Two a Healthy Life

One couple on a mission to become healthy

Day 119: Marathon Training & Only 3 Miles

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He said:

Today was the first day of my marathon training (wow I was able to write that without giggling).  Just the idea that I am confidant enough to start training for a marathon floors me, how much has changed in the last eight months.

The program that I am doing came in this month’s issue of Runner’s World magazine and is intended to be a 16-week program.  Today was only a three mile easy run and while I was tempted to do more, I want to stick to the plan because I know it is going to get challenging in the weeks to come.

I ran to the gym and met Alex there so that we could do a strength training session.  I think I mention this, but I had broken down and paid for three sessions with a personal trainer (it was part of a start up package) and I was super happy that I did.  In three sessions I was able to learn a ton of new exercises so that I don’t get bored with and that I can rotate throughout the weeks.  Plus my trainer introduced me to a couple of circuit training routines that are quit challenging and will work great with the running I do.

With starting this new program I plan on making regular updates on how it is going and if there are any snags along the way.


She Said: 

Due to a chaotic and slightly stressful end to my workday I wasn’t able to start running until 5:30.  Nathaniel was going to meet me at the gym at 6:15 so I knew I was only going to be able to run 3 miles instead of 5.

After running my 3 miles I worked my arms on the weight machines while Nathaniel did his own thing… my muscles were definitely fatigued by the time I got done so I am hoping they will be a little sore tomorrow. If my arms feel fine in the morning I will take that as a sign that I didn’t push myself enough.

I (unlike Nathaniel) have no plans to run a marathon in the next six months or year but I am running a half marathon in December! I am really trying not to think about it though and jut trying to concentrate on doing well in the 10k we have coming up next month.

I do not think it’s going to be physically possible for me to run the 6.2 miles in 60 minutes as I had originally hoped (I feel I’ve said this before) but today I kicked up the speed on the treadmill during the last mile of my run and managed to finish strong without reducing the speed.

We will see what I can do in the month to come… I plan on e-mailing a friend from High School who is a very hard-core runner and asking for his advice.


Author: Nathaniel Chaney

Last year was a breakthrough year for me personally, as far as writing was concerned. After years of wanting to finish a novel. Making it a resolution each and every December only to get to the end of the year with nothing. 2018 was the year of change. Two major things that happened. First was to let go of the absurd notion that in order to put words on the page I had to be inspired by my muse. This idea was thrown in the trash where it joined crumpled wads of unfinished drafts. Second was the realization that to finish a novel I needed a process in order to write consistently. There was some initial trial and error in setting up a schedule that worked into my life but by the end of 2018 I had finished two books and was heading into the second round of edits on my first. What I want to do in this blog is share the experience of being a new writer by exploring my writing process as it develops. I’ll also be posting some of my short fiction and possibly book reviews time permitting.

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