Mon-Wed: Rest. My body and my brain needed to recover from the Lake Chabot Trail Challenge.
Thurs: One loop around Lake Merritt with my new Merrell Pace Gloves. On Tuesday, I traded them in for a larger size. I usually wear a size 6.5 or a 7, but I had to get these in a size 8! They felt great though. Also, this was my best post-race run to-date — no heavy legs. 🙂
Stats: 3.4 miles @ 9:53/mile
Sat: Went to test out the “Woodmonster” (insert crude joke here) at Redwood Regional. This is an 800 foot climb over one mile, and I wanted to see how horrible it was before I registered for the Woodminster Cross Country Race. Even though it is very intense and steep, it didn’t feel nearly as bad as last week’s 500 foot climb at LCTC. The Gypsy Runner and I ran about 5.2 miles of the 9-mile Woodminster Course, which was really nice, minus the Woodmonster. My new Merrells felt great, too. This run put me in a great mood!
Stats: 5.2 miles @ 12:49/mile
Sun: One loop around Lake Merritt with the Gypsy Runner. First attempt at fartleks (random intervals). Not sure how successful it was, but felt OK.
Stats: 3 miles @ 9:28/mile
WEEKLY TOTAL: 11.6 miles.
How I feel about it: All 3 runs felt good this week, plus I’m really liking the new shoes. A
And now, for the BONUS announcement!! OK, well there’s two parts. The first announcement is that after the nice run yesterday, I’ve decided to run the Woodminster race.
The second announcement is… (drum roll, please):
I registered for the California International Marathon today!! I won’t be able to start officially training until I get back from vacation on August 6th, but after that I’ll have 17 weeks of
hellish fun marathon training.
So now I ask all of you marathoners out there: Got any tips for a first-time marathoner like me? What kind of training programs work best for you? Do you always train to 20 miles or do you do more?
Looking forward to reading your advice!