Well, I’m about 4 weeks into my Marathon training and everything is running smooth to date. I’ve managed to log every run thus far from the Hal Higdon training plan, with only missing one scheduled day. I have also started working back in some swim workouts, as I have been running so much lately, I have forgotten how much I love to swim.
Throughout the past 4 weeks my pace has generally been anywhere between 9:30 and 10:00 miles for runs longer than 10 miles. I do still try to work some speed into shorter workouts, however very carefully as I have been afraid to re-injure the Arch of my left foot. This morning I took it easy the first few miles, and then picked it up as much as I could for the last 2. It was nice to know that I still had the gas left in the tank when I needed it!
(this mornings short WORKOUT RECAP)
Mile One: 9:45
Mile Two: 9:31
Mile Three: 9:44
Mile Four: 8:58
Mile Five: 8:15
Mile Six: 6:44
I am going to pick my pace up a bit in the long runs, and see if I can hold a 9:00 to 9:30 pace over 16 miles this weekend… Stay tuned for the results!
This past Sunday, my son Ethan was born, at 3:35 PM. Checking in at 7 pounds 2.8 ounces, and 19 inches long! I am a PROUD dad! Ethan is my second child, as I also have a 2 year old daughter, Fiona. I have been graced this week with not only my own little future ironman, but the ability to spend a week home from work, for some much needed family bonding time!
I am now in the midst of week 2. Yesterday I logged an easy 4 mile run, and this afternoon a logged an 8 mile run, with a little hill training thrown in. My splits have slowed a little, however, I think that is to be expected with the lack of sleep that comes along with a newborn in the house! Tomorrow morning I will be running an easy 5 miles, and then Saturday, I am ramping it up to a 17 mile run.
I have began to work in a 3 ounce glass of Tart Cherry Juice before and after each run. I have read multiple articles that talk about just how powerful the vitamins and nutrients found in cherries are. Many athletes speak values of much faster you can recover after introducing cherry juice into pre and post workout routine. I will follow up on this next week after Ive given it some time, to let you know how its worked!
So, a few days ago I wrote a post about registering for my first Marathon. Since then, I have found and began following the Hal Higdon Novice 1 Marathon Training guide. However, due to the short time (8 week) that I have to prepare, I have fast forwarded to week 8 of his guide. While this is most certainly not recommended, due to the gradual buildup in mileage that his plan is designed around, I was already a fairly active runner, logging no less than 15 miles in a given week.
My first week calls for a total of 39 miles, and so far I have already logged 15. I have began to feel a bit of Arch Pain in my left foot, which I believe is related to a prior injury from earlier in the season. After contacting a friend of mine who works for Inside Track on the West Shore, he suggested I try using KT Tape. I have seen many athletes, including football players, hockey players, track athletes, and even my own sister wearing this “neon colored tape,” but never really knew what in the world it was. After he explained how it worked, I figured for 12 bucks, what could possible go wrong.
Today at work, I followed the instructions found on their website and applied the proper pieces to my foot where I am experiencing the soreness. THE SORENESS WAS INSTANTLY GONE! It has now been 6 hours since I applied the tape, and I feel like I could run right now. I would recommend this tape to anyone experiencing soreness due to running. Now, rest assured if my foot turns green or falls off tonight, I’ll be sure to update this post tomorrow, however, as of now I am 100 percent SORENESS FREE!