After weeks of preparation and anticipation, the day has come to wake up at 4 am with a big grin on my face. Not every day one can ran on the Harbour Bridge. Another race, another morning of pain and happiness. I ran the Auckland Marathon and it took 3 hours and 50 minutes.
I’ve been keeping myself quite busy over the last few weeks. First of all I’m back on training after I recovered from North Shore Marathon, but more - we’ve planned a trip for 3 weeks in a row. I must say, it is little challenging to manage training schedule while traveling, but I think I’m getting better at it ;).
I was not lucky with getting this upgrade. The very next day after I ordered it, Clever Training reduced the Fenix 2 price by $100. It was stopped for customs clearance and I needed to pay duty on it (first time!) and had to chase post office to give me informations about the state of delivery multiple times. Few days before North Shore Marathon it arrived. And it was worth waiting for!
Last Sunday, after months of preparation I’ve finished my first marathon distance race. My plan was to get to the finish line in 3:45. It took 14 minutes longer though, but I’m still really happy to do it below 4 hours. Here is what I’ve learned.
I’ve never felt more fit in my life. Yes, there is still some weight to be dropped and I definitely want to go faster, but last couple of heavy weeks start to pay off. After the whole house move thingy I’m back on the track, hitting 10 hours per week mark with no problems. My performance chart never looked better ;)
Over the last couple of months I’ve been focusing on getting into habit of increased training duration and distance. I’ve build program that is going to carry me through marathons and Taupo Challenge in few months. I wouldn’t be me if I did not collect data from that period. Below you can find few charts documenting progress together with some info about Training Peaks software.
Time flies. It seemed like really long time till the North Shore marathon when I signed up. Now there are only 11 weeks left. My training goes well and I’m fitter than ever. I’ll be ready. I believe that I have enough endurance now to complete marathon and most of my focus is on strength and speed. It doesn’t come easy though.
2014 is my second year of regular running. Recently I checked some summary data (me being geek and stats freak) and it turned out I ran about 1000 km so far. Not too much, but from zero to that in a year - I’m happy with that. Now, when I have set goals for this year, there is time to focus on running much more. So - how to get most of my training plan? By having smart goals and proper training PLAN :).
This was a long season. It started in London, went through Lanzarote and finished in Auckland in the middle of summer in January (or as the rest of the world call it - winter ;)). That’s why after finishing my 70.3 race I decided to take it little easier for couple of weeks. I let my nutrition go crazy, gained few kilograms (thankfully mostly due to weight lifting) and lost a lot of endurance.
I was too slow and too tired to have good photos taken :p. Instead - photo of Gomez and Brownlee fighing for 1st place!
3 weeks ago I started long weight lifting program. I’m not a weight lifter, nor I ever plan becoming one, but I figured that this would be the best approach right now. I don’t plan any big event anytime soon (except ITU Olympic distance Triathlon and some Ocean Swim), so working on my basics seems reasonable. This year is going to be running one, as I want to finish two marathons and couple of shorter runs. So I’ve increased my volume and injured myself at the end of second week of new program.
Back in January, this was my ultimate goal for this year - finish an olympic distance triathlon. It seemed so distant and difficult and now it's all done! Surprisingly I got a perfect weather, sunny but not too hot, which is not that often in London. It started to rain few hours after I finished, but at that point I didn't matter anymore. After Mumbles swim I was little scared, yet I've set up a goal to finish below 2:30. I crossed the finish line at 2:27 and it made me happy for the whole week!
I am truly amazed by how quickly the body can recover. Yes, my hand is still fractured and I cannot exercise too much, but I was expecting much worse. My face is almost healed and I even resumed workout today.
You know if you’re busy when you have no time to write week summary on Sunday :D. Last week went damn fast and I don’t even know how it happened. I’ve learned few things about recovery after my first ever run and I’ve been trying to put few advices from Triathlon Show into practice.
This was a great week and even better weekend. I've completed my first even run at Triathlon Show 2013 with not that embarrassing time of 47 minutes and 36 seconds. On top of that I've bought few things with quite nice prices (but when you add few cheap things, your account still cries!). If that’s not enough, I've beaten the 10000 calories from last week. Crazy, fun, fatigue and some more crazy.
It has been the most intense training week so far, but I've managed to done almost every planned workout. To be honest, when I started I didn't realize, that meeting your training goals can be so damn satisfying. Below are weekly stats, progress and meal plans. Happy Sunday!