Week three of my Disney Marathon training plan is done and you won’t believe this, but I didn’t miss a SINGLE run! I did my long run with my husband this weekend and after our run, we had a little chat about how it went. I’m struggling with something and I thought maybe you guys could help me figure out what to do.
If you remember last fall when I was training for the Space Coast and Disney marathons, I did a lot of my long runs with my friends running group, a Galloway group. They do 4:1 intervals and it worked really well for me. I finished both races, slower than I wanted to, but I finished and I was good with that. Then I ran three more halfs, a 10K, 15K.. and I was totally burned out. I took a break from running and didn’t start again until about a month ago. Coming back has been rough – it’s hot and so humid, which makes running kind of miserable. My endurance is awful, I want to walk two minutes after I start running. My overall times are slower too. All to be expected, I know.
Here’s where I’m struggling – when I started back, my first few runs were rough. Then, I settled into the 4:1 run/walk intervals and I’ve been doing ALL of my runs using those. I don’t really want to do it during the week on my shorter runs, but I felt like I couldn’t finish the miles if I didn’t. When Adam and I first set out on Saturday morning, he asked me why I was running so fast. I wasn’t trying to, it was just the natural pace my body wanted to go (it was like 9:45ish, so not crazy fast or anything, I try not to watch my pace on long runs).
After we finished our run, I was talking about using our elliptical a few times a week to try to build up my endurance and he asked me why I don’t just go out and run slower but without the walk breaks during the week instead of trying to use the elliptical. I told him that’s easier said than done, I can’t run that far. He pretty much called BS on me and told me I can if I want to, I just need to slow down some and make myself do it instead of getting inside my head and making myself think I couldn’t (he said it nicely). I guess I’m scared that I won’t be able to do the week day runs if I try to run the whole thing without a walk break. I’m training for the Disney marathon again and most of my friends that are running it (so my long run buddies) are training to run it straight and not use intervals. I want to be able to run with them and train with them, but.. how? I have nine miles to run this weekend and I know I can’t get through that without walking. Once we get up to the double digit runs and race day, I don’t want to hold them back. So what do I do? How do I bridge the gap?
I know I need to start by sucking it up and pushing myself to just run during the week and not stop, no matter what my head keeps screaming at me (it’s always my head, then my chest, then my legs – I swear I think my legs would go forever). Slow down, so I can breathe, and just run. I’m stuck on the long runs though. How do I get there? I’d love any and all suggestions you may have!
Disney Marathon Training Week 3
This week went really well – I missed my run Tuesday night because I had to work late, but I made it up on Wednesday and pushed Wednesday nights yoga off until Thursday while I watched Greys, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder. I haven’t done yoga in a while and I forgot how good it feels, especially after a good, sweaty run! I still have a subscription to MyYogaWorks and their post-run yoga sequences are really great.
|3||4||XT / Rest||3||XT / Rest||5||Rest|
|3 @ 10:49||Rest(Made up on Wed)||4 @ 10:42||3 @ 10:26Yoga||Rest||5 @ 10:50||Yoga|
We’re off to Disney on Friday after the kids get out of school, so I need to figure out how/when to do my long run this weekend because I know it won’t happen Sunday when I get back with my tired legs!
How did your training go last week? Any suggestions for my little dilemma?