Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Marathon Training - Raw Power

I'm a week and a half into my 17 week marathon training and so far, so good. I am trying very hard to stick to the training program I have chosen as closely as possible. As mentioned in a previous post, I am following the Hal Higdon "Novice 2" marathon training program. (Information about the program is available HERE).

I am using this plan, just removing Week 1
Thus far, 6 runs and one cross training session in, I am following this plan exactly (with the omission of week 1, which was replaced by a 5k race week. Other than running on a regular basis (which has been challenging for me since Baby Time), the first few weeks of this training is not too daunting. The key for me is consistency and gradually ramping up mileage and, to a certain extent, pace.

Even though my "official" "training" is just starting, a couple things have come from the runs. Yesterday, I had a pretty decent 3 mile run (wish my legs felt that good during my race a couple weeks ago) and I had my running music playing (I'll do a running music post at some point). Anyhow, Raw Power by Iggy and the Stooges came up as well as "Gimme Danger" and "Search and Destroy" from the same album. Since I always need a theme song for my running adventures, I decided that the song and theme would be RAW POWER. I need to tap into my raw power and unleash it. I can feeeeeel it.

Iggy has a ton of energy is still pretty ripped. 

This morning I got up about and hour early and ran 5 miles. I have run before work a couple times before, but this was the first time I felt like I could make it a regular thing. Today, I started out at an easy pace. After a couple miles, I decided I felt too good and thought I should look at my watch. I was going slower than I thought, so I had to go faster, as this was supposed to be like a tempo run. It went pretty well overall and I felt a bit energized during work. I'll need to go to bed a bit earlier, but I can do this.

I'm excited about getting ready for the marathon!