Marathon Training – Week 4 … Getting It Together!

It’s Week 4 of CIM training, and I planned to make up for last week in a BIG way let me tell you! It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt, right? I know that will be me if I don’t get serious about my training. I don’t have much time to waste, and I have to make good use of the time that I do have. Some days I wish that I could afford a Coach to tell me exactly what to do. Other days, I know I’m okay without one. Every day, though, my friends hold me accountable. Thank God for my friends.

It wasn’t the week that I wanted, although I did try to get it together. I almost feel as if I am bipolar with my training, but more down/low days than good days. To recap my week 4 …

Sunday: It was a great run with my running buddy, Cory. We started off at 7 and ran our scheduled 6 miles. The morning was nice and cool – kinda cold for me, actually, and I ran with a hoodie on the entire time. I know, huh? It’s been in the hundreds temperature wise, and I’m running with a hoodie? What the heck? We had a really nice run along the levee, down to Target, short walk thru Spanos Park to regroup, then we picked it back up all the way back to Cory’s house. We were able to negative split our last half because we were running pretty fast. It was nice! Total mileage was about 7 miles.

Monday: Turned up the heat today. I went to my favorite place to workout … Central Valley Krav Maga, and I hit it up for a double – back to back- a$$ whopping! Dang! What was I thinking? I worked out with the resistance bands around my ankles for two classes – lots of leg work today. Intervals interspersed with squats, lunges, kicks, knee raises, mountain climbers, jacks, “fast feet,” push ups, then core. I felt it in my glutes and hammies the next day, but it was a very good hurt. I love working out there! =) All day I tried to talk myself out of it, and it *almost* worked, but in the end, I did what I always do … I got dressed to go workout, got in my car and drove there, and by the time I got there I was good to go. I left it all on the floor!

Tuesday: Hit InShape for Rodger’s infamous Spin Class! Love that class! I’m thankful to have “free” gym membership there thru work. 20 miles on the spin bike, then 3 mile interval run! Yeah, baby. Brick Tuesday!

Wednesday: Sucked it up and ran 4 miles … in the heat! Ugh.

Thursday: Rest day. After working all night it was a little difficult to get myself going.

Friday: Thought about going to cardio, then thought against it. You see, I’m running the San Francisco Half Marathon on Sunday and I need rest. I haven’t been feeling well, nor have I been getting enough rest. So the decision to skip out was an easy one.

Saturday: Hit San Francisco with my girls, Mac and Melissa. We’re all running the First Half of the San Francisco Marathon. It should be fun! We walked throughout SF for a total of 3 miles. Lots of hills and even a little resistance work.

Sunday starts a new week, so you’ll have to read about SF in another blog. But we’ll see. I have A LOT to say about that because I realized a lot of things during that run. Not just little things either … HUGE realizations.

My training was not as amped up as I would have liked it to be, but I next week not only starts a new training week, it’s a week that I’m starting over kind of. It’s hard to explain, just that in my training my program is 18 weeks long. Starting in July added another 4 weeks. That means next week marks the “official” marathon training. So much to do, so much to say. I’m not starting my marathon training next week. Right now, that’s all that you need to know.

So … so long week 4. It was a good effort … just not the week that I wanted. Time start over … again …

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