I wrote off the first week of January as I was recovering from a cold, but I am pleased to report I am well and truly back on track now.
The reality has finally hit me though – I am actually running a marathon in April! It’s quite terrifying and exciting at the same time. I also start my new job a week on Monday so I’m going to have to be extremely disciplined and make the most of all the time I have to slot in training. I plan on getting up early for 3 mile runs, making the most of my lunch breaks and squeezing in long runs in the week if and when I have business trips/races.
Last year I ran and I successfully added yoga to my training to help loosen up my stiff leg muscles, but this year I’m also adding in some strength training. I have a core like jelly and I could really up my overall strength so I’ve decided to add Crossfit to my schedule.
Now Crossfit is HARDCORE! To say I struggled in my first class would be an understatement – burpees were actually invented by the devil and the instructor never seemed to let up for the whole hour. I’m going to keep at it though because I’m sure I’ll start seeing results really quickly. The first class involved dead lifts, static squats, burpees, kettle bell swings, shoulder presses, press ups and planks (and many other exercises I’ve forgotten!).
Here’s what my week looked like:
Monday: 3 miles easy
Tuesday: Ashtanga yoga + 6 miles (3xmile reps at between 9 min/mile and 8.5 min/mile)
Wednesday: 3 miles easy + 1 hour Crossfit
Friday: 3 miles easy
Saturday: 9 miles @ 9.5 min/mile pace
Sunday: 3 miles easy (planned tomorrow morning)
How’s your marathon training going?