Boom! It’s the end of the week. Woohoo!!!
I feel I won a prize for surviving this week. It was H-to the HARD for me mentally, emotionally, physically. I was single mom this week, which happens quite often because hubby travels quite a bit. I have a normal routine when he goes away, so usually it’s not a big deal, but for some reason, this week was harder than usual. Summer with no routine may have something to do with it. The kids were in party mode, except I have to work and we had more activities schedule than usual. Regardless, I conquered another week of marathon training.
Here’s my week in summary:
- 37 miles of running
- Tuesday: 400 m Intervals
- Thursday: Tempo
- Saturday: 8 mile run at marathon race pace
I’m not photogenic and this photo proves it! I struggled during miles 3-4 of this run to keep the pace, but before I started I told myself I would be happy with an 8:30 and I got it.
I finished the week today with a 30-mile bike ride. I got a new cushioned seat AND some real bike shorts. Wow. Biking this distance on a road bike versus a cruiser makes such a difference! The bike is soon much lighter and faster. The route I biked is pretty hilly so it’s a workout!
I’ve gotten quite a few questions on the blog about what plan I’m using, so here are the key components:
A 20-week plan: After I got into the NYC, my training partner, Lesley, looked for a fall marathon to train for. She’s running the Marathon to Marathon in Texas in late October–two weeks before NYC. She started an 18-week program, so I just adjusted a program to be 20 weeks.
Higher mileage: Having done 2 marathons already with 5 days of running I know that this is the number of days I’ve found that keeps my body happy, no more. I could go down to 4 days on some weeks and instead trade with a day of cross training.
A homemade plan: We created our own plan looking at Hanson’s (which we had already used twice for a marathon and half-marathon), Hal Higdon’s, Jenny Hadfield, Run Less, Run Faster, and the Nike Chicago Marathon plans. If you want to improve in a marathon, you need to incorporate variety and some speed workouts. Many of the plans incorporate two days of speed work (intervals and a tempo run) and a long run.