Hellllo, Salties! Happy 2014! It has been a very long time since I’ve posted a training log here on Salty Running. About eight months, actually! I just got busy with marathon training and work and life, and my spot on the rack fell by the wayside. But it’s a new year and near the start of a new training cycle for this spice girl, so here I am! I have set my sights on the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon – known ’round these parts as simply “Derby” – in April. I set a PR in my fall marathon by clocking a 3:47, but I’m still shy of that magic BQ. I am hoping 2014 is the year, and having it happen so close to my home turf would be extra special. Derby is also special to me because I have run the half there twice, the first one being my first half marathon ever in 2006. I have come a long way from that first 13.1.
This week marked my first real week of marathon training. I originally had an 18 week plan, but on Week 1, I had lots of life things that meant moving my workouts around, and ultimately cutting out two runs, including an all-important Justin Timberlake concert, a final exam and a busy work schedule. Then on Week 2, which should have been the new Week 1, I was horribly sick. Like missing-Christmas-Eve-with-the-family sick. I did get a couple of runs in towards the end of the week, but you know, it’s okay.
So here we are. I present to you, the first week of my marathon training.
Monday – 7 miles at 8:49 pace. I was off work the first part of this week, so it was nice to do a mid-morning run instead of my normal early wake-up.
Tuesday – Tempo Tuesday! It was really cold and windy, so I had to ditch my planned route. 7 miles, mid 5 at tempo. My friend B and I hit pace – this was a really good workout, and definitely a day on which I was glad to have the company! Plus harder workout = more calories to consumer later on NYE.
Wednesday – I kicked off the running year with 6 miles with my run club at 9:04 pace, and a little coffee and girl talk afterwards. I also got in an afternoon hike with one of my girlfriends. We couldn’t find an official First Day Hike nearby that interested us, so we just made up our own! It was a really beautiful afternoon. We hiked about 2.5 miles, give or take.
Thursday – Rest. I moved the schedule around to have my off day today, since I knew the return to a regular schedule after 12 days off work would be difficult. Thursday evening after work, after watching the crazy weather forecasts get worse and worse, I joined a gym.
Friday – Brr! I took this one indoors, running 6 miles on the treadmill at 8:33 pace.
Saturday – Ah, long run day. My Derby training partner and I debated long and hard about where to do this run and the merits of indoors vs. outside. In the end, we chose to hit the ‘mills due to the possibility of black ice, scary drivers and the specs of the workout. And for my longest ever long run on the treadmill, it wasn’t so bad! We did 15 miles with the middle 5 at race pace. I averaged 9:06 pace overall, with the middle miles actually a bit below race pace at 8:19. Despite my fears of crowds of New Year’s resolutioners at the gym, we were the only two in the movie room at the gym for most of our run, watching Baby Mama.
Sunday – Planned to go to yoga, but ended up taking a rest day filled with lots of cooking.
Total – 41 miles
See you next week! Sending warm thoughts out to everyone.