Pimento’s CIM Training Plan 10.31 – 11.6.16

slack_for_ios_uploadAfter a couple of not-great weeks following the half marathon, this (lower mileage) week I could tell my legs were coming back, though not really my attitude. I had two great workouts and my long run was solid, though not a knock-it-out-of-the-park kind of run. I’ve been thinking a lot about running and life, why I do what I do, and what I want to do next.

My general excitement and enjoyment from training has kind of stalled out during this past three weeks where I’ve struggled with my long runs. The only way I can describe it is I think I’m getting tired of being on the marathon train. I have basically been training for marathon after marathon for the last seven years, minus the year I was pregnant. I think I am just ready for a different challenge.

This is good timing considering it is the end of the year along with my big goal marathon. The start of a new year seems a good time to start a new habit and to create some new goals. What might that entail? I am considering taking 2017 100% off the marathon. I have free entry to two half marathons, one in March and the other in October, so I think that’ll be it for my two long races. Otherwise, I want to do more 10ks, maybe try one of those 5k races that I have heard of but never done (ha!), and … I want to start lifting with more intention, effort, and discipline.

What, Pimento?? Weight-lifting?! WTF?!ย Say a few of my training partners. No, I do not plan on doing CrossFit or stopping running. I just don’t want to go over 15 miles at once or over 60 miles/week. That’s still a shit-ton of running, but I am just tired of my life and schedule being dictated by a marathon training plan. All the core that I’ve been consistent about is paying off, though, I have some definition and I feel strong. And I like that feeling. I used to lift in college and loved it, and I think adding three days of serious lifting a week to my running will be good for my body and my brain.

So that’s where my head is at. Coach’s reply? That sounds like fun … Let’s talk some more.

slack_for_ios_upload_720Monday: 6.5 miles on the mill, easy (8:33 pace). 50 pushups.

Tuesday: 9 mile treadmill workout. 3 mile warm up, 1% incline/6 @ tempo (6:44 x4, 6:39, 6:35). Core. Felt SO good.

Wednesday: 8 miles easy outside (8:26 pace). Core.

Thursday: 10 miles outside with 6 x 100m strides (7:36 pace). Felt like a cheetah during the strides.

Friday: 6 miles on the mill, easy (8:58 pace). Core.

Saturday: 19 miles, 7 warm-up, 12 @pace (6:58, 6:47, 6:43, 6:39, 6:54, 6:55, 7:04, 7:12, 7:16, 7:13, 7:18, 7:36). Close but no cigar.

Sunday: 6 miles pushing the stroller. Multiple stops to save migrating newts and to count piles of bear poop. Lovely fall day.

Total: 64.5 miles

I'm an elementary P.E. teacher with a long-term, ongoing marathon addiction.The next big goal? Keeping up my BQ streak while aiming for a 3:10! I write about the not-so-glamorous side of running and fitting in serious training with a family while staying sane(ish).

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  1. It sounds like you’ve done some good self reflection on what you want to do next! A marathon can be so all consuming and sometimes, some distance is a good thing.

  2. Totally get where you are — and I’ve done much fewer marathons than you (6 as of Sunday). The best part of all those shorter distance races is that you can try and fail more often than with the marathon. I ran 2 halfs, 2 10Ks, 1 5K and 2 5 mile-ish races this summer. Not too many. Not too few. PRd at every distance this year (and I just turned 46). I’ve gotten more satisfaction from those races than the 2 marathons I did this year (Boston and NYC). I’ll still run marathons but after a killer Boston training schedule (and a 5 minute fainting spell on the course), I went easier for NYC. Marathon success is definitely a function of training but, as you know, so much depends on race day weather, your health that day, and event logistics–the smallest things (often out of your control) derail weeks of training. Plus fueling and hydration are rarely major factors in those distances. There just isn’t that much investment in shorter distances. You can “fail fast” as they say in Silicon Valley and try again sooner.

    I suspect after your CIM success you may feel otherwise but as someone who added variety this year, it certainly can’t hurt your running mind.

    Next year, I am “running” not racing Boston and plan to “race” Chicago —hoping that I can tick off the World Marathon Majors in a couple years. I’ve got 1/2 marathon in Yosemite in May and I have to decide tonight if I am doing the NYC Triathlon in July. I think your post confirmed where I was. I need to keep the variety up or my marathon disappointments will make me enjoy running less.