Every Sunday, I utilize the local Metropark’s as my method for completing long distance runs. The routes make it easy to control the distance I want to run and provides challenging elevations to improve my incline resistance.
I have 9 months to prepare for the Columbus Marathon. I’ll be relying on this weekly routine, 3-4 HIIT workouts through Orangetheory Fitness, and a few official races in between to prepare for the challenge ahead. Every week, it’ll be my goal to increase my distance and get as close to running a marathon distance as I can.
Shown above are my results from my first two weeks of training. This is the foundation from which I’ll build off, allowing me to set goals to get me where I want to go. I’m very pleased to see how things have started off, considering the many factors going into the start of training.
Before week 1, I took a 2 month hiatus from running. I limited my workouts and relaxed on my eating habits. In my mind, this was the perfect time to celebrate what I accomplished throughout the year and not worry about anything else. I was worried that my body was getting out of shape. However, my first two weeks of training match very closely to what I ended with last year.
Week 1 showed a lot of potential with opening miles that paced within 8 minutes/mile but were not sustainable for the duration of the run. Consistency was the biggest issue with this run and I felt that my breathing was all over the place. Going into the second week, my focus was to increase my distance to 10 miles and improve my consistency along the run. While I didn’t start as strong as I did last week, I improved my consistency and felt better throughout the run. My heart rate was more stable and my breathing was much more relaxed.
The weather was similar both weeks. I ran in the mid-30s with cloudy and rainy conditions. Honestly, this is what I prefer as these conditions will likely resemble what I’ll face when the time comes to run the marathon.
Next week, I’ll focus on running 12 miles instead of 10. I’ve been able to stay within 9 minutes/mile in regards to my overall pace. However, it’s been more of a struggle to do so as I add more miles (Week 1: 8:43, Week 2: 8:50). It’ll be my goal to still stay within an average pace of 9 minutes/mile.
Thanks to all for your time! Your support means the world to me. Stay tuned for more updates! Until next time.