This is right around the time that marathon training starts to get hard for me. Not because of the high mileage or difficulty of workouts, but because marathon training is pretty monotonous. Lots of easy runs, workouts that are more difficult for me mentally than physically and looooong runs. Don’t get me wrong, I love marathon training, but it is pretty boring when compared to training for cross country or track – where you get those lactic type workouts, the long runs are much shorter and run at a fast clip AND you get to race much for often!
I’m working hard on staying focused these last 7-8 weeks of marathon training and I know that it will all be worth it. I’m looking forward to my half marathon in 2 weeks because it will break up the training a bit and I cannot wait to see where I’m at after all of the hard work I’ve put in since my last half marathon in August.
I’ve also renewed my goal to do the little things that are important for my training. The second half of this week I made sure to do my hip flexibility & strengthening exercises, foam rolled a few times & used the Normatecs at work after my hard workout and started going to the chiropractor again. I want to get to race day strong and in the best shape of my life but also 100% healthy so I want to make sure prehab and recovery are very close to the top of my priority list.
Training Summary: 10/9/2017-10/15/2017
Monday – Rest Day [30 minutes NORMATEC]
Tuesday – 8 miles easy @ 7:33 pace
Wednesday – 10 miles easy @ 7:52 pace
Thursday – 12 mile workout [1 mile warm-up, 10x 1 mile repeats w/ 1 minute rest (5:46, 5:46, 5:46, 5:44, 5:41, 5:42, 5:42, 5:40, 5:39, 5:34), 1 mile cool-down]
+ 30 minutes NORMATEC
Friday – 9 miles easy @ 7:24 + adjustment at The Joint Chiropractic
Saturday – 18 mile long run @ 7:25 pace + foam rolling
Sunday – mini band exercises + 8 miles easy @ 8 minutes (on the treadmill)
TOTAL MILES: 65 miles