My marathon training is in full swing. I can’t believe it is just 46 days until November 17. When I started my marathon training I had 88 days to go, but time is flying by and now I am close to half-time. I have to say, I really enjoyed the month of September a lot. By setting a goal like this marathon it really has re-ignited my interest in running. Don’t get me wrong I always enjoy a good run, but before I signed up for the marathon I had been concentrating on the Kosama Boot camp style workout a bit more. My goal was to increase my overall fitness much more and to add some variety to my workouts. Well, that did happen and then plus some … ha ha.
September saw my longest run ever (so far) with over 21 miles. That 21 mile run was also the first long run where I was able to push the average pace per mile below the 10 minute marker (9 minutes 55 seconds per mile). I managed to get in 13 days of double-workouts. Most double workout days were Kosama Boot camp workouts in the early mornings (5.00 AM class) and then followed by an afternoon run the same day. On a couple of days I skipped the Kosama workout and did double up on my running. Those 5.00 AM runs were usually done on a treadmill. My last treadmill run was actually yesterday and I did not enjoy it. I have been so much running outside, going on a treadmill just does not cut it in comparison. The next time I skip Kosama in favor of running, I will definitely run outside – I do not mind the darkness and the colder temperatures. I’ll keep the treadmill reserved for rain or snow days.
I did try to do speed workouts following the marathon training schedule that I am using, but I have come to realize that this type of workout is extremely taxing under my double-workout schedule. My recovery time has been much bigger following those speed workouts. I did a lot more reading and while the Kosama workouts are not a 100% match for the speed workout, they are considered a mostly anaerobic type of exercise – and so is the speed work. So, by doing several Kosama anaerobic workouts a week I am actually get a good share of my speed workouts done in a different way. As mentioned, it is not a 100% match, but my guess would that it comes close. In addition, the Kosama workouts are a full body workout. There is a lot of core and back workout activity which is extremely important for a runner. Being able to keep your running form strong for 26.2 miles is a definitive plus.
I had to deal with some minor injuries in September. I “attacked” those early by adding extra rest days to my schedule. In addition I had several single workout days where I just felt too tired for a second workout. On some days Kosama had to give and other days running had to give. While I wish I could do more, going from “zero to sixty” from a workout volume is taxing on your body. I am feeling tired and fatigued more often than not, but to be honest – that is kind of the goal. A lot of marathon training means to run on tired legs so that you are actually ready to run the full 26.2 miles even when you get tired. I also had the feeling that the new pair of shoes that I started using in August is done already. One injury or better discomfort involving my hamstrings went away when I added a brand-new pair of shoes to the mix. The first pair of training shoes has roughly ~275 miles on it + ~40 Kosama workouts. Assuming that a running shoe lasts between 300 and 500 miles I guess I am quite in there from a combined volume.
Speaking of running volume – I ran for a total of 184.77 miles in September. I am still stunned by seeing that number.