So proud of me last week! I was hoping to do better than what I had planned for, but considering that I DID complete my scheduled miles I should be happy. Little pat in the back for me! I already posted about my 3 weekday runs, all completed while on vacation, good girl! That was Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 3 miles each day. Saturday was my long run! First time meeting my running group at 6 am, yawn! It was so hot and humid, but I completed my scheduled 10 miles. It actually started pouring right at the end, which was refreshing! 

 I know it’s quite a slow pace, but I did push! My goal was not to let me hit the 15 minute mile and I did it! Can’t wait to get faster though. So I really need to keep up with my training and hopefully it will happen. I also have this theory that if I drop 20 pounds I will drop 2 minutes as well. One minute per 10 pounds, makes sense right? So I need to start eating a little healthier, because summer time is ice cream time and I do love me some ice cream. And I’m not talking a little indulgence once in a while (which is not a bad thing) I’m more the girl that grabs a pint and a spoon daily, don’t judge me!

Was really hoping to add a fourth day to my training schedule, but I did not wake up early today. So this week is planned as follows:

Monday:Rest, Tuesday:4miles, Wednesday:4miles, Thursday:4miles, Friday:Rest, Saturday:12miles, Sunday:Rest

Four miles before work are going to be hard to accomplish, but I will give it a try. Also wondering if I can add a short run on Sunday. I’ve been reading so many training plans, but I still can’t figure out if it is more important to Rest before or after the Long Run. It seems like both are important? With my schedule it is best to make Friday my Rest Day, right before the Long Run, but should/could I add an easy run on Sunday?

14 thoughts on “#MarathonMonday

  1. Nice work on hitting all your training runs! In my previous training cycles, I’ve rested 2 days before my long run with an easier paced medium distance the day before (compared to what your long run is) then listened to my body for the day after but usually do an easier/shorter run the day after. This training cycle I’m doing a rest day the day after my long runs. For me, I think the day after is more important than the day before. I think it can be good to do long runs on tired legs… Sometimes!! It makes it feel more like your legs will actually feel come race day! Hope that makes sense!

  2. I usually rest after longer runs. This allows my legs to be ready for the next week. You can do a shorter one on Friday, although I like that plan you have. Make sure to take a nice walk on Friday. Don’t burn yourself out.

  3. If you rest the day before your long run, you’ll be nice and fresh and get a good run. You’ll want a short run the day after your long one to help with lactic acid buildup and soreness. But,as you can see, it’s all a matter of personal preference,so see what works best for you. A lot of plans want you to run short then long then rest… still, up to you. 🙂
    On a different note, I think you did great and I love the app you use! Which is it?

  4. Defintely personal preference is the key – do what feels right. If you want to add a run then run it. I remember reading an article that questioned the relevance of feeling refreshed before a run while training. From what I have learnt (and what I am trying to implement myself) if you want to run but feel that you have to recover, then do an easy run – which means, at a distance you regularly run and at 120% your race pace. – it’s slow but you can satisfy your running addictions AND know that you are still going to recover for your next training session.

    I am also trying to fit in more days of running in my training plan (I think I need to start existing on 18 hour days, so I can add 2 extra days to my calendar week

  5. My coaches recommend a recovery run the day after a long run. What they define it as is 30 minutes of running at an easy pace that feels good for your body (no set pace). I personally like recovery runs because it helps me from getting stiff.

  6. Great job! It is unbelievably hard training in the summer and I have noticed that my minutes per mile are reflecting that. We just gotta keep with our training plans. While wiping off buckets of sweat my thoughts wander to “How cool race day will be this fall”. 🙂

  7. Great running Andrea.

    I’d be very careful about upping your mileage as you suggest. A 25% increase to each of your runs is massive and most likely to lead to injury or depress your motivation as your body struggles to recover from the big increase.

    I suggest you focus on how much time you spend running rather than miles.

    If I were writing a plan for you here’s what I’d suggest you do:
    – Do easy paced runs of 45-mins on Tuesday & Thursday.
    – Do a faster paced 30-min run on Wednesday to push your fitness up.
    – Keep Monday & Friday as rest days.

    Then on the weekend limit your long run to 2-2hr30. Running longer than that has very little physiological benefit and will mentally wear you down as, doing those for the next three months, you’ll begin to dread doing them every weekend.

    In about mid-Sept, do a 1-hr run on the other weekend day and keep your 2hr30 run in there. That way you start to accumulate more miles over those two days and one of them is run in a fatigued state which will be much better than trying to run for 3-4hours in one go. Knowing that you only have to do about 4-6 of those runs will feel more manageable.

    What I’m suggesting there is about 4-5 hours of running and is a decent amount by the standards of most runners. Don’t be afraid to have little walk breaks in any of your runs as it is about time on feet and as the weeks go by and you get fitter, you’ll see yourself eliminate them.

    Staying motivated is about being linked to your goal. You’ve got about 13 weeks left to train and running four times per week that’s about 50 opportunities to improve your fitness and condition yourself for 26.2 miles. Seize every one of those opportunities. This is your marathon – don’t let other things get in the way of getting out for those runs. Likely life circumstances will prevent you from grabbing every one but let’s see how many you can manage. I reckon if you can manage over 40 you’ll be in great shape to run.

    Good luck!

    1. Thank you! Yes the long run mileage is a bit intimidating! That’s coming from my running group. Since we run out and back I can always turn around earlier. Other programs don’t have me running that far at least until September. Thank you, thank you!

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