Woohoo, yesterday I just completed Week 1 of my 20 Week NYC Marathon Training Plan and started my marathon fundraising efforts for Grassroots Soccer!! It is now “officially” game on and I couldn’t be more excited!
My plan is to recap my weekly training and share a bit more about the charity I am running for each week on the blog leading up to the big day, November 4th!
I trained and ran the Los Angeles Marathon in March pretty much solo and under the radar. After not having run a marathon in 25 years I honestly was a little nervous about going public – I was really unsure if I could actually take on 26.2 miles and finish it. The good news is I got through the training and finished the marathon in just a little over 5 hours. And the BEST thing was I immediately knew I wanted to run another marathon this year. Sure my body was tired, my quads were super tight and walking was difficult but the sense of accomplishment and that feeling of “I am strong, hear me roar” was amazing. Having my family cheering me on and providing me so much support along the way just added to my desire to run another marathon.
However, going at it solo can be lonely. I didn’t have that support and sense of camaraderie with other runners. I didn’t have a go-to person to ask questions, get tips and learn from. I followed a training schedule I found online and I just ran each week increasing my miles. I didn’t pay attention to my pace, I tended to run my long runs too fast, and consequently, I had injuries along the way. I knew if I was going to run New York this fall I was going to come at it completely different!
I have found an amazing group called “Train Like A Mother” and I am using their heart rate training plan. I have a coach I can go to with questions, and concerns. I am part of a group of others following this unique method and I finally have that camaraderie I had been missing.
Now I run with a heart rate monitor and keep my heart rate within a certain range depending on the workout. It’s about building a strong cardio base, and learning how to hold back for the long haul. The benefits are numerous including less risk of injury, better able pace yourself over long runs and fewer aches and pains along the way. The program also incorporates strength, stretching and lots of foam rolling which are also the keys to running faster and reducing injuries.
This is a whole new way to train for me and for the next 20 weeks I am embracing and owning it! Sure I am nervous . . . aren’t we always when we start something new but my curiosity, excitement and desire to see what I can achieve are pushing me forward!
Recap of week 1:
Twenty weeks is Once a week on this program you get a free run which means you can just run without concern of your heart rate – I was so excited for that run, thinking that would be my favorite but surprisingly enough I am finding I really like the steady easy runs where I am keeping my heart rate under 140. I like the feeling of control and my legs feel so good afterward.
This week’s long run was just 6 miles and I know in a few weeks when we were are up to 12+ miles I will really miss this week’s 6-miler but right now I am looking forward to some longer runs to see how my body feels running at a steadier pace suited to my heart rate.
Sunday is the start of a new week. My challenge this week is I will be in Dallas for 3 days where the temperatures are 98-100 degrees – yikes! I need to rearrange my running schedule so I am running the least amount while I am there and for sure on a treadmill in the hotel!
Fundraising update and recap:
I am running the NYC Marathon for Grassroots Soccer, an organization that uses the universal appeal of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize youth in developing countries to overcome their greatest health challenges, live healthier, more productive lives, and be agents for change in their communities.
My goal is to raise $3,000 which will send over 100 kids through Grassroots Soccer’s programs and any donation you could give would be greatly appreciated.
Did you know that adolescents in developing countries have little to no access to health services?Grassroots Soccer has been able to provide access to comprehensive health services including sexual and reproductive health as well as HIV and malaria testing. Just one of the many reasons to donate!
To give online, and learn more click on this link: https://impact.grassrootsoccer.org/fundraiser/1454421
Make it a happy and active week! 🙂