So, I didn’t waste any time starting to train for my first marathon. It’s less than five months away, and I want to give myself a little buffer so that I can take the training more slowly — repeat a week if I need to, take a day or two off because of school, etc.
On Monday I did three miles, and yesterday I did five. I was accompanied in both by my boyfriend, who is definitely one of my biggest supporters in all things running. On Monday, we hit up the highway along the East River and did three miles. I had never run along the East River, and found the path a little disappointing — it wasn’t continuous (we had to walk up stairs) and wasn’t quite as scenic as the West Side Highway. Aside from a little side stitch, the three miles felt good and my boyfriend’s dad greeted us with fresh, cold watermelon when we got back to his place! I now believe there’s nothing better than some ice cold watermelon after running.
Last night we hit the West Side Highway for five miles. Our legs were a little tight, so we took it slow and easy and enjoyed the run. We both had some stomach issues during the run — splitting penne vodka at a restaurant a few hours before running is not a good idea — but held it together and finished strong! Overall, I felt pretty confident and definitely felt positive about training moving forward.
Time-wise, I’m not sure how I’m doing with these runs. I haven’t been using my Garmin or MapMyRun . . . for a few reasons. 1) I can’t find my charger for my Garmin (oops). 2) I really don’t care for MapMyRun since switching to a Garmin. 3) (The most important one) I feel like I need to ease myself back into regular running and training before obsessing over times. I think that, if I were to break out the Garmin now, I would be disappointed and discouraged by my times. Maybe in a few weeks when I get totally into the swing of things, but for now, I’m planning my route ahead of time and sticking to it.
Diet-wise…things need to change. Yesterday my boyfriend and I split Penne Vodka and then ran, and I had some horrible acid reflux during the entirety of the run. I don’t feel like I am drinking enough water or eating healthily enough, and I know that will come around and bite me later. Food is just so good, guys. I really want to spend some time this weekend thinking about what I am putting in my body and how it is going to impact my training.
As far as my attitude goes, I’m feeling pretty good about running so far. I’m thankful that I have people supporting me and offering to run with me in races and training runs (thanks, friends!), but I also am looking forward to some runs in solitude. I have been itching for a little more solitude in my life lately — it seems that I can never get some quiet time, especially living in midtown Manhattan. I am really anticipating the long runs in Central Park or on the highway with just me, my Garmin, and my headphones.
So…training is so far, so good. I’m still taking recommendations for good shorts to wear — my legs aren’t toned enough for booty shorts and the swishy Nike types bother me when they bunch up. I also am considering buying one of those (IMO, ridiculous looking) water bottle belts — I seem to be susceptible to the side stitch, and I am worried about staying hydrated on longer runs.