August 13, 2013

Let's Talk Training

So, I did it. I made it through my first week of marathon training.

It's time to put a stop to this "official unofficial" BS I've been calling it. We're 11 weeks out from Race Day and like it or not, I'm training.

When I did my long run on Saturday, I hit about a mile stretch of a dirt and gravel road that didn't feel great on my knee. I had some discomfort leading up this part of the run, but once I got off of that and headed back for the return part of my run, I felt much better.

I only ran 4 times last week, which is what I wanted to do. I want to get through this week before I go back to running 5 times per week.

With the exception of my long run, after every run, I headed to the gym for a strength workout. My friend Steph's husband is a personal trainer and put me on an easy workout plan that would complement my running but only takes about 10-15 minutes per session, working specific areas, which I like.

The Type A in me is going a little bit crazy because I don't have a training plan. I've mapped out what I would like to do for my long runs each week, building in a step back week every 4th week and factoring in a 2 week, rather than a 3 week taper.

My goals for this week are to start doing some workouts. Add in some strides and fast finishes. Next week, I'll start tackling hill workout and I'm going to leave speed work out of the equation for a couple more weeks, just until I feel 100%. I think I'm at about 85-90% right now and I'm trying to play it safe.

This is the first time I've ever gone into a training cycle without an Excel spreadsheet that I diligently cross workouts off of. Instead, I'm typing in my workouts post-run...and I kind of like it. We'll see how this week goes, but right now, I'm taking training one run at a time.

Here's a look at last week's workouts:

Monday: 4 miles easy followed by 5x5 goblet squats
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 5 miles easy followed by 5x5 standing dumbbell shoulder presses and 3x12 standing lateral raises
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 3 miles easy followed by 4x8 standing bicep curls and 4x8 overhead extensions (aka the day I learned that I have no biceps)
Saturday: 9 miles at 9:48 average pace (1 minute slower than MGP)
Sunday: Rest

Lots of Rest Days...exactly what I wanted for last week. This week though, I'm planning on turning that into more active rest.

We'll see how it goes!


  1. Great first week girl - glad to see you working your way back into it (smartly), rather than diving back in. Cheering for you! :)

  2. Whooo hoooo!!! You are doing it! Sometimes it's nice to give your Type-A a rest (this is coming from a person who had been readjusting her excel spreadsheet every day she wakes up and realizes she still can't run...).

    I think it all sounds like a great plan!


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