I could go into the whole, I've been busy story, which is true but I mean we've all heard that right? I do miss blogging, hence why you haven't gotten the "I'm too busy for this so I won't be blogging anymore" post, but I'm working on prioritizing my life and so far I haven't found a place to add in blogging.... That's not to say that I don't have things to write about.
But now I actually do have things to write about and some motivation to do so because once again I'm training for and RAISING MONEY for the St. Jude Marathon in Memphis on December 6th.
If you remember, I raised money last year and planned to run but after an injury 3 weeks out from the race I had plans to attempt the half. But Mother Nature had other plans and a cross country ice storm not only kept me from getting to Memphis but also cause the race to be canceled. St. Jude handled the situation unbelievable well and so I knew I wanted to support them again this year. I will put up another post right after this one but this one will be about my training so far.
Technically training started at the beginning of August, but my goal this year was to run consistently throughout the summer so that when it was time to start official training I didn't feel like I was starting over. For the most part I was successful, at least when it comes to how much I have run the past I did great!
In June I covered 89 miles and ran 1 half marathon and a 5k with my dad.
In July I only covered 56 miles and I was supposed to run a half marathon but I bailed the night before.
In August I also only covered 63 miles and ran 1 half marathon and my second best 5k ever.
In all that's a total of 208 miles!! Given that in past summers I barely have run 100 miles I will gladly take that. I would have liked to have been a little more consistent in July and definitely more so in August but hey, you do what you can.
September is practically over and I'm currently sitting at 82 miles for the month with a 14 miler scheduled for this afternoon. So I will definitely break 100 miles for this month!
Since I'm just catching you all up on my training I won't do an official 'Weekly Training Report' (I will do one NEXT Monday, when I get back from my cruise!) but to give you an idea of what training looks like on a weekly basis here is how I break it down:
Mondays: Speed work
Wednesdays: easy recovery run
Friday: Usually long run or mid-distance easy run
Saturday: Long run if it wasn't done on Friday or mid-distance EASY recovery run
Sunday: short EASY run
I am using the Hanson Marathon Training method this go around and it's something that is so foreign to me but so far I really like it. I think more than anything I like the mental toughness it gives me. I will also do a specific blog post on this method and why I chose it later on.
So for now, here is what I have set for the next 10 days or so.... I am leaving tomorrow morning and going on a 5 day cruise with my mom and sisters! I am so excited but I am definitely taking my running shoes!!
Today: 14 miles with Kristie
Saturday: Off/travel day
Sunday: 6-8 miles
Monday: Speed work (6x1600m w/400 jogs) YIKES this one scares me!
Tuesday: 6 miles
Wednesday: 3 miles
Friday: 6 miles
Saturday: 15 miles (15k DRC race + 6 miles)
Sunday: recovery run 4-6 miles