Having met with my coach last week I am now into my first couple of days following the plan he set out for me. The running part of my plan won’t be too much of a shock or adjustment. It is the other aspects of my training plan that will take some getting used.
As mentioned last week, the decision to find a coach was motivated by the desire to work on areas I had not been focusing on in my training or areas that I need to improve on. Based on my first couple of days I think I am already working toward that goal.
The first four weeks of my training will focus on strength and stability as well as stretching and mobility. I have a routine for each that takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. I will be doing one of the routines every day for the next four weeks, alternating my focus each day. The best part is that I can do all of the exercises and stretches at home so they are easy to get in while watching tv after the kids have gone to bed.
Later on in my training I will have more strength training to do that will necessitate lunch hour trips to the gym at work. That will also no doubt be of benefit because I hav not done any gym work since I started training for marathons.
There is still a long way to go before race day in Philadelphia but so far I am pleased with the decision I made. I think it will help me reach my goal.