Yeah, so I’m doing all of us a favor and letting everyone in on the progress of my marathon training on a weekly basis. There’s sixteen weeks in this program so it’s still relatively early, but I’m hoping this will keep me accountable for all the miles from here to Hopkinton. Let the games begin.
Week #2 (1/5-1/11)
What I Planned:
What I Ran:
How I Ran:
I started the week off with speedwork on the treadmill. After adjusting the incline to 1.0 (to account for lack of air resistance) and a quick 0.5 mile warmup, I turned the speed way up (between 9.5-10.0) and ran both my intervals at a blistering pace. I did the first pretty well, but felt somewhat exhausted by the middle of my second. Nonetheless I finished and beat my planned time by a few seconds. I wanted to know my HR since I felt pretty worn out by the time I finished the intervals, almost more so than if I were to run the same intervals outdoors, which was somewhat surprising.
A couple of days later, I checked my ego at the locker room door and did 6 at an easy pace. I then took two days off, expecting to run a 5 mile race this weekend. But because of an impending snowstorm, plans got changed and I pushed through to finish 12 miles - my coldest long run ever to date. Today, I went to the gym and did 5.5 miles on the treadmill. It was nothing spectacular but interestingly enough, my average pace was the same as it was on the long run the day before. On this particular workout, I also remembered to use my heart rate monitor together with my Garmin to record my HR during the entire workout. Does anyone else do this or am I just an eccentric geek?
All-in-all, it was a fast but pretty ordinary, ho-hum week for me in terms of training. Hope you all had a great running weekend!