Catnip’s training log – week ending 8/24/14

If my marathon were to be held on a treadmill, I know I could nail it. Unfortunately, I’ve developed a recent pattern of relying on the treadmill for most of my hard runs. One of my weaknesses as a runner is pacing, so I really need to get outside and pace my workouts independent of a motorized belt. However, it’s been hot and very humid here, I’m struggling to stay hydrated along with breastfeeding, sometimes I need to bag a workout and [insert more excuses here]. So although I put together another pretty solid week (#4 in a row at 70 miles!) I’m a little concerned about the lack of outdoor tempo/marathon pace work. There’s still 8 weeks until the Columbus Marathon, though – plenty of time to pound the pavement.

Monday: 5.3 miles/47:00 in the morning with Scott. Was a bit sore from Sunday’s 20-miler but we eased into the pace…and kept it easy. 6 miles/51:20 in the evening.

Tuesday: 8 miles/1:10:42 in the evening.

Wednesday: 9.3 miles/1:04:50 on the treadmill. Ran a mile to warm up (9:27), then 2 miles goal marathon pace (6:49s; took a restroom break after about 7 minutes), 3 miles tempo (6:22, 6:18, 6:15), and three more miles goal marathon pace (6:49, then dropped it to 6:44s; restroom break with only 4 minutes to go, ugh!). Short cooldown. Huge confidence booster.

Thursday: 8 miles/1:10:55

Friday: 8.7 miles/1:11:48 including 6x uphill strides.

Saturday: 9.3 miles/1:11:48. Woke up feeling tired and should have known better than to attempt a long run. Started the run around 10 am and it was hot and humid (surprise). Attempted two marathon pace miles in the middle (before I decided to bag the long run idea) at 6:32, 6:31. Felt hard, but so did 8:30 pace! While in the laundry room in the afternoon, I stepped on the scale and discovered I was a pound under my minimum goal weight so clearly I was dehydrated and/or underfueled so I’ve been cognizant about eating and drinking more since then.

Sunday: 16 miles/2:03. Long run mulligan. Woke up tired again and went back to bed for a couple of hours. Ran on the treadmill to avoid the oppressive humidity, alternating 2 miles easy, 3 miles marathon pace with a one mile cooldown. Felt really strong – those marathon pace segments were fun!

Total: 70.6 miles

I'm a 20-year veteran of competitive running, USATF certified coach, mom of a toddler -- and still trying to set PRs. I write about training from 5k to marathon, motherhood and competitive running, and the elite side of the sport. The 5k is my favorite race (16:56 PR) but I've got a score to settle with the marathon.

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  1. Here’s thought regarding your long tm runs… Andy Potts, a professional triathlete does NO outdoor riding except in races. He believes that his trainer helps him build the mental toughness and cadence. And…he WINS a lot of races. He just won a half ironman in Calgary a few weeks ago. Another pro triathlon coach here in Boulder has most of her athletes ride on trainers and run on treadmills. Did I mention that they win a lot too? Don’t sell yourself short–you are getting in some great fitness!!!