Monday, February 11, 2013

Marathon Training Week 3




Week 3 of marathon training and finally some better weather! Now on to week 4 and 12 weeks until marathon week! I have 4 days left of the 30 day yoga challenge and happy to say I have made it! Most days are a short 15 minute workout but I feel like my legs are looser then before. I can tell I am back marathon training, I am a hungry! It is amazing what those few extra miles can do. I still remember back to my nearly 2 years of marathon training while breastfeeding and I'm no where near that, pretty sure I ate more then a teenage boy at that point!

I was thrilled this week to see the new trailer for the 2nd Spirit of the Marathon Movie…


The original Spirit of the Marathon is my go to motivation and I love to watch it the night before a race for a little extra inspiration. I am very happy with this week considering it began with a trip to the doctor and a questionable diagnosis. I no longer have foot pain and actually received a message from the radiologist that he saw “no fracture”!

Here’s my week recap:
Monday: Easy 6.75 mile recovery run & Yoga on Gaiam TV
Tuesday: Morning Spin, weights with trainer & Easy evening 6 mile Run
Wednesday: Morning Run (9.6 miles middle 6.5 at half marathon pace 7:10-7:15) & Yoga on Gaiam TV 
Thursday: Morning Spin & afternoon weights at home due to forgetting shorts for the gym (long school day!)
Friday: Morning 8 mile hill run & Yoga on Gaiam TV
Saturday: Morning 18.5 mile Run (changed long run due to storms) it was windy and slushy. Tough being back outside in this but mentally great J First 2 miles alone, 5.5 with running group and final 11 alone. Great combination. 15 minute yoga for runners
Sunday: 6.5 mile recovery run/walk to the grocery store and back & weights.


Saturday's run along the river
And what's ahead for Week 4 of marathon training?  
Goal: Push the speed intervals and not let the mental resistance kick in. I am considering a half marathon on Saturday (watching the weather) and hoping to run under 1:40

Monday: Morning Yoga Class & Afternoon Hill run
Tuesday: Morning Spin, weights with trainer & Easy evening Run (coaching)
Wednesday: Morning Run (Speed Intervals-1 mile repeats aiming for 6 min pace) & Evening Yoga 
Thursday: Morning Spin & Afternoon weights
Friday: Morning Spin & Yoga
Saturday: ?Half Marathon (or 6-8 mile easy run) & Afternoon weights
Sunday: Long run 16-18 miles if no half otherwise recovery run

How was your week in training? Have a training post of any distance, then link up and share stories, encouragement and concerns.


Weekly Training Link Up




23 comments:

  1. I enjoyed reading about your training! My post wasn't really about training per se so I didn't link up but it was definitely about running :-) so I'll share it here -- if you know anyone (or you) would like to share what you love about running, the #runchat community would LOVE to hear from you!!! http://biggreenpen.com/2013/02/10/why-do-you-love-running-the-runchat-valentines-challenge/

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    1. Great post and it would be great one to link up :) So important to remember why we love to run!

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  2. Can I say I am in awe of your half marathon goal of 1:40? I know you put in the training and the hard work, but anyone who runs under a 2 hour half marathon rocks in my book! My goal come March is a 2:50:00, but I'm not sure it will happen. Good luck this week!

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    1. Thanks, I wasn't always at this spot, my first marathon was 5:20! My goal for summer is under 1:30 for a half but with snow and cold I add time to that. Good luck with your goal.

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  4. Great week girl! Glad to hear your foot is feeling better!!!

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    1. Thanks Mindy :) I should have known see the doctor and it goes away!

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  5. You are a machine, Jen! No rest days? I don't know how your body does it. And yay! I'm so excited about Spirit of the marathon 2 also!

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    1. I try to take at least 1-2 days of easy workouts in place of rest since I get so antsy! I just saw June for the movie date :)

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  6. Visiting here from 13 in 2013 challenge group and I'm linking up for the first time. My work-outs are from last week, but I'll post some new ones tomorrow for my weekly Track Tuesday post. I'll add your button to that post too. :-)

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    1. welcome and thanks for linking. I'll check out track Tuesdays :)

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    1. Thanks, hoping it continues and results in a great race :)

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  8. wow week four and already an 18.5 miler, awesome.

    I didn't know there was going to be a sequel to spirit of the marathon, you just made my day.

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    1. I know, so exciting! Can't wait to see it :)

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  9. Wow! That is seriously impressive! What pace are you training for for the marathon? Do you find that it helps to do really fast speedwork with marathon training or is that to keep you ready for shorter races as well? I have been wondering that a lot, since I would like to run a faster 5K this year but don't know if I can adequately do marathon and 5K prep at the same time. Still haven't seen Spirit of the Marathon - I will have to look for that!

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    1. My goal is a 7:45 pace or faster :) The faster speedwork is new this training, I used to do ladder repeats at slightly faster than marathon pace but my trainer thinks I am not pushing as hard as I can and wants me to push myself. He thinks it will help with my mental blocks during racing! I too would love a faster 5K but never really train for short distance so maybe this will help.

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  10. Curious what marathon training plan you are using?

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    1. Do you really want to know?,! I call it do what I want when I want plan! Lol I write my own setting guidelines for run type but change it up based on feel and my week.

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  11. Damn no rest days!!! You are a machine! PS I cannot stop watching that trailer! I order the first one on Netflix every few months!!

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    1. Just hoping I'm not being a stupid machine! I bought the first one and love watching it!

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  12. I'm baaaaack! I came to link up! Thanks for hosting!

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