By Ambassador Melissa Carlson
Last night I overhauled our training plan for the Chevron Houston Marathon. Again.
Sunday long runs just weren’t working for us. The only thing we really enjoyed was the ability to sleep in on Saturday morning after a long work week filled with 3:45am alarms. Let’s not talk about how at 30 years old I now consider ‘sleeping in’ to be 7 or 8am. Any form of plans on Saturday night had to be turned down and the thunderstorms that kept showing up on Sunday morning meant we didn’t have another day to push the run to. Also, Brad plays softball on Thursday nights and most of the time doesn’t get home until 11pm. There is a 0% chance of him being able to run the following morning. We were constantly flip-flopping run days and it was frustrating not having a set schedule anymore. So things had to change.
Enter the Houston Marathon Training Plan, Version 2:
I’m still toying with the idea of adding a 22-miler to the plan in Week 9. That would put our 20-miler the weekend after Thanksgiving and all of that delicious food would be great fuel for those miles. However, that would mean a 3-week build
Last weekend we set out for 10 miles downtown around Town Lake. It should have been 12 but coming off of Ragnar Trail Hill Country the weekend before, 10 seemed like a more reasonable number for our trashed legs. The first 5 miles went by quicker than expected considering how heavy my legs felt and the pace was right where we wanted it to be. Around mile 6 the sun started to come up and we decided to take a water break during each mile. This dropped our overall pace a little bit but helped us finish out the run strong. Somehow mile 10 was our fastest one despite wanting to curl up into a ball and take a nap on the side of the trail. It’s been a LONG time since we’ve run double digits and I’m really happy with how well this one went. That being said, I fully expect to have a ridiculously awful 14-miler this weekend.
12 weeks and many, many miles to go!
About the Author: Melissa Carlson
Melissa is from from Austin, TX and has completed almost 50 races since she fell in love with running four years ago, including everything from 5Ks to marathons to a Spartan Race and several Urban Challenges. When she’s not running you can find her hiking with her two dogs, touring a local brewery or making a huge mess in the kitchen pretending she’s on the Food Network. Her true love is the half marathon, but she is looking forward to making her grand return to the 26.2 distance at the Chevron Houston Marathon in 2015!
Blog – sothesearemythirties.com
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