Marathon Training Week 7

Date

Scheduled Run

Actual Workout

Sunday, 8/28/11 Rest Day Absolutely nothing! Happy Birthday to me!! 
Monday, 8/29/11 4 mile run One day after the hurricane and I figured the trails would be muddy so the gym it was. 4 miles on the treadmill. 
Tuesday, 8/30/11 7 mile run 4.6 miles around MHC in the morning after work and later in the day 3.5ish miles around the reservoir for a total of a little over 8 miles. 
Wednesday, 8/31/11 4 mile run 4 miles 
Thursday, 9/1/11 Rest Day 50 minute hike with Carlos 
Friday, 9/2/11 6 mile run 6 miles 
Saturday, 9/3/11 12 miles 12 miles 

Total mileage this week = 34 miles

This was a great training week. The weather was perfect for running. I was really excited about running this week. I felt good. There was absolutely nothing standing in my way of having great runs this week.

My long run went off as planned this week. However, I get bored circling the reservoir more than two times. So I decided that I would head up to the bike trail in Hadley. I parked and ran toward Amherst College on the trail. I got off the trail and ran past Amherst College to UMass. I purposely didn’t look at my Garmin until I reached UMass because I wanted to be surprised by how far I had gone. Oh the psychological games I play!

I entered the UMass campus (my alma mater!) and I was surprised alright, but not by how far I had gone. I was stunned to look down and see that I had only run about 4.6 miles. It certainly felt like more. I ran through campus and then trekked along a back road which would eventually take me back to the bike trail. I came upon a tag sale and a lemonade stance. I couldn’t resist making a donation to the adorable kids running the stand. The sun was beaming and the humidity was increasing as I chugged along so the lemonade tasted like gold at that point. I chatted with the children’s mom for a bit and then started out again. I was nearing 9 miles and I knew that I would have no trouble making it the rest of the way.

Since I hadn’t actually planned the route I was pleasantly surprised that it was almost exactly 12 miles back to my car. I had to run about .20 past my car and then back to hit 12 miles on the button. I did it! Overall it was a good run. I started out pretty strong, not fast, but steady and at a comfortable pace. My legs got really achy around mile 6. They felt pretty tight the rest of the way. I attribute that to running 6 miles the day before and not adequately stretching. Lesson learned!

The week ahead will bring a little less running, no double digit run, and an exciting trip for two at the end of the week.

Happy Labor Day!

4 thoughts on “Marathon Training Week 7

  1. First of all, happy belated birthday! And thanks for your encouragment for me to break a sub 30 5k – I think I start out too slow for fear that I can’t keep up the pace – I might try it on a treadmill just to prove to myself I can do it, then translate that to outside. 😀

    1. I think that starting out slow is best. I used to really loathe the treadmill, but I’ve grown to like it once in a while especially for increasing my speed. Give it a try and let me know how it goes. Isn’t it strange to actually “want” to run?! I never imagined I would feel this way.

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