Hartford Marathon Training Week 2

I’m in the midst of marathon training week 3 and it’s still going great. Oh and before I forget since this is mostly a running blog I really need to mention this, but if you’re squeamish skip to the next paragraph. After 7 years of running I have finally lost a toenail, the whole thing! It was gnarly, didn’t hurt a bit thankfully and oddly enough there was some semblance of a new toenail underneath. As proud as I was deep down I was also that ashamed to show my feet in public so I hid them in closed toed shoes all day. I am too embarrassed to get a pedicure, but I might have to swallow my pride because I refuse to hide my feet all summer. I love flip flops far too much!

Here’s a look at week 2 of Hartford Marathon Training:

I’m sticking with the same recommended paces as last week, but Map My Run is set to only tell my my time so I don’t actually know my pace until the end of the run. I’m not chasing the unicorn yet.

Recovery runs: 10:00-11:00 pace

Easy runs: 9:45-10:30 pace

Steady state runs: 9:15-9:45 pace (just do moderate effort up Skinner Mountain)

Stride workouts: 25 seconds at 8:30 pace building to 7:30 pace

  • Monday, 6/15 – 40-50 easy run or OFF

I ran 5.06 miles in 51:41 for an average pace of 10:12 min/mile. 

  • Tuesday, 6/16 – 45 to 60 minute Recovery Run

I ran 6.01 miles in 1:02:52 at an average pace of 10:28 min/mile.

  • Wednesday, 6/17 – 60 to 75 minute Pace Booster Run: Run 20 or 30 minutes at Steady State Pace in the middle of the run (Up skinner mountain for example)

Rough day…Carlos woke up at 2:30 which is rare. He climbed into bed with us and I was left with about an inch of bed. Needless to say I didn’t sleep very well the rest of the night until about oh 6am. I begrudgingly dragged myself out of bed at 6:30. Somehow I managed to also drag my tired bum up Skinner Mountain. I ended up running a total of 5.66 miles in 1:01:56 at an average pace of 10:57 min/mile.

  • Thursday, 6/18 – Off of Yoga

I worked the overnight shift at the hospital on Wednesday. So between having a terrible night sleep the night before and working all night I was completely off in more ways than one on Thursday. I pretty much snacked throughout the day. Despite my best intentions I did not do yoga or anything else for that matter. I was exhausted!

  • Friday, 6/19 – 45 to 60 minute Recovery Run or Cross train

I ran 5.66 miles in 57:02 at an average pace of 10:04 min/mile. 

I am still on cloud 9 when I think about the race. It really was an incredible experience. Check out the race video

  • Sunday, 6/21 – 45 to 60 minute Recovery Run or Cross train

Nope! Nada! Nothing!! My legs felt fine, but I took the day off anyway. It was raining like crazy all morning. Thank you mother nature for not raining on Saturday. I cannot imagine navigating those trails all wet and muddy.

We went to breakfast for Father’s Day then visiting family. My afternoon was consumed with cleaning the refrigerator and grocery shopping. Damn housekeeper didn’t show up – again!

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