Marathon Training Journal Day 3

Marathon Training Journal: Day 3

Training Journal Day 3: I am still feeling a bit sore … alright then, really sore … from Monday and yesterday's hard repeats didn't do much to help. In fact, they didn't help at all. I guess that means they are doing what they should: waking up some lazy muscle groups!

I can see that my little side table companions (or affectionately referred to as my tools of torture) are going to be busy today.

Marathon Training Journal Day 3

You'll get used to my struggles to overcome my speed workout days. It's fine. We all have to struggle with something to stop us taking the good stuff for granted. Usually it's the aspects of training that give me the biggest challenge that have the sweetest rewards. I shall persist, but I might whine every once in a while. Some of it is psychological. The rest is just laziness about being too far out of my comfort zone.

My magic tonic for sore muscles is an easy paced run to get the blood flowing. So that's what I did this morning. Started my watch, put the time on the display screen and completely ignored pace. It works every time. If nothing else, it makes me feel better.

I took my yoga mat outside to do some light stretching afterwards and all I could think of was putting a pillow under my head and chilling there for an hour. I'm allowed to feel lazy, right?

Marathon Training Journal Day 3

I was not doing sit-ups. I just wanted something to wedge under my head so I could daydream and watch the clouds.

That was until I noticed I was sharing my stretch and relaxation spot with someone else.

Marathon Training Journal Day 3

Spider must be a diva. Glistening , sparkly web and all.

These webs are the darn things I usually run through in the dark, early in the morning. I wouldn't mind them so much if I could just wipe them off my face, but they just won't go away.

More annoying is when you swallow the dinner that's waiting inside. Have you noticed when you inhale a bug how it just sits midway in your throat? I mean, get in or get out, but stop making me gag for a mile before moving. That was my only entertainment for the morning and I was quite fine with that. Peaceful. No drama!

I feel quite refreshed. My shoulders and arms still hurt, but they aren't burning like they were when I got up.  Every time I do an easy run I wonder why I don't do more of these. I'm putting more effort into slowing my easy runs and doing more of them this time around.

So I feel recovered just in time to do another strength session all over again later today. I should warn my butt and hamstrings in advance. Actually, some of these exercises are going to wind my inner thigh muscles tight enough to play music on them. 


I do love training seasons. This one has got off to a good start!

Tomorrow I run hill repeats. It's still speed work, but I don't hate them, as long as I've had a good few miles to wake myself up. Watch out, hills! I'm coming for you!


Marathon Training Journal Day 3


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  • Rich Brown August 2, 2017   Reply →

    Easy runs without watching my watch is something that I am longing for. One of the drawbacks of Coaching is that I never just run for myself. Every run its either about pacing my group on a long run or clocking speed work. Don’t get me wrong, I love coaching. The feeling you get when you see your runners finish their first race ahead of you and PR is about as close as you can get to the feeling you get when you cross the finish line for yourself.

    Friday is a rest day for my program, so I may just go for a run.

    • Lee Beem August 2, 2017   Reply →

      I admire the art of tuning into a watch or device for paces. I never had a watch until last December and worried about dropping my phone so I turned on the app and put it in my belt and left it. I really struggle with keeping tabs on the paces because I’m used to running by feel. It is so hard for me and I have to learn to do it again for training. But you should totally do a run just for yourself. It’s the reason never track runs with the dogs. I can just get out there and be free. If you run the miles, you run the miles. Logging or not logging them won’t add or take them away. It’s such a liberating feeling. Go do it and tell me how you enjoyed it 🙂

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