Weekly Recap: Marathon Training Week 1 (Sorta)

I usually post my training recaps on Sundays, but last Sunday was graduation, and between getting ready for it, sitting through it, and racing around from party to party, I was exhausted by the time we got home Sunday night. So you get a delayed recap.

In case you hadn’t gathered from my Twitter, Instagram, and recent blog posts, last week was the students’ last this year. Along with the usual last week of school craziness, our server crashed, adding an extra amount of stress. The good news is, though, that I got in a solid week of training.

Even though I won’t “officially” start training until after vacation, I followed Pete Pfitzinger’s Advanced Marathoning 18/70 plan for the week, since it was 18 weeks out from the race. My “real” training plan is a hybrid of this one and one from Greg McMillan’s You, Only Faster, but I wanted a more focused plan for last week.

The best part about the week was that it contained zero treadmill runs. I love my treadmill and all, but not as much as outdoor runs! I’m excited to take a little break from the ‘mill for the next few months.

I also finished the four-week Nike program I’d been doing. I liked it, and it was really convenient to do strength work in my basement during these super-busy last few weeks. … But I’m actually ready to get back into the gym to lift.  I know. I can’t believe it either. Rachel would be so proud.

Anyway, now that I’ve rambled on and on, here’s the recap:

Monday: Rest from running; 30-minute Nike Training Club full body workout plus some extra core work

Tuesday: AM: 45-minute NTC yoga workout
PM: 9.1 miles with 4 at tempo. I hadn’t done a tempo run since October. Holy cow am I out of tempo shape. This run hurt.

Wednesday: AM: 1-hour NTC full-body strength workout
PM: 5-mile recovery run. Nice and slow after Tuesday’s tempo.

Thursday: AM: 45-minute NTC full-body strength
PM: 11 miles easy

Friday: 7-mile fartlek run. It was finally light enough to get in my whole run outside before school. It was also the last day of school.Hello, sunrise runs. I've missed you.

Hello, sunrise runs. I’ve missed you.

Saturday: AM: 5-mile recovery run
PM: 45-minute NTC workout

Sunday: 17-mile pre-graduation long run. When I told J that I was exhausted at 8:30 that night, he pointed out that I had been going nonstop since 5:30 a.m. Oh. Good point, husband.

Totals: 54.1 miles run, 3ish hours strength/yoga

In other news, teachers had to go back to school yesterday and today, but now my desk looks like this:
photo 2 (6)which means I am done until August 8. Let’s ignore the fact that I brought home two boxes and two totes full of stuff to do over the summer. And the fact that I’m teaching a summer class at the community college. The important thing is that I’m done with school and leaving for vacation in TWO DAYS!

I’ll try to get a post up on Thursday, but if that doesn’t happen, rest assured that I have awesome guest posts scheduled for while I’m away. I’m super excited about them, so make sure you check back next week!

What was your week/weekend like? I’ve missed a lot of blog posts lately!

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7 thoughts on “Weekly Recap: Marathon Training Week 1 (Sorta)”

  1. Yay for no treadmill runs! I hope you have a WONDERFUL time on vacation my friend! I am sure it will be so relaxing for you, and we will all be waiting upon your return….as will your official training! 🙂

  2. Congrats on being done! And for an awesome week of training!!! I can’t believe you ran 17 miles and then went about your day to day, which included a graduation! :0 I still have 6 weeks until summer vacation….and I’m super excited for it!

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