Marathon Monday: Training Week 1!

Instead of weekly workout recaps (which I end up posting Sunday afternoons after my Sunday workout) and Motivation Monday posts, I decided to combine the two into “Marathon Monday” posts! It will give me a chance to post at my regular time Sunday mornings and recap the previous training week on Monday mornings! Let me know what you think! (Full disclosure, I totally stole this idea from The Athletarian!)

Marathon Monday

The first week of marathon training is over! 1 week down; 15 to go! It honestly wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be because I have maintained a decent base for my fitness over the winter, but I know this was as easy as it’s going to be and there are a lot harder weeks to come! I ran four days this week and although I think I could have run Saturday too, I span instead and that was probably for the best.

My first long run was 12 miles which occurred on the treadmill yesterday. It was already 1 degree when I drove to the gym, but that means the melting and freezing cycle was in full swing last night. I am a pansy who can come up with a million reasons to avoid the ice/wind and run inside.

12 miles

It felt slightly long for the first half but the second half FLEW by. I had someone to run with for 63% of my run so it wasn’t terrible! Nice and easy pace for the long run, but I was still a sweaty and salty mess when I was done! The best part about running inside… TANK TOPS.

endorphin high

Once I had finished my 12 miles I did a 10 minute cool down on the stationary bike (level 2; really working hard) with my mom. She had run almost half of my run beside me, then did some stretching and core work while I finished up my run, then we cooled down together. I love cycling as a cool down, it lets me sit down but I still keep my legs moving!

cool down

mom at gym

I have a table that lists my workout each day and below it I have written what I did as my workout including my pace and whether or not I stretched or did strength training after. I read that most people don’t do their slow runs slow enough and their fast runs fast enough so I am trying to make the most of each run I do and know the purpose of it going into the run. I am only running 4 days a week so I have to make ’em count! For a little breakdown of how my first training week went:

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Every second week I have a tempo run on Wednesdays, in addition to my speed work on Fridays… this week should be interesting 🙂 No huge jump in mileage this week compared to what I was doing before so it didn’t feel terrible! Bring on week 2!

How do you keep track of your training?

Do you target specific paces or heart rates?

What do you think of this “Marathon Monday” layout? (<- “I don’t care” is a perfectly acceptable answer 😉 )

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