5 Miles

Wow, I wasn’t sure I was going to make
it. Between the heat and my shins hurting I nearly gave up at 4. Finally,
my stubborn tendencies are useful. This was the first really warm run .
I’ve done. The predicted high today is 85. I started around 9 am so I
missed the real heat of the day but I was still soaked with sweat when
I got home.

I knew more than a month ago that I probably wasn’t wearing the right shoes, but it took shin-splints to get me to do anything about it. Also, last week I ran 3 times in a row on hard concrete and was punished for it in shin splints. I’ve learned that there is a lot of science involved with running shoes and I need motion control shoes – shoes that keep my feet from rolling around too much as I run. I replaced my shoes and ran on the gravel by the mall – much better.

Today, I ran along the mall. To avoid running on pavement, I took the metro to the Capital and ran along the grass and gravel to the Lincoln memorial and back. Even though the cherry blossoms are past their peak, DC is beautiful this time of year. That turned out to be shorter than I thought so I ran home from the Capital to get the last mile.

I can tell that "walk breaks" and I are going to be good friends. The marathon training program focuses on intervals of walking and running. Right now I am doing 3 minutes of running and 1 minute of walking because those two increments are on my watch timer. The marathon program likes to do things in 1:2:4 and 6 minute increments but I only have 1:3:5 and 15 on my watch. When we start the group runs, my pace group leader will keep time.

*editors note: By running a measured course in May, I discovered that all of my pedometer mileage was off for Feb/Mar/Apr by .3 miles for every mile. For example, on April 22th I thought I ran 5 miles but actually ran 5 + (.3*5) or 6.5 miles. I left the logs as originally written.

AIDS Marathon Training Meeting

I feel like my training is back on track.  It’s a good thing too because if I hadn’t had a couple good runs this week, the horror stories about dehydration and over training at the Orientation Meeting would have really freaked me out.
The two program reps running the meeting were both experience marathoners.  They both ran their first marathon with the training program.  One has gone on to run others and just ran Boston in about 3 hours – WOW.  I’ll be excited if I run the Marine Corps Marathon in under 6 hours.  They kept telling stories they thought were funny about what not to do.  Some were funny but I was wondering if they were really recruiting or not.  I still feel pretty confident.
I am looking forward to starting the group runs.  I am also a little leery.  I have never run with other people and never thought I would be into talking while running.  I guess we will see.

Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday



XTraining 

Day



Long walk
or circuit
weights at
the gym
depending
on
the weather.




Running 

Day



Run 30-45 minutes *

 



XTraining 

Day




Circuit
weights,
Yoga Class
or
Swimming



Running 

Day



Run 30-45 minutes *

 



XTraining 

Day




Circuit
weights,
Yoga Class
or
Swimming



Rest Day 







Rest up for long run



Running

Day



LONG RUN* 

First Group Run 3 miles — 5-May
4 miles — 12-May
5 miles — 19-May
6 miles — 26-May
7 miles — 2-Jun
8 miles — 9-Jun
10 miles — 16-Jun
12 miles — 23-Jun
6 miles — 30-Jun
14 miles — 7-Jul
7 miles — 14-Jul
16 miles — 21-Jul
8 miles — 28-Jul
18 miles — 4-Aug
9 miles — 11-Aug
20 miles — 18-Aug
10 miles or 5k — 25-Aug
10 miles — 1-Sep
22 miles — 8-Sep
8 miles or 5K — 15-Sep
8 miles — 22-Sep
24-26 miles — 29-Sep
8 miles — 6-Oct
8 miles — 13-Oct
8 miles — 20-Oct
Marine Corps Marathon — 28-Oct



 

 

* indicates AIDS Marathon Training minimum requirements.  One long run for endurance and two shorter maintenance runs per week.

*editors note: By running a measured course in May, I discovered that all of my pedometer mileage was off for Feb/Mar/Apr by .3 miles for every mile. For example, on April 22th I thought I ran 5 miles but actually ran 5 + (.3*5) or 6.5 miles. I left the logs as originally written.

4 Miles

Long run on Capital Hill – I ran from the house up to Lincoln Park, to the Capital, down the mall the the Air & Space Museum and back.  The walk – run intervals suggested by the training program are really helpful.  I didn’t feel wiped out at the end of the run at all.  So much that I was up for hiking with Mac in Rock Creek Park that afternoon.  I should start running earlier in the morning though – both to acclimate myself for early training runs later on and to avoid the midday tourists on the mall.

End of March

I lost a bunch of training time this month.  We had a great vacation. The picture is of me and Mac at Topeka Canyon. Because I am the photographer, I am in almost none of the photos.

I ran twice in LA.  We did a lot of walking, I stretched a lot and did two short yoga workouts. Felt great. We relaxed and I took a ton of pictures.

After we got back though, I came down with a whopper of a cold.  I was sick (and therefore off training) from the 1st to the 11th of April.  Yuck. Started working out again on the 12th.

Cross Training

This week was all about cross training.¬† I swam, biked, worked out on the elliptical trainer and went to yoga class.¬† I am missing my long run this weekend because we are flying to California for vacation.¬† I’ll try to get a couple runs in while we are there.

3.26 Miles

First long run since I signed up for the marathon.  Since I was visiting Mom & Dad for the weekend I ran the trail behind their house.  The rough and hilly terrain made for very slow going and was tough on my ankles.  Capital Hills flat sidewalks are cake compared to that.  I should probably get shoes with better supports.   The weather was nice though.  The local mountain bike team looped me.

Signed Up

I attended the AIDS Marathon recruitment meeting this evening.  I’m probably crazy, but I signed up.  The director of the program was there and he didn’t run a marathon until he was 40 – he didn’t even run until then.  At least I run already.  The group was mixed.  A couple folks have run marathons or run competitively but quite a few hadn’t run at all.

I am impressed by the program. The training is smart — not too much and not too fast. The program has raised a lot of money for the Whitman-Walker Clinic.

I signed up.  Time to start training.  The official program doesn’t begin until May 5 with a 5K (or 3 mile run).  I am planning to train enough do be at 6 miles before May 5.  I also want to get into a cross training schedule during the week.

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