Marathon Training 2018 – Week 3 (of 26)

May 3, 2018 — Leave a comment

IMG_3360.jpgThis picture was taken during week 3, on a 7.5 mile run that included 8 hill repeats. This was what the sky looked like when we started the hill repeats. Had to take a picture. It was one of those moments when you’re so thankful that you fought through getting up early enough to see the beauty of the skies.

We had to be flexible this week due to both of us traveling on the weekend. Our “normal” schedule is to run Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday (long run). This week, however, we switched Friday and Sunday so that we didn’t have to scout out places to do hill repeats and a long run while out of town. Worked out great for me, because I found myself in far Southeast Georgia on Sunday morning. Flat, flat, flat! I suppose I could have worked something out on the treadmill as a last resort, but what a pain. Easier simply move the days around a bit. We elected to do our long run early Friday morning, making Sunday an easy 40-50 minutes. Which I was able to accomplish!

I’ve found in training that flexibility is important. Having a plan is important, too. Priorities have to be outlined. However, my job takes me out of town on weekends frequently. Thankfully, my running buddy is flexible. We’re able to work things out.

I added cross training in to the mix this week. I had to fight through some insane soreness on my Tuesday and Wednesday runs, but I got through it. For my cross training, I have returned to Camp Gladiator. I’m doing camp on my “off” days. It’s a one hour boot-camp-style workout. It’s great. The trainers are great, and the workouts are full body.

It made me feel GREAT to get back to camp. Still heavier than I would like, but I feel progress.

Speaking of heavy, I’ve continued to slowly lose weight. It’s going slower than I would like, but since January first, I have lost 32 pounds. I need a bunch more off of me to make this upcoming marathon more enjoyable. I feel like I’m in the fight of my life in many ways. I’ll post about all of that shortly.

All in all, training is going very well. No injury. Foot feels good. I’m loving the fact that I’ve consistently exercised for four months.

FUNDRAISING! I’m running this marathon with Team World Vision. Here is my fundraising page.  My goal is $3,000. $50 will provide clean water for one person! Please donate. Please donate. Please donate.

Monday CG
Tuesday 47 minutes
Wednesday 27 minutes
Thursday CG
Friday 7.5 miles including 8 hill repeats
Saturday Rest
Sunday 42 minutes

In my next post, I’ll address the pacing issue. Thanks for reading.


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