I’ve been staying away from weekly training recaps, because I think they tend to be a bit dry, but I’ll make an exception for CIM training because I usually like to go back and read details on how a particular marathon training cycle went.
Monday: Rest. Killed it. I ended up taking the day off from work because my little date with the sidewalk last Sunday caused me to not sleep well (due to pain in both knees). Then I realized I couldn’t fathom wearing real clothes or bending my knees. Oh, and late Sunday night, my right wrist started hurting. It seemed like I twisted it during my fall. Whomp whomp. Luckily, it was a pretty open day for me work-wise. Take the sick day when you can, that’s my motto.
Tuesday: 70 minute progression run, with last 20 minutes fast. Since my knees were still pretty tender, and my heart rate monitor was acting all crazy-like, I forgot about the progression run and took it very, very easy. 6.5 miles @ 10:43/mile
Wednesday: 45 minutes easy. I was originally supposed to run for 55-65 minutes, but considering this is the first week I’m bumping up from 4 to 5 runs a week, I erred on the side of caution. My heart rate was still high, but not as crazy as Tuesday. 4 miles @ 11:03/mile
Thursday: Fartlek run of 60 minutes with 10 x (1 min on/1 min off). This went off without a hitch, but I was surprised to look at my splits afterward and see the “on” paces start off at 8:30 (slower than I expected/felt) and get down below 8:00/mile by the end. I’ll be doing a lot of fartleks this cycle to keep me on my toes. 6 miles @ 10:10/mile
Saturday: Long slow distance 14 miles. I’m supposed to do my long runs on Sundays, but I had the chance to run with Cathryn, so I swapped my Saturday/Sunday runs. We ran along the Bay Trail between Hayward and San Leandro and actually saw a fox! It was adorable! I managed to not take any fuel during the run, though I did have breakfast (a Picky bar). I’m trying to wean myself off bloks and gels during LSD runs to tap into fat burning. Last week was a bit of a struggle at 10 miles, but this week I felt pretty good through the end. I felt like I could’ve run a couple more miles, which is good because 16 miles is on tap next week! 14 miles @ 10:19
Sunday: 50-60 minutes easy. I opted for breakfast instead of running, so by the time I got around to my run, it was 12:30 and blazing hot outside. I don’t like the treadmill, but I like it better than running outside when it’s hot & sunny. (I know, I’m a wimp.) 5 miles @ 10:24
Total mileage: 35.5 miles
How I’m feeling: I think this is a good, solid start! My knees are feeling a lot better too.
Looking ahead to next week: Leg speed (strides) on Tuesday, longer fartleks on Thursday, and a 16 miler on Sunday. Bring it on!