Marathon Training Recap – Week 5

June 21, 2014 — Leave a comment


A Mixed Bag…But Some Good Progress

I just finished my 5th week of training for my Fall Marathon (Chicago, 10/12/14)

28.2 Miles, 4 hours, 55 minutes over 6 activities. It was supposed to be 32 miles, but I had a bit of a meltdown on Thursday. We did our warm up and our pre-run exercises. I was already not feeling great…and then as we got into the run I realized I was fighting some discouraging nausea. I couldn’t seem to overcome it, so at the 1 mile mark I stopped, turned around and walked back to the starting point. It took me several hours that day to recover. 

Prior to that day, however, the runs were going well – better than they had been the week prior. In fact, by Wednesday I was really feeling as if I was getting on top of this thing mentally. Dread had subsided, and I was looking forward to getting a run done each day. Thursday just didn’t work out for me. 

I took Friday off, and then this morning I met with my group. We did a 9 mile run. A month ago, that would have felt out of reach, but today it seemed just about right. Two of my miles today were to be at marathon pace. I chose miles 5 and 6 for this. The way the course was laid out, those two miles were over the most hilly terrain. I didn’t like that at first, but I changed my mind about it and took it on as a challenge. I ran faster than marathon pace (but not quite tempo run pace) for those two miles. 

As we finished the 9 miles, I felt as good as I could expect to feel after a workout that long. I was proud that I made my marks today. I enjoyed some good conversation with my coach Allyson, and got a great start to this nice Saturday. 

This week, we made our hotel reservations and bought our airline tickets. Really looking forward to what is becoming a tradition: Chicago in October with great friends and…oh yeah…that running thing. 

Here is the plan for Week 6
Sunday – 4 miles easy
Monday & Thursday – Track workout (400’s), strength conditioning and 2 miles easy
Tuesday – 4 miles easy
Wednesday – 6 miles easy
Friday – 11 miles with 3 miles @marathon pace
Saturday – off (traveling to Greenville, SC)

Fun week ahead!

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