Running, Driving & Pushing Up

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 under running | 3 Comments

It seems like a lot has been going on these days, none of it is necessarily bad news, which is always good. Just..busy. There are a couple of things I want to update on though, running-wise.

Marathon Training

My first full marathon training program has been ironed out (technically, today was day 1: rest/cross-train: run for 20 min, basketball for the evening). This came directly from my internet-running-coach and fellow runner, Caleb Masland [Twitter, DailyMile, Blog]. I hope he doesn’t mind, but if you ever need running tips or advice, he’s definitely the one to go to. I have provided a screenshot of the program below. The weekly miles are going to be more than I have run consistently for quite some time. And assuming I still run on the days I have for rest/cross-training, then it will a lot more! I still have a 5K and half marathon planned for next month, so I’ll do my best to make sure I can still get an equivalent workout in for the day.

Run on the Trail

I came back from a weekend in LA and hit up the local high school trail that I ran when I was in cross country. It was roughly an 8 mile run and hit just over an hour. Although I wasn’t able to measure the mile markers accurately, I did keep track of the splits for each checkpoint and was pleased to run negative splits. As to not confuse you with actual street names, I’ve labeled them with just letters. One thing I noticed was that after the run, my body felt very drained. It was probably a combination of the heat (Spring has arrived!) and the distance. I had to drop my sister off at the airport which was only a 30 minute drive, but I was still nervous about falling asleep at the wheel. I survived that trip, but was definitely dreading the 2 hour drive back to San Diego. Fortunately, I was able to get a power nap (although not very successful) and had an energy drink to help keep me up.


A-B: 8:22
B-C: 7:55
C-D: 9:21
D-E-D: 5:10
D-C: 9:00
C-B: 7:06
B-A: 6:39

100 Pushups Program

I completed the first week of the 100 pushups program. Technically it was the 3rd week since the program tells you to move ahead if you can do more than a certain amount during the initial test. It’s only 3 times a week, but pretty tough none-the-less. The first day was harder than I expected, but by the 3rd day, I was surprised at how much more pushups I was able to do. Only 3 more weeks and I’m supposed to be able to do 100 straight pushups, sounds hard right? I think the same thing. What you’re supposed to do after the 6th week is do the final 100 pushups test. But if you’re not able to do it, it tells you to go back a week or two and try again. I have a feeling that is going to happen for a couple of weeks, but who knows. I definitely feel stronger after each day and I’m hoping that it’ll pay off come race day!

3 Responses to “Running, Driving & Pushing Up”

  1. diana Says:

    I can’t wait to follow your journey to your first marathon. The training plan looks good. It is always a learning process getting through the first training plan and finding out what works for you. Best of luck!

  2. lindsay Says:

    woo hoo marathon training has begun 🙂 hope this week is going smoothly. i feel ya on falling asleep at the wheel – while it’s great to be able to sleep through long road-trips it is not great when you have to be the one driving!

    i am doing the 100 pushups too… not sure if i will actually “do the program” or just use the workouts to get in some upper-body strengthening. it is better to tell myself to do the defined sets because otherwise i do the bare minimum, if that. (like 3×20). i just want to tone and strengthen my arms/chest/back a little, and pushups are good for that.

  3. Dave from Running Tips Says:

    Taking the plunge! I’ll be following you on your journey towards running the marathon. I wish you the best of luck!


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