Marathon Reflection Monday

One week down!

My plan is to designate Mondays as my weekly marathon report card in order to force myself into some self-reflection.   I hate self-reflection, by the way.

I will be recapping what I’ve done well and what I need to improve on, in what will hopefully become a log of what I’m doing to get myself to a 3:30 finish time.

Before my week 1 recap, I do want to start off with a quick clarification about my intentions in attempting a BQ time. I am not trying to qualify for Boston because I think it will be easy or because I think I’m some sort of amazing athlete who can conquer what many people spend years trying to do in my first try.  I am not an amazing athlete (shocking, I know), and I know the odds are not in my favor.

I want to do this because I want to be the best I can be.  I want to reach for the stars,  I don’t mind working hard to get there (let’s see how many cliches I can cram into one paragraph!). And I get to train at altitude, so if everything works out the way it should, running in the flat midwest should feel much easier.

I also know that if I go into this with an ambitious goal (and broadcast it for everyone on the internet to see), I will push myself waaaay harder than I would otherwise.  I know my performance will be better, 3:30 finish time or not.

{I would be so much less inspired without Pinterest}

So, how did this week go?

I am out of shape.  Our last run over 4 miles was over a month ago for Run for the Zoo.  The base is there, but it hasn’t been maintained.  It will probably take a couple of weeks just to get us back into half marathon shape.  We are a little behind were we wanted to be, but hopefully we will be able to make it up in coming weeks.


Speed workouts: I feel like I pushed myself to about 85% of my max.

Passing on the french fries at lunch: I ate a side salad instead! It’s the little victories that help us get through the day!

Cutting down on booze during the week:  Unfortunately this did not carry onto Friday evening, the day before our long run.  Consider the lesson learned.

Recovery:  I’ve been keeping  a good pace for recovery runs, and rolling out every night.  We’ve also been doing good with recovery shakes and protein intake right after finishing workouts.


Quitting Fried food: I only made two bad meal choices all week, but my goodness did I pay for them. If your stomach rebels when you eat it, it obviously isn’t meant to be eaten!

Getting back into shape:  This Saturday we had our first long run. It was only 7.5 miles, but it felt much harder.  I took the whole idea of easing myself back into things with a comfortable pace a little too seriously.  My pace was ridiculous.  I know the first couple of weeks will be getting back into the swing of things, but WOW, do I have a long way to go.

Hydration:  I live in a desert.  I feel like no matter how much water I drink, I can’t get properly hydrated.

Attitude: I hated every second of that long run on Saturday.  I need to work on motivating myself through the pain instead of giving into it.

So, for the next week my goals are:

1) Drink more water.

2) Have a 100% success rate with healthy meals (we’re also going to go more gluten free, so that should help limit our bad food options more).

3) Push myself harder during the long runs and let happy cheerleader Amy go crazy when it starts hurting. Would it be weird if I carried pom poms?

Thanks again for the continued support and motivation! This is going to be quite the interesting road to marathonhood, and this week reminded me that I have a long way to go.  But I’m still up for the challenge!


14 thoughts on “Marathon Reflection Monday

  1. Must be nice to just jump into a 7.5 mile run, that is a solid distance…I am getting to the point where I think I can just lace up and go but that still seems like a hefty distance especially since you guys are just getting back into it. Good job. As for the alcohol…I didn’t have a drink M-F last week and it was difficult because there were some bad days and hockey games that were calling for me to just do it. Saturday and Sunday though I gave in and had a couple libations so all was restored. Good luck this week!

    • It definitely didn’t feel good, so I don’t know if I would call it the most successful run. And good job with the no drinking! There’s hope for us to become completely respectable people and marathoners yet!

  2. Hey, if you do achieve the BQ time, 2FNS will cheer you on in Boston!

    To comment on hating every minute of your long run, I had my first experience of this last night. Ellie and I headed out for our scheduled 50 minute run, and it just seemed to pass so slowly. We ended up finishing at 52 minutes to get to that next mile marker, but even still. It was the first time I actually got bored and frustrated, and wanted to quit not because I was exhausted but because i was just sick of it…

    Hopefully you can fix that for you, and we can fix that for us!

  3. You’re doing great! Don’t beat yourself up too much over the pace of your long runs, they’re more about endurance building and being on your feet for time, than maintaining a certain pace. And the heat definitely plays into that, too! I felt like I was running a full minute or two faster than what I actually was this past weekend, it’s tough in heat/humidity!

    • Thank you! It was a bit disheartening, but I’m trying to remind myself, like you said, that the long runs are meant for building endurance, and this is only week 1. At least we don’t have the humidity. I don’t know how you guys do it because the heat is enough to battle.

  4. Doesn’t it drive you crazy that when we don’t maintain our runs, then it takes awhile to get back into into it?!
    I haven’t run 7 miles in awhile so I know it would be rough, but if I kept at it then I know in a couple of weeks I’d be back.
    Exciting to hear your journey. You’re gonna rock it. I’m a little jealous…but maybe a full marathon might be possible one day. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • I know! I wish once you got to a certain point, you could just stay there. I didn’t think I’d lose that much fitness in one month. And thank you for YOUR inspiration!

  5. I’ve had layoffs before and it’s tough coming back at first because you wonder where it all went, but it comes back. I missed 5 weeks with an ankle sprain one time and could only run two miles the first time. But it all came back pretty quickly. Just keep pushing and don’t take any more time off. And yeah, good lesson learned — drinking the night before a long run might not be the best idea. 🙂

    • Thanks for the pep! I’m already starting to feel stronger! I think I was expecting to just jump right back in and have everything work like it did a month ago! Silly Amy.

  6. Amy, I’m looking forward to reading your Monday reflections. It’s a great idea to reflect on your week and workouts! And I think it’s GREAT that you are going at this with all your effort. I mean, if you’re going to do something, might as well go all out, right? I know the Friday night no cervezas is a tough call, but the few times I did it before Boston, I felt amazing on my Saturday runs. Just be sure to reward yourself later =)

    I hope you have a great week of training and can’t wait to read how it went!!!

    • Thank you! I’m just hoping the dedication continues past the first week! I think with drinking, makes me feel so much more dehydrated, and I definitely think my stomach doesn’t settle as well. It will be hard, but I will be sure to reward myself!

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