Thank you so much for all of your stories about favorite races! I do plan on taking the time to sit down and reread each and every comment and get back to you in some way unless you have no link to e-mail or blog. This might take me a few days but I'll get there. It was so energizing to read all of your stories.
I'm feeling really great with my base building. Most of my miles have been in the range of 7:45to 8:45ish so I've been keeping them easy and just focusing on building up some mileage before I start with an official Boston plan. I've had plenty of miles to reflect on my plan, mileage and staying injury free. Several of you have asked questions or sebt e-mails asking about my training so I thought I'd put some things out there for people that have training questions. This is my self-interview. Ha! This is how I am entertaining myself in my short 30 minutes of ME time today.
How many miles did you say you wanted your peak weekly mileage to be? 80
Where did you get that number from? I pulled it from my butt. Seriously, it was just a number out of the sky. It wasn't based on any research, thoughtful consideration of data, or wise understanding of training.
What kind of mileage are you running right now? The last few weeks have been in the 50 mile range. Last week was 50 and the week before that was 49. I'd like to shoot for 55 this week. Possibly 60 the next.
Do you still think you're going to do 80 as your peak weekly mileage? Ha! Can I do it? Yes, probably but it would mean that I'd probably have to slow down a bit with a lot of my mileage. This is where I have to consider quality vs. quantity. I'm not so sure it would be wise for me to try to hit this number AND still hit all of my quality workouts.
What is a more realistic goal? Taking the advice of a very wise friend who knows her stuff and combining it with my risk-taking and dreamer of a self, I'd like to think that 70 is a more solid and realistic peak weekly mileage for me. She advised 65 so I may very well follow her advice and stick with that. We shall see.
What does 70 peak weekly mileage mean? This means that I will certainly NOT be running 70 miles every week of my training cycle. The goal is to have some higher and lower weeks so that your body can absorb the training and not take on too much every week. I plan on doing lots of LISTENING closely to my body and increasing wisely and gradually. I might only have 2 weeks at 70. This seems okay right now. I will reevaluate if necessary.
Where do you find time to workout with your motherhood duties and blog keep up and everything else? There are definitely things that will need to be cut out of my life. It is all about prioritizing. My life will not always be all about training for a marathon but this is a time in my life that I'm going to dedicate to training hard for a marathon. To some, this might seem silly but it is important to me and I'm willing to put other things on the side for a few months. We recently purchased a treadmill and this will help tremendously with the time issue. I will most likely have to get my lazy bum out of bed early on some days and find time to fit in around quiet time/nap time when my oldest is at school. It is possible to fit in the mileage that you want and still be a great mom, wife and friend. However, it just takes knowing what you want and making the time for the things that are MOST important. Not everyone will understand but really, you can't please everyone.
What kinds of thinks will you have to cut out if you are going to be serious with mileage, training, and self-care? Reading my book club book, seeing friends as often, staying up late, responding to comments, facebook, e-mail, reading blogs and probably a few other things. When I start worrying about not getting to everyone and not being able to be there for everyone all of the time I will consult the Dr. Suess: "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those you mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." Of course this is all within reason. Obviously I will still take time for those that I love but my friends will hopefully understand when I am just not up for going out and staying up too late or when I have to bail on a social engagement like book club or girls' night out.
What things are most important to you to maintain during training? The quality time with my kids and my husband, self reflection time, eating healthy, and spiritual time.
What are you most excited for with this upcoming Marathon training? I'm so very excited to take my training to a new level of commitment. I'm looking forward to seeing what I can do with this one body and one life that I have when I give 100%. Now is as good of a time as any! Bring it! My main goal is to improve and feel STONG! I'm also excited to be training at the same time as some very dear and wise friends who I continue to learn from every single day! I'm excited to encourage and be encouraged. Inspire and be inspired. You girls know who you are!
My quiet time is officially over and this means that self-interview time is up. Hope I answered some of your questions that you've e-mailed me with.