Why yes, I AM writing my training from last week despite being halfway through this week already! Last week marked 12 weeks to go until the Spinx Marathon here in Greenville, SC and I belatedly decided to chronicle my training for it. Sure, in part this is so I can shamelessly plug my blog on the Greenville Track Club’s Facebook page (hey, y’all!), but I also thought it might be fun to have something more than just my training log to look back on for future marathons so I can see all the things I did wrong. So, last week went something like this:
Monday: 14 miles with 8 miles progression. I didn’t progress perfectly, but the effort was there with splits going from 8:30 down to holding under 6:45 for the final three miles.
Tuesday: 8 miles easy
Wednesday: Let me tell you how embarrassing it is to start my marathon training series with a big fat FAIL. The track workout was to be 2×3200 and then an all-out mile at the end. I made it through the first 3200 in 12:56 (6:28 pace), did a mile in a complete jog of 6:50 and then…I quit. I quit! Who even am I? Well, in the moment, I was a VERY exhausted person who’d been building up mileage without having stepped back on the quality work. I am still frustrated with myself for not finishing the workout (and my coach was none-too-pleased either), but the reality is that I needed to fail so I would remember that trying to maintain 5k training intensity during marathon training is a recipe for disaster. It still stings the ego, though. 5 miles
Thursday: 10 miles easy
Friday: 8 miles fartlek. Kept it loosely formatted, because I take the “play” part of “speed-play” very seriously.
Saturday: 8 miles easy
Sunday: 17 miles at about 8:30 pace. Getting in that time on my feet, ya know.
Total: 70 miles.
In the 12 weeks since the Cleveland Marathon, I’ve averaged just over 50 miles a week with easily the fastest, most consistently strong workouts I’ve ever done which netted me a bunch of new short-distance PRs. But, it’s time to shift gears and get ready to roll come October 31st. Stay tuned!