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…the first quarter of marathon training


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.

Week 1
Monday: rest
Tuesday: 5 miles/9:00 pace
Wednesday: 7 miles (400, 600, 800, 800, 600, 400)
Thursday: rest
Friday: 3 miles/8:35 pace (am); 5 miles/8:29 pace (pm)
Saturday: 16 miles/8:44 pace
Sunday: rest

Total: 36 miles

Week 2
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
Friday: rest
Saturday: 17 miles/9:16 pace (trail run)
Sunday: rest

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!

Week 3
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)
Thursday: rest
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!


3 thoughts on “…the first quarter of marathon training

  1. 48 miles is 77 K. There is no week in my life that I’ve run 77 K, or anything close to it. Half that is doing very well indeed. And that pace!! No wonder you are so fit! Are you fit because of the pace, or is the pace because you are fit? Hmmmm.

    Didn’t Boston sell out in a few hours last year? I remember there was a bit of blogosquawk about it.

    • Yes, yes it did. Even I squawked about it. I’m just being optimistic that with the new rolling registration system, there will still be availability by the time Friday 10 am EST comes around. 🙂

  2. awesome 18 miler so early in the cycle. you are going to run faster than 8:15 pace, this is a given. i like the ‘go with what feels right’, it is what we need to do when running can’t be our nr. 1 priority. i’ll be at boston, hope you get in!

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