Marathon Training : First three weeks
Last time we spoke, I was full of stitches and nervously eyeing training plans and spring races. Six weeks later – I am happy to say my recovery has gone well, and I am back to running (without pain!).
This is the first time in three years that I haven’t been pregnant, or recovering from a pregnancy, and that means I have big ideas for what I plan to do with my newly reclaimed body. I’ll update my fitness goals for the year, of which there are many, on an appropriately themed New Year’s post, but my big goal this year is to properly train for a spring marathon. I also want to finish it in less than 4 hours.
So far the hardest part hasn’t been the runs themselves, but the tetris required to fit an hour (or more) long run into our already tightly wound schedule. My work schedule basically means that two days of the week are required rest days, and that leaves me with five days of the week that require runs ! or cross-training! or speedwork! I am tentatively following a hybrid of the Hal Higdon novice 2 training program and the Nike + marathon coach program, and am choosing to ignore the part where Hal Higdon says that if you change up too much of the plan you aren’t really following the plan.
My first three weeks of training looked like this:
(I put a zero in places where I was supposed to do something, but didn’t do it. Training fail.)
So, things are going well with the running part of the training. But, I need your help! I am entering uncharted territory with cross-training. I don’t have a bike or access to a pool. This leaves me with weight lifting, but does strength training count for cross training? Oddly enough, Google will not answer this question for me.
Also, I am in the market for nutrition/meal-idea advice for post long-runs. This is the one area where my hatred of bananas truly does me a disservice. What do you eat after a long run?