Welcome to Week 2 of Marathon Training #2.
Why yes, I am typing this as I am sitting with ice packs attached to my calves.
“It’s all coming back to me nowwwwww.” – Celine Dion.
But seriously, I went from half marathon training ish to covering 37.25 miles since last Monday. Overall though, marathon training is much less scary the second time around. The self-doubt is gone. I know I can run 14.5 miles and not die because I’ve done it many many times. And against my will, I am really starting to believe that “ONLY 10 more miles” is a true statement. Although I did have my first marathon nightmare already, which I think is a few weeks earlier than last time.
I took yesterday’s long run really slow. After racing a half PR last weekend and jumping up to 16 miles next weekend (NOT a mileage progression I would necessarily recommend, by the way), I purposefully ran at a very comfortable pace 1) because you’re supposed to, and 2) because I don’t want to injure myself. Aaron, who is still hurtin’ for certain joined me for the first 8 miles and then we branched off as I finished off to hit 14.5.
I averaged 9:23 per mile and ran with a fuel belt (I’ve decided to use one for long runs to add a few pounds/make running without one feel easier…hopefully). I had several sub 9 miles and only one above 10, so overall I’m satisfied with my first long run of this training cycle.
Thanks to Sam and Hyedi, I’ve been reading a book called Advanced Marathoning. This book really delves into the science of endurance running (i.e. there are lots of big words). I already know lots of the content that’s covered thanks to Aaron’s ridiculous amount of knowledge, but I am picking up some little tidbits. For example, tempo runs are the most useful workouts for improving lactic threshold. The speed part should be 20 minutes or more, and the pace shouldn’t be too fast (about 15 seconds slower than 10-K pace). I do a lot of tempo runs (mostly because they are my favorite type of speed work) but sometimes I run at 5-K pace or faster, which apparently isn’t as helpful in building endurance. Great read if you’re interested in learning what goes on in your body while you’re running.
Also, special shout-out to Colby who pointed me in the direction of Trader Joe’s Chunky Cookie Butter! Pretty amazing stuff. Aaron used it to make me a post long run recovery protein shake, and it was quite possibly the best tasting post run thing I’ve ever had.
This week was a little bit different than most will be. For example, I used Monday as my rest day. Also, Aaron’s gym is sponsoring one of those New Year’s weight loss/get fit challenges and we signed up. I’m hoping this will help me make healthier choices this time around (read: not eating the equivalent of a cow after every long run). On Friday night, the gym sponsored a group workout for all the participants that included 20 minutes each of Body Pump, treadmill intervals, weights, abs, and spin. I took it as easy as I possibly could, but I entered into Saturday’s pace run (and subsequently Sunday’s long run) on tired legs.
Monday: 2 mile walk (day after half marathon)
Tuesday: Interval/Farklek/Hill Repeats thing: We ran 3:30 intervals, mostly uphill, in a neighborhood. This was a fun workout that combined three different types of speed work into one.
Wednesday: Easy Threesy
Thursday: Tempo (20 minute)
Friday: “Crunch time” workout with Body Pump, Treadmill (2 miles), weights, abs, and spin
Saturday: 7 miles at marathon pace
Sunday: 14.55 mile long run
TOTAL MILES: 37.25
Marathon Training Goals:
I developed a little form for myself to keep track of my marathon goal progress. I didn’t quite make it this week (big surprise…couldn’t manage to cross “eating clean” off the list), but having the ability to “x” off an accomplishment makes hitting goals more fun….for me anyways! I’m also positive that we wouldn’t have done the yoga video last night if it wasn’t written in the plan, so I think this system will benefit my marathon in the long run (hehe..long run).
I hope you are having a wonderful Monday!