Marathon Training Recap: Week 9

9 weeks of training down, 9 weeks to go! Its hard to believe I’ve reached the halfway point of marathon training already. It’s exciting, but not going to lie, terrifying to think that in 9 short weeks I’ll be able to call myself a marathon runner (hopefully!). Ā I used the high I felt from my triathlon to jump right back into training this last week.

Here’s how the week went:

Monday – Rest Day

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Tuesday5.3 miles. Tuesday mornings are my weekly speed work sessions with the SBAA group. Today’s workout was 4×1 mile. Miles 1 and 3 at 5k pace (7:45) and Miles 2 and 4 about 60-90 seconds slower. Started with a 1 mile warmup and ended with a short cool down. Felt strong, but legs were still a little sore from Sunday’s tri.

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Wednesday4 easy-paced miles. This run has become a regular stroller run with T & C followed by playtime at the park. Running the last half mile back up shoreline hill felt harder than usual even at my “easy” pace. I was relieved when we reached the park for our post run playtime.

ThursdayHRT run – 6.7 miles. Ā I’ve really started to look forward to this weekly group run. It’s a great way to start the day and the best part is the beginning of the route goes right by my house. I love group runs, but they usually require getting in my car to drive to a meetup location. With this one all I have to do is roll out of bed, step outside and join up with the group as they are passing by my house.

Friday10 mile long run. I moved my long run to Friday so I could get it done and spend the rest of the weekend enjoying Easter activities with my family. I had 11 miles on the schedule, but my mother-in-law was watching the boys all morning and I had promised to be home by 2pm. I was already running late from work, so 10 was good enough. I’m grateful that I have a MIL so close who is always willing to watch the boys whenever we need. It takes a lot of stress out of training.

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Saturday – Shopping/rest day with the family.

Sunday4 easy-paced miles. I squeezed this one in between church and our family Easter hunt/dinner while the boys napped.

Total mileage for the week: 30

I feel good about where I’m at. I’m not pushing too hard and exhausting myself like I’ve done in the past and I *think* I’m finally starting to put a good nutrition plan in place. This week my mileage takes a big jump up to 40.

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter!

How do you fit in training with family activities/holidays?

Happy training!

XO

Christina

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