So the mileage continues to build, this was my schedule this week:
- Saturday (last) – 10 Miles
- Monday – 3 Miles
- Tuesday – 7 Miles
- Friday – 15 Miles
So far so good, I have had some muscle soreness, but I haven’t run into any more tendon issues. My 15 mile run was brutal, it was a huge jump up from my last highest (10 miles), because of the injury a few weeks ago, I am trying to catch back up again. I ended up running 10 miles, then basically walking 1/4 mile, running 3/4 mile, rinse repeat. For most of my runs I am able to run the entire thing with no walking, however as per the training guide it is perfectly fine to walk during the runs.
I am also starting to practice drinking Gatorade while I am running as well as taking power gels every 5 miles to keep my energy level up. The marathon book I read (Marathon the Ultimate Training Guide by Hal Higdon) said over and over to practice using everything you will use during the run, and they will be handing out Gatorade and the power gels during the race. I am very glad I have started using them now though, as some of the flavors upset my stomach as I am running, and I could work out all those issues now rather than during the actual race.
If anyone is interested to see the training schedule I am following, you can see it at: http://www.halhigdon.com/marathon/Mar00novice.htm, I am following the “Novice 1” program, I just completed week 10 in the program. When you look at the training days, I have mine shifted backwards one day, so the Tuesday run I do on Monday, I did this because I am gone so many weekends it was hard to fit in my long runs, by shifting it a day, I run my long runs typically on Friday.
This week I really started feeling the mileage, training for a marathon is not an impossible goal, but it is quite difficult. It also takes a LOT of time, I knew when I looked at the schedule it would, but when I see how many hours I am spending on the treadmill I really realize how tough a schedule this really is. It is hard to get up and around in time to get my miles in and still make it to work on time in the mornings. I am very lucky to work for a company that if I am a bit late, its not a big deal. For example, my 15 mile run, I was on the treadmill for about 2 hours and 45 minutes, I of course hadn’t planned on walking at all, so it took about 40 minutes longer than expected which made me late to work.
It is also interesting to see how my Polyphasic sleeping schedule works with marathon training, I have had many people ask me if I am still doing Polyphasic, and I am, well sort of. I am still taking my naps, but I have found that I have to sleep longer at night (Currently sleeping 6 hours at night). My normal schedule where I get 4 hours total of sleep per night works fine as long as I am not dealing with injuries, that is one of the few things where your body needs raw sleep, most of the time you are asleep is optional time, but when you are sick or have an actual injury, you need the raw hours of sleep. Seeing that I am dealing with my body constantly having to fight inflammation and muscle soreness, I need to get more hours of sleep per night. Once I am done with the Marathon, I will switch back to my normal Polyphasic schedule.