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MARATHON Training WK10 & 11 - Peak Training!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Man, the mileage these last two weeks has been pretty crazy but I am hanging in there! Last year during the peak mileage time I was burnt out pretty much, it also did not help last year that I was in the middle of moving and buying a house whereas this year there are far less distractions going on. I am proud to say that I did every single training run as ordered by my Hal Higdon traing chart which is a beautiful thing. When I originally started training I was not too sure if the Intermediate 2 program was right for me since there are so many more training runs involved than my plan from last year. This time around I have 4 training runs of 20 miles which seems crazy to me. But what I have learned is that you take each run day by day and that the more you run the faster you are and this year I am seeing that in action. I did not want to put a time goal on my marathon completion because it seemed rather scary to put it out there but face it, much like everyone else I know, I want to finish in under 4 hours or at 4 hours. My first marathon which was a slightly longer distance of 26.4 and yes that 0.2 still bugs the crap out of me was finished in 4 hours and 6 minutes. I think that it it fairly reasonable to knock off 6 minutes of my time. We shall see but after my long run of 20 miles last week I am starting to feel really confident about this race!

The weather is still so cold in RI and I cannot stand it! I am looking forward to nice spring time weather but it hasn't happened yet. This week it is supposed to snow yet again, I am so over it seriously. I cannot wait to run in actual sunny mid temp weather, soon I hope!

My nutrition this year is seemingly better than my eating last year around this time during training but the scale has not been so nice. This week being my scale back week I am going to make an extra effort to really stick with clean eating and not overdo it. Perhaps muscle? Wishful thinking I must say, I just need to clean up my diet and control my portions better.

Anyhow, rather random blog but it is Monday, I feel well rested today and ready to take on the week which is a positive thing!

Monday - 9 mile pace run, treadmill, 6.5 mph
Tuesday - 4M run outside, 38:28, 9.57mins per mile
Wednesday - 4M run 7mph
Thursday - 9M run, 1:23:36, 9.26mins per mile
Friday - gym day
Saturday - 19M run outside, 9.16 mins per mile
Sunday - OFF

Monday - 10M treadmill run, 6.7mph
Tuesday - 5M outside, 43:25, 8.65mins per mile
Wednesday - 5M run treadmill, 42:52
Thursday - 10M run outside, 1:29:11, 8.9mins per mile
Friday - gym day
Saturday - 20M, 2:59:56 YESSSSS! 8.99mins per mile!
Sunday - OFF

Long run this week...12M, I am chilling!!!
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    You are really doing awesome! I am so thrilled for you. You are such a competitor that I know you are going to do well.
    1445 days ago
  • BUTTERFLY-1976
    Your doing Awesome!! I have no doubt that you'll make your race goal!!

    Enjoy your scale back week. They are the best!!

    1457 days ago
    More running and especially more long runs definitely make you faster and also more prepard. The more time you have on your feet during training, the easier the actual marathon will be.

    I took 6 or 7 minutes off of my time from Marathon #1 and Marathon #2, so it is totally do-able (our times are very similar; marathon #1 I finished in 4:01 or something similar).

    Sorry about the weather. I feel for pretty much everyone else that is not in Florida!
    1458 days ago
    You should be PROUD!!! This is great - sticking to the plan has proved me right last year... Like you I am going for a repeat... and it will lead us to success AGAIN!

    I just finished week 9 Hal Higdon 26.2 (I really admire your perseverance and commitment to the plan - I have to switch one of my run to a cross because of the weather in "Northern" Ontario - still feels like winter with lots of snow and ice)...
    I was looking back at my training log this morning to realize that 9 weeks ago a long run was 13k... now it is more than double that distance!

    Don't worry too much about the weight... Food is fuel! You are doing fantastic - keeping the BIG picture in mind.

    Thanks for sharing with us - you are a great source of inspiration - I will think of you in the next couple of week when I will tackle my long runs like you just did!

    1458 days ago
    Realize if you are using your GPS watch to measure your distance - they ARE NOT Accurate. They are only allowed to access the satellite every I believe 10 seconds - so if you ever enlarge your route that the watch down loads to the computer you will see you cutting corners...turn arounds are terrible. Don't stress 0.2 tenths.
    1458 days ago
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