One week down 14 to go. Yay? For a chaotic and exhausting week I’m very happy with how things turned out. I ended up not sticking to the plan exactly because of traveling and then wanting to recover from that. Most weeks I will *try* to follow pretty closely, but I’m not hell-bent on hitting every day and every workout.
For each recap I plan to post what was on the schedule for the week and then what I ended up doing.
Ft. Myers Marathon Training: Week 1
Sunday: 4 miles @ 9:06 pace. Sundays will typically be off or yoga however, since I took the day before off, I switched things up. I was glad to get in one last run in Central Park.
Monday: 4 miles on the treadmill. Hard, slow, not too fun. Averaged 9:25 pace I think.
Tuesday: 4.5 miles @ 9:09 pace around Chicago. I can’t say enough how much I enjoy running in new cities. This was a treat!
Wednesday: Off. Other than a 10 minute walk with my dog I didn’t leave the couch. Successful rest day.
Thursday: Tempo run (6 miles total). 1 mile warm-up, 4 miles @ 8:07 mile pace, 1 mile cooldown.
I mentioned this on Friday but I need to work on maintaining consistent splits (see above). I could tell how hard I was working during this run and I’m really proud of myself for not stopping. It was hot and humid, but that’s a given now, and I was breathing as heavy. It’s also nice to know I had a few extra seconds leeway so next weeks tempo will end up being (hopefully) the same pace.
Friday: 20 minutes upper body weights. This was the first time in weeks that I picked up a set of weights on my own and NOT in a group fitness class. Yikes. I missed doing my own thing though…I go in waves with my workout obsessions.
Saturday: 10 miles @ 8:48 pace. It was a pretty uneventful run but I guess that’s okay? No complaints and I could have kept going. But it really does take me 4-5 miles to get into a long run. I ran part out-and-back and then finished with a loop. I like combining different course types….it’s part of the mental games I play during long runs.
I’m curious what you all think about hitting the pace on easy runs. I personally don’t like thinking about pace on easy days, but I know there’s value in going extra slow. Should I worry about being 10-20 seconds faster than the target if I’m not really trying to be?