Alright so I've been slacking a bit with the blog posts. I've been a very busy boy with crazy work hours and lots of races. The time has come to buckle down and be serious though. I ran the first official run of my marathon training plan last night. It was a nice easy 3+ miles run. I debated skipping it even since I got home from work so late, but no, I went and did it even though it was getting dark.
For those who don't regularly read my posts or have a short attention span - I'm using the Hansons Marathon Method as my guide to surviving my first marathon. I'm probably going to adapt a hybrid of the advanced and beginner plan since I've already built up my mileage this spring. I would do the advanced plan, but I don't think I could commit to the extra miles due to my current work schedule. I also like the idea of having a couple easier weeks right now to let my body recovery from the gauntlet of 6 races in 6 weekends I just did. I have some minor aches and soreness I'm working through that should go away if I keep the miles easy for now.
The other things I've done this week for marathon training are buzzing my hair very short and adjusting my diet. Military and police officers get their heads buzzed when they go to boot camp and I feel like I will be doing the same for training so I wanted to get myself into that mentality. As for the diet - I'm just being smarter about what I eat. Some things I will give up completely like heavily processed fast foods. Others I will just cut back on. The goal is to try and eat as much fresh and natural foods as I can. For example a McDonald's burger is off limits, but I can eat Five Guys because the beef is never frozen. It still may not be the healthiest, but that would be a rare treat. Hopefully I can cut way down on preservatives and cut down on my mid section and fuel myself properly for training.