So I've officially decided that my next marathon will be the Little Rock Arkansas Marathon. Thanks for all of your advice, most of you seemed to think Little Rock would be a good choice. Hilly or not, it looks like a great event and I'll just have to train harder and on some hilly terrain.
Yesterday marked day one of the new marathon training schedule. It was a rest or cross training day. This is my kind of training program! In all reality though, the new training program is really challenging, which I'm both excited and nervous about. Thanks Aron for giving me advice and getting me started on the program.
It's a 12 week program, which I like, since I can't wait the traditional 18-24 weeks between marathons, being a maniac and all. Today is my first run, and I'm a little nervous since I know it will be tough due to punishing conditions. The temperature outside is -8C or 17.6F. Like extreme heat, extreme cold slows you down (not to mention ice-covered roads). Oh well, it will just make me stronger. I have to tweak the plan a bit for the 10 miler race I have this week, it will replace the 9 miler I have planned for Thursday.
I also changed my Garmin from kilometers to miles since the training program is in miles, and the pace is in miles, I just want to keep it simple. I've spent the morning crunching numbers and figuring out my pace in miles/minute compared to kilometers/minute.
Along with my new training plan is a brand new eating "plan". I have decided to cut out as much processed/preservative-free food as possible, so I am good to try the eat clean diet. It's not really a diet, but rather a commitment, to eating whole foods that don't come out a can or a box.
To get things started I went out a bought a bread maker which I am super-excited about. I'll bake my first loaf tonight and report how it goes. I like the thought of fresh bread on hand (although I'll have to watch the quantity of course), and I'll know exactly what I'm eating. I'll try to post my weekly dishes up here so that I comitt to actually doing this.
As for the cold (I've been told its called the 100 day cough! WTF!!??) I still have the dry cough bouts, but I am moving forward. I refuse to let a pesky cough stand in my way. Little Rock, here I come!!
Have a great day and may you get your last minute shopping/cooking/baking/running done! Thanks for reading.
P.S -If anyone knows how to put a countdown ticker on their blog, would you mind letting me know? I tried to add one yesterday but failed miserably.