A few months ago I decided I wanted to run the New York City Marathon in November 2018. The point is, I don’t know how long I’ll be able to continue running, my heart condition will deteriorate at some point, I just don’t know when. That might happen in a year or in 20 years. But when that happens, running is probably out of the question. So, I realised I’d rather run the New York City Marathon now I still can, instead of waiting and running the risk of not being able to run it ever again.
Last week I decided it was time to start ramping up the mileage for marathon training. I don’t really have a training plan, since I can’t find any training plans that are suitable for my run-walk-run strategy. All training plans either have unrealistic pace suggestions or an unrealistic mileage per week. Even the training plans that are supposed to adapt to you via an algorithm don’t take into account that I run-walk-run. So I’ve decided just to mimic my training for the Paris Marathon.
So this week I did a couple of shorter runs and I ran two 13 km runs. Yesterday I decided to take the train two stops away from my house and just run back so I could run a new route. I haven’t entirely decided which races I’ll run leading up to the marathon. Still looking for some 10 milers and half marathons. I don’t really like doing training runs that are longer than a half, not because I can’t do the distance, but it just takes me too long and it’s kind of boring on your own. So, I try to plan some races for those distances instead.
I don’t do enough strength training. I don’t like going to the gym, so I mostly do some bodyweight exercises at home. But yesterday I decided to go to my first yoga class in the local park. I did like the yoga exercises (although it reminded me I don’t have that much upper body strength), but the chakra and water element part just isn’t for me. I just see yoga as a form of exercise, not as a way to channel my chakras. Will definitely try yoga again, but maybe I should also try pilates?