It rained all weekend, so since I run in the dark, I decided not to compound my foolishness by running in the dark and wet. So I did my Sunday 8X400s on the treadmill. They were definitely easier than outside. I started at 6.1 mph and got one interval in 6.5 mph. The problem with the treadmill is that I think too much when I’m on it. Since I want to run an entire marathon in 10-minute miles or faster, I started to psych myself out about how hard it is. If 400 m is challenging at those paces, how do I think I will run 26.2 miles at that pace? (Actually, it didn’t really get tough until 6.3, but I wouldn’t say the 6.1 was something I could sustain for more than a mile.)
I successfully completed all the intervals, did 150 kettlebell swings with 8K (15 at the top of every minute for ten minutes), a couple of Turkish get-ups with 8 lb dumbbell, and then ate my healthy dinner of salad, navy beans, and steamed broccoli and Brussels sprouts, with a dessert of oatmeal with cherries. I’m trying to remind myself that the next marathon I plan to train for is next year, which gives me lots of time to lose weight and build my hips, glutes, hamstrings, and core. I’m really hoping the magic of weight loss will speed me up.
Oh, and because we are moving closer to the DC area, I’ve decided the next full marathon I’m running is the Marine Corps Marathon next fall. Depending on my work, roller derby, and the move, I think I want to do a half in the spring.
I do still love roller derby and I still want to do it, but I’m not sure if the time commitment will work for me if I want to have a full-time job and train to run a 4-hour or faster marathon. It seems like there is something every weekend and many weeknights. I hope I can find a rec situation after the move that doesn’t want every minute of my life. I can’t not run and I can’t seem to shake the marathon bug.
I didn’t exercise Friday or Saturday. Too much other stuff going on with Mr. Z heading East and a full Saturday. I think I did my usual pull-ups, though.