Sunday, March 13, 2011

Bulk Cycle 1 - Week 7 - Sunday

I don't think I mentioned this before, but I've been reading The Non-Runner's Marathon Guide For Women by Dawn Dais. This book is not a serious training book, but a look at a couch potato who decided to run a marathon. It's the funniest book I have ever read. (She also has one about cycling. My library doesn't carry it. I may have to buy it.) I laughed until I cried and couldn't breathe so many times. I seriously love this book, and may have to buy it (I borrowed it from the library).

Anyway, Dawn has a web site for runners now. It has a 35-week training guide. My marathon is 35 weeks from today. Guess who starts marathon training tomorrow? It won't interfere with my bulk at all. For the first week, it's just 10 minutes, four times. With Go Far starting soon, I'd be running anyway. I have five weeks left on my bulk - I will just have to make sure I eat my activity points. Once the bulk is over, I'm going to do two full-body workouts per week, and follow the running schedule. After a few more weeks, some cross-training (swimming & cycling, probably) will get thrown in. I haven't decided what to do about strength training then. There are two OFF days per week once cross-training starts. I would absolutely need at least one of those completely off. So maybe one full-body workout on one off day, and add some upper body to my cross-training day? I don't know.

I can't believe I'm going to run a marathon. Last year at this time, I was vowing I'd never run a 5K.

I'm also pretty excited that I'm starting a new weight lifting routine this week. I was going to stick with my current routine for the entire 12 weeks, since I was increasing my weights, but to be honest, the routine is driving me nuts. I'm going to do the other routine I considered at the beginning of this, the Bill Starr/Gregg Pendalay 5x5 Periodized Advanced Workout. I'll do that for the next 5 weeks, then just play fast and loose, I guess.

I didn't track my food today. We ate at CiCi's pizza. I had enough points to cover what I did eat, though. I ate well the rest of the day. I feel good. I'm excited. Really excited.


Brandie said...

Oh my goodness! I started reading this last night, after seeing it on your blog. Way to funny... but also sadly way to true! Love it! Thanks for posting about it!

Jess said...

I'm excited for you too! Good luck with your training! You can do it! :)