Vanilla’s Two Weeks of Training

Greetings Salty Readers!  I hope that the Polar Vortex, or whatever they are calling it now isn’t dampening your spirits and training too much!  We’ve been experiencing some high winds, which make it rough for running.  Boulder has clocked winds of 71 and 89 mph!  Still, we have much warmer temps and sunshine, so I’m not complaining too much.

I’ve skipped a week reporting my training log, and coincidentally, it was a down week.  For the first time while marathon training, I decided to take it easy for a week in anticipation of my remaining weeks of Boston training.  It was nice to back off for a week and to do so because I chose to–not because of injury or illness.  I still got in 44 miles for that week, but no workouts, and nothing under 8:00 pace.  It was great both mentally and physically, and I have no regrets!

This week, I hit 60 miles for the first time since I can remember!  Surprisingly, I felt well and made sure to re-fuel and recover as necessary.  I also got through that ‘breakthrough 20’ which is always a milestone when marathon training.  There’s still a long way til Boston, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that my body stays healthy and injury-free.

Here goes my week:

Sunday: 2/16  20 miles with friends!  Starting at 9:15 pace working down to sub 8:00 with lots and lots of rollers!

Monday:  45 mins on the trainer, 40 mins weights.

Tuesday:  Workout:  2 mins, 4 mins x2 alternating between 5K pace (2 min intervals), marathon pace (4 min intervals).  One minute rest after 2 mins; 2 mins rest after the 4 minute intervals.  I added another 2 minute and 4 minute interval.  Yikes!  Got in 4 miles as a shakeout later in the day.

Wednesday:  5+ easy miles, watchless, 30 mins on the trainer in the evening along with some weights.

Thursday:  6*6 minutes starting at marathon pace, working down to 5K pace throughout the intervals.  I was pretty tired during the day!  I was ready for bed around 8:00!

Friday:  Easy 50 minutes, then 30 mins on the trainer and weights/core in the evening.

Saturday:  Core and stretching before heading out for an easy run–but I changed my mind as I started and decided on a hill workout of 10×1 minute, 10×30 seconds.  It sounded easier in my mind!  It was all about strength and effort, and somehow, I made it!

Weekly Totals:

Running:  60 miles!!!

Biking:  1 hour, 45 mins

Swimming:  Ugh!  Can’t get motivated to swim!

Weights:  2+ hours

Native Ohioan now living in Boulder, Colorado. I love to run, tri, train, eat good chocolate, drink good rum, and laugh (a lot). I am a CPA by trade and work for Newton Running.

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