June 16, 2015

It's All About that Base...Week 6

I wrote all about how base training is going last week and then never finished the post. Oops.

This is it. Week 6. I originally planned on only base training for 4 weeks and training for 18 but with my focus on building weekly mileage, I decided to keep up with another 2 weeks of easy base training to get me to a good place - long run and weekly mileage-wise - before kicking in a full training cycle.

What base training has looked like...by the week.
You might not think there's much of a difference but marathon training brings in hill repeats, speed work, tempo runs, timed runs and a lot of cross training. Base training? I run easy, I do some yoga and I make sure I'm feeling good about getting back into a routine.

Last week was a step back week. I ran 13 miles total for the week and only ran 3 times. That part of it was unintentional but when my coworkers took me for a 10k run instead of the 4 we had planned on and long travel days fell into place, that's just how my week went and I was perfectly fine with it.

This week, I'm gearing up for training. I'll run 21 for the week with a long run if 8 miles. I'll go to a spin class (which I did last week...except the instructor never showed up). I'm still pretty tired from this weekend so I haven't been able to get up for a morning run, but as long as I'm getting everything in I'm not too worried about it. This time of year, evening runs are sometimes better than morning runs because it's not as hot.

As for a training plan...I finally decided what I'm going to do. I'm going to do exactly what I've done for every other marathon I've run. I've run five marathons and have always used the same plan...it hasn't gotten me to a sub-4 finish but it's gotten me damn close. I don't even know if I'm aiming for a sub-4 at Chicago, but I'm going to stick with what works. 

So there you have it. I'm so pumped to start training for my first marathon in THREE YEARS! I learned to love the distance at my last marathon and I can't wait to tackle it again. I'm excited for this training cycle. I think I'm going into it smart and healthy and I'm excited to see what I'm capable of on October 11th! 

Moving forward, these weekly training recaps are going to look a lot different. They'll feature what I'm doing, my highs and lows, lessons learned, areas to improve on, etc. For the first time, I'm also going to be featuring other runners and how their training is going! If you'd like to be featured, let me know! 

What do you think of my training so far?

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