Here’s my training log for the Hilton Head Island marathon. As I’ll explain in the race recap, I didn’t exactly train for it, rather just continued to build in mileage and start some easier type workouts in getting back into shape. But signing up for a race helped and did motivate me to start running longer and trying to get in some faster stuff on the treadmill.
Week ending 1.21.17
Sunday: 60 minutes
Monday: 5 miles on the treadmill at 8 minute pace
Tuesday: 61 minutes w/ 8 x 1 minute on, 1 minute off
Wednesday: to/from park w/ double (1 mile), 24 mins on small loop around park, strength/drills
Thursday: 90 mins w/ baby
Friday: 62 mins w/ baby
Saturday: 61 mins w/ double stroller
Week ending 1.28.17
Sunday: 2 miles on treadmill starting at 7 minute pace going to 6:40 pace
Monday: run to/from the park w/ the double stroller (1 mile); later 4 miles on the treadmill from 7:30 to 6:58 pace
Tuesday: 90 minutes w/ single stroller
Wednesday: to/from park w/ double stroller (1 mile), 30 mins on small loop at park, strength/drills
Thursday: 1:45 w/ baby in single stroller (my longest run for this marathon)
Friday: 2 miles on the treadmill (7 minute to 6:45 pace)
Saturday: 45 minutes
This week I did not get much running in due to life circumstances. Disappointing, since I was starting to feel somewhat fit and getting into a good routine with the little things (strength and core). Funny how one off week can make you feel like you’ve lost everything, but ultimately it was probably good to have a down week after building up the past few weeks.
Week ending 2.4.17
Tuesday: 45 mins Weymouth Woods
Wednesday: 30 mins Weymouth Woods
Thursday: 40 mins w/ double stroller
Friday: 1 mile to/from playground w/ double stroller
Saturday: 30 mins w/ single stroller
I’ll just call the week leading into the marathon backwards; I did somewhat of a reverse taper, running my highest mileage in a year since we were on vacation and I had the time and childcare to do so. Nutritionally, I post-marathon binged instead of carbo loaded, since several of the most amazing bakeries are down there. But I love, love, love running barefoot on the beach, so I wasn’t going to let a little upcoming marathon stop me. And HHI is perfect for running- the beach is wide, flat and hard-packed, so shoes are easily an option although I prefer to feel the sand in my toes.
Week ending 2.11.17
Sunday: 60 minutes barefoot on the beach
Monday: 62 minutes barefoot on the beach
Tuesday: no running, only eating way too much unhealthy food on a day trip to Savannah
Wednesday: 62 minutes barefoot on the beach
Thursday: 61 minutes barefoot on the beach
Friday: 32 minutes barefoot on the beach
Saturday: Hilton Head Island Marathon! Race report to come!