happily obliged! Not in that I chose to be lazy, but I was afraid of overdoing it.
This time is different.
Sunday: My legs felt no aftermath from the 14-miler. One of my favorite ways to spend Sunday morning? On the bike, with D. It’s become a little tradition; for now, we watch the Tour until 11:30 (EST) and then head out!
Sunday rides have been “norm” for a while now. Initially I wondered, will it be too much as my runs get longer? The counter-argument: if it’s normal/routine, why stop now? I don’t take these rides too seriously; we aren’t busting out 40+ miles, or crazy hours, or high speeds, or tons of hills. We’re just riding; enjoying the bike, getting some exercise, sweating for the day, and loving the company!
Yesterday, we did 27.5 miles (thanks, G!) in about 1 hr 50 minutes. It was a HOT day in DC; I went through the whole bottle of water and then some of D’s. 😉 Note to self: next time use both water-bottle holders. Today, my legs feel just fine!
I take one day OFF per week – I don’t exercise on that day. Walking might be acceptable (I did this last Friday morning – I still wake up around 5:30 a.m., alarm or not, so I took the opportunity to sweat a little bit), but no running/riding/yoga-ing/strength training.
I plan to continue doing this throughout my training, keeping it the norm and using this cross-training to work those muscles differently – if/when I do get sore from a LR, I’ll take it easy. I fully intend to listen to every cue my muscles send, but if they’re up for it? So am I.
Another new “risk” I’m excitedly taking? Power Yoga! Kate and I are going in for Round #3, tomorrow. This will be my second adventure for the day – but you’ll hear more about that later.
What risks are you taking?