Monday, July 29, 2013
Detroit Marathon Countdown: 12 Weeks
12 weeks. 3 months. We're getting closer. I've sort of been sticking to the plan. In my own way. In my first countdown post I wrote about how I planned to change things up a lot - double up on cross-training and runs and eliminate the rest day. Well, it wasn't long before my body told me otherwise! (Imagine that, right?)
Instead of trying to keep my regularly-scheduled cycle and boot camp program (2x/week each), plus adhere to the training plan, I've made a few modifications. Here's what my weeks looks like at this point in my training:
Monday: Cross training - Yoga (60 min), Cycle (55 min), Weight Machines (20 min)
Tuesday: Run (6 mile social run)
Wednesday: Run (minus 1-2 miles from plan), Boot Camp (75 min)
Thursday: Run (6 mile social run), Cycle (55 min)
Friday: Yoga (60 min)
Saturday: Run (group run at RUNdetroit or a race - plan mileage may be adjusted)
Sunday: Long run
I'm using the plan as a framework and so far it's working out really well for me. I ran 14 miles on Sunday. It should have only been 9 but I was feeling good so I skipped ahead to next Sunday's long run. (I told you I cannot stick to a plan!) Anyway, it was my longest distance and the only time I've run anywhere close to that was in a race. In fact, I've never run more than 10 outside of a race and never more than 7 by myself. So this was HUGE. It was quite the mental test. My average pace was 7:34. Not race pace but for an easy training run I was quite pleased. I know I'm only partway to 26.2 but I'm getting there.
Next up - nutrition on the long run. GU? Shot Bloks? Liquified banana in a flask? (haha)
What is your on-the-go nutrition for long runs?
Read previous Detroit Marathon Countdown posts - 17 Weeks, 15 Weeks