So now that life is back to normal, I had to sit down and do my final looking at and adjusting of my marathon training schedule. I can't believe the time is almost here, it honestly feels like I signed up for the race 100 years ago. It kind of was honestly, I signed up in January and now we are halfway through July. I also can't believe how calm and ready I feel to start training, I don't know if that's because I know what to expect this go around, if I have amnesia or if I'm just in denial, but regardless I will take it!
My training schedule is based on this one, although I added another week for a total of 17 weeks of training. Each week essentially contains 4 training runs and 3 rest days per week, and I decided instead of having a strict schedule that I would keep things flexible and do whatever mile run that feels appropriate for that day. For instance, the schedule for Week 4 requires a 3 miler, 5 miler, 3 miler and an 8 miler. Instead of scheduling days for those, I'll take the week as it comes depending on how my body feels and what we've got going on in our personal life. Let's pretend that it's a Wednesday, I feel amazing, and I want to do my long run that day instead of waiting until the weekend. Well...why wait, why not just crush 8 miles while the spirit is willing? That's my thinking anyway for now, perhaps it will change, but I think giving myself flexibility is going to keep me from feeling resentful and trapped by a strict schedule. I mean let's face it, that day will come anyway, I'm just trying to do what I can to lessen it.
I also decided that the last 3 weeks of July are going to be the equivalent of preseason football games for me, and that I'm going to follow the first 3 weeks of my training schedule, then repeat when my actual training starts. Training without high stakes as it were. I figure that it will get me used to following a schedule and having to do certain mileages.
Unfortunately my preseason isn't looking so hot this far! Yesterday was my first run and I chose to do the 3 miler since it had been awhile since I'd run. I'm not going to lie, it really sucked. It was humid, I felt sluggish, couldn't breathe and felt like I was running through tar. Then I went out again today and did another 3 miler that was supposed to be a 4 miler, but between the humidity, difficulty breathing, leg cramps and screaming hip pain I had to cut it short. My hip pretty much always hurts, but it was especially agonizing today to the point that I couldn't bear even walking the 4th mile. It is definitely discouraging, so I'm taking tomorrow off then doing the 4 miler on Thursday and the 5 miler on Friday in the hopes that it will give my hip time to straighten up. I am going to roll it tonight, so hopefully that will help.
Anyway, I'm sure that things will start to get better, it's just acclimation blues or some such thing.