Marathon Training: Week 2 + Running Buddies
Time really does fly. Especially when you have a date you're looking forward to/anticipating!
This week, the milage was amped up by just a tad. Not enough to make me want to question why I'm doing this, but just enough that it made a difference in my training (and my legs). I've definitely found that running on the dreadmill makes me want to cry and is much more miserable than it was in the winter. While it is ridiculously hot and humid outside, I find that the breeze and the change in scenery is nice. Anyone else living in a humid climate while marathon training and absolutely dying?
@nycmarathon #MarathonTraining Week 2, Day 1: Decided to take on the #dreadmill instead of going outside and the running gods punished me. I accidentally locked my screen for about half a mile before I realized and by that point, the Nike app had already calculated me to be running a 16 minute mile since it wasn't running in the background 😫 And the AC wasn't as amazing as I thought it would be so I sweat probably just as much as I would have outside. Didn't run the 4 miles prescribed for today but at least I got some mileage in. 😊 Tomorrow is another day!
Having a running buddy now also makes all the difference in the world - especially for the longer runs. I'm very blessed to be able to have a running buddy that lives with me! Nicholas has always complained about how much he hates running but, like I've mentioned, I've gotten him to get a new pair of (supportive and well fitting) running shoes and because my pace is slower than his usual I-just-want-to-get-this-over-with-so-I'll-run-as-fast-as-I-can-and-hate-it pace, he's able to enjoy the runs we have together.
@nycmarathon #MarathonTraining Week 2, Day 2: Should have been four and @nickarvanitis did his best to push me to four. But we ended up with 3. Mileage is mileage. And it was a better pace today than I've had in a while - thank you #NewYork for the slightly cooler weather. Make sure you head over to risaxu.com to check out the latest blog post and the 💚💚 #donation link for my @oxfamamerica fundraiser!
Another plus to having Nicholas with me is that I can run routes that I'm not 100% familiar with. I'm less antsy about it getting dark and I worry more about tripping on something than having something happen to me while out running. Being a female, I always think 'safety first' and what better safety blanket than your fiancé?!
Having a structured training has really taught me discipline. There's days where I don't want to run, as much as I love it and need to do it. But I'm seeing improvements - in time and in stamina. I'm definitely not feeling as exhausted or sore after runs as I was during the first week. I've had minor hiccups due to some health issues that I'm still in the process of figuring out but other than that, I've enjoyed every run. Through all the sweat, rain, mud, and whatever else has come my way, I'm glad to say that I'm more excited than ever to run all five boroughs in November!
Speaking of November... I'm so excited to say that I'm at 24% of my fundraising goal! A big thank you to everyone who has donated and an advance thank you to everyone who will donate!
Every dollar goes towards an absolutely fantastic cause to help strike out poverty and hunger! If you have any questions about what I'm fundraising for, please don't ever hesitate to reach out to me, either through email or on social! Until next week!