The weather this week transformed from perfectly beautiful fall weather to a torrential start of rainy season. I have become stubborn about running outside as much as possible, but this week’s weather moved me inside for a run.
I’m now at week 11 out of 18 for training for the California International Marathon and had my first 50 mile week of this training cycle. I’m a proponent of a moderate mileage approach to the marathon, especially for someone like myself who is (a) training for only her second marathon and (b) aiming for a 3:30-3:40 marathon.
Monday: 10 mile progression run on rolling hills. I started at an easy effort – 8:50 min/miles – and worked down until the last 3 miles were at or slightly faster than goal marathon pace at 8:10 (uphill), 7:48 (downhill), and 7:53.
Tuesday: Easy 7 mile run in the morning and 20 minutes of strength training with dumbbells and resistance bands in the evening.
Wednesday: 7 mile easy run in perfect fall weather – crisp, sunny, and under 40 degrees.
Thursday: 18 mile long run with last 4 miles at goal marathon pace. I rearranged my training week to get this run in on Thursday, since high winds and heavy rains were predicted for the Seattle area for Thursday night through Sunday. It was already raining and windy but I’d rather run in wind and rain than attempt a long run on the treadmill. My last 4 miles were 7:58, 8:02, 7:49, and 7:51.
Friday: 40 minutes advanced Pilates.
Saturday: 8 miles with 3 x 10 minutes at 7:30/mile on the treadmill. Tempo runs always feel harder on the treadmill for some reason.
Sunday: Complete rest. I’m a firm believer in rest days during peak training. Plus, hiking was out of the question with the weather!