Today ends the first three weeks of marathon training for the Rim Rock Marathon. I’ve been trying very hard to not compare this training cycle to that of the PDX Marathon last year. I was in a completely different situation at that point in my life, and was able to dedicate the time needed to successfully meet the expectations I placed on myself. But it’s hard to NOT compare when that season produced an 8 minute PR! Still, I am telling myself to just do what feels right.
That said, I had low mileage for the first two weeks of training. I was hoping for low to mid-40’s, but time was not on my side for that to have happened. I decided that they probably would have been “junk” miles anyway, so, not to worry. At least I was able to get in my speed workouts and long runs.
Tuesday: 5 miles/9:00 pace
Wednesday: 7 miles (400, 600, 800, 800, 600, 400)
Friday: 3 miles/8:35 pace (am); 5 miles/8:29 pace (pm)
Saturday: 16 miles/8:44 pace
Total: 36 miles
Monday: 5 miles/8:00 pace
Tuesday: 6 miles (3×800-3:08, 3:08, 3:10)
Wednesday: 4 miles/9:11 pace
Thursday: 4 miles/8:59 pace
Saturday: 17 miles/9:16 pace (trail run)
Total: 36 miles
For the third week of training, I was finally satisfied with my weekly total. My speed work was more than what I had hoped! The 18-mile long run was supposed to have included 10 miles at marathon pace (~8:15), though I approached it with the goal of 5 miles, given how tired my legs felt. Miles 8-12 looked like this: 8:11, 8:08, 8:04, 7:51, 7:43. More of a progressive pace system. But then, in mile 14-18, I had some decent pacing to finish the run: 8:05, 8:28, 8:26, 8:37, 8:05. Not a bad way to end an 18-miler after the faster mid-miles!
Monday: 4 mile run/8:01 pace/15 mile bike
Tuesday: 8 miles/8:32 pace
Wednesday: 7 miles (4×800-3:10, 3:09, 3:07, 3:01)
Friday: 6 miles/8:19 pace
Saturday: 18 miles/8:29 pace
Sunday: 5 miles/8:40 pace
Total: 48 miles
In the second quarter, my goal is to increase my mileage to be closer to 60 by the end of week 6. My mid-week runs will get longer, and I’ll hit a 20+ miler.
But, I still need to register! And, Rim Rock limits its field to keep it a small and quaint race.
Speaking of registering, this is BOSTON REGISTRATION WEEK!!! I am having to wait until Friday to register, but I don’t think the field will be full by the end of the week. I would be thrilled to run Boston again!