With this week done I’m 25% of the way through marathon training. 😳 That feels a bit scary. Even though each day or week of training seems daunting and long, when I think about where I want to be for race day I feel like I need more time. Both the McMillan Running Calculator and Run Less, Run Faster’s Race Prediction chart put a 3:35 and change marathon as possibility based on my recent half marathon performance. I’m not ready to say that that’s where I’ll be or what my goal will be come October, but I am going to use that as my goal to determine my training paces.
Week 4 Recap: July 18 – 24
Monday: Plan: 4M Recovery – Actual: 4M @9:34
Tuesday: Plan: 5×1000 @6:45-7:06 pace (400 RI) – Actual: 1.3M w/u, 5x1000m @7:08 (2 min RI) 1.2M c/d – I didn’t check my plan before my run and thought the recovery was timed instead of a distance. Whoops! I was also slightly outside my pace range. One thing I’ve noticed on my gym treadmills is that my actual pace always ends up 1 or 2 seconds slower than what it says I’m running at. I wouldn’t say these felt easy, but I definitely felt like I was ready to move down in the pace range and still be able to complete all of them.
Wednesday: Plan: Easy 6 – Actual: 5M @9:15
Thursday: Plan: 1M E, 4M @7:38, 1M E – Actual: 1M w/u @8:47, 4M (7:37, 7:37, 7:38, 8:00), 1M c/d @8:50 – I feel like I really struggle with the mental part of running hard paces on the treadmill. After the 3rd tempo mile I was ready to be done, but instead of totally quitting I dialed back the pace. Somewhat of a win.
Saturday: Like a lot of the midwest and eastern part of the U.S. we’ve been hit by a hot and humid heat wave. Last week’s humidity got the best of me and I ended up not doing my Goal Marathon Pace miles at the end of my long run and I wanted to re-attempt them this week. Sunday was forecast to be 5-10 degrees cooler and slightly less humid early on so I moved my run.
Sunday: Plan: 15M @8:57 – Actual: 15M @8:52 with the last 5 at GMP Splits: (9:04, 9:09, 8:30, 10:40, 10:28, 8:38, 8:40, 8:16, 9:25, 8:26, 8:04, 8:11, 8:05, 8:16, 7:54)- I met up with 3 of the same runners I’ve run with the past 2 weeks. They were planning a 5:15am start time in order to beat the brunt of the heat. This meant a 4am wake up for me which was something of a small miracle. I don’t think I’ve seen 4am since the newborn days of my youngest and about 10 minutes after getting up I started thinking this had been a bad decision! Luckily my coffee started to kick in and I was greeted with this beautiful moon and sunrise:
They had planned a route through a few different trails I’d never been on. There’s only 1 trail I’ve run on routinely and it’s pretty rocky and rooted, which I don’t love. These trails were almost totally smooth and the scenic views and lack of traffic were huge plusses. The good company, and the fact that I had NO idea where we were at any point, really helped the time pass quickly.
We were even greeted with a majestic deer in a field off of a trail. The picture clearly doesn’t do him justice, but he was so beautiful grazing in the field and then staring back at us as we all admired him.
The actual running part of my run was okay. Maybe it’s the heat, maybe it’s ramping up my weekly mileage, but I feel like my long runs have felt much harder than I’d expect. After splitting off from the rest of the group after 10 miles I was determined to attempt my GMP miles again. They were hard, as I would expect GMP miles to be at the end of a long run, but I didn’t feel like I was dying or couldn’t complete them. Hurray! It was a great way to end the run and the week. And the best part was that I was DONE with my long run by 7:45!! Even though waking up at 4am was painful, being able to be done and have the whole entire day ahead of me was really nice.
Weekly Total: 36 miles
Are you an early morning riser?
Do you prefer roads or trails or a combo?