Mr. Blondie had given up on tinkering with it and was already on the phone with the air conditioning guy. (Our AC guy’s wife runs too. Our husband’s got to chatting on the sidelines of this race last year, and Mr. B got his business card. Running brings people together, ha).
Within ten minutes he was in our driveway. Twenty minutes and $100 later a new capacitor was installed, and all was right in our climate-controlled world again.
I mention this because it totally flies in the face of Murphy’s Law. Mr. Blondie was home for once when shit happened.
I’ve been left stranded more than a handful of times dealing with emergencies or home disasters when Mr. Blondie was completely unreachable. It sucks. Those are the times I wish he was home, or at least close to home, every night.
There was that time the house almost went up in flames, but that's another story for another day.
Being on my own a few days a week does come with its own perks though. Sometimes it’s nice being able to throw some pre-made veggies burgers on the table and call it dinner, and watch DVR’d episodes of The Bachelorette without getting the side eye.
I’ve really been enjoying the Saturday morning routine I’ve gotten into with Em this month. There’s a two hour time limit on gym’s childcare, so I’ve had to get creative in order to finish my workout. We get to the gym early and I run through the nearby neighborhoods for an hour pushing her in the stroller. Then we go inside and I take a spin class, do some weights, stretch, shower, and pick her up just in time to avoid being paged over the PA system.
By that time we’re both starving, so we stop for lunch. Then we make a brief stop at a playground we pass on our way home. It's early afternoon by the time we get home, and we’re both ready to fall into bed for a nap.
This is the method I’ll use as get into my longer marathon training runs. Run the first 10 miles or so outside (the breaking point for both my back pushing the stroller and Em’s tolerance for sitting in it), then run the remainder indoors on the treadmill.
Here’s what my first month of marathon training looks like. You know I’m all high-tech about this stuff.
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I looked out the most popular plans out there and decided this would be the best fit. These are the main points that stuck out when I was comparing plans. Again, this my highly generalized, very UNscientific take on each plan based on my half-assed internet research.
FIRST and HANSON plans look more convenient on paper with only 3 days of running per week. However, even with the emphasis placed on the quality of those runs, I felt like I should be at least 4 days a week. You know, specificity of training and all that jazz.
Jeff Galloway has produced thousands of satisfied marathon runners, but this will be my 7th marathon and my stubborn pride will not allow walking. Runner’s World Smart Coach spits out something generic that doesn't explain the reasoning and purpose behind each workout.
I’ve heard good things about McMillan’s plans but I didn’t want to open up my wallet and pay for one. Ha. Jack Daniels was a mentor to Pete Pfitzinger and the plans don’t seem all that different from what I’ve gathered.
I narrowed it down to Hal’s Advanced Plans and Pete Pfitzinger. Hal's plan keeps the workouts relatively the same throughout the plan with incremental increases in mileage, while Pfitzinger follows a periodization principle with different mesocycles. It's a matter of perception, but seems more manageable to me when it's broken into chunks like that. Each mesocycle has a specified purpose and set of mini-goals to accomplish.
My biggest beef with Hal's advanced plans is they don't include any cross-training. Although I believe the emphasis should be on running, I don't agree in eliminating everything else. Cross-training enhances strength and endurance, and allows you to increase your training volume without the added breakdown from additional mileage.
So that’s what on tap for the upcoming month.