TBR Dream Marathon 2018: Week 1

It has been quite a busy week for me work-wise since I’ve changed my job description (from operations to sales), though I still work with the same spectacular company (I just love Sun Life). What I did was a tough decision for me but it appears to be best one nonetheless.

That being said, we can’t ignore the fact that the Dream Marathon is still happening regardless of my adulthood crisis! We are still a good 4 months away and I will not allow myself to cram like the rest of you did in college (blink if you’re guilty).

The Program

Now I started at the Week 3 of the program or “formal program” as it’s called. I considered myself not “new” to running since I’ve been doing it for more than 5 years.  It’s also worth noting that I did not care for what the manual said: “Target 3/1 sequence (3 run, 1 walk)…” I was like what in the world is this saying? 

Basically, it translates to 3 minutes of running and 1 minute of walking for 30 minutes on weekdays and 1 long run during the weekend. I had no idea that the run/walk technique existed until I read the Welcome Kit (reading helps, bro). I was a fool for thinking that all marathon runners stride all the way to the 42-km mark (again, read more). 

After a little research on the run/walk approach to running, I found out that such method allows your body to be more efficient in endurance running since running and walking use different types of muscles. When you take a walk-break, your “running” muscles recover. Hence, better utilization of your “gas tank”. If there’s something to learn here, it’s READ.

The Training

Above is how my weekend long run looked like. I was aiming for 15km but the movie I was watching ended too soon. It was about a war movie where the ranger stepped on a landmine (guess how it ended). The pace was 8 at the start, I upped it a notch to 9 as I approached the latter part of my run.

Now, I did not take any breaks since I only had knowledge of the aforementioned technique after completing my own Week 1 task. In the movie, there was a black man who told the soldier to “keep moving on”. As tired as my legs were during the run, it was all I was thinking of. I got to keep moving on! 15km is just a third of a full marathon! I can’t imagine how tired I’m going to be when I reach the 30 or 40-km mark. 

The day before, I did a 10-km run for 75 minutes with the same setup, same pace, and same treadmill. Haha! Again, I was not thinking of taking any walk-rests as I believed that real men don’t rest. We’ll put this “theory” into practice in the days to come and I’m sooooo excited to let you know the results.   

Catch you all soon! 

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