5K training is really flying by! I’m more than halfway done, but this may be the shortest training cycle I’ve ever done at nine weeks. It feels more like I’m just running than training, probably because my mileage is so low and I don’t have a long run. But I’m slowly building a base, settling into a good work/life/running balance, and doing faster workouts than I have in a long time, so those are all good things. Plus, there’s more and more light at the end of my runs instead of having to run the whole time in pitch blackness—huzzah!
I had a minor freakout about not being able to marathon train when I thought about just how long it takes me to get in mileage when I stick to my low heart rate zones. This past week, a 50-minute run got me a measly 3.5 miles. Will I really be able to put in that much more time when I have to run a lot more mileage?
I looked back at my marathon training log from last year. In one week, my shortest easy run was 55 minutes (for a 4-mile run), two other easy runs were 1:15 and 1:21, two weekday workouts were just under two hours, and my long run was 3:26. How quickly I forgot just how much time I was putting into marathon training last year. Very few training runs were under one hour, and if I did it then, I can do it again.
I have a new, more intense work schedule to deal with this time around, but I have some good ideas for making it work. One thing I’m going to try is a run commute home. My house is 1.5 miles away from my office, so that might be a good way to get in a few more miles of easy running a week so that I can spend a bit less time running in the mornings. I got permission to not have to take my laptop home every night, so now it’s doable. This week I’m going to try it out by walking into work and then running home. I also like this idea because I won’t have to bike into work. Suffice to say that my bike commute is the bane of my existence. I didn’t like biking to begin with, and this experience has made me dislike it even more. So I’m looking forward to trying a run commute instead of biking.
All this to say that I’ve been thinking about and planning for marathon training, and I’m getting really excited.
Speaking of being excited, I have to share the exciting news that my friend Joanna earned a 7-minute PR in her half marathon yesterday! Joanna did the Hansons’ method for the first time and crushed her training and her race. In 18 hard weeks of training, she only missed a single long run and a single easy run. Like I did when I did Hansons, she was waking at 4 a.m. to get in double-digit workouts before work. And all her work paid off with a great race. She’s now a Hansons believer! I was supposed to train with Joanna and run that same half marathon. When my running world was falling apart and I quit half marathon training this winter, I was so sad I couldn’t train with Joanna. But now, I have no regrets. My journey took me toward 80/20 training and a good way to balance my new job and training, and I’m grateful for that.
Onto the recap!
Week at a Glance
- Training mode: Training for a May 20 5K
- Days running: 6
- Ratio of low to hard intensity: 79/21
- Miles this week: 20.9
- Miles this month: 45.47
- Miles this year: 311.79
- Strength training: 65 minutes
Easy run: 45 minutes
The early morning brought a comfortable 55 degrees for this recovery run. I wish that every morning all year long would be like this!
Long interval run: 40 minutes
After a 15-minute warmup, I did 4 x 3-minute intervals in zone 4. I unknowingly had progressively faster intervals–always a nice thing to see in your stats.
In the evening I did 30 minutes of strength training.
Easy run: 30 minutes
This was the first week I added a sixth day of running so made it a short recovery run, all in zone 1.
Short interval run: 44 minutes
After a 15-minute warmup, I did 8 x 1-minute intervals in zone 5. Whew! This was tough, and I felt pretty wiped out afterward.
Easy run: 50 minutes
It was in the low 60s but so humid. Even though I kept most of the run in zone 1 for recovery, I was so sweaty by the end.
Fast finish run: 1:15
I ran the first 15 minutes in zone 1, 45 minutes in zone 2, and the final 15 minutes in zone 3. I really like these runs! The little speed-up at the end makes the run more interesting. It got cooler and was only 43 degrees; it felt wonderful!
Rest day! I did 35 minutes of full body strength training.
This upcoming week is a step-back week, and I’ll be trying a run commute home once or twice.
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!