Because I didn’t follow my plan exactly last week, this week there wasn’t a mileage increase. Actually, there was a slight decrease. I know most people training for a marathon usually run a minimum of 40 miles a week but lower mileage works better for me, at least for now. I did have two workouts (one speed, one tempo) and was forced inside to the treadmill once because of rain and once because of heat.
Ft. Myers Marathon Training Week 2
Monday: 4 treadmill miles @ 9:20 pace. I did not hesitate to run the pace listed on the plan for this day. I was just not feeling the treadmill AT ALL so 9:20 was perfect.
Tuesday: Speed workout (6 miles total). 1 mile warm-up, 3 x 1600 @ 7:32 pace (800 recovery in between), 1 mile cooldown. I think I’ll say this after every hard (for me) workout, but I’m so proud of myself for following through. I was panting and breathing very heavy by the last interval. Plus, it was disgustingly hot and muggy so that made it a little harder.
Wednesday: South Tampa Fit
Thursday: Tempo run (6 miles total). According to the plan I was supposed to do a 4 mile tempo at an 8 min/mile pace plus a 1 mile warm up and cooldown. I don’t know how to write this without sounding pretentious but I ran much faster than the prescribed pace…yet I didn’t want to. This run would have been challenging for me at an 8 min/mile pace, but I made it harder than it needed to be. It’s not that I’m trying to run faster, it’s that I have trouble staying at one pace. I checked my phone after the first tempo mile a saw I was on target at 7:57 min/mile so I didn’t check it until mile 4. Mistake.
Ironically I thought Tuesday’s mile repeat workout was harder and I ran these 4 miles continuously at a relatively similar pace.
Friday: 30 minute walk with my dog.
Saturday: 11.5 disgustingly sweaty and hard miles. 12 was the plan but the heat got in the way. I ended up doing 5 outside and the rest on the treadmill. I could have finished out the last half mile but the treadmill stopped (60 minute time limit) and I was spent. Lots of watermelon and coconut water to rehydrate after. My pace outside was around a 9 min/mile and inside was 9:25 ish.
Total: 27.5 miles.