I never thought I was a runner until I was talking to my good friend Traci about training for this race. It hit me that I was actually excited to start training.
Week One has begun! I’m using a training plan which is written by the Garmin team. The nice thing about purchasing a Garmin watch are the free training plans. It’s a great additional benefit which complements and compares the plan to your actual run.
This is a level two program specifically catered to speed and endurance. Some things I’ve learned about long distance training:
- It’s not all about the miles. This drives me crazy because I love the satisfaction of crossing off mileage but the important thing to remember is that endurance comes with the strength of being uncomfortable (high bursts of energy) and then being able to recover quickly. (More to come on this..)
- You don’t have to train for hours to see results. After training for 26.2 and being out running for 2-3 hours a day on the weekend, this is a difficult transition. The most important thing to remember (for me as well), follow your training plan- the experts write it for a reason!
- Be flexible with your schedule. I know that Fridays are tough for me; it’s the end of the week, hard to get up, happy hour count down…I usually switch my days to coordinate with Friday being my rest day…to complement happy hour 🙂
Here’s what is on the schedule for this week:
What do you have scheduled for this week? Anyone else starting a training schedule?
Until next time,
*I’m not sponsored nor paid for this post by Garmin. These are my opinions!