I’ve been following the Hal Higdon Novice Marathon training guide like its the damn bible (or what I imagine the bible must be to religious people… because I’m a heathen and don’t get that god stuff).
I’m now in Week 7. According to Hal, I should look back and see that I am 1/3 of the way through the training. Yippee! But now that means the “easing yourself into running a marathon” part is over and now I’m officially running all double digits on the weekends until I begin to taper.
My max distance covered is 10 miles. It wasn’t what I’d deem a successful run and as much as I’ve tried to put it behind me, I will say it has scared the shit out of me. I’m supposed to run 12 miles on Saturday. Holy shit.
12 miles is longer than it takes for me to run from my house in Greektown (a neighborhood in Baltimore) through Highlandtown, Brewer’s Hill, Canton, Fell’s Point, Harbor East, the Inner Harbor and a part of Federal Hill. If you don’t live in Baltimore, I realize this means nothing to you. But for everyone else – holy shit!
I feel like I should be feeling stronger at this point. I ran 7 miles this past Saturday and while I felt I could keep going cardiovascularly (I wasn’t gasping for air like I was in my horrible swim during Iron Girl) – my legs were POOPED.
I’ve been scared to do leg strength training because I was afraid of wearing out my legs. But Sunday, I decided that I need to step it up.
I completed the p90x without any real issue. By the end of it, I was a squating, lunging, push-uping queen.
I haven’t really done much strength training since June.
Monday I decided I’d follow my old leg workout with some chest and tricep work: squats, stationary lunges, reverse lunges, inner-outer thigh machine (or the slut/prude machine as Kristin likes to call it) and push-ups with some additional free weight chest presses.
oh.my.god. Not only are my inner thighs SCREAMING everytime I stand up… my actual butt cheeks ache. Like right in the center of the butt cheek muscle. Pain. In there. My cheek.
For the runners that may read this blog – how should I go about strength training? I think I really need to work on my legs if I think I’m going to continue running in the double digits because at this rate… I’ll be walking the Philly marathon.
For the non-runners reading this and thinking, “Who the fuck cares?” – I’ll talk about some other random stuff. Okay, actually I’m going to talk about running again but I swear it isn’t super boring.
For my September run, I’ve been very selective on the race I want to do. As I mentioned before, I follow the HH training guide like the bible so I had to find an easy Sunday run. I found this: The Fort McHenry Tunnel Run 5k. It fits in perfectly with my schedule and I’ve always had a bizarre fascination with the tunnels in Baltimore. Its a mixture of fear (what if the damn thing collapses and I drown?!) and hate (could they possibly pick any more terrible times to shut down one of the tunnels and cause an extreme backup of traffic?).
Aaaanywho – Kristin is gearing up to run her first 5k nonstop. She’s been running a lot lately and I’m incredibly proud of her for keeping it up. I’ve been in her shoes. I told her it was time to take the plunge and register for a race. The timing of the tunnel run worked out perfectly.
The race benefits the Special Olympics. And I can register as a team! Yippee! I’ve gotten commitments from several friends. My dilemma is picking a team name.