Running: Flying Pig training weeks 1 & 2

Even before I ran my first marathon, I was planning for that to be my only one. “Just want to see if I can do it once; I don’t need to prove anything after that.”

That lasted all of ~6 months, at which point I lost my mind and decided to run a second. “No, really, THIS time I’m done with them.”

Welp, here I am with weeks 1 & 2 of training for Flying Pig marathon (Cincinnati, May 4) in the bag, making a strong case that I cannot be trusted to stay away from the 26.2.

ETW FP wk1&2

Those two weeks were fairly unremarkable – I ran up & down some hills, sped through some intervals, did a couple 10-mile LRs. I’m using a 16-week training plan from Run Your BQ that is very similar to the one Jason Fitzgerald wrote me for ATX 2013, only I’m going slightly higher mileage this time (peaking just over 50 miles/week, where last time peaked in the mid-40s).

Possibly worth a remark was the weather, which has been doing its level best to turn everyone into meat popsicles.

Greg Laden/ECMWF

I’m already d.o.n.e. with staring at the temperature waiting for it to hit at least 10F (my go/no-go line for running outside), slipping my way through poorly-cleared sidewalks and roads, and battling with my stupid frozen water bottle during frigid LRs. The fact that my Team Flail-mates, Adam & Andrew, are facing the same makes it a little better, I guess.

Adam twitter

On the bright side, I’ll have a couple warmer-weather breaks to help keep me sane, when I cross a few more states of my Race in 50 States list. In training week 6, I’ll run the Race for Preservation 10k in Savannah; and in training week 14 (the last before the taper), I’m planning to run the Mustang 50th HM in Vegas.

Until then, though, my trusty winter running gear will be in heavy rotation.

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