For the past six years, I’ve completed a marathon each fall and thoroughly enjoyed the process of training through the heat of the summer to race in ideal weather. I love the process of training through challenging conditions to become stronger for race day.
Even so, spring marathons always sound less than appealing since planning long runs around the notorious Michigan winter storms can feel a bit like putting together a 3,000 piece puzzle. But even so, there’s nothing like the satisfaction that comes with completing a challenge.
My mom turned 60 a few weeks ago and has decided that this is the year she wants to run her third (and she claims it will be her final… that’s what they all say;) marathon. We decided on the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City over Memorial Day weekend because of it’s beautiful course in one of our favorite locations!
Training officially began this week – which certainly feels hard to believe since spring feels so far away. We created an 18 week training plan to give us a few extra weeks off at the beginning of the year, and things are well underway now!
When we first decided on a training plan, January 21st seemed so far away. Now that we have a few runs under our belt, I can already tell that these next 17 weeks are going to fly by. Here’s to some winter running and a new season of training! Here is my marathon training recap from week 1.
Bayshore Marathon Training Recap: Week 1
Monday, 1/21 – Yoga
This yoga sequence has been a staple in my training plans for the past three marathons. Since I began including it regularly into my training, I have yet to become injured (knock on wood). It targets all of the most needed areas for runners and really helps me mentally prepare for the week ahead!
It’s always a little anti-climactic beginning a new training plan with a recovery yoga session, but I love my routines and will always be doing yoga on Mondays. I was excited to know I was completing these yoga exercises for training this time rather than just for fun!
Tuesday, 1/22 – 4 miles
After weeks of wishing for winter weather, it finally made its appearance in Michigan this week – just in time for marathon training. Luckily, my husband and I inherited a new-to-us treadmill over Christmas break, and I was very grateful for it during this run. Despite my dislike of the treadmill, it certainly came in handy here as opposed to unshoveled snow and frigid temperatures.
I ran three miles on the treadmill and finished the last one outside with our puppy. After running the last mile outside I was really happy about my decision to complete the first three indoors. I have a feeling I will need to make friends with the treadmill this training season!
Wednesday, 1/23 – 4 miles
This was a surprisingly great run. We got an ice storm overnight that closed most of the nearby schools and turned our backyard into an ice skating rink. As the ice turned to rain, I decided to run my 4 miles indoors on the treadmill.
The miles went by really quickly and everything felt pain free with no tight spots! After weeks of low mileage running and feeling quite a few hot spots, I was worried that things might progress when training began. This run helped ease my worries and I’m crossing my fingers that the lucky streak continues.
Thursday, 1/24 – Strength Workout
I was excited to get back to my usual strength training routine! After taking more than a month break, this workout definitely felt a bit more challenging than it did in the fall before the marathon. I’m excited to see how my body progresses with this workout again and hopefully remain injury free for another training season.
Friday, 1/25 – Rest
I had three miles on the schedule today and ended up taking a rest day due to poor planning. We traveled to the west side of the state for a music conference and ended up arriving just in time for a snow storm. After a quick attempt running on the sidewalk, I discovered that there was a layer of ice under the fresh snow and decided it wasn’t worth the struggle.
Saturday, 1/26 – 8 miles
It was a definite struggle to get motivated for this run. After another round of snow the previous evening, I ended up on the treadmill for this run. As much as I despise the treadmill, it was definitely the preferred option for icy terrain and freezing temperatures. This run was mentally challenging, but I sure am glad I did it. Things got significantly better after the first two miles and I was actually surprised how quickly time went by. I certainly hope that the next few long runs can be completed outdoors, but am happy with this first weekend “long run”.
Sunday, 1/27 – Rest
And with that, the first week of marathon training is already complete. It’s amazing how quickly the weeks pass by when you are crossing days off a training plan! We will see how the weather progresses with another snow storm and some negative temperatures this upcoming week, but I am eager to power through some adverse conditions to be that much stronger on race day.
Here’s to spring races and winter training!
Previous Running Recaps:
- Bayshore Half Marathon Recap
- Indianapolis Monumental Marathon RecapIndianapolis Marathon Training Recaps
- New York City Marathon Race Recap