Week 6 of marathon training was so much better than week 5! I stayed healthy, and we were able to have a pretty relaxing second half of my winter break. I was excited to close out 2015 and began 2016! Here is the overview of the week – what I had planned vs. what I actually did.
And here is the detailed rundown!
Monday: Rest Day.
Tuesday: Strength Training – 21 Day Fix: Dirty 30. It’s been a while since I’ve done Dirty 30 and wow! It definitely works the entire body. I was sore for a couple of days!
Wednesday: Speedwork – 4 x 1600m w/ 800m recovery + WU/CD [7 miles total / 56:10]. So much better than last week’s mile repeats! I did the same workout as before, and my splits when I wasn’t feeling great last time were 7:23, 7:28, 7:50 and 7:38. On this day they were 7:09, 7:09, 7:09, and 7:07. I have no idea how I was so consistent but it felt great, even in the rain! My goal range is 7:09-7:24 so I was super happy and this definitely restored my confidence.
Thursday: Easy Run – 3 miles / 27:20. I finished 2015 with an easy run on New Years Eve! While I was out there I thought a lot about this past year and my goals for next year, especially my marathons. I spent half of the year pregnant and the other half coming back from that. What a ride it’s been! I had to wear last year’s Myrtle Beach half marathon shirt to get myself excited for training in the new year!
Friday: Resolution 5K + WU/CD [5 miles total]. This was my first time racing a 5K in a year and a half! I didn’t get a new PR but I was really happy with my time of 22:49. This race took the place of my tempo run for the week, and it was a great way to kick off a new year with family and friends. You can read my full recap here.
Saturday: Easy Run – 2 miles / 18:35 + Yoga for Runners. Just an easy 2 mile run to shake out some post-race soreness followed by the Yoga for Runners youtube video that I love. It always leaves me feeling nice and loose!
Sunday: Long Run – 16 miles / 2:24:51. My longest run since my last marathon back in March 2014! I’m not going to lie, I was pretty nervous for this run. I was hoping my body would be able to handle this distance okay, and my mind too! I ran the first 4 miles alone and then met up with two friends to do the next 9 miles. After we parted ways I finished the last 3 by myself. I really loved getting to chat with them in the middle, and it was nice to be able to break the run up that way. Best of all, I felt really good afterwards. It is so exciting to get back to these distances!
Week 6 Totals:
- Run: 33 miles
- Strength Training/Cross Training: 1 strength workout, 1 yoga workout, lots of foam rolling and stretching.
My successes this week were doing all of my key workouts, easy runs and supplemental workouts like strength training and yoga as planned. Yeah! For the last five weeks I’ve had to shuffle my days around quite a bit, so this feels like a big accomplishment. I also felt strong in every single run this week. I am proud of myself for continuing to make time to do my foam rolling and stretching routine. My challenge this week would probably be not fitting in another strength workout. Ideally I’d like to do 2 a week. My goal for the upcoming week is to try to do that, and to try my best to keep up with my schedule as I head back to work.
The thought of the week. So important to remember, especially as my training gets more and more challenging!
What a great week of training to kick off a brand new year!
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