MCM Training Week 9

Training for: Marine Corps Marathon October 25, 2015 in Washington, D.C

Method: Run Less, Run Faster Novice Marathon Training

Goal: 4:45:00


46 days until Marine Corps Marathon!

This weeks training went pretty well. I ended up ordering 21 days fix because my nutrition is something I need to work on and I am looking forward to mixing the strength training in without having to leave my house!

Monday: 2×1600, 2×800 with 60 second rest. Total 3.48 miles in 35 minutes

Tuesday: rest

Wednesday: plan: 1 easy, 4 at MT, 1 easy actual: 4.5 miles in 46:14 avg 10:22 – 1 easy, 3 at tempo, 0.5 easy. I went out too late for this run and there was no way I could have safely made it to 6 miles. My bad! I won’t lie, I was relieved that I had to cut it short. It was humid and I was feeling sluggish. I don’t enjoy working out late at night.

Thursday: Pilates Fix

Friday: rest – prepping for my long run!

Saturday: plan 16 miles at 11:23 actual 16.08 in 2:57:51 avg pace 11:07/mi another great long run and PR in the books! I only have 18, 20 and 26.2 left! Crazy. I don’t know how people training for marathon after marathon. I’m happy to be nailing these long runs and feeling really good after but it takes A LOT of time. Early mornings, cutting half the day up, being exhausted for the rest of the day. More power to ya! I think I’ll be sticking with halfs and shorter after this. We’ll see though 😉

My trouble is my nutrition during runs. I have been carrying a hydration pack with 2 liters of water. During my 15 miler, I emptied it. During my 16 miler (cooler weather) I came home with 500ml remaining. Food though – I always ate Gu’s and they were giving me stomach trouble so I switched it up a bit. This week I brought pretzels and a PB&J with honey. After my running partner left me (at 9.5 miles) I paused the garmin and ate my sandwich. Okay on a training run but will kill my time during the race. How do you eat REAL FOOD while running??? What am I to do?

Sunday: Yoga Fix – felt amazing after that long run

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What is your furthest run?

What do you use for fuel during long runs?

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2 thoughts on “MCM Training Week 9

  1. Great week!! I’m with you on the Gu issue…..suddenly this year, the Gu is in a major fist-fight with my tummy, and my tummy is not winning. Fortunately, most of the time it isn’t until after I’m done running when the discomfort sets in…..but I did a marathon in June and had to make a few too many pit stops. Yuck. Have you tried Plow On gum? I’ve had good luck with that (as an energy source), but I think I still need to find some calorie source….. #stillsearching

  2. I don’t care for GU much, either. I rely on carbs in my hydration (Infinit – has enough calories to manage it and doesn’t take sickly sweet). However, I have previously cut up a clif bar or picky bar into bite size pieces and put them in a little baggy so I could just chew on a little piece every 10 minutes or so.

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