Week Two of Marathon Training-- how do I eat?
Monday, July 01, 2013
So I am attempting my third try at Marathon training-- the last two times I became injured and had to halt until I healed. My neighbor, God Bless him, is a 68 year-old marathoner who runs circles around me. In an effort to get me up to his running pace, we always push the envelope and do way too much mileage too quickly. Going from running 15 miles to 40 miles in a week's time span did a number on my foot and I have a recurring problem now. Unfortunately, my sweet neighbor is injured as well, but that gives me the opportunity to go at my own pace-- which I have taken from marathonrookie.com. I ran 15 miles this past week, and I am scheduled to do 16 this week. So far this year I have run 138 miles- my goal being to run 1 mile for every day of the year with one to grow on. I am behind, but this training schedule will easily surpass my goal of 366 miles this year.
I got the book "Running Injury-Free" (For Dummies) from the local library. I am trying hard to stick with all the information. I just feel uncertain on how to eat. I am not used to ever eating this many carbs and I get frustrated because I am stalled at only doing 3 miles so I dont get injured. I ran 13.2 miles in one session on a treadmill earlier this year, so running a 5k on hills a couple times a week is a cake walk.
The good news is, my muscle memory has already kicked in and my strength is significantly increasing. I am constantly flexing my calf muscles because it is good to have them after almost 30 years of not having any! I guess the only thing to do is to keep at it and follow the schedule, and it will work out all right in the end.
Wish me luck!