This weekend I spent far too much time lounging in an Adirondack chair:
gazing out at this:
That green pole you see in the 2nd picture is the hammock stand and you can bet that got put to good use too. It was bliss. In fact, the only downside to the whole trip has been readjusting to daily life. I’m missing my afternoon nap in a big way right about now.
This isn’t to say that I didn’t get my runs in because I did. How can anyone turn down a morning run on a deserted beach boardwalk? I took Friday off, but logged 3 miles on Saturday and Sunday and 4 miles on Monday (because I knew there would be burgers and cake – my greatest weakness). Despite my efforts to be good (and I was really, really good), the scale seemed disinclined to believe me. I logged my miles, did my core work, skipped the ice cream and FUNNEL CAKE and ordered and egg white omlet instead. And for what? To gain 5lbs? Boo. Sometimes it so doesn’t seem worth it.
To get my motivation back on track I spent my lunch break checking out marathon training plans and the Annapolis 10 Mile Run who’s registration opened this morning. It’s a little pricey though and I don’t think finishers even get a medal. I’m on the fence. Anyone know anything about Annapolis 10 Mile Run?
I did choose a training plan though. I settled on one from the SmartCoach Training Program at Runner’s World. According to this program, by October 16th I should be able to run 26.2 miles at an average pace of 9:49 for a finish time of 4:17:27. I’m a little weary because most the runs are written to be completed at a pace about a minute slower that I anticipated doing them. There are also three 20 mile training runs (eek!). However, I liked that it used my most recent half marathon race time (2:11:15) to determine my individualized program and it provided me a goal pace for race day. This was something that my half marathon plan didn’t offer and it wasn’t until days before the race that I realized I had no clue what pace I’d been training for. Cue anxiety.
For future reference I’ve posted this plan under a new tab at the top of my site. I’m also planning on repeating week 1 a few times since I’m ready to roll, but the race is more than 16 weeks away. Any experienced marathoner have any suggestions or criticisms on this training plan? Your input is much appreciated!