I'll never be able to catch up on the past two years, so I'll just start with where I am at now. I'm training for marathon number two, and with a little more than three weeks to go till race time I am starting to feel the pre race jitters. Training hasn't gone completely as planned (does it ever?), but I am feeling pretty good after a couple kick butt training runs at some pretty solid paces. Of course my treadmill broke about a week and a half ago which I know this is going to cause me to miss some runs, but I just need to get in what I can at this point. I am really going to focus on my key runs the next couple of weeks, which include speed work, tempo, and my longest long run of this training session. I had my most solid tempo run last week of 8 miles with 5 miles that I ended up running much faster than my half marathon pace (splits of 7:12, 6:55, 6:47, 6:51, 6:48). That was such a confidence booster because most of my tempo/speed work had been done on the treadmill.
This week includes 8 miles with 4x1200@ 5k pace with 600-800m of recovery and a long run of 20 miles. I also have a couple of 6 mile runs on the schedule and I am hoping I will fit in 4 runs, but will be happy with 3.
Here is the quick strength training workout I got in yesterday:
I completed each exercise for 50 seconds with a 10 second rest before moving on to the next completed 3x through.
Barbell Shoulder Press
Followed by a Tabata of:
High Knees/Spring in Place
20 Seconds on 5 Seconds Rest completed 4x through.
I've been trying to supplement marathon training with 2-3x weekly full body strength training. Enough to keep in shape, but not be super sore for my runs!
I'll leave you with a photo of my two little ladies who are now 6 and 4, crazy huh?!
1st day of first grade for Devin!
Anyone else training for a race? If so what distance?
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