Monday, December 14, 2020

34 Days Until Race Day

Last night, I went through the Hanson Beginner Marathon training plan that Ken and I had been following to train for the Louisiana Marathon on January 17, 2021. Using a table in the Hanson Marathon Method book, I filled in my calendar with the paces I will train at to hopefully reach my goal of breaking 5 hours in the marathon distance. My thought is that I should build in a little cushion, so I am aiming to fall somewhere in the range of the 4:45 and 5:00 prescribed paces  I'm a little nervous (but in a good way!) 

Revised training plan! I accidentally highlighted the wrong 5 mile Monday tonight...oops.

Today, I decided to revive my blog at least through the Louisiana Marathon on January 17, 2021. This should be helpful for processing grief, staying accountable for my training plan, and making sure I do some non-academic writing. I will maintain my three rules of writing at least two sentences daily, including something that made the day great, and reporting what time I woke up.

I went out tonight for 5 miles and managed an overall pace of 12:01 min/mile, so I was a little speedy, especially for an easy day. Tomorrow will be tough emotionally because Tuesday was a day I typically ran with Ken but also because the recommended paces are a little faster than I have been running. I will also allow myself some grace as I recover from finals week and multiple races this weekend, but I can already tell that I am going to appreciate the rest day on Wednesday!

In honor of Ken, I wore new shoes today. After accumulating a closet full of running shoes, he recently determined that the Brooks Ghost 13 were his favorite shoe, and he was going to stock up on them. I ordered these fun red, white, and blue shoes after Thanksgiving and figured there's no time like the present to break them out. :)

Something that made today great: Richard was off work, and we went to Costco tonight!

Time I woke up: 8:30-ish

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