We’re back on track! After a so-so week 4 of training, I hit all of my scheduled workouts this go-around, including my cross training. And please let the record show that at the conclusion of week 5 of marathon training, I have hit ALL of my scheduled training runs, with only very minor tweaks (for example, running 5.6 miles one day instead of 6 and then running 3.4 miles instead of 3).
Monday: Rest day
Monday is my guilty pleasure day. It’s just me, a bowl of Trader Joe’s Mint Chip Super Premium Ice Cream (this is now my absolute fave!) and Bachelor in Paradise.
Tuesday: Running, easy, 5.81 miles @ 10:24 minute mile pace—1:00:27 hours
I’m convinced RunKeeper gypped me on this recorded pace, but whatever. The important part of this run was exploring another segment of the Philadelphia Marathon course. This time I checked out Arch Street eastward from 18th to 4th and Chestnut Street westward from 4th to 34th Streets. I’m not gonna lie: both stretches were ugly. And Chestnut smelled like pee and mildew in various spots (but the historic area was obviously beautiful). You win some, you lose some.
Wednesday: Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Level 2 with 3 lb. weights—20 minutes
Thursday: Running, tempo, 4.39 miles @ 10:18 minute mile pace—45 minutes
This was another run where I think RunKeeper lied to me. I felt like I was hoofing it bigtime on this Philly 10k training run! Granted, it was hot (80 degrees) and incredibly humid (69%-- quite high for that time of day) AND I was talking the entire time, but this felt more like a 9:15 minute mile effort. No matter what the GPS shows, I’m proud of this particular workout.
Friday: Just Dance, Just Sweat mode, “Aerobics in Space”—27 minutes
Because I’m cool like that.
Saturday: Running, tempo, 2.09 miles @ 9:21 minute mile pace—20 minutes
Despite the marked difference in average pace, this run felt more relaxed than Thursday’s iteration. The weather may have been a factor, although it was a tossup: while the rain and cool temperature (70) felt refreshing, 88% humidity certainly did not.
Sunday: Running, long, 12.00 miles @ 9:52 minute mile pace—1:58:31 hours
+ Yoga for Runners—36 minutes
I’m going to give myself a pat on the back for being pretty damn steady with my recent long run paces. In Week 1, it was 8 miles at a 10:02 minute mile average. In Week 2 it was 9 miles @ 10:05, Week 3 6 miles @ 9:47, and Week 4 11 miles @ 9:58 pace. Kudos to me!
At this point I am left with several questions and training concerns. One major topic is my goal race pace. Of course, 5k race pace is not the same as marathon pace. At this point in time, here’s what I’m thinking in terms of my planned races:
5k (estimated goal race in November): 8:02 minute mile
10k (goal race in September): 8:32 minute mile
Half marathon (goal race in October): 8:58 minute mile
Marathon (goal race in November): 10:18 minute mile
All of these are pretty closely linked to each other except the marathon pace. Currently, my major goal for the marathon is finishing. As I get closer to race day, if I’m feeling good I’m sure I will have a more competitive angle.
But first things first: I must attempt to follow each week of training. This week will be tough: there are a number of non-running events and commitments crowding my calendar AND the weather is supposed to be atrocious. I’ll have to get creative with scheduling this week, and it’s entirely possible that I will have to bump some workouts (although hopefully not any runs).
I’ll keep you posted!