I started training for the upcoming Run Surf City Marathon on August 23rd. I started out using the the Nike+ app which gave me an awesome program that I was super excited to follow. Much to my dismay, the day after I started implementing the program, the app auto-updated and my program was lost. Granted, the new Nike+RunClub app is awesome, I just didn't really like how the new marathon program was structured. I ended up downloading Under Armour's Run Trainer, and love the "Couch to Marathon" plan! I still use the Nike+RunClub app to help with tempo and speed workouts, as well as the Nike+Training app for cross-training exercises. I actually found out recently that Nike made the old training programs available again, but I decided to stick with the Under Armour Program. No use in flip-flopping. My first really long run is this Sunday... I'm just really focusing on pacing at this point. I feel like I started training early enough to work on speed as each week progresses. My schedule is so hectic with my sons, that it has prevented me from training with others, especially Jodie, my PTO Co-President/partner in crime! As we both continue to train, I'm sure we will be able to find a way to coordinate our runs.
I really LOVE music. I thought that music would be a big motivating factor for me as I was training. Surprisingly, I find that I run better without it! There's just something about being able to take in everything around you as you run. No distractions. This may change as the miles increase, but I find that with my shorter runs, listening to music actually gives me a headache! Crazy, right?
Below are screen shots of all my runs thus far. You can also check out my Facebook page for updates, since my marathon posts are on public setting. As I mentioned before, I love the UA app. It has been having me build a base and now I am gearing to ramp up the mileage. I kind of still can't believe that I am training to run a MARATHON! Keep checking back to see how we are doing! Feel free to contact me with any questions/comments/concerns! Go Golden View!!!