Walt Disney World Marathon Training: Week 1

Hello!  It’s been a long time since I’ve done a weekly recap of anything, let alone marathon training.  I’m happy to report that week 1 has gone swimmingly.  But let’s start at the beginning.

A few weeks before I got released from physical therapy, I started researching training plans specifically for recovering runners. A week before I was released from physical therapy, I reviewed my training program with my physical therapist and she gave me the go ahead with this particular plan with a few tweaks.  Basically I’m running 5 days per week starting with my long run mileage then cutting back to build back up to next week’s long run mileage with a recovery run on Sunday.  I’m doing all my runs 5×1 walk intervals and my only real goal is to finish the mileage. Since this is a little bit different type of training plan, I’m going to do the recaps of the week a little differently.  Let’s go!

Total miles: 14

Toughest run:  Probably the first run back.  I felt like my ass, my legs and my arms were literally flying everywhere, like Bambi when he’s first born.  But that practically didn’t matter because I was running.

Best run:  Running with Mandy.  Since Mandy got back from Africa she’s been understandably busy and since I haven’t been running it’s been tough to connect.  I’m so thankful we finally did.  She entertained me, as usual, through 4 miles — my longest run to date — and kept my mind off the of the fact that I could barely breathe and was hot.  Thereby turning what could have been my worst run into my best run.

Knee pain on a scale of 1 (post Motown Philly) to 5 (the day before the Richmond marathon):  3.  By Sunday when I did my recovery run, I was feeling some pain in the front of my knee.  While this sounds scary, it’s actually not hugely surprising.  When I dislocated the patella I caused a lot of trauma which in turn caused severe bruising on the knee cap.  That kind of pain that I’m feeling is like I have pushed really hard on a bruise or in this case, pounded pavement 5 out of 7 days this week.  So, today I have training then I’m going to ice, relax and plan to run more on the track this week.

Current gear obsession:  Skechers Go Run Forza.  Getting new shoes is my favorite part about running besides running and running people.  I’ve wanted to try out Skechers since Meb and Kara made the move to the company.  I finally ordered this amazing pink pair from Amazon and I’ve run in them twice.  They are a great stability shoe — so far for these low miles — they’re comfy and adorable.  Plus they were only $45 so I’m going to buy 3 more pairs.


Personal training breakthrough: None yet, other than I think I made the right choice going to a trainer and choosing the trainer.  Michael just kind of gets me and in our first session we did 1 million stability exercises, like PT exercise on crack.  I was so sore the next day I could barely move.  The best kind of sore.

Disney World motivator:  When I’m training for a runDisney race, I like to focus on one thing either during that race or during our time in Disney to get me through the tough miles.  This week I kept imagining Sara, Kelsey, Jillian and I (Team Bey All Day) rolling up to the Race Retreat to get ready for the big show in comfort and style.

How was your week?

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