This is what I would consider my last “low mileage” week – everything from here on out is 19+ miles. As much as I like that this plan eases you into the higher miles, I am excited to get into the 25+ miles per week. That’s when I feel like it’s really marathon training!
I managed to get all of my running in, but not even close on the strength training. It wasn’t entirely on purpose, but, sometimes there are things more important that lifting weights. This was one of those times, and we’ll just leave it at that.
Planned: 3 Miles
Actual: 3 Miles 32:08 (10:42 pace). Honestly, this run feels like so long ago I can’t remember any of the details. I must’ve been feeling good since I managed to keep all 3 miles in the high 10 minute per mile range!
Actual: Strength! Total Gym time that focused on back/biceps/shoulders. As per the plan, I also added my own core/leg work to the tune of:
2 sets of each with 25 reps
Lying Leg Raises
Marching Hip Raises
Walking Lunges w/a 10lb plate
Planned: 3 Mile fartlek
Actual: 3 Mile fartlek 29:59 (9:59 avg). I did a .5 mile warm up, .5mile cool down and a bunch of speed bursts in between.
I really love fartlek runs; it’s like a tempo run without the commitment. I can run fast when I’m ready, and am allowed to slow down every now and then to get my breath back. Someday, I’ll try a real tempo run but for now this is a good start. I think.
Actual: Nothing. This is the day where $@!& hit the fan, and to be perfectly honest, squats and lunges were the last thing on my mind.
Planned: 4 Miles + Strength
Actual: 4 AM miles 46:12 (11:33 avg) – No Strength. I really needed this run; it wasn’t particularly fast but it didn’t need to be. It was one of those cathartic, sweat it all out kind of runs and THAT was what I needed. I was supposed to hit the Total Gym that evening, but I didn’t get home until almost 9….T.G. wasn’t happening.
Planned: 7 Mile long run
Actual: 7 Miles 1:20 (11:30 avg). I have a particular route around my neighborhood that I can use for anything from 6-12 miles and it is HARD. It doesn’t look like much, but at around mile 5 you start to climb up a hill. And you just.keep.climbing. It’s a long, gradual hill that you don’t necessarily even see but oh my goodness, you can feel it!! This route always kicks my ass (there are times I still need to walk parts of it), but I actually really like it. I like the challenge and I keep telling myself that someday, I will be able to cruise right up that hill and not even notice it. Someday.
Actual: Rest. I’m going to try to work in strength today, too. We’ll see!
What race are you training for? How’s it going? What kind of strength training do you incorporate into your training plans?