Sunday, October 6, 2013

Marathon Training Week 1 of 16 - Summary

The first week of marathon training went well.  It started out a little slow on Monday and Tuesday with some tight hamstring issues that were left over from the 10k on Saturday, but the multiple slow distance runs helped to work that out.  Unlike last year, I'm really starting this training session from a very limited base.  Thankfully, this plan ramps up slow enough that I can keep up with the distances and intensity, while keeping a close eye on the tight hamstrings that are bound to creep up. 
  • Week 1 Miles: 27
  • Houston Marathon Training Miles to Date: 27
The long run of 10 miles turned out easier than I thought it would be, although running in a new area with no idea where the water stops were (if any) was a mental challenge.  I was probably near my threshold of needing fluids, but since I was running so slowly I avoided the bonk.
I need to start running with a water bottle, and I'm thinking of the Simple Hydration bottle.  I hate carrying a water bottle, and can't fathom a hydration belt dangling from my waist for 1.5 to 2 hours on a long run.  It is also small enough to fit in the cup holder of the treadmill, so that is a bonus.
Speaking of treadmills, I did a hill workout and another slow easy pace workout on the treadmill this week.  I plan on another hill workout on the treadmill this week, and will probably try my marathon pace on the treadmill as well.
Getting back to hydration, sweat rate seems to be a crucial factor when trying to figure out how much to drink on the run, and when to drink.  I plan on weighing myself before and after each workout, and to log how much I am losing in contrast to how much I am putting in.  I'll do this indoors and outdoors to get a good gauge of my hydration needs as I move closer to the marathon.  I'll try out my findings in the upcoming races before January.
Good first week.  My goals for Week 2 are:
  • Keep the Hamstrings loose
  • Weigh before and after each workout with detailed enviromental stats
  • Hydrate on the long run
  • Hill Workout on the Tredmill
  • Marathon Pace on the Treadmill

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Contest: Win a Custom Athlete Prayer of your Choice

The October 2013 Contest is for a free Athlete Prayer of your choice to keep for yourself or give to a friend. 

Entry in to the Contest is simple, just send me your favorite Hill Workout on the Treadmill. 

You can Tweet or Direct Message it to me at my Twitter Account: @ontherunblog or use any of the other contact options listed on this website. 

The winner will be picked on Saturday 10/5 and announced on this blog, and Tweeted to the World.  I will also include the winner's workout and a link back to their Twitter Account or Blog.

Check out the Athlete Prayers to see my current products and which ones you might like to keep for yourself, or send along to a friend.

Good luck, and let me know if you have any questions.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Houston Marathon Qualifying Times

I have a few goals for the 2014 Houston Marathon, some of which are still being put together. The first was to actually be chosen in the lottery to run. That was accomplished with a little luck and prayer. Second, I wanted to make sure I was able to run at the front of the starting chute.

Thankfully I turned in a qualifying 10k time by the deadline and was notified yesterday that I will, in fact, be starting somewhere up in the front of the race.

The remaining goals include staying healthy through my 16 weeks of training and racing, as well as putting together a goal pace. I will determine that time somewhere in November as my training and pacing start to take pace. Good times!

  Sunday run in the rain.