So, today marks the first unofficial day of my marathon training.
As you know, I just got back from a 10 day vacation in Peru, where the most activity I saw was walking up and down the hills of Cusco and walking back and forth from to the bathroom to puke from altitude sickness. Now that I’m all healed and back at sea level, it’s time to get in the game.
I kind of got into the swing of things yesterday when I ran the 2013 Color Run Philadelphia. Warning: don’t run this race if you actually want to race. They don’t have timers and A LOT of people walk, especially through the color stops. It can get a little congested, but I had a great time. How can you be annoyed when people are throwing rainbows of color at you?
I use the Marathon Rookie training plan, despite this being my third marathon and the fact I no longer consider myself a “rookie.” It’s a simple, easy to understand plan that allows me to still have a social life while running too many miles and eating more carbs than most people see in their lifetime. While my plan doesn’t call for me to start until July 29, I figured repeating the first week a few times might get some of the tres leches out of my system before it’s go time.
I tweak the plan a little to turn the shorter runs into intervals and hills (if I’m feeling particularly insane), but I think the general plan is great.
Since the Northeast has developed a tropical climate since I left for South America, I was forced to hit the treadmill today for my 3 mile interval run and some weights. Some guy asked me about my Ursinus College t-shirt and when I explained that I didn’t go there, but my brother did, he asked me if I knew my brother’s name. Needless to say, I’ll be really happy to be running outside again.
Are you training for a fall marathon? What plan do you use? Did you meet some meatheads today?