Sunday, January 30, 2011

Completed: Week 1 of Marathon Training

Week one is done! 17 weeks to go until the Bayshore Marathon.

I've learned a few lessons this week. First, I have fallen back into the 8's. I went through this last year towards the end of my training for Chicago and I refuse to do this again. I know I can run faster. All of my races, aside from the Chicago marathon, were 7:30's and 7:40's with a 5K being a sub-7 minute pace! Going forward, I will push myself harder and run faster. Marathon training is more than just running miles each week. I really need to do this if I want to reach my goal of a sub-3:40 marathon.

Secondly, I need to get outside. Although it may seem like I could run faster on the treadmill since I can set the pace, I can't. I do not know why I find it so hard to run fast on the treadmill. Of course, mother nature doesn't look like she wants to cooperate this week. Maybe I should find someone to run with once or twice a week. I plan to run some of my future long runs with my dad, but right now I could use an extra push to get outside.

and lastly, I am giving up any and all alcoholic beverages until May 28th. I can't seem to handle a few beers and still be able to have a quality work out the next day. So good-bye beer and wine, see you in the spring!

Here is how my weeks training went.

Sunday scheduled: cross train
Sunday actual: 30 minutes stationary bike/7.5 miles, 25 minutes intervals AMT machine @ 15%, 4%, 12% cool down, strength training; biceps, triceps and core
Monday scheduled: 3 mile run
Monday actual: 3 mile run, strength training; chest
Tuesday scheduled: 5 mile run
Tuesday actual: 5 miles run 41:39 8:19 pace
Wednesday scheduled: 3 mile run
Wednesday actual: 4 mile run on treadmill 1% incline 33:13 8:18 pace (had negative splits), strength training; legs and core
Thursday scheduled: Rest
Thursday actual: strength training; biceps, shoulders, back, push ups 4 x 15, core
Friday scheduled: 5 mile pace (marathon goal pace)
Friday actual: 5 miles mgp on treadmill 1% incline 40:27 8:05 pace
Saturday scheduled: 8 mile run
Saturday actual: 8 mile run on treadmill 1% incline 1:05:50 8:13 pace, strength training: shoulders, chest

Total Mileage: 25 miles
Weight: 121lbs

Overall I am pleased. I followed the mileage in my training program and made sure incorporate strength training and core work.


  1. Great way to start things off! I'm excited to watch your progress through this training cycle.

    You've got a BQ in the bag this time around for sure.

  2. Looks like you're off to a great start!