6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

1st Week of Traning

Last week was my first official week of my 16 week "Rookie" marathon training. Yes I am a Rookie with only 3 road races under my belt: a local 5K in Bonney Lake, which I won for the Women when I was 20. My time was amazing, but I cannot for the life of me remember. Ran the 10K Bloomsday while in college. And last year I ran the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K. I digress...

My plan was to start training on Monday, but Mother Nature had other plans. I am not a fair weather runner, but large snow flakes, wind and COLD made a Tuesday much more appealing. With my work-lunch-running buddy Shelby in tow, and the Garmin ready to capture our every step, the journey began.. Internally a switch turned on and I questioned my choice, " Am I really going to do this?". My obsessive mind keeps struggling "1/2 Marathon or Marathon??" UGH!! With the Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon 16 weeks away I plan to decide on my goal distance at week 8 of training. And now my current obsession is time, "If I do a Marathon why not qualify for the Boston Marathon?" So I have the 8.23 pace posted on my Runner's World Calendar.

It may be a stretch to believe that my post 2 knee surgery and 2 kids body can travel over 26 miles in one day. Now I am adding the pressure of time, what am I crazy?? Most would say yes, but as I Blog hop I realize that I am in good company. SO week 1 is in the books and my average pace was 8.27, SWEET!!! For a week wrought with stomach issues, cold and wind that is pretty darn good. I opted to traverese a few big hills on my 5 miler, painful but necessary. Hills, hills, evil hills. If anyone has tips for hill training I would love to hear.

Today is training day 2 for this week. It is raining, but it is Seattle so what is new??


Marlene said...

Well I couldn't leave this post sitting here without any comments. LOL, I remember the no-comment days when I was writing just for me!

Who knew it would come to this?!

marie cecile said...

I am currently on a no-comment basis as I started my running blog this week. But just to write for oneself is such a motivation. So are all your blogs ! Did not know there were so much people struggling with the same problems as me !
your two blogs are my favorites ! ;)