Bayshore Marathon Training - 8 Weeks Out, and a few more things I'm excited about!

Hello!  I'll do a quick training recap of my week from March 26th to April 1st.  I was just shy of 79 miles for the week.  

  • Monday - 8.75 miles easy at 8:39 average pace per mile
  • Tuesday - 12 miles easy at 7:52 pace, ending with 8 x 20 second strides
  • Wednesday - 3 mile warm up, 7 mile wave tempo alternating between 6:40 and 7:40 pace, 3 mile cool down.  I love these workouts!  The even miles (2,4,6) at 7:40 pace is faster than easy pace but gives you just enough recovery to attack the next fast mile.
  • Thursday - 10 miles easy at 8:19 pace
  • Friday - long run before vacation!  20 miles at 7:48 pace
  • Saturday - 5 miles easy at 8:36 pace
  • Sunday - 10 miles easy at 7:55 average pace
  • Strength workouts - 3 sessions lasting 30 to 40 minutes, and one 30 minute yoga session

This week we are on vacation in a beautifully warm and humid climate.  I decided to keep my mileage high and forgo workouts with the exception of a few strides after two of my runs.  I could use a down week and honestly running in a dew point of 65 degrees feels like a workout after a long winter.   All of these nice easy runs have given me a lot of time to think about how I train and what I may want to do differently for my fall training cycle.  Over the last several years I have seen great improvement in my marathon time (3:11, 3:07, 3:04) simply from adding mileage.  However, it's not possible to keep upping my miles indefinitely, and there is for sure a point of diminishing returns.  I've been stuck at 3:04 for two years now (I realize "stuck" may not be the right term because that is no doubt a nice marathon PR!), but you understand what I'm saying.  I've plateaued.  So I'm toying with the idea of overhauling my training for the next cycle in the hopes of shocking my body into another PR.  



And speaking of fall marathons, there are officially 199 days until the Detroit Free Press Marathon on Sunday, October 21st!  I am so excited to represent this race as an ambassador.  If you'd like to join me at the starting line, enter the code Sararocks2018 for 10% off your registration.  


And another exciting announcement:  my friend and Run Strong Project business partner, Amy Haenick, and I were featured on an episode of the Michigan Runner Girl podcast that was released last evening.  I'd love for you to take a listen on your next run!  Heather is a fantastic interviewer and did a great job of talking to both of us, which is no easy task.  It was a fun conversation that allowed us to talk about what Run Strong Project is all about, as well as share our own personal running journeys.  Head here to visit Heather's very informative blog and listen to the episode!