So, running + marathon training. Iâ€™ve actually been doing it, lately.Â With varying levels of success…but considering everything else going on in my day-to-day life Iâ€™m feeling pretty good at where Iâ€™m at with running. Iâ€™ve been getting #GameOnPGH 4+ days of running in each week, Iâ€™ve sprinkled in a few days of snowboarding/hiking to spice things up and I feel pretty good about the amount of effort I have to put into my runs, physically + mentally. Not bad, right?!
Iâ€™ve only topped out at 12 miles, so far. And while I had a minor “gah, thatâ€™s not enough” spaz the other day Iâ€™ve done a little counting + scribbling and I feel pretty good about it. My upcoming weeks of training [only 10 left!] are going to look something like this, in terms of long run mileage…14, 10, 16, 18, 14, 20, 22, 16, 14, 12, race day. Seems like a solid #GameOnPGH plan, eh?
**you can take a peak at my semi-regularly updated training game plan here: #GameOnPGH Training**
That gives me a steady but manageable increase each week with some legitimate down weeks every third week. Plus, Iâ€™ll get three weeks of tapering. All things Iâ€™m comfortable with and confident in. And, now that Iâ€™ve come to terms with this “four mile warm-up” mumbo jumbo I know how to get past that 5-7 mile rut I dug myself into over the last few weeks.
Iâ€™ve even been doing a fairly good job of sticking with my four-types-of-runs version of a training plan…if you ignore the “speed work” run I put on that list. And the longer runs I missed out on when I couldnâ€™t get myself to go beyond 5 miles [granted, one day a two-a-day got me that long run!]. Oops. Okay, so I havenâ€™t been that on spot with my training but somehow Iâ€™m still confident I wonâ€™t die on the course come race day. But I have a good “excuse”…
…I am easily distracted! I live about 2 miles up a mountainside in a condo surrounded by endless ribbons of hard packed snow trails. Sure, down the mountain there is a long, winding paved trail along a river but it feels silly to drive down to pavement if I could just run around int he snow, right? This is how it all starts. A few times I have left the house with Max and hit the snowy trails, on a mission to get down the mountain and onto the paved trails for a few miles of “road running”. I had good intentions, I swear.
In my two weeks of actual marathon training I have managed to get down the mountain and onto the paved trails exactly…once. And that was just because I was on a mission to return a few things to Target. Â Every other time? Well, we get down the mountain and are faced with about a quarter mile of running along shoulder of a paved road. Not terrible, but not exactly fun. There is room to safely run but it requires sloshing through melting snow [hello there, spring in February!] which neither Max nor I enjoy. Â So, rather than trudge through the slush we meander along the snow packed trails and while Max is peeing on everything I focus on running the full 2+ miles back up the mountain without any breathers. With slow but notable success!
I mean, Iâ€™ve been told the Pittsburgh Marathon has a few hills so…Iâ€™m still training for the marathon, right? Ha.
Either way, Iâ€™m feeling pretty good about where Iâ€™m at. Maybe a little too good as I got a little trigger happy on UltraSignUp — the Never Summer 100K is officially part of my life, as a runner. I paced Never Summer last year and sort of loved it. Itâ€™s a mountain race in July, it could rain, snow, thunder or scorch…or all of the above. At the very least I wonâ€™t be bored?