Hi Salty Runners! I hope you all had a great week of running and Olympic Trials watching. This week marked Week 3 of my 20 week training plan for the Hamilton Marathon.
I also jumped back on the strength training horse, which meant adjusting a few runs this weekend to allow for more recovery time. It always shocks me how much I feel the first few strength training sessions after taking a break from weights. My legs are still sore from the weighted squats! That said, I know strength training is necessary to get faster. As I mentioned last week, I’ve set my goal to Boston Qualify for the 2018 Boston Marathon and I’m willing to do the work!
Monday – 10K @ 5:38.
Tuesday – 15 with 3 x 1 hilly mile loops (6:58, 7:05, 7:14) + warm-up and cool-down. As I mentioned, I run on Tuesdays and Thursdays with the OAC Racing Team. Tuesdays in the summer we meet at a nearby park and run a timed hilly mile loops. It was incredibly hot and humid (36ºC-ish). By the time I got home I was done.
Wednesday – Strength training (45 minutes). In recognition that I’ve done little to no strength training in the past few months, my other half and I tried out a local High Intensity Interval Training-esque gym. The workout was three rounds of a 45 second x 8 stations circuit. It was challenging, but fun! Our goal is to make it to at least 2 classes a week.
Thursday – 12.9K with (800 + 2 x 400 + 4 x 200) x 2 + warm-up and cool-down. My legs felt like lead following the strength training. This whole workout was a bit of a struggle fest.
Friday – 28K @ 5:25. Nothing like 28K on a weekday before work! Started this run at 5:10 am. I ran 6 solo kilometres then met up with two of my teammates for 20K and 2K home. I was at first hesitant if my tired legs would be able to keep up with them, but once we got going my legs got to work. There is certainly merit to running with faster runners.
Saturday – 10 @ 6:00 recovery. I ran Saturday morning in Montreal. I gave myself a true recovery run and tuned out listening to a podcast.
Sunday – REST.
17 weeks until the Hamilton Road 2 Hope Marathon!
ps: This song is currently on repeat on my running playlist.