Hi everyone! I’m back in Florida after spending a few days in D.C. visiting family (thank you for all your suggestions!). I’ll share some highlights from my trip tomorrow, but today is about marathon training, workouts and why running is the best way to see a city.
Marine Corps Marathon Training: Weeks 5 + 6
Week 5 (7/3 – 7/9)
Sunday: Active rest (20 min of hip/glute work and stretching)
Monday: 3 miles easy + 25 min of spin class
I woke up early to get in my short run before going to a holiday spin class with my mom. Because I’m still figuring out some of my stomach issues, I sometimes have bouts of pain that prevent me from doing things. Today was one of those days…I had to leave in the middle of class because I was in pain. It happens. All this to say it was supposed to be 50 minutes of spin.
Tuesday: 3.5 miles at “foundation” pace (a bit faster than an easy run) + .5 mi at “marathon pace.” Including warm-up and cool down it was 5.5 miles
Wednesday: 45 min boot camp class + yoga. The boot camp class was tabata-style so there were different stations of exercises…20 sec on/10 sec off for a total of 4 minutes. Not the hardest workout but they
don’t all have to be shouldn’t all be. I had a lot on my mind that day so I went to hot yoga later for a change of pace and scenery (and to sweat out my worries, I suppose).
Thursday: Ladder run (3 minutes-4-5-4-3) at certain paces with recovery in between. A total of about 4.5 miles.
Friday: 35 minute walk + Vinyasa yoga class
Saturday: 10 miles (easy) + 4 strides. I don’t remember much about this run but it’s safe to assume it was hot and humid.
Total: 23 miles
Week 6 (7/10 – 7/16)
Sunday: Off. I changed out of pajamas for church and immediately changed back into them when I got home. I skipped my hip exercises too, but made up for it Monday.
Monday: 40 min boot camp class + mobility yoga class + hip strengthening exercises. I know it sounds like a lot but most of it was low intensity.
Tuesday: 3.5 miles at “foundation” pace (a bit faster than an easy run) + 1 mi at “marathon pace.” Including warm-up and cool down it was 6.5 miles
Wednesday: 4 miles (easy) before flying.
Thursday: Solidcore + 4 miles walking around D.C.
Solidcore is a Megaformer-type studio in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area, but the company is quickly expanding. Either I’m very out of Megaformer shape (likely) or this class was freaking hard. My abs rarely get sore but it hurt to laugh the day after. I guess that’s a success!
I also loved that underneath each Megaformer was a different “inspirational” quote. Though at the time I couldn’t remember why I came to class…
Friday: 10.5 miles (easy) + 4 strides + 6 miles of walking.
Due to Saturday morning workout plans, I moved my long run to Friday. I originally told my coach I would just do it Sunday when I got back home but I changed my mind for a few reasons:
1) I was in D.C. and could actually run part of the marathon course.
2) Running is the best way to see a city.
3) Traveling is dehydrating (not sure if that is grammatically correct but go with it).
4) Given the option of running in Florida during the summer or somewhere else, “somewhere else” always wins.
It was hot weather for D.C. but a welcomed change for me! I thought it was actually was very decent…warm but not humid. Even though I’ve run by the monuments few different times it’s definitely a pinch me feeling. I ran through Georgetown, by the White House, along the water, around The Mall and ended at a Whole Foods (typical). In just that time I got a better grasp of the city and felt more confident getting around afterward. Moral of the story: if you have the opportunity, go for a run when you travel to a cool place (or any place!).
I was technically supposed to run 12 miles but with the 6 more miles of walking I did later that day I think I covered enough ground (literally). I was also really sore from Solidcore so maintaining an easy pace was, well, easy.
Oh, and obviously I stopped for selfies a long the way. Necessary.
Saturday: SoulCycle class. This was my 4th ever SoulCycle class and it was a great reminder of my lack of coordination. I can’t do any of the leaning or pressing or dancing on cue. Luckily I was in the back corner so I could admire everyone else’s skills. Still, the instructor played great music and it was a fun atmosphere. Definitely an experience!
Total: 21 miles running + more walking than normal ;)
This was a longer recap so thanks for sticking around! Because of traveling and taking the boot camp I slacked on “structured” strength training. I’m looking forward to getting back to that this week.