In March, I was lucky enough to register for the October 27 Marine Corps Marathon. This will be my 3rd marathon, and the first marathon I am really training for. Of course, I have goal times and paces set in mind, but I’ve decided that those are for me, and my close friends. So while I’m going to share my training (plans and execution), I want my goals to be adjustable to reflect how my training is going and how my body is feeling, especially since October 27 will be approximate anniversary of my diagnosis with lupus. I know everything can change at the drop of a hat, so I’m keeping my mind very open this training cycle.
So without further ado, my training recap of Week #1 and Plan for Week #2. You can follow me on dailymile where I post my daily workouts as well.
Monday: 4 easy
Tuesday: 5 Tempo
Wednesday: 5 easy
Thursday: Active Rest!
Friday: 5 easy
Saturday: 2-3 Shakeout
Sunday: W2W (w/u + 6 mile race + c/d)
What Happened: (In pink is what was planned that actually happened)
Monday: 4 easy (34:50)
Easy run around Santa Clara while staying at my brother’s. I was tired after my 30+ hours of traveling Saturday/Sunday.
Tuesday: 60 min AquaJog + 5 Tempo (37:50) + 20 arms/abs
AquaJogging is one of my favorite types of crosstraining, so I went in the am.
In the afternoon, my tempo was awesome. 1.5 w/u, 2 tempo (7:05, 6:54) and 1.5 c/d.
Finished it all out with a little arm/ab work as they’d been neglected during my month in Peru
Wednesday: 4.91 track (39:01) + 2.75 elliptical
Was supposed to run easy, but Leslie wanted to hit the track and my legs were feeling good, so I decided to go. 2 w/u, 5×400 (1:28, 1:28, 1:30, 1:30, 1:29) right on pace with ~200 recovery, 1 c/d.
Had time to kill before dinner with a friend so I finished it out with 2.75 (30 min) easy on the elliptical.
Thursday: Active Rest! (60 min easy spin + 1000m swim + 20 arms/abs)
Great active rest day for me! Took it really easy on the spin bike, worked out some kinks in the pool and hit those arms and abs again pretty hard.
Friday: 5 easy (42:12) + 60 min AquaJog
Headed out for 5 easy miles and then while foam rolling, ran into Rebecca and we made plans to AquaJog one more time before she left town. Felt good to shakeout the legs.
Saturday: 2-3 Shakeout (21:47) + 1000m swim + 10 min AquaJog
Did a 2.77 shakeout run with Meg. 17 minutes easy, last 3 minutes tempo with 4×100 strides tacked on the end. Followed this up with a swim and quick aquajog to loosen the muscles up for Sunday’s race.
Sunday: Wharf 2 Wharf Race! (2.31 w/u (21:22), 6 race (45:02) – that c/d never happened) + 2.31 PM (17:33)
Ran a 2 mi warmup to the start. Then raced the 6 mile Wharf 2 Wharf. Had a goal of 42-43 in mind, Landed with a 45:02 (full race recap to come). Then hit the road again later for an easy 2 miles.
Running Total: ~36 miles
Workout Time Total: ~ 9 hours, 54 min.
I finished the week feeling strong, and ready to jump into Week #2! Here’s what that plan looks like.
Monday: Active Rest! (30 AquaJog + BodyPump)
Tuesday: 5-6 easy
Wednesday: 5 Track + 1200m swim
Thursday: Active Rest! (60 spin + 60 AquaJog + 20 arms/abs)
Friday: 5-6 easy + 20 arms/abs
Saturday: 7 easy
Sunday: 12 LSD + arms/abs
One thing to note about my plan is that my rest days are generally Active Rest! days. For me, this means swimming/spinning/AquaJogging — and I take them all very easy in terms of my legs. They’re mostly my favorite ways to keep my legs moving without too much impact (for example, I almost never stand up in spin class on my Active Rest! days).