I don't feel like I've ever really "nailed" a marathon and I'm hoping to do so this year. Historically, when I've trained specifically for a marathon race, for some reason or another, I've under-performed on race day. My 3 fastest marathon times have come during marathons that I was running as training runs for longer races. For example, my current marathon best is at the 2013 LA Marathon, a race I ran the week after a 60 mile week, 7 days after having run the Way Too Cool 50k.
So, here it is... key workouts will be speed/hill workouts on Tues/Thurs, goal marathon pace (GMP) runs on the weekends, and of course the staple of any good marathon training plan, the long run.
Monday - 3 M run w/ Lucy
Tuesday - 6.3 M run w/ 4 mile tempo. I felt really good on this run. I ran on a local trail/fire road, 700+ ft of elevation gain and kept my tempo miles in the low 8 min/mile and high 7 min/mile range.
Wednesday - 3 M run w/ Lucy
Thursday - 5.3 M run w/ 4 x ~300m hill repeats on a~7% grade. Averaged ~6:50 min/mile pace on the hill repeats
Friday - Rest day, drove to Southern Cal to spend the weekend with family.
Saturday - 6.6 miles at GMP, w/ Lucy. I ran this a hair too fast, aiming for 8:30 min/miles and averaged 8:15 (slowest was 8:26). The Temecular/Wildomar area was experiencing east coast style humidity. Temps were in the 90's and it was muggy!
Sunday - 13.1 mile run. I felt great during the first 5 miles and then the heat caught up with me, resulting in a fairly uncomfortable trudge during the latter half of the run. :) Happy birthday, Mom!
|Lucy, keeping comfy on the road trip.|
|She loves the added room that the double cab has to offer.|
|Happy 70th birthday, Mom and Dad!|
|Tired after running, swimming, and playing with Mia all day.|