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Training Run #2 January 16, 2008

Filed under: marathon — Erin @ 5:03 pm

Today was my official second training run for the marathon.  I was supposed to do 5 miles and went 5.15.  Riley was only with me for the first two miles though.  She was very much in the mood to sniff and do a lot of stop-and-go running. I wasn’t in the mood for that;  so I took her home, fed her, and headed out for another three miles.

Runs that are 5 or 6 miles or longer ususally make me want to be able to take a little nap after the run.  That just can’t happen during the week, so I am quite tired now as I type.  I’ll get used to the longer midweek runs and will perk up in no time.  I hope. 

This weekend the forecast is pretty brutal.  A high of 4 on Saturday and a high of 10 on Sunday with nasty windchills both days.  I’m thinking of getting my long run in Friday night after work when it’s supposed to be in the 20s. 

 For those of you who might be curious, I am following Hal Higdon’s Novice II marathon training program.  I used Hal’s Novice I program when I trained for the Chicago Marathon in 2006 and it worked well for me.  I thought I’d give the Novice II a go this year.  I like that the mid-week miles are higher at the beginning. 


5 Responses to “Training Run #2”

  1. Meg Says:

    How about the treadmill?!?!?!

  2. Meg Says:

    why Novice #2?

  3. Erin Says:

    I can handle running up to about 5 miles on a treadmill, which I am sure I’ll do a few times this winter. Mentally, I can’t really get past that mark. I may have to try.

    The Novice 2 program starts at higher weekly miles, it’s a bit closer to where I am now with running. I also like that there is no 10 mile midweek run with the Novice 2 program, 8 miles is the max.

  4. Cheryl Says:

    FYI – for me a nap used to be unavoidable after a run any longer than 3 miles. My trainer told me that I wasn’t eating enough at the proper times. I upped my GU intake, following the GU guidelines, and it helped a great deal.

  5. Erin Says:

    Good idea, Cheryl. I haven’t been eating before my runs in the morning, something I need to get back into the habit of doing.

    I have to restock on my Shot Blocks, GU, and all that other carbohydrate goodness.

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