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
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!