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Marathon Training is ON!

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Good morning! I’m still avoiding my FitBloggin’ photo recap because it’s just too damn emotional. That being said, I returned to the gym this morning for the first time since last Tuesday and now I’m all fired up to start training.

If you didn’t know, in a bout of insanity I signed up for my second marathon. It was one of the things I did to push myself out of my comfort zone this year <– side note: I’m KILLING that list right now!

Anyway, after meeting Jeff Galloway at FitBloggin‘ I got all excited about running again. His run-walk approach is fascinating and I’m going to give it a try because honestly… I’m not feeling the long distances like I used to.

Based on what I read from his site I’m going to start with a 3:1 ratio when I run. That means 3 minutes of running and then 1 minute of walking.  I can’t wait to see how it affects my times.

To help with the intervals I’ll be using my Gymboss Interval Timer.

My Gymboss

To be honest, they sent it to me YEARS ago but I really never had a need for it so it’s been sitting in a drawer since 2010.

I dug it out this morning and set it to the 3:1 ratio. My plan is to run my first 30 minutes with it this afternoon.

I also dug through my old marathon training schedule based on Hal Higdon‘s programs and decided to again build my own training program. I’m by no means an expert — this is just what I pulled together to help me increase distances, maintain my current strength and keep me going. I like having something to cross off.

Week Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
6/30-7/6 off run/cross cross run/cross cross off 5
7/7-7/13 cross run/cross cross run/cross cross off 6
7/14-7/20 beach beach beach beach beach beach 8
7/21-7/27 cross run/cross cross run off off 6
7/28-8/3 cross run/cross cross run/cross cross off 7
8/4-8/10 cross run/cross cross run/cross cross off 5
8/11-8/17 cross run/cross cross run/cross cross off 9
8/18-8/24 cross run/cross cross run/cross cross off 10
8/25-8/31 cross run/cross cross run/cross cross off 7
9/1-9/7 cross run/cross cross run/cross cross off 12
9/8-9/14 cross run/cross cross run/cross cross off 10
9/15-9/21 cross run/cross cross run/cross off comp 5
9/22-9/28 cross run/cross cross run/cross cross off 15 12
9/29-10/5 cross run/cross cross run/cross cross off 15
10/6-10/12 cross run/cross cross run/cross cross off 18
10/13-10/19 cross run/cross cross run/cross off HALF rest
10/20-10/26 cross run/cross cross run/cross cross off 20
10/27-11/2 cross run/cross cross run/cross cross off 12
11/3-11/9 cross run/cross cross run/cross cross off 8
11/10-11/16 cross run/cross cross run/cross short run off 26.2

*Note: All midweek runs will be approximately 30 minutes.

CrossFit is so ingrained in my daily routine I don’t want to give it up. Plus, we do a 5 day a week strength program working on individual lifts daily and I don’t want to stop my progress there. So I plan on going daily but if I’m whipped from my long runs as training progresses I may just skip the workouts of the day and only do the strength.

I’ll play it by ear.

I’m attempting to keep ANOTHER notebook with my weight training progress.

Photo-on-7-1-14-at-10b

I’m really bad at keeping it up but I really want to track how I’m progressing. Plus it will help me write these Tuesday Training updates without having to post about my workouts daily.

The half on the schedule is in Arizona. I mentioned it a while ago but I’ll write a big post about it as it approaches. I haven’t even wrapped my head around it yet.

The beach week is my yearly family trek to the Jersey Shore. I’ll be running and I MAY visit a local box while I’m there but I’m not going crazy. There’s just too much family fun time to be had, and the beach is truly my time to just be and go with the flow.

So I’ll be updating this page, crossing out workouts as I do them and updating my progress on Tuesdays.

Oh! And the “comp” on the schedule is a CrossFit competition at a local affiliate. Last year it was my first and won the puppy division. This year I’m competing in the pack so it will be interesting to see how I do.

OK, I’ve got to run. There’s a ton of post-conference things to tend to!

OMGosh.. one more thing! I finally spoke with a physical therapist about my left “hamstring” injury from way back in February. He believes it wasn’t a muscle injury at all but a nerve! Hence the slow healing rate. He also told me NO stretching of my hamstrings for a while, at least the left one when my knee is locked so I’ll be avoiding Bikram for a bit. In his opinion I was slowing down the healing. We’ll see, I guess. Now I’m on a hunt for a local physical therapist.

Now I’m REALLY going!



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There are 9 comments so far.

    You. Met. Jeff. Galloway.
    OHMERGEHH!!

    Roni, I don’t know if you remember me but I am MInt Clare Dew from Facebook and I think over a year ago I posted something on facebook that really touched you which touched me because I didn’t really think you would take it so much to heart :’) But I want to let you know you continue to impress me and inspire me and I always check in on your to see how you’re doing and you never fail to smile!

    Melissa Dickenson Cupit

    July 1, 2014

    You’ll like the Galloway program. I run with a Galloway group every Saturday. With the walk/run, you don’t get tired at all. I’m signed up for Thunder Road in Charlotte, NC the same weekend that you are running. Which one did you sign up for? If you keep up the CF, I bet you are going to kill that marathon! Love your site so much. Thanks for being real.

    Jenn@slim-shoppin

    July 1, 2014

    For my 2 marathons, I did a run walk too. Actually did run 6 minutes, walk 2 which seemed to be a great break. Good job Roni! That’s exciting

    Jody

    July 2, 2014

    I’d rather do Fight Gone Bad and The Ghost CONSECUTIVELY rather than run a marathon. You go girl. It is proven that xfitters run times improve dramatically once they’re in a xfit groove. Good luck training!!

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    Paula

    July 5, 2014

    I hope you share more on this 3-1 running schedule. I would love to begin running or should I say jogging, but I am not what I would consider running shape. I bike & I do some fitness DVD’s on a regular basis and want to add more. I am looking to yoga too. My Dr has advised looking for one who does restorative. Not that I am old, but my bones are. : ) I need flexibility for my other workouts.

    Shauna

    July 21, 2014

    I may have just had a fan girl moment regarding jeff G.
    I use his run/walk method for my marathon training and it’s AMAZING. I feel so much more confident in my runs. Let us know how you like it!

    Robby/FatGirlvsWorld

    July 23, 2014

    You know …. seeing that sign in the background of your pics always makes me feel (1) love for you and (2) thankful for my body and (3) that I’m slacking off/too comfortable with saying “I’m injured” without doing anything about it. That changes today.