Marathon training has come to a temporary halt for me now that I’m no longer running Chicago.
My mortgage got an official approval from the underwriter late on Monday (YAY) so now I am 110% positive I will be running the Miami Marathon instead of Chicago. Since Miami isn’t until the end of January I have a little bit of a reprieve from the rigors of training.
On one hand it feels weird because I have a lot of momentum going from the last few months of Chi training, on the other hand Hansons was wearing me down and I feel relief from being able to lower my mileage for a couple of weeks. I’m not sure if I’ll pick back up with Hansons or if I’ll try a different methodology yet. I haven’t minded running six days a week, but I also don’t feel prepared to run 26.2 miles at 13:45 pace either… if anything I feel slower than when I started!
Right now I’m leaning towards the Hal Hidgeon Intermediate 1 plan for Miami. The weekly mileage is in my “challenging but doable zone” topping out at about 43 miles per week. I also like that it incorporates two 20-milers. I think I really need that for confidence.
I haven’t made a firm decision yet, but I don’t really need to until Sept. 26th. Until then I’ll just be working on keeping the base I’ve built up over the summer. I’ll probably keep my long runs in the 10 to 12 mile range until then.
Last night it was raining out when I got home from work so I did leg day instead of running. It felt so weird (but nice) to be able to go hard on leg day in the middle of the week! That’s definitely one benefit of not being in marathon training mode right now.
Squats! Lunges! Leg press!
I closed out the night with 3 x 10 @ 240lbs on leg press. I literally walked out of the gym with shaking legs. It felt great!
I got out a lot of stress during this gym session!
Running on these legs tonight should be interesting :).
BTW guess what I did? I used a Target gift card I had leftover from my birthday and bought a regular coffee maker.
I’ve had a Keurig since 2009 but finally decided it was time to stop contributing to the problem of all the k-cups sitting in landfills.
I know I do a great many things that are damaging to the environment every day (like drive all the way into Miami for work). It may sound stupid to give up k-cups when there are so many other, bigger things I could be doing for the environment. I get it. But doing this one small thing is easy for me and why not do the easy things?
Plus, I kind of love my new coffee pot. What’s old is new again :). I like that I can set it to brew my coffee just as I’m waking up. My alarm clock and the coffee machine go off at the same time, which is like … perfect harmony!
Also purchased with my gift card is this beautiful notepad!
I’m definitely one of those people who loves to write out lists. Is there anything more satisfying that crossing things off a list? I LOVE IT!
For anyone interested this gorgeous notepad is less than $5 at Target! Score!
Aaaand as I sign off today I will leave you with a picture of my little baby.
Honestly, he’s a little bit too cute.
I hope you have a great Wednesday!
What do you think about Hal H. plans?
Anyone have experience with Intermediate 1 plan?
I don’t feel like I am intermediate at the marathon distance (I’m definitely a beginner), but the prescribed mileage fits with what I like…. hm!