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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Marathon training week 2

Training for Twin Cities Marathon, October 9:

Monday: 6+ miles easy
Tuesday: Speed work. I only got in a half-mile warm up, which made the reps a little harder: 1200's in about 4:47, which could have been faster. Two and a half miles to cool down. It was dreadfully hot. I brought two towels and a trash bag in an attempt to keep my car clean.
Wednesday: Off.
Thursday: Tempo. Slightly better: Water stop at mile four, and a quick shoelace break later, but mostly consistent: 7:21, 7:10, 7:10, 7:10, 7:15, 7:08, 7:14
Friday: 10 miles easy, including a really bad fall at mile 8.5. I also worked in 14 hill repeats: I should have done more, but the train was coming, and I didn't want to get stranded on the river side of the park.
Saturday: 8+ mile long run...although this was not my longest run at all this week! Nice weather in the 80's - astonishing.
Sunday: 6 miles easy on dirt track. 

Total: 49 miles. I also did strength four days a week and core three days a week, plus Myrtles every day. I am definitely questioning my goal given how hard my tempo runs have seemed. Am I overdoing it? Or is it just hot? 
Otherwise, nothing feels injured except my ripped up knees and arm, so that's positive. 


  1. I'm glad you are feeling healthy with the exception of the injuries from your fall (I hope those heal quickly). I think that training during this time of year would be so hard, but I don't think you should question your goal. Once the temps cool down (not sure if that will happen by October?) you will feel stronger! And hopefully you'll get great race weather here. October is typically a very nice time of year. It can still be warm, but nothing like what you are used to!

  2. I think it is just hot.

  3. FWIW, I'd say it's way too early in training to question your goal based on how tempo feels now. Maybe goal adjustment after 10 weeks or something, but for the first couple months, my motto is always to just do the work.

  4. I agree with Carina - if you're keeping your tempo paces the same throughout training, I think it's a little early to say your goal is a little too lofty. The pace should feel easier/more manageable as time goes on, and that's always a great feeling to accomplish. Or there's the saying that goes, "It doesn't get easier, you just get better." Cooler temperatures later in the year will certainly help as well!

  5. Seems ok to me though I'd add that your tempo runs at this point should be done by "effort" not pace. You are just not going to be able to run the pace you would if it were 60 degrees and low humidity. It's NASTY here.