training program! As you might recall, Matthew and I decided to take on the Goofy Challenge this year for several reasons and we are looking forward to another six months of training to get us back in marathon shape.
However, we spent the first night of training a little differently this year: painting! I had booked us a Paint Nite for 7/1/2014 without first realizing that it was the official start date of our training. However, the painting we completed was called "Beach Run" so that counts for something, right? This was our first experience with Paint Nite and I can guarantee that we'll do another- it was so much fun! If you're not familiar with these events, let me give you a simple explanation. You go to a bar/restaurant (usually a private room) and are given a canvas, brushes, and paint. Then you follow the instructions of your artist/teacher and after about two and a half hours, you have a painting to take home.
While I don't think anyone will confuse our paintings with a Rembrandt anytime soon, we had a great time, learned a few things about paint, and created something cool.
|I think we paint an awesome beach. Mine is on the left; Matthew's is on the right.|
|Though these look like potatoes, they are actually flip-flops.|
|That shadow was the most difficult part about this.|
Even though we missed the official start, we are well on our way to conquering Goofy! We've downloaded the schedule to my google calendar and printed out a calendar to help guide our training through our summer/fall race schedule. Also, we've been scheduling our long runs to incorporate my dad's schedule- he's running the WDW Marathon as his first 26.2.
|Weeks 1- 6 with scheduled races included.|
|Weeks 7- 14.|
|Weeks 15- 22, when training gets serious.|
|Weeks 23- 28 including my favorite weeks of training- taper!!|
Just like last year, our ultimate goal is to get to the starting lines of all three races (we're doing the 10k for fun!) healthy and happy. This year, I want to focus more on nutrition. During Dopey Challenge training last year, I maintained (and even gained a little!) and wasn't at the weight I'd wanted to be by January. Since Dopey, I've lost 15 pounds. I think I've been able to focus more on my eating habits these last few months because I hadn't been training for any "big" races. I hope I can maintain this loss and hopefully drop a few more pounds before my second marathon. I'm amazed at how much better running feels at 163 pounds vs. 190 pounds. I'd also like to try and train with more "real" foods and wean myself off of gu, gels, etc. I'm hoping that with fruit, nuts, and other "real" foods I'll be able to stay fueled for the long training runs of this program.
Also different from last year, I have a time goal for the marathon. Last year, we finished in 6:32:30. This year, I'd like to finish in less than 6 hours. This means that I'll be taking a little over a minute off each mile- which I think is doable if I train at that pace. However, finishing is the true goal and I won't be disappointed if I don't meet that time. Plus, I get to cross the finish with Matthew AND my dad- how cool is that?!? Who cares what the clock says? :-)
I'd also like to do a better job of documenting each week of training. I get a lot of great questions asking about how I train for these events so expect to see more posts dedicated specifically to Goofy Challenge training.
For this first week, I ran 45 minutes on Wednesday (3.7 miles) and will complete a 5k on Friday and a 10k on Saturday. Look for the recaps of those races coming next week.
I'm really looking forward to training this year and even more excited to share this journey with you! Writing about my training keeps me much more accountable than I ever could be on my own- thank you for reading and for all your encouragement! And please share the goals/race training you are working on in the comments- let's support each other :-)
QOTD: What goals are you currently trying to accomplish/what are you training for?