Marathon training is in full swing. I am 11 weeks out from Erie and starting to feel pretty strong. My long run this past week was 17 miles at 9:39 pace, with my last few miles in the low 9s. The catch is that it was done at 3:30pm, when the bulk of the heat and sun hit me (around 90 degrees). This was in part intentional and also due to Sunday’s schedule. The intentional part is that if I don’t train in the heat, how can I be prepared for a potentially hot marathon? I realized that I prefer summer thon training versus spring thon training. It’s hard to practice heat running in the spring if you live in the Midwest. And there’s always that chance your spring thon may be a hot one. Summer training gives you enough practice if you plan it right. Once I get a few hot runs under my belt, I actually enjoy the heat, a little bit. Sure, it’s tougher during a speed session but otherwise, the heat and humidity really are the poor man’s altitude.
Overall, my training is going well. It hasn’t been perfect as my pacing seems to be a bit inconsistent. However, I’m racking up a good amount of volume and well ahead of where I was at during last year’s marathon training. I’ll be running a 5k next week for Fourth of July. I have no clue what to expect because I haven’t done much speedwork, mostly tempo and long runs. I am doing the race because it’s become a tradition. It’s also where I set my 5k PR in 2014 (21:35). I’m looking forward to jumping in without a plan and seeing what happens!
Monday: 60 minutes easy
Tuesday: 12 miles with 8 mile progression tempo at 8:19 average pace. Got down to 8:00 pace for the last few.
Thursday: 60 minutes easy and lower body strengthening.
Friday: 60 minutes easy.
Sunday: Long run, 17 miles (2 hours 44 minutes total). Upper body strengthening was done after the run.
Total: 7 hours, 32 minutes running (approximately 47 miles)
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