Thursday, July 5, 2012

Marathon training begins now

I had high ambitions to bike, run and kayak yesterday since I had most of the day off from work (still needed to go in for 1 hour to check on stuff) but the day ran away from me and I ended up doing no exercise, let's call it a "rest day".  Thursday has come and almost gone and I managed to go for a 3 mile run after work.  That felt pretty good and is going to be the start of my training for marathon I signed up for: - no, it is not Medoc in the south of France, this is in Hollister, NC and it is going to be a very challenging trail race of 26.2 miles on October 13!  I was almost at the point where I was going to quit running because my hip or lower back or butt would start hurting but it's been feeling better incrementally every day so I committed to signing up for a race.  Now my goal is to beat Jim, Lisa and Barbara (all signed up with me) on this race.  That is a very lofty and probably unattainable goal but there it is.  My secret weapons will be:
Forged Fitness crossfit workouts
Steady diet of squats, deadlifts, military presses, bench presses, and pullups
once-a-week hill repeats
once-a-week sprint runs
once-a-week long trail run (> 6 miles)
daily Coenzyme Q10 supplement (mitochondria gets tired when you work out a lot)
daily multi-vitamin (toss-up on whether I need this but I will monitor how I feel over the next 30 days and see if it's worthwhile)
biggest secret weapon- endurance reserves and mental reserves to push through for 26.2 miles.  I like to think I have the motivation in me to do this and can keep a good steady pace that will last the 26.2 miles. We shall see, as we have 3 months to get ready!


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