NJ Marathon Training Week 1 Update

18 Dec

First things first – Let’s recap my first week of marathon training!

Nothing crazy – getting back into training is hard.  Good thing DailyMile keeps track of it for me.

Monday – Rest
Tuesday – Group Training Session with Team In Training
Wednesday – Rest
Thursday – Icy Track Run
Friday – Rest
Saturday – Long Run on the treadmill (see below)
Sunday – Rest

My first long run for marathon training was on the treadmill.

Let me preface this post with the following:  This was not my favorite run.  In fact, it was downright terrible.

But you need the bad runs to appreciate the good runs, right?

That’s what I kept telling myself anyway.

This weekend I was down in Philadelphia for a college friend’s wedding so I couldn’t meet with the Team in Training group for my first long run of marathon training.

I somehow lost my Garmin charger so I figured I would just go to the gym with my mom early on Saturday so that I could accurately measure my miles and get home before too late so that I had plenty of time to get ready for the wedding.

Plus it was cold.

weather& it was supposed to snow.

My mom and I ended up heading to the gym at 7:30 a.m. I would have much rather stayed in bed but I had a long run to complete.

I had 6-7 miles on my training schedule and had already decided that I would only be running 6.  Mainly because I can’t even remember when my last run over 5 miles was.  My best educated guess – the NYC Half Marathon…in March.  I know, I know.  What a slacker.

I got on the treadmill with my Runner’s World magazine, water bottle, IPod and IPhone.  My plan was to listen to music and watch TV for the first 1.5-2 miles, read my magazine for the next two miles and listen to my book on tape until I got to 6 miles.  I put my treadmill at a 1% incline and set the pace to 5.5. So far, so good.

It only took a few minutes for the run to head down hill (figuratively, not literally of course).

First, I really, really need new headphones.  I don’t know if I just am strange but I cannot find a pair that stays in my ears while I am running.  The standard IPhone headphones do not work for me so I brought a pair with me that goes up and around your ear thinking that they would stay on.


I was ready to throw those stupid headphones on the ground, stomp on them and sulk in the locker room until my mom was done her workout.  But I didn’t.  Instead, I MacGyvered my headphones into my ears with my headband.  I looked ridiculous but those suckers did not move for the next 6 miles.

Once that was all said and done, I started watching the news.  That helped pass the time a bit but it was rough looking at the treadmill and only seeing 1.5 miles had past.

So then I decided to try to read my magazine.  Not easy.  The magazine slipped off the treadmill no less than 3 times, I almost fell and the fan kept blowing the pages every time it oscillated.  I gave up and looked at the miles…2 miles down, 4 to go.

At that point I gave up, put on my book on tape and prayed that the run would be over soon.  At mile 4, I silently decided that I could not take it any more and I would be done at 5 miles.

I got to mile 5, lowered the mph and started walking for my cool-down.  After about 3 minutes of walking, I got mad at myself for giving up so easily and knocked out mile 6.


The treadmill at my mom’s gym starts over at 65 minutes so I had to take two photos to prove that I actually ran 6 miles.  Ha!

Overall, it was not the best run but I’m glad I didn’t cut it short.  I’m sure I will have plenty more “bad” runs before this whole marathon training thing is over but what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger, right?

First long run down!

Also, if you have any long run on the treadmill tips – send them my way!  I like the treadmill for intervals and speed work, but long, slow runs are pure torture on the dreadmill!  Would love suggestions!


5 Responses to “NJ Marathon Training Week 1 Update”

  1. Lindsey December 18, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    If you have a lot of treadmills at your gym sometimes it helps to stop half way through and switch to a different one. Just breaking it up a little can help and having a slightly different view (sometimes you gotta go with whatever little thing helps haha!). I’ve also done half outside and then half in the gym. Good luck! Download lots of good music and podcasts :)
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    • Alex January 16, 2014 at 7:20 pm #

      Thanks for the tips! I’m trying to avoid the treadmill – but I will definitely refer to your tips before I head to the gym :)

  2. Megan@Run Like a Grl January 3, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

    Lets run together soon! I need some of your marathon positive energy :) Plus, I miss ya!
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    • Alex January 16, 2014 at 7:19 pm #

      Definitely would love that! Can’t wait for the 5k!!

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