The disease-sounding name in the title (H1N1 anyone?) stands for Hal Higdon Novice 1 and this is my recap of week one of the Novice 1 marathon training program. As I wrote about here, I’m not planning to run a marathon at the end of this training cycle, but I wanted some structure and this plan seemed to fit my goals.
The first week was really easy and probably exactly what I needed to recover from Bayshore the previous weekend. It called for rest Monday, 3-mile runs on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, rest Friday, a “long” run of 6 miles on Saturday, and cross training Sunday. Each week has the same rest, run, and cross-training days, so I’m sitting here on Monday of week two feeling ready to run, but reminding myself that I need to rest today. I’m definitely not used to taking two days off from running in a row unless I am feeling hurt.
On that note, my takeaway from week one is that I really like the amount of rest this plan prescribes. On Thursday, after having run three days in a row, I was feeling ready for rest and was happy that Friday was a rest day. In addition, resting Monday after not running on Sunday gives me lots of physical and mental energy to tackle and enjoy the next three days of running.
I was surprised this week by the long run. I thought 6 miles would be a piece of cake after running a half marathon the previous weekend, but the late-spring heat really got to me and I felt very bad for much of it. It was approaching 70ºF when I went out at 10am and was already 75 when I finished an hour later. I sweat easily and saltily, so even though I grabbed water at the halfway point, I was starting to feel nauseous by the end. That is something I need to figure out how to handle this summer. I’m hoping some of it will get easier as I get more acclimated to the heat, but I will also be heading out earlier in the day next time, when it hopefully will not be as hot.
I did not buy a spring/summer gym membership from the university gym this year (although I could still buy one if I wanted), so my cross-training this week was simply walking. I went downtown to cheer the finishers at the Dexter-Ann Arbor run and pretty much walked all around town going into different shops, as well. Once I get my road bike fixed, I might bike sometimes, but I really do like walking and honestly, my legs were tired by the end of the morning (I was on my feet for three hours), so I felt good about walking as cross training. 🙂
This is what my week looked like in far fewer words:
Tuesday: run 3.03mi
Wednesday: run 3.48mi
Thursday: run 3.85mi (I underestimated the distance of the loop) + hip strengthening exercises after
Saturday: run 6mi
Sunday: cross training – walked around downtown all morning
Total running for the week: 16.36mi 😀
How was your training last week? Do you like to follow a plan or do your own thing?