Marathon Training Week 8
9 miles (8:21)
light arms, abs
1.5 mile warm up, 8 X 800 (3:03, 3:02, 3:00, 3:00, 3:01, 2:59, 2:59, 2:57) 1 mile cool down
I had planned on starting at 3 minutes per 800 but that felt like a faster pace than I had anticipated. I still managed to get the last few intervals down a bit. There were some oblivious kids kicking soccer balls onto the track towards the end, which made me mad and helped me hit that last 2:57. Run angry!
second easy run: 3 slow treadmill miles
4 miles (8:35)
I had a long day and had planned on doing 8-10 miles in the evening. However, things did not go as planned-my body felt horrible in every way from mile 3 and I decided to quit.
very light arms, abs
6 mile progressive tempo run (splits of 8:09, 7:52, 7:30, 7:13, 6:57, 6:40), 1 mile cool down
I did not go as hard as last week because of a 5k this weekend.
second easy run: 6 miles (8:14)
Friday: Off running
light arms, abs, legs
Saturday: Long Run
20 miles (8:04)
The weather was much cooler this week and I felt much, much better. I was debating whether to do this long of a run because of a 5k the next day. I decided that the marathon is my focus and I needed to do the long run even if my 5k time suffers. My watch acted up and had me at a 4:45 mile in the middle! I went by my friend’s watch pace average.
Sunday: 5k Race
1.5 mile warm up, 5k race in 19:05, 1.5 mile cool down Well, this race was a bit faster than a few weeks ago. I decided to use it as training and did not put any pressure on myself (a 20 miler and 2 beers the day before). My legs felt more effortless than they had in some races when I have done everything right. Sometimes I feel like my body is completely random. I also wonder if I do better at races without any kind of taper.
second easy run: 6 miles (8:22)
push ups, planks
Total Miles: 67
I am still building my miles and hope to be in the 70’s next week.