Parsley’s Training M(arathon) 8.26.17, 12 Weeks Out

Twelve weeks until marathon time! ย Sounds like a lot, but not really now that I’m committed. Feel like I have a lot of work to do to whip myself into race shape.

This week was mostly stroller/treadmill since my husband was out of town. My biggest lesson learned from my 5K last week was that I need to do more quality. At this point in the game, my quality isn’t going to come from the track. I just can’t count on having access to it, so don’t want to get worked up for a workout only to have to change plans last minute and be left with nothing. While I’ve been doing plenty of quality through fartleks/off-road speedwork, I need hard, timed, measured distances to really push myself, especially when training by myself.

Wanted to step back in mileage this week since I’ve been building the last three, and didn’t do a long run, so that made it easy. Finished at 69.

8/20: 35 mins to the pool, 35 mins aqua jog, 35 mins home.

8/21: 1:16 total; 26 mins to the athletic field complex, 31 mins of fartlek, 19 mins home.

8/22: 62 mins total; 40 w/ triple, 15 mins strides, 5 w/ triple home. ย 20 minutes in the afternoon w/ the triple to the park- very hot, humid and slow.

8/23: 47 mins w/ the triple. Intended to run on the treadmill that afternoon, but it was a long day of driving and appointments, and I had zero energy or motivation to do anything by the time I got home.

8/24: 32 mins w/ the triple in the morning. PM: first attempt at a treadmill workout. 1 mile @ 7:30 for warm up, 1 mile @ 6:00, 1/2 mile recovery @ 7:30, 2 miles @ 5:42, 1/2 mile recovery @ 7:30, 1/2 mile @ 5:28, 1 mile @ 7:30. I’ll admit, this was a little over ambitious. I intended to do 1 mile, 2 mile, 1 mile, but cut the last rep to 1/2 mile. The 2 mile segment just about did me in, and I had nothing left for the last one. The good news is the 7:30 pace felt easy for recovery, which is probably a lot faster than I run when shuffling along for recovery on the track.

My intent for the treadmill workouts will be to do longer reps (1/2 mile at a minimum) since if I ever do make it to the track, I like to do shorter stuff there. Will have to play around with my first few workouts to figure out what paces I should be running, but I think this is a great way to force me to work on turnover and speed. I had been dreading this, but now that I’ve got one under my belt, realize I need to do it.

8/25: 62 mins w/ triple in the am, 25 mins w/ the triple in the pm (broken up with 2 different stops!)

8/26: 62 mins total; 40 w/ triple, 15 mins strides, 5 w/ triple home.

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. Being able to get quality in multiple places (track, mill, roads, wherever) is so helpful- especially when you have other commitments and the track isn’t always accessible. Love how you are finding ways to make it work at home, with kiddos, stroller, whatever!

    1. Thanks! I like the variety, although it does make it a very flexible training plan since I never plan what I’m doing in advance, usually decide the night before!

  2. Cool to see that you’ll be doing a fall marathon! Best of luck with your training over the next several weeks. Excited to see how it all goes.