Week 1 of condensed marathon training went surprisingly well. I made some mistakes, but managed to hit all of my runs and most of my lifts. My long run on Sunday was…rough. Rough in that, I thought I could do the nine measly miles without water. Somehow my fueling knowledge from triathlons didn’t naturally convert into marathon training (over-confidence much?), and I learned the hard way I need some water after 5 miles. My pace on the second half of the run really suffered from my lack of water, which was incredibly unfortunate because the first half of the run went really well. I was so thirsty I fantasized about stopping and asking tourists for some of their water. I also went hiking with my man this weekend, which surprisingly took a toll on my legs. That obviously didn’t help me out on my long run the next day.
Beautiful view from the hike to Mt. Rogers – the highest peak in Virginia
But, you live and learn, and this week is a new week! Here is my Week 2 plan for my marathon training. I’m increasing my long-run mileage by approx 20% per week; fingers crossed this drastic increase doesn’t lead to any injuries.
Anyone have any recommendations for a fuel belt? I painfully realized I need one for these long runs, and have no idea what type I should get!