Sunday, October 9, 2011

Marathon Training: Week 13

If you're following along, here is the THIRTEENTH week of training according to the 4 Months to a 4-Hour Marathon book.  The paces below are specifically for the 4-hour goal.  If anyone would like the paces for 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, or 5:00, I can start posting them alongside my plan if you let me know.

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, documented on my Training page.

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Last Week in Review:

Here is the original schedule from last week and my comments/modifications.

This marks the end of three months of training... 1 more to go!  However, this weekend, I was supposed to run a half-marathon, which was postponed until January.  Long story, I guess.  But anyway, the original schedule called for 10 miles for a long run, which I completely blew off.  In spite of that, I was fatigued/sleepy most of the weekend, and really, I just didn't feel like running at all.

I am a little scared that these past few "lazy" days are going to set back my efforts, but the book DOES say that if I am tired, I should rest instead of run.  I kept hoping that I'd plug in the 10-miler sometime, but I really didn't have the will to do it.

Why no will?  Perhaps it's the changing seasons (we have like 30-degree fluctuations each day!).  Perhaps my inability to take time off from work + training is finally biting me in the behind.  

Week of Oct 3 (Week 12)
Monday - jog 40 minutes
Tuesday - cross-train 30 minutes <--- 30 min Jacob's ladder
Wednesday - 7 mi at 8:45-8:50/mi <-- this was tough, but I held it together!
Thursday - jog 30 minutes or rest <-- rested
Friday - rest
Saturday - 45 min Bar Method Body video (though since the below happened, I was supposed to do 10 mi)
Sunday - 13.1, Camarillo Half-Marathon <-- postponed race, so I... you guessed it... rested

This Week:


I am NOT planning on trying to make up the 10 miles I missed this weekend, but if anything, I will not be "resting" on Monday as this week has dictated.

This is another step-back week for me, as Week 14 will feature the BIG run, so let's just forget about that for now! =P  Usually, when a run is under 15 miles, I don't need gel, and when no gel is needed, that's always a good thing (as I am running out of them)!

These tempo runs are scary... will I totally blow this program if I can't pull all of them off at that pace???!

Week of Oct 10 (Week 13)
Monday - rest
Tuesday - cross-train 30 minutes
Wednesday - 8 mi at 8:45-8:50/mi
Thursday - jog 30 minutes or rest
Friday - rest
Saturday - 14 mi at 10:40-11:10 pace
Sunday - rest

How long is "long enough" to use gels, in your opinion?

To be continued...

2 comments:

  1. I've read that Sept/Oct and March/April are hard months for some people because of the drastic changes in light each day. So, maybe you're just particularly vulnerable to it, and it zaps your energy!

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  2. I feel you on the motivation issue with running. I've been struggling a lot lately and think the weather change has a lot to do with it.

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