Bayshore Marathon Training Recap - 12 Weeks Out

This past Saturday was the 12 week mark until the Bayshore Marathon!  It sounds so far off but the time will go quickly now that spring is approaching, and that is always a busy time for my kids with all of their activities.  Last week I ran 77 miles.  I had one speedy run mid-week and some faster miles built into my long run on the weekend.  

  • Monday - 12 miles total with 16 x 200 meters hard, 200 meters easy
  • Tuesday - 7 easy miles at 8:27 average pace
  • Wednesday - 3 miles easy, 8 miles at marathon effort (6:54 pace), 3 miles easy
  • Thursday - 10 miles easy at 8:24 average pace
  • Friday - 8 miles easy at 7:48 average pace, ended the run with 8 x 20 second strides around 5:50 pace
  • Saturday - 4 miles easy, 10 miles steady with the goal of 7:00 to 7:15 pace (actual 7:07), 4 miles easy.  Those 10 faster miles were no walk in the park but I will say the the back half felt much more comfortable than the first half.  I am always so slow to warm up!  Maybe I should run another ultra!  ;) 
  • Sunday - 8 miles easy at 8:28 average pace

Strength training x 3, each session between 30 and 40 minutes

My mileage is bumping up a bit higher this week and I am looking forward to my 22 mile long run on Saturday.  Just a short post today because I already have another post planned for tomorrow that I am very excited about.  I'l leave you with a photo of my lovely pair of Brooks Launch 5 Run Lucky Edition.  They make me happy every time I look at them!


Bayshore Marathon Training Weekly Recap - 15 and 14 Weeks Out

I'm already slacking on my weekly training recaps!  Having a sick child will do that to you.  So let's get back on track.  The week of February 5th I ran 72 miles. Below is a summary:

Monday - 12 miles, last 5 moderate effort (7:12 average pace for the moderate effort)

Tuesday - 11 miles easy, 8:24 average pace

Wednesday - off

Thursday - 4 miles easy, then from miles 4 to 11 I spent the first 2 minutes of each mile at 10K effort (around 6:30 pace).  Overall average pace for the run was 7:42

Friday - 10 miles easy with 8 x 20 second strides, 8:14 average pace

Saturday - 17 miles, last 3 miles at marathon effort (6:54 pace).  Overall average pace was 7:47.

Sunday - 10 miles easy, 8:27 average pace

Weekly strength training workouts - 3

Week of February 12th - 75 miles

Monday - 2.5 mile warm up, 4 x 5 minutes at 10K effort (around 6:30 pace), with 3 minute jog recoveries between.  3.5 mile cool down for a total of 10 miles

Tuesday - 6 miles easy, 6 miles moderate effort (7:14 average pace for the moderate effort)

Wednesday - 5 miles easy at 8:35 average pace

Thursday - 4 miles easy warm up, 2 x 15 minutes at half marathon effort (6:44 pace) with 1 minute jog recovery between sets, 3.5 mile easy cool down

Friday - 9 miles easy at 8:27 average pace with 8 x 20 second strides at the end

Saturday - a bit of a rough long run!  My stomach wasn't feeling it but I got it done - 18 miles with 30 second accelerations at the beginning of each mile from miles 6 - 17.  Overall average pace was 7:56.

Post long run struggle!

Post long run struggle!

Sunday - 9 easy miles at 8:27 average pace

Weekly strength training workouts - 3

Overall I'm happy with my training so far.  I'm very much looking forward to getting off the treadmill and back outside!  My first 20 miler is this weekend and it's also time to start thinking of a goal time for the half marathon I am running at the end of March.

Below is a picture of my current shoe rotation - the Brooks Launch 5, the Adidas Boston 6, and the Brooks Ghost 10.  All three shoes are great for easy runs.  I tend to run my harder efforts in either the Launch 5 or Boston 6, but last week used the Ghost 10 for a moderate pace run and was surprised how much I liked it!  Not pictured is the Adidas Adios, which I used for serious speed work and races.  Now that I have over 200 miles on my Launch 5's I feel qualified to do a review, so look for that soon.

From left to right:  Brooks Launch 5, Adidas Boston 6, Brooks Ghost 10

From left to right:  Brooks Launch 5, Adidas Boston 6, Brooks Ghost 10

For those of you who are local, Run Strong Project is hosting a FREE 45 minute Strength Training for Runners class this coming Sunday, February 25th, at 9:30 a.m.!  There are still a few spots remaining in the class, so please join us!


And finally, thank you to everyone who reached out to me regarding my previous post.  It means a lot that you took the time to read it.