If you asked me last week how I was feeling about my upcoming marathon training program, I’d have been on the fence about even starting. Due to some health issues, I’m still not 100% sure I’ll be attempting to BQ, let alone run, at the Goodlife Victoria Marathon this October. But since I’m playing the waiting game right now, I thought I’d write myself a summer marathon training plan structured around my upcoming travels (Blogfest!) and vacations (Sunfest!), and at least start doing some more frequent and longer runs leading up to the Beat the Blerch Half in September.
So here’s what I came up with:
It’s kind of a mix of the FIRST marathon training method, but with an extra 5K or 11K run a week added in (depending on my flex day schedule) since I’m limited to an hour workout in the mornings, plus Tone It Up workouts from the Beach Babe 4 DVD to supplement the strength and stretch portion of my training plan.
I know I won’t be able to hit my tempo and interval run pace targets just yet, but it’s something to shoot for while I continue to pick up my 5K pace with the Ocean Spray® PACt® cranberry extract water #evenbetter challenge over the next week.
Hit a few sub 5:00 min KMs on today’s 10K #sundayrunday – longest run I’ve done in awhile! Felt pretty sluggish in the heat and my general out-of-shapness cardio-wise but otherwise okay! #evenbetter #powerof50 #oisellevolée #runchat #sweatpink #summerrunning #oisellecanada #yyj #fitfluentialambassador
This past week I did three runs: Wednesday was a decent 26 minute 5K with a few sub 5:00 kms in the midst (full disclosure: I had to stop once half way through to throw up – running at that speed after taking my iron supplement sans breakfast is NOT a good idea); Friday was a slow and sloggy 4.5K run I just wanted to be over and done with, and Sunday was a decent 10K run that actually made me enjoy running again.
I don’t know what’s up with me and running right now. Some days I can’t wait to get out there, and other days I’d rather be doing anything else. Which is funny, because summer on the island is prime running weather – you’d think it’d be harder to get out there and run during our dreary, wet and cold winters. Sure, it gets hot and muggy; but if you head out the door early enough, it’s lovely and pleasant.
Hopefully this new marathon training plan, the #evenbetter 5K challenge and the IDEA World Fitness conference next week will help to inspire me and pull me out of this summer fitness funk.
How’s your fitness routine going this summer? Are you in a running rut as well? What keeps you motivated during the summer to work out? What races are you training for right now?