I am also posting on DailyMile, but everything (and more!) will be posted here as well. This "Marathon Training" series is an experiment for me both in fitness and in blogging, as I am going to go into more detail than in previous training cycles, now documented on my NEW Training page.
Last Week in Review:
Here is the original schedule from last week and my comments/modifications.
Overall, it's going okay. I still have not missed any workouts. 13 more weeks to keep that streak as best I can, though! The long run part still isn't easy, but what I've been noticing is that the last few miles have been my strong points, and maybe that's a good thing for races. I am convinced that the Vega Optimizer is helping me on my runs, as I have been carrying my water bottle with me, which slows me down. Still, I am coming in at a pace that is nearly a minute faster than prescribed... though I feel like I am running soooo slow as it is (especially in the early miles).
Week of Aug 1 (Week 3)
Monday - jog 40 minutes (followed by pushups and abs work that left me sore for 2 days)
Tuesday - cross-train 30 minutes (elliptical and then added upper body strength)
Wednesday - 10 x 400 m (.25 mi), 2:05-2:15 pace (about 7.2-7.4 mph) (did 10 at 2:00 pace)
Thursday - cross-train 30 minutes or rest (cycled for half an hour with some squats after)
Friday - cross-train 30 minutes (just did 30 min elliptical and rushed to work)
Saturday - 11 mi 10:40-11:20 pace (about 5.2-5.5 mph) (9:56 pace... )
This week's schedule is very similar to last week's, except a couple more speed repeats on Wednesday and a couple more miles on Saturday (I said the same thing last week :/). The weekend long run is half-marathon length! Aggggh! I'm not sure if I can say that I am more confident about this or not. I STILL feel slow and STILL find the workouts harder than they probably are supposed to be. Plus, I looked ahead at the schedule (tsk, tsk!) and got intimidated by the second phase of training (Stamina phase).
Week of Aug 8 (Week 4)
Monday - jog 40 minutes
Tuesday - cross-train 30 minutes
Wednesday - 12 x 400 m (.25 mi), 2:05-2:15 pace (about 7.2-7.4 mph)
Thursday - cross-train 40 minutes or rest
Friday - cross-train 30 minutes
Saturday - 13 mi 10:40-11:20 pace (about 5.2-5.5 mph)
How is everyone's Fall race training coming along? What Fall races are you doing/thinking of doing?
To be continued...