On my way home from work on Friday I actually cried, I haven’t done that in a very long time, and the last time I did I changed jobs as soon as I could find another. I was thinking that I couldn’t wait to get home to the bottle of wine I had waiting, and then I realized that wine wasn’t really what I wanted. Alcohol would only make me depressed and I decided I didn’t think that was the way to unwind. So I decided that I wanted a really, really hard run.
When I got home I got dressed and went for a run. And then I decided, while I was running, that I would do hill repeats. I have never done hill repeats, I’ve heard they are hard, and I guess I figured I ran enough hills in my normal runs that I don’t need to do repeats. But on Friday I needed the hardness of that type of run. I ran the hill at the beginning of my normal runs, I ran it 2 times and then decided I needed a needed a hill that didn’t have a stoplight in the middle of the hill. The hill that I chose was longer and steeper, I did that hill 4 times and thought I was done. I collapsed at the top of the hill after my 4th time and had to sit for a minute because my legs felt like jelly. It was at a fairly busy intersection and I got a few looks, but I really didn’t care. I was able to take a picture of myself, though. As I was walking down the hill towards home, I decided I wasn’t done and ran the first hill 3 more times.
It was a good workout, but I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t harder. I was still able to walk home and I wasn’t sore at all the next few days afterwards. I feel like that means I wasn’t working hard enough. But I did get home in a much, much better mood. I was able to put aside the week and have a decent evening.
Anyway, because I did the hills on Friday, which was only 2 miles, I didn’t do the scheduled 3 miles on Saturday. I did 6 miles on Sunday and that was the end of my first week of marathon training. It feels weird and a little wrong to say last week was the first week of marathon training, when I didn’t run any more than I normally have been and actually less than the week before. Next week I add one mile to my long run, so not much added but that’s okay. I wanted the lower start mileage so that I didn’t reinjure my feet.
|Week one done.|
And then there is this video of Damian doing pushups. I want to be like him when I grow up. =)