This week I was back to running on a normal schedule. I’m in maintenance mode for the next few weeks until marathon training begins. I put in 25 miles this week and I plan to stay between 25-30 for the next few weeks. It was nice to run easy all week and Saturday morning I hit the southern part of the trail with my friend Katie where we normally don’t get to run. I’ve also made some decisions about my training for the marathon.
My husband and I are friends with a couple through a program my husband worked for while he was finishing his Doctorate. We’ve kept in touch since he left that position and the husband is a runner, so he is always asking me about my running when I see him. After the half I reached out to him to ask if he had any suggestions for marathon training plans. Long story short, he’s retired from coaching now (he’s in his early 70s), but offered to coach me for this marathon. We have known this couple for a few years now and though he’s answered many questions I’ve asked him about his running, I actually never knew that he had coached. I am really excited about this partnership and think it will be a really good thing for me. I had a lot of hesitations about hiring a coach. I didn’t want someone random that didn’t really know me or my running. I wasn’t into paying big bucks for some weird deal where I can only talk to my coach X amount of times per month or only through email, etc. I also was hesitant to work with a coach that would give me a “custom” training plan that was really just a generic plan with paces based off of an equivalency calculator – I can do that myself!
My big obstacle that I was facing for this training cycle was finding a plan that challenged me enough, but still fit what works for me. My coach & I spoke on the phone Saturday afternoon and I really felt we were on the same page for what I want/need for my training. He was very clear on what I should expect and while some may find his coaching techniques “old school” or outdated, I completely agreed with his methods. He did, however, tell me I’ll be starting training a week earlier than I had planned. So then I drank a lot of wine.
I’ve also signed up for a HIIT class that is designed specifically for runners/athletes through my training group. I wanted to do it this past season, but uncertainty about the weather kept me away. It will be a great way to combine strength and cross training into one workout and since it’s a series class, it will be the same group each week working together.
Other than that my week was pretty uneventful. I am really busy at work right now so I am savoring my running time in the morning when everything is calm and quiet. Here’s a picture of my dogs from this morning.
Hope everyone had a great week!