This week was my first official training week for the Vermont City Marathon in Burlington, VT this upcoming Memorial Day weekend. With this week as my first week, I have 16 weeks to train. That’s perfect because I have a 16 week training schedule that requires me to run 3 days per week. With my schedule, that’s about as much as I can swing.
This week’s training plan, which I shared with you last week, was as follows:
Week 1 Training Plan
Tuesday: 5 miles
Wednesday: Rowing at the gym
Thursday: 5 miles
Friday: Weight training
Sunday: 8 miles
Total mileage: 18 miles
So how did I do? Well Monday I definitely got in some good stretching, but no yoga. Tuesday I accidentally left my shorts at home, mistaking the black on the bottom of my workout shirt for my black shorts. I decided at that point to push my Tuesday run to Wednesday.
On Wednesday I double checked that I had everything in my bag before leaving home and plotted out a 5 mile run around campus. I need to pay attention to the elevation on mapmyrun.com next time because I certainly wasn’t prepared for the hills I encountered. Still, I got in my 5 miles!
Thursday would have therefore been weight training day, but it just didn’t happen. I don’t have a good explanation, but that just wasn’t a priority for me this week. Friday work was cancelled because of the impending snow, so I took out in the morning for my 5 miles. Unfortunately the snow and wind had already started and I found myself really struggling. A bit over 2 miles in I just couldn’t take it anymore and walked back up the hill to our apartment. Still, getting out in the snow and running, even if for less than the planned run is a win in my book.
The spinathon on Saturday was cancelled because of the 2-3 feet of snow that Nemo dumped on Boston, but I definitely still got in a workout with all the shoveling! Joe went out to shovel twice on Friday to get ahead of the snow and when he came back inside the second time Friday night he said we already had over a foot.
By the time we went out on Saturday morning, we had over a foot again and it was still snowing!
I haven’t done too much shoveling in my day (growing up in a small town means no shoveling, just sledding), so the two hours that I was outside were a bit intense. Still, I had a blast! You probably wouldn’t even believe me if I told you how many layers I was wearing in this photo.
On Sunday I was determined to get in my long run so I called around to local gyms to find out about day passes. The local YMCA had a day pass for $15 so I walked down (fighting my way through snow banks and unshoveled sidewalks) to do my 8 miles on the treadmill.
I finally made it to the YMCA, changed into my sneakers, and turned on my music. As a side note, I usually don’t run with music, but I get so bored running on the treadmill that it becomes a necessity sometimes. It wasn’t easy, but I pounded out my 8 miles. Was it worth the $15 day pass to prevent getting behind on my training? Absolutely. So to recap week 1.
Week 1 Training – Actual
Wednesday: 5 miles
Friday: 2.4 miles
Sunday: 8 miles
Total mileage: 15.4 miles
Even though I was a little low on my mileage, I’m super proud of getting out there despite the snow. Now I just have to get on my game for week 2.
Week 2 Training Plan
Tuesday: 6 miles
Thursday: 6 miles
Sunday: 7 miles
Total mileage: 19 miles
Now I’m off to work where I’ll sit at a desk all day and my muscles will get super tight – yay! I’ll definitely have to stretch good when I get home! As a reminder, if you feel so inclined to donate to my Team in Training fund for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, there is now a button on the side of my blog. All donations go to help finding cures and more effective treatments for blood cancer.
*This post was updated because I can’t add. The numbers are now adjusted/correct.