Bayshore Marathon Training Weekly Recap - 16 WeekS Out

Last year while I was training for the Boston Marathon, I blogged each week about my training.  I've decided to do this again while training for the Bayshore Marathon on May 26th.  As I mentioned previously, I'm writing my own training plan for this training cycle.  I plan to use a coach for my fall marathon.  After years of being in charge of my own training, I've realized I like handing the reins over to someone else!  Coaching yourself is completely different than coaching another athlete, and while I love coaching others, I find it hard to be objective when it comes to my own training.

This past week I ran 70 miles.  Nearly all of these miles were on the treadmill due to snow, ice, and cold.  If I was willing and able to run later in the day, I could probably have gotten in some of these miles outside, but I am stubborn and like to run at 5:00 a.m. A lot of treadmill time is not out of the ordinary for Michigan in mid-winter, so I'm trying to roll with it and remember spring will actually arrive at some point, just like it does every single year.  My schedule looked like this:

Monday - 12 miles, first 7 easy, last 5 miles at a moderate pace (7:42 average pace)

Tuesday - 10 miles with 8 x 1 minute at 5K - 10K effort  

Wednesday - Rest day

Thursday - 12 miles.  First 4 miles easy, 5 miles at marathon effort (6:59 average pace), 3 miles easy

Friday - 10 miles easy with 8 x 20 sec strides (8:13 average pace)

Saturday - 16 miles.  My goal was to run the first 8 miles easy and run the second 8 miles a bit faster.  First half of the run averaged 8:01 per mile, second half averaged 7:36 per mile

 My long run essentials!  Generation UCAN Chocolate Peanut Butter bar and Nuun Watermelon hydration tablet pre-run, Run Gum Cinnamon flavored gum chewed during the second half of the run.

My long run essentials!  Generation UCAN Chocolate Peanut Butter bar and Nuun Watermelon hydration tablet pre-run, Run Gum Cinnamon flavored gum chewed during the second half of the run.

Sunday - 10 miles easy, 8:18 average pace

*I also completed three strength training sessions that lasted 30 to 40 minutes each

Over the next few weeks I plan on increasing my long runs to 18 miles.  For the last month I have been taking Wednesday as a rest day from running.  As marathon training picks up steam I will likely go back to running 7 days a week, but I have to say I am enjoying my day off!  

For those of you who are in metro Detroit, Run Strong Project, the coaching business I co-own with a wonderful strength coach, is holding a free run specific strength training class on Sunday, February 25th, at Gazelle Sports in Birmingham.  Click here to learn more and reserve your spot!

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