Seven weeks done, nine weeks to go! The middle weeks of marathon training feel similar to the middle miles of a race. You do not want to run too fast in those middle miles, nor do you want to train too hard in these middle weeks. The finish line seems far away and the miles blur a bit together with the anticipation of harder work to come.
Even in this middle week of marathon training, I feel the full physical effects of marathon training. My appetite has increased. My calves are tighter. I need more sleep. Yet I am also looking forward to the harder weeks of training to come and enjoying the process of training.
After a beautiful week of fall weather, we had an odd week of humidity and warmer temperatures. I don’t mind the warm as much, but the humidity is rough when running.
Monday: 9 mile easy run & 15 minutes core work
Ollie and I ran uphill, downhill, and through the rain on this run – and had lots of fun. As the mileage builds up, I’m really grateful that I have my furry running buddy on these runs, especially since it’s too dark in the mornings for Ryan and me to run before he leaves for work.
My strength workout was a short and simple circuit: kettlebell swings, stability ball pikes, stability ball hamstring curls, and stability ball passes.
Tuesday: Long Intervals (9 miles total)
2.25 mile warm up
3000m at half marathon effort (2 minutes recovery)
2000m at 10K effort (2 minutes recovery)
1000m at 5K effort
2.5 mile cool down
I prefer long intervals to shorter ones – I find it much easier to settle into pace. I was really pleased with my splits on this workout, starting at a 7:18/mile for the first interval and working down to a 6:50/mile. Ladder workouts like this one are really fun also – each interval is shorter than the last, so the enitre workout flys by.
Wednesday: 7 mile easy run & 30 minutes strength training
Another easy run with Ollie! It was so foggy that I brought a KnuckleLight with me even though the sun rose an hour before our run.
I received a new kettlebell from Rep Fitness (more on it soon!) and used it for my strength training workout. I included squats, lateral lunges, single leg deadlifts, windmills, and various shoulder/upper back exercises.
Thursday: Rest day
My daily steps are significantly less on rest days during marathon training. That is really all there is to say about a rest day!
Friday: 17 mile hard long run
89% humidity and a decent headwind for the first half made this already hard workout even harder. Humidity will do me in on a long run, even if it’s not hot. I finished this run feeling covered in a layer of sweat and overheated – I had absolutely no appetite for a few hours after the run. The headwind had kept me cool for the first half, but as soon as I turned around for the second (harder) half, I felt overheated and my perceived effort skyrocketed. Although the beautiful sunrise at the start of the run was a treat!
This long run ended up being sort of mess of a workout. I changed the workout partway through from 2 x 3 miles at MP to 2 miles, 2 miles, 1 mile at MP and calculated wrong (mental math is hard when running), so there were uneven recoveries between the marathon pace segments. Then, I started on the marathon pace miles at 7:47, which was just a bit too fast given the humidity. I managed to stay on pace (7:50-8:00) for the segments and gained a decent amount of elevation, but this run was harder than it should have been.
A few times over the final few miles, I stopped for a few seconds because the run felt just too hard. I somehow finished. After the run, forced down a couple graham crackers and tart cherry juice, and then elevated my legs while Ollie leaped back and forth over me as I was a human hurdle.
Saturday: 5 mile easy run
Ryan and I ran 5 very easy miles with Ollie and Charlie. My legs had only one speed to them and I really did not feel loosened up until 4 miles into this run.
We spent the rest of the day watching movies (Beauty and the Beast surpassed my expectations and Transformers: Last Knight was just as bad as we expected) and, after evening Mass, enjoying some craft beers at home. I probably slept at least 8.5 hours both Friday and Saturday nights – once the miles pile up, I need a lot of sleep!
Sunday: 90 minute light hike
We decided to explore a nearby regional park that is popular amongst trail runners and mountain bikers. Ryan and I both want to try trail running but I wanted to scope out the terrain on a hike before we ran it. We really enjoyed the light hike – the park was filled with scenic dirt trails and views of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges.
How was your week in running?
Are you training for anything right now?