Twin Cities Marathon Training – Week 1

I’m officially marathon training! One week down, 17 weeks to go to get ready for my second go at 26.2 miles. I’m excited for the journey. I’ve been getting faster and stronger over the last year and a half, and it has set me up well for this training cycle.

I’m using the Hal Higdon Novice 2 marathon training plan. It has 4 running days, 1 cross training day, and 2 rest days. I may do a little extra running/cross training on one of the rest days if my body is feeling good.

Here’s how the first week went.

Monday – 3.13 miles (9:35/mile) 

Used the morning of Memorial Day for my first official training run!

In the afternoon, I was able to hang with friends at a cookout and enjoy some time outside.

Tuesday – 3.8 miles (9:15/mile)

I met up with a friend and her running team to explore a new path in Fort Snelling State Park. Part was paved and part was more dirt/gravel. Not quit trail running, but a little more off-road. Nice change of scenery and interesting to be in the woods in the middle of the city.

Wednesday – rest

I went to the final planning meeting for the Take Steps walk for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation after work, so took the day off from running to plan for some walking.

Thursday – 4.76 miles (9:35/mile)

This was actually supposed to be a 5 mile run, but my Tuesday run was a bit long, so I cut it off at 45 minutes.

Friday – 1.67 mile walk

It was a nice day, so I headed out for a short walk after work.

Saturday – 8.18 miles (9:29/mile)

I got up early so I could get started before the heat set in. I headed out at 8:30 a.m., but it was already warm. I didn’t bring water with me this time since it was an 8 mile run and I had water fountains at good spots on my route. Might bring it on a similar hot day in the future, though.

I started out at a little slower pace as my legs got warmed up. After about 2-3 miles, my legs were feeling good. Around mile 6 the heat was starting to get to me and I was feeling tired. It was a struggle getting through those last couple of miles. If the breeze hadn’t been blowing in my face at the end, I probably would’ve quit early. But, I made it through. A little discouraging to have a tough first long run, but I know I just need some time to adjust to the heat.

On Saturday night, my sister and I checked out Hi-Lo Diner for some cocktails and diner food. We capped the night off with some ice cream.

Sunday – 2.93 mile walk + Take Steps walk

I met up with some friends for a morning walk around Lake Harriet. It was another sunny, warm day, but we had some shade on the walk and a nice breeze. So nice to catch up during our 3-mile loop around the lake!

In the afternoon, I headed to Harriet Island (different place from the lake) for the Take Steps walk benefiting the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. I got there about 2 p.m. to help with some set up. The walk started just after 5 p.m. It’s about a 1.5 mile route. When that was done, I helped with some tear-down tasks–one of which was collecting the signs along the course. That meant walking the route AGAIN. When all was said and done, I probably walked about 6 miles total for the day.

Luckily, they were all totally worth it! The walk raised over $140,000 for the foundation!

I spent the rest of Sunday night chilling with Netflix and definitely got a good night sleep.

See you next week! 🙂

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