One month of marathon training is in the books! This summer and training cycle is flying by for me, which is good because that means I’m adjusting well to the gradual increase in both mileage and intensity, but also scary because that means I only have three months to go! Eeeek! The last time I was training for a marathon, I think I always had this sense of anxiety. Like I HAD to get my miles in on a specific date, at a specific pace, no fun allowed (aka run alone and try to occupy myself for miles on end in the small City of Troy). Granted I know I need to try and stick to my coach’s weekly mileage, but he’s pretty flexible with my schedule if I have an event or am working in some much needed hiking.
But the best part that I think has taken away the most anxiety is the fact that I don’t have to plan my training cycle. Each week I’m given my weekly workouts and that’s it; I just have to make it happen. I have no clue what next week is going to bring until Sunday evening, and then I feel like my friends and I are texting maniacs trying to get each day of the week mapped out. I can make an educated guess that he’ll make me run at least one 20 miler, but I don’t know when that’ll be, or if two will sneak in. And I’m okay with that.
With it now being July, I also took a look at my total mileage up to this date. 417.35 miles! Even more impressive, to me at least, when you look at where I’ve come since the beginning of the year (total miles per each month):
- January: 22.65
- February: 56.51
- March: 75.02
- April: 102.55!
- May: 88.35
- June: 94.92
Those numbers are amazing numbers in the world of Jona; those numbers show consistency that I’ve never had before. Can’t wait to see those climb even higher as I run 30+ miles each week.
Back to the last two weeks: I ran every run I was scheduled to run and adjusted paces as needed to accommodate for my achy joints. I’m going to try taking an ice bath after my upcoming long runs (10+ miles) to see if that helps and I’m also going to invest in a pair of compression socks. Some people love them, others say they aren’t needed. I’ve personally never used them and would like to give ’em a try, especially now that I’m wearing shorts for longer distances.
My early morning rising habit is starting to rub off on a few people and for yesterday’s long run, a friend joined me at 5AM! And I didn’t even ask! I had a shorter long run this week to give my body a break from the previous two weeks, so 8 miles flew by so fast that I actually finished with 9 miles! Whoops! I miscounted the beeps on my watch, which happens I suppose when you aren’t fixated on pace. My running partner and I fell into a groove and good conversation, so I ran by feel and in result, a tad bit faster than I have in previous weeks. I’m not complaining and neither has my coach, yet.
This week I even squeezed in two high peaks in the Adirondacks: a total of 9.61 miles just hours after running my 9 mile long run yesterday. I knew going into the hike that Street & Nye weren’t as difficult as some of the others, so I tagged along and felt surprisingly good/strong. My feet cramped when I crossed the Indian Pass Brook the second time (the rocks were slippery and hard to grip with tired toes) but the cold water felt great once I sat down to put my boots back on.
I’m happy I got to return to the mountains and incorporated my favorite cross training activity. I’m off on Mondays, so I’m going to try to start hiking more on those days, even if they are shorter, local peaks. I know a pretty enthusiastic kid who’d love to join me and I’d love to catch-up with, so hopefully I can make that happen over the next two months while he’s off from school. I have to remember to have a little fun while working hard!