So it appears Marathon training is in full swing! Somehow it snuck up on me and apparently I am in the thick of it already. I was looking at my miles for the Month of July as June I hit 100 and I wanted to see if I would this month too. Not a problem as I hit it today and we’ve still got a little more than a week to go. Not even sure how that happened. This is when I realized that I’m in marathon training. This past week I ran 30 miles alone!
The surprising thing even with the higher miles I’m feeling pretty good. I’m noticing that on my faster pace runs that is usually when my Plantar Fasciitis bothers me. I think between my orthotics, taping my foot, the stretching, and heating my foot it is all coming together. It’s a slow process and I wish it would just hurry up and go away, but it is better. I think this may just be something I will have to just realize is part of my running.
Anyway, in looking at my training this last week, I’m realizing that really my runs have just been steadily getting longer. It’s not just that I went from zero to a hundred overnight. I’ve been adding a mile to most of my runs over the last couple of weeks. Very sneaky, Caolan, very sneaky. It’s good this gradual increase because first of all that is what your supposed to do and secondly I didn’t even notice.
I was also able to sneak in two group runs this past week. One was a group run that I intentionally let myself fall behind on as they were running at a 9:40 pace and I was supposed to run a little slower and I knew my faster cut-down was 2 days later. I ran faster than my pace called for but I did have the company of another mama runner who also didn’t want to keep up the faster pace. Then I was able to do my nice easy 5 with my girlfriend who didn’t mind that I was slowing her down to an easy 11 mile pace. I needed these group runs:)
Now as I’m in the thick of it, I am also preparing for our annual family vacation to Vermont. I’m working with my coach to make sure that I don’t loose steam on vacation. This will be the first vacation that I really try to continue with a training plan while there. It should be interesting. She is also going to make this a set back week which I need anyway. Hopefully this will help and the hills of Vermont will be kind to me.
How do you keep up with your training on Vacation.