When I first started running, I devoured running blogs. I loved reading people’s training logs, their race recaps, and their emotions about the whole process. But there was one problem: all of these people were a lot faster than me. I wanted to read someone who was more like me: not a speedster, but plodding along day after day, trying her best. So I decided it’d be up to me.
I used to write recaps of my own, three summers ago when I was training for my first half marathon. I didn’t do it for my first marathon, but I wished I did. So I’m doing it now, for marathon number two.
The Road Ahead
The race is on March 24, 2019. I’m training with the LA Road Runners, and we started training last Saturday, September 29. It’s a long training cycle (26 weeks) and a few people have questioned that, since most marathon training plans tend to be 16-20 weeks. Our program is a bit different in that it starts with shorter runs and builds a foundation before moving on to the longer runs most programs start with.
I may write a post about my intentions/hopes for this training cycle, but the main reasons I signed up for this crazy adventure again are because 1) I know I can do better than I did before and 2) I loved how I felt when I was training before. The schedule and regimen were really good for me.
That said, I wasn’t super excited about the prospect of going to the first run on Saturday. But then I woke up and got really excited during the drive. It was great to see people again, and it made me feel like part of a community. I had that feeling of planting down roots – doing the same thing for the second time with the same people.
I intended to work out at least twice during the week but it didn’t happen. Not a great start, but it’s okay. 26 weeks is a long time, and I’m alright giving myself a bit of grace at the start.
Saturday: 3 mile run at 13:22 min/mi pace. This felt okay – honestly a little bit fast. We run with pace groups and I think I’m going to try a different group next week.
Here’s what I’m planning for this week:
Monday: Boot camp + 30 minute run
Tuesday: 30 minute run at the track
Wednesday: November Project workout + evening yoga
Thursday: 40 minute run
Saturday: 4 mile group run
I’m hoping to write quick recaps with thoughts/plans/feelings/results every week. I’m excited for what’s to come!