Parsley’s 2017 Hilton Head Island Marathon Training Log

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

Sunday: nothing

Monday: nothing

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!

I have fun trying to sprint, enjoy long runs in the mountains, and everything in between. Former competitive runner (3 x marathon OTQ & trail marathon national champion) currently working through a lingering injury. I write about trying to stay competitive while raising young kids and moving into a new post-competitive stage.

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  1. It could have been, but unfortunately wasn’t. The whole thing was either along the highway (yes we even ran through the toll booth!), or on the windy pedestrian path, but nowhere near the beach.

    1. I ran that last year, and I was incredibly disappointed in ge course overall. Going over the bridge 4 times, so.many.highway.miles., running through a field and on gravel…it was just not a pretty course, which is a shame, because there are ways to make it much nicer! It’s not one that I’ll run again.