Dill’s Training Adventures: Week 1 of Mississippi Blues

Hello Salty World,

I took a week off after my last race, then pretty much took another week off of running after that.  I got myself back in gear for the third week, but my official training cycle for Mississippi Blue’s Marathon started on the 6th.  So what’s the plan?  I’m not really sure.  The plan was to run well at Bar Harbor, then just finish Mississippi and ramp up hard again for Utah Valley in June.  Well, Bar Harbor didn’t quite go as I planned, so now what?

For Bar Harbor, I followed a plan from Pfitzinger’s Advanced Marathoning.  And although my time wasn’t what I had hoped for, I felt really solid going into that race.  It was a tough course and I ran pretty well, so I think the plan might be a good one for me.  Unfortunately, the plan calls for a midweek long run and I struggle with that.  It’s not so much that I struggle getting it done, it’s the worrying about when I’m going to cram it in.  My other worry is the time of the year.  It’s one thing to run 12 miles on a Tuesday night in the summer… but honestly in the winter I’ll be more likely to do those night time runs in the safety and warmth of my treadmill room at home.  And the idea of all those midweek long runs on a treadmill is more than I think I can handle… and this is coming from someone who has done more 20 milers on the treadmill than I care to remember.

The other worry I have is if I try and stick with this plan for another training cycle, will I be too burned out to train hard for Utah?  So here’s what I’m doing for now. I’m really not worried about my finish time in Mississippi.  I want to use this training cycle to finally focus on speed, cross training and strength training. I’m using Pfitzingers plan as a basic outline, but listening to my body and modifying as needed.  We’ll see how it goes.  I probably should start by signing up for the race!

Monday:  Swam 1700 yards. Started focusing on my 50 yard splits, I’m slow, but being aware of my time gives me something to work towards.

Pilates matwork class.  I need to do this class all the time.

Tuesday: lifting class in the am and then my plan called for 8 miles.  I did a warm up then 4 by 5 minutes hard, followed by cool down for 8 total.  This was tough and slower than I expected.  I’m not sure if it’s been the lack of true speed work or if my legs were just tired,  but this was disappointing.

Wednesday: rest day

Thursday: realized that the plan only calls for 4 days of running this week, so I took the night off

Friday: 9 miles.  This was the first really cold day we’ve had this winter.  It was 19 degrees with the windchill at 14 degrees.  I decided to rip the bandaid off and just dive right in to winter running.  The run went really but it was so cold running into the wind on the way back home.  I haven’t had my hands hurt that bad in the hot shower in a very long time.

Saturday: 13 miles – My running group has recently started monthly runs on the Second Saturday of each month.  The November edition of this run was scheduled for today.  I met up with my friend Seth to get in about 7 miles before the group run.  Then, I finished up the balance of the 13 miles with the group.  Despite the cold temperatures, I was excited to see that we had a really good turn out for the group run.

Sunday: 5 miles easy on treadmill. Took it easy, felt ok.

35 miles total.  This was a light week for mileage, but I suppose I should trust the process and not ramp up too fast.  We’ll see how next week goes!


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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