One week of Marine Corps Marathon training down, 15 to go.
Here’s a snapshot of what I see in my Runner’s World Challenge training log. All of the workouts from my plan are pre-loaded into there, and I can then export them to my g-cal.
I can also just drag and drop a workout to change up y schedule a bit. For example, the plan has long runs on Sunday, but I usually run my long runs on Saturday so I can have the rest of the weekend free to have fun and have them over with. So, I just swapped Saturday and Sunday’s runs.
Here’s a zoomed-in example of what I see (complete with my logged miles and notes.) Also, by “easy enough to run hills,” I mean somewhere relatively easy for me to get to. Since I’ve basically resigned myself to becoming a morning runner since I’m either working late or doing something else at night, I still want to get as much sleep as possible and run, so I don’t really want to take the subway to Central Park or somewhere else hilly to run.
This morning, I had big plans to go to the beach with Emily, but I woke up, looked outside and at weather.com and realized that today was not going to be a good beach day. It was overcast and humid, and thunderstorms were in the forecast. No thanks. Since I was up, I did some work, but then started feeling EXHAUSTED, like I’d taken Benadryl.
I would like to introduce you to the culprit. I started taking these supplements a few years ago when working out with a trainer. He told me that the magnesium was good for athletes (and according to a study cited in the article, female runners have intakes as low as 59% of the recommended daily allowance) because it aided in muscle recovery. My muscles were feeling pretty achy last night, so I decided to take one of these babies. Whoa. I don’t remember this happening when I first started taking it, but I felt like I got hit by a truck this morning. I did some work and general screwing around on the Internets from about 7-10 and then had to go back to sleep, I felt so lethargic. Has this ever happened to any of you?
While the magnesium-induced lethargy was not so ideal, it did force me to just slow down for a few hours today. No catching up on work, Junior League work, blogging, working out, doing laundry, screwing around on the Internet. Just dog-snuggling and TV-watching.
Yes, of course my dog has a banana toy.
Eventually, I decided I needed to get in today’s run, a 4-mile easy run. My plan calls for 5 days, and on two of the days, it says I can substitute cross-training, but I’m trying to see if I can get adjusted to running 5 days a week. I’ll try it for a few weeks, and if anything starts hurting or it feels like too much, I’ll drop down to 4. I was really sore and tight, so I decided I needed some yoga, too.
I was looking for something that wouldn’t kick my ass, but wasn’t just lay-on-the-ground-and-do-a-few-stretches, and this class was perfect. It was a flow, but it never moved too quickly for my sore muscles. I ran one mile there, took the 65-minute class, and then ran 3 miles home to finish out my 4 miles for the day.
Today’s miles: 4 / Week miles: 27! Even though a few of the runs this week were less than awesome, I’m still happy with my first week of training.
Those of you who’ve just started training for something: how’s your training going?
Fellow runners, what kind of supplements, if any do you take?
Edited to add: Runner’s World gave me a comp entry into their RW Challenge program to blog about it. All opinions are my own.