Marathon Training Week 3

Sunday, July 31, 2011 – Rest Day
Monday, August 1, 2011 – 5 miles
Tuesday, August 2, 2011 – Walked about 4 miles a friend then did 2 miles in under 20 minutes. Swapped out the 5 mile run I was supposed to do today and did the 5 miles yesterday. Today should have been 3 miles but I figured that the walk more than compensated for the mile that I missed with the run.
Wednesday, August 2, 2011 – 5 miles
Thursday, August 3, 2011 – 3 miles
Friday, August, 4, 2011 – Rest Day
Saturday, August 5, 2011 – unintentional Rest Day

When I planned out my training calendar it was important to account for flexibility. This week was a perfect example of how to maintain training momentum amidst unplanned events. I flip flopped runs at the beginning of the week simply because that is what worked best for that particular day. My 5 mile run on Wednesday was horrible. My legs felt really heavy and tired. On Thursday, I took my run inside at the gym so that I could do some strength training as well. My planned long run on Saturday did not happen because I wanted to spend time with my grandmother at the hospital and also needed to sleep before work.

All winter I did strength training 2-3 times a week. I was feeling really strong and fit. It recently dawned on me that I have only done scattered strength training for the past few months. Now that the weather is nicer I prefer to be outdoors. I haven’t thought about going to the gym just to strength train. I am going to try to incorporate at least two days of weights or some other form of strength training activity like yoga, Pilates or Boot Camp.

So far I am really happy with my marathon training. I realize I have started about a month earlier than necessary, but I needed the structure. We will see how this week goes now that Carlos is done with day camp. I will have to get creative in order to sneak in my runs.

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