starting a full marathon training program on July 18th. The goal? Get as close to 4 hours as possible. Beyond (hopefully) keeping my Daily Mile updated, I have decided to document the process here on the blog under the tag "sbtraining."
For anyone running a marathon in November, you can follow along with me if you'd like! I am going to offer my Google calendar in these posts so we can all keep up! I can also post some variations for people aiming for up to a 5-hour marathon. :)
This month, my running has been quite... sorry. :( I'm lucky if I get in 15 miles a week (sometimes 10!), and that's mainly because I've been doing other cardio (e.g., elliptical). After giving blood last week, I'm finally feeling like myself again and managed to run a few times this week!
I know it's important for me to maintain at least SOME base mileage before beginning the program, no matter how much experience I should have by now. I want to rest/take a break from running, but I don't want to set myself up for failure.
After today's workout, especially, I feel more confident to begin anew in a few weeks. I have detailed it below:
.5 mi, around the parking lot of the gym (my gym is not in a good area, so I try not to run around here much)
10 x .25 mi intervals, 2:00 pace (7.5 mph or 8 min/mi). In between, I walked .15 mi at 3.6-3.7 mph)
The max number of repeats in the program is ~16 (ranging from 2:00-2:15 pace / 7.3 to 7.5 mph).
I have decided that due to the hot summer ahead, I will do what I can on the treadmill. Although the gym is almost as hot and stuffy as the outside, I don't like burning my skin so much. Obviously, the runs that are too long for me to savor on the "dreadmill" will be done outside, heat or not. (I once did an 18-miler is 90+ degree heat.) I'd love to hear your thoughts about treadmills, heat, and speed workouts on treadmills!
For other records of my workouts in this blog, you can click HERE and HERE. However, for this round of training for the Santa Barbara Marathon, I will be more detailed and offer my own insights and tips around this training program.