And just like that, I’m a month into training! This past week was both a challenge and cause for celebration. The challenge came not from training but from things at work really ramping up. Things are really exciting but also really busy, which led to a bit more mental fatigue and less focus on training. I got my runs in but only two of my three strength sessions. Next week will be even more demanding, so I’m just going to try my best to fit everything in!
The exciting part of training this week was the first of my workouts, following three weeks of easy base-building miles. This workout was a transition to faster speedwork with 800-meter repeats at marathon pace. It was pretty warm that morning, and I know the first workouts in training tend to be tough because my body isn’t used to them. I braced myself for a hard run. When warmer temps, I’d decided to run by effort if the pace felt too tough. So I was shocked when marathon pace felt not much different from my easy pace. I was barely breathing heavy, and my effort-based pace ended up being about 15 seconds/mile faster than marathon pace, so I pulled back and ran at actual marathon pace. It was awesome for this run to go so smoothly and easily when I thought it would be really tough, but I’m trying not to read too much into it. After all, these were only half-mile repeats. We’ll see how marathon pace feels when I do multiple miles nonstop at that pace.
Week at a Glance
- Training mode: Training for the NCR Marathon November 25, 2017 using the Hansons Marathon Method
- Days running: 5
- Miles this week: 28.5
- Time running: 6:14
- Miles this training cycle: 97.1
- Miles this month: 72.6
- Miles this year: 611.54
- Strength training: 2 sessions
Easy run: 4 miles
Easy run: 4 miles
I had an important meeting so got up earlier than usual to have time to wash, dry, and curl my hair. Most days, I’m lucky if I blow-dry my sweaty hair and put some dry shampoo in (some days I go to work with my sweaty hair still wet and in a ponytail from my run!), so putting so much effort into my hair is a big deal for me. My hair looked awesome…and then I took my dog for his walk. When I came back in from the humidity, I had no curls. Sadness! I tried to put a few more curls in, knowing that my bike ride into the office would take those out as well. Ugh. I tried! I had to log in again in the evening for just a bit, and after that I completely forgot I was supposed to do strength training.
Speed Workout: 7.5 miles + 20 minutes strength training
For my first workout of training, I did 6 800-meter repeats at marathon pace plus 3 miles for warm-up and cool-down. After watching the video from Coach Luke last week about easy and long run paces, I realized I hadn’t been doing my warm-ups right. The warm-up should start at a very easy pace and then progress to a moderate pace. I’d previously been doing the whole warm-up at a very easy pace. It was 69 degrees, and, like I said earlier, I was prepared for this to be a struggle-fest. I drank 12 ounces of Gatorade and took a salt capsule in addition to my usual banana before heading out. I’m not sure what combination of the warm-up, pre-run fueling, my level of fitness, or just having a good day resulted in running this workout so easily, but whatever it is I’ll take it! In total, this run took me 1:35. Usually, I need an energy gel or a few dates if I run more than one hour. Only in the very last half-mile of the run did I start to feel a bit tired, and only a little bit. I don’t usually drink Gatorade, but maybe I should if it has this much of an impact on my performance. Will definitely experiment with this. Also, as a bonus, I ran into Chelsea who was doing her run, and we got to chat for a few minutes.
In the evening, I did the strength training routine I missed the day before.
Easy run: 4 miles
A few minutes after I left my house to run, it started pouring. I knew there was a small, strong storm coming through, so I waited under an underpass for it to pass. When the rain lightened, I headed out again, but a few minutes later another heavy storm came through. I got soaked, and the sad thing is that if I’d waited about 15 minutes, I would have missed most of the rain. Then, the whole thing repeated on my bike commute into work. When I left my house it was only drizzling slightly, so I decided to bike in instead of walk. A few minutes later, it started raining harder. It was too late to go home, so I tried to bike as fast as I could. It was really humid out, so that meant getting into the office wet from both rain and sweat. If it’s really humid, I wear workout clothes to bike in then change into my work clothes at the office. On this day I’m not sure why I wore my work clothes to bike in, but the result was that I had to sit in wet clothes for a few hours until they dried. Ugh!
Long run: 9 miles
Luckily it was very sunny when I got home from work Friday so that I could put my shoes out to dry. I have only one pair of running shoes right now and didn’t want to have to do my long run in shoes still wet from Friday’s rainy run. I guess I should get a second pair of shoes as a backup. The group run starts at 7:30, so I woke up at 5 to be able to get a few miles in before the group run started. I did a little over 2 very easy miles on my own, 6 with the group–which was just one other person on this day–and 1 more on my own to get to 9. It was very warm and humid. While I had no problems with the run and felt good, later in the day I was exhausted. When I looked at my splits, I understood why. I don’t monitor my pace during the group runs and instead just run whatever pace the group is running. Later I saw the majority of miles were at a moderate rather than easy pace, with one mile in the middle of the run 45 seconds/mile faster than marathon pace. I have no idea what we were doing in that mile! Doing anything other than an easy pace on a really warm and humid day is a recipe for exhaustion for me, so no wonder I was so tired.
Rest day + 25 minutes strength training
This upcoming week will include another workout with marathon pace repeats and my first double-digit run of this cycle. It will also be my last week of 5 days of running before increasing to 6.
I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for their Weekly Wrap, Steff, for the Pittsburgh Run Bloggers Weekly Recap, and Courtney for her Training Recap. Have a great week!