Training for: Marine Corps Marathon October 25, 2015 in Washington, D.C
Method: Run Less, Run Faster Novice Marathon Training
Goal: a) Finish b) sub 5:00:00
3 weeks down, 13 to go!! Saturday marked 3 months until Marine Corps!! I had a great week of training. I met all of my running goals, didn’t get any cross training in but I’m happy to have gotten the miles in!
I forgot to mention that I weighed in for my DietBet last Saturday. I have officially lost over 20lbs in my Transformer bet that started in February!! I’m actually down more than 50 pounds since the day I had M (October). I’m under my pre-pregnancy weight and not far from my goal! woo-hoo!
Monday: Speed intervals 1200, 1000, 800, 600, 400 with 200m rest. 3.5 miles in 34:43 (9:55 avg)
I enjoyed this workout. Each interval got shorter but faster. It’s a nice challenge and it’s fun to change up the pace. I got this run done immediately after coming off the night shift. It’s nice to not have it hanging over my head all day – and then I enjoyed a nice breakfast with J and M while the boys were at VBS.
Wednesday: Tempo 6 miles in 1:02:58 (10:30 avg) 1/2 mile warm up, 5 @ 10:13, 1/2 mile cool down
I had to suck it up and use my rickety treadmill for this run. It is so ghetto, I just have to laugh
or I’ll cry. I bought it only craigslist a few years ago and after moving it twice, it has seen better days. Its safe, I think, and it gets the job done. I would have much preferred running outside or going to the gym but M needed a nap. I decided it was better to set the rest of the day right with her than have my way, lol. My treadmill is in my basement which is a little musty but luckily right next to our *new* bulkhead so I was able to make-believe I was outside. And I got to watch Gilmore Girls to pass the time… things could be worse!
Thursday: rest – After swimming lesson, the kids and I headed out to Sunflowers for Wishes. It is a great charity event hosted by Buttonwoods Farm in CT, supporting the Make-a-Wish Foundation. They have over 14 acres of Sunflowers!! Such an amazing sight.
Friday: Blessing of the Fleet 10 miler in Narragansett. 10 miles in 1:49:10, avg pace 10:49/mi (10.1 miles according to my Garmin). Ended up being a little faster than my plan required (shooting for 1:55:00) but I felt good and I just can’t help myself! We had some thunderstorms for a few miles which may or may not have encouraged a faster pace.
I’m feeling anxious about the week ahead. I am scheduled for 11 miles. I know I can do it but just thinking about it makes me nervous. It’s much easier to look forward to a long run when there are 4,000 others doing the same crazy thing as you!
Check back tomorrow for the Race Recap Link Up!
***I’m running Marine Corps Marathon as a member of the Solemates team for Girls on the Run of Montgomery County, MD. If you feel so inclined, please help me reach my goal of $1500 by donating here. Thank you!