Week 1: Shamrock Marathon training update

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
— Henry David Thoreau

I chose to do a 19-week training plan for the 2015 Shamrock Marathon because: 

  1. 20 weeks sounded too long, and have proven to be too long for me.
  2. I needed more than a 16-week plan, which is actually my preference with better base mileage.
  3. I was coming up with a lot of excuses to not run more. 

The first week of training wasn't supposed to be much more than anything I've done in recent weeks. It just had the word "official" in front of it, as well as the elimination of trigger foods that was sending me to a circle of hell laden with Utz potato chips and Skittles

Week 1 sounded simple: run 20 total miles with a long run of 6 miles. This week threw the same curve balls I've had for quite some time with two kids, but it's the first week that I've had in a long time that I hit my running goals. 

I had to shift a couple of runs around due to lack of sleep and not feeling great all week due to a sore throat, but a successful week 1 is in the books. Nothing more, nothing less with my mileage goal.

I also feel TREMENDOUSLY better since I've given up a lot of empty calories and bad carbs. I can still do better, but I'm going to roll with my changes from last week for another week before making other intentional changes. 

Now it's on to week 2 with a couple more miles ... sounds simple, right?