I am currently training for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon (12.10.17), where I will be the 3:25 pace leader and for the First Light Marathon (01.14.18), where [assuming that my training goes well] I hope to run approximately 2:59. I started the marathon build up the first week of September.
Since I am new, I feel like I should give you a little bit more background into my current training schedule. I am up at 4:30 most mornings and running by 5. I work full-time and I have found that if I don’t get up and get my run done, there is about a 95% chance that it will not happen in the evening. I go to bed at an embarrassingly early hour most evenings to accommodate this schedule. I should also probably go ahead and warn y’all that I am a numbers and data nerd. I geek out analyzing workouts, paces, splits, etc. Hopefully that’s cool.
Here is my training log for the week of 10.02.17 – 10.08.17!
Monday – Easy Run: 5.5 miles (9:02 pace)
I started the week off with a short recovery run with the hubs. This is pretty typical, as the weekends are usually filled with higher mileage and/or races and I need a day (or sometimes two) to recover.
Tuesday – Easy Run: 8 miles (8:40 pace)
This week was one of those weeks where I needed two days of easy runs before I tackled a workout. My legs were feeling much better Tuesday.
Wednesday – Speed: 10 miles (7:30 pace) + Easy Run: 5 miles (8:21 pace)
I hit the track bright and early (well … actually very dark and early) for some 1200 meter repeats Wednesday morning. The workout was a 2 mile warm up, 6 X 1200 w/ 400 recoveries and a 2 mile cool down. There was a gorgeous harvest moon over the track for the majority of the workout.
My goal pace range for the 1200s was 6:10 to 6:20, which is probably somewhere between 5K and 10K pace currently. It took a couple of repeats to ease into the pace, but once I got there, I felt really good and the pace felt manageable. My splits for the 1200s were 6:35, 6:27, 6:13, 6:14, 6:04 and 6:00. This workout was a great reminder that easing into the pace and nailing the last few repeats (or miles of a race) is definitely the way to go.
I met friends Wednesday evening for some easy miles.
Thursday – Easy: 5 miles (9:47 pace)
I hit the treadmill Thursday morning and my legs were definitely feeling the effects from Wednesday’s workout. I had a hard time settling into a comfortable rhythm and overall this run was just kind of blah.
I had a sports chiro appointment at 7 Thursday morning, so I had to be up, showered and ready for the day a little bit earlier than normal. I left the house in running shorts and a tee shirt with my work clothes (and all of my food for the day) packed. I am always super impressed with myself when I am able to pull things like this off. As it turns out, I left one valuable article of clothing at home … my underwear. YIKES. My work outfit for the day was a flowy skirt. Uh … yeah. I had to wear my running shorts under my dress until my husband rescued me by bringing me a pair of undies (talk about an awkward delivery to receive at work). Runner problems.
Friday – Easy: 7 miles (9:22 pace)
I ran 5 miles with my husband and 2 miles with my dog for Family Friday (I totally just made that up, but I think it should be a thing).
Saturday – Endurance: 15 miles (7:48 pace)
I had a fast finish long run on tap this week. I was planning to jump into a local 5K Saturday morning for the fast finish portion, but the race was cancelled courtesy of Hurricane Nate. I like using races in my training, especially for something like a fast finish long run, as I find that having a race makes me exponentially more motivated to actually pick it up at the end of the run. That didn’t exactly workout for me this time around, but I did manage to complete the run sans race.
My goal pace range for the last four miles of the run was 6:45 to 7:00, which is goal marathon pace range (eek … I try not to think about that too much). The first 10 to 11 miles of this run felt so long. The anticipation of knowing that you have a workout to do, but not being able to just get it over with is really tough. My splits for the last four miles were 6:59, 7:21 (big hill (i.e., 100+ ft. of elevation gain)), 7:02 and 6:45. I was just outside of the goal pace range on those miles, but I’m still really happy with it. I think some workouts count as mental victories and this was one of those for me.
Sunday – Easy: 9.5 miles (8:39 pace)
Sunday morning was a bit of a wash out, so I enjoyed a rare morning of hanging out at home and got my run in Sunday afternoon at hot o’clock. I got to run with two of my best friends, so that was awesome!
Total – 65 miles