Dill’s Utah Week 1 Training Log

I ran the Jackson Marathon on January 27th.  By mile 3, I decided that I needed to take some time off… like the rest of the year.  As the race went on, I kept it together, and decided I would probably be ok with just  a few weeks of rest, but I pulled in yet another lackluster result.  And before you say, “well maybe you could run faster if you ran fewer marathons.”  Yes I know.  I am aware that running 4-5 marathons per year, year after year is not going to yield my best possible results. However, I’m only 18 marathons away from my goal, and I’m not backing down now.  I also know that I can do better than I have been lately, even while maintaining a silly number of races a year.

So, I took a week off and then I took 3 more weeks where I ran 5-6 miles about 4 times a week slowly.  I ran a 5k that was a far cry from my best, but really not too shabby and kind of fun and then I asked for help. Apparently I’d been following the plan of “train fast, race slow.” and I was done with it. I talked with Salty, and she informed me that I need to slow down.  I’m running too hard too often.  I struggle with running “easy” when I’m by myself or on the treadmill because it feels so tedious, but I’m going to give it a try.  There is no where to go from here but up.

Monday: rest day

Tuesday: 60 min easy, 15 min at 7:50 pace.  I spent the 60 minutes getting myself worked up about the 15 minutes. I don’t know why I got worked up, it’s not like I can’t run that pace for 15 minutes, but I overanalyze everything and worry a lot. I hit 60 minutes at 6.8 miles and so I couldn’t see my pace until the watched flipped to mile 7- 7:10 pace… clearly I was a little amped up about this. Slowed it down and finished that mile at 7:40 and the next almost mile at 7:44 pace.  jogged to cool down to 9 miles total.

Wednesday: Late night 6 miles on the treadmill. Felt like slow, late night treadmill runs tend to feel.  blah

Thursday: rest

Friday: Yoga class and then 7 miles easy with (5 by :20/1:40 strides)  I cheated and ran a little faster on the 7th mile, but it felt good just to run.

Saturday: 12 miles easy.  My legs felt tired, and I made sure to keep the pace easy.  I ran 8:45 pace overall.  (in comparison my long runs prior to this past marathon were about :30 per mile faster)

Sunday: 6 fun miles with my neighbor.

total: 40 miles

I sure am getting tired of running in this cold and snow, but sled riding is always welcome!

I'm a running mom of two little girls, who is busy balancing life, work and marathon training. It's always training season for me because I'm on a quest to run a marathon in every state, while constantly striving to be the best runner I can be. Running has led me to some great adventures and I always have a good story to share!

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  1. I’m also trying the 80/20 (ish) plan, and my slower runs are REALLY slow and boring. I’ve downloaded a bunch of audiobooks from archive.org, if it helps. Somehow listening to Poirot mysteries ready by David Suchet has both a soothing (slowing) and entertaining effect on me. Good luck though! I think your body will really thank you for it 🙂