Marathon Training Week 13

Epic Summer Run Only 4 weeks left until Rock&Roll San Diego! That means there are only 2.5 weeks left of training. Until the marathon I only have two goals:

  1. Don’t get injured.
  2. Build endurance.

I don’t need speed work. I don’t need hard simulation workouts (even though it is really tempting). I need to stay pain-free and I need miles. I don’t want to repeat the mistakes I made in my previous two marathon attempts. I want to save the race for the race (and not simulation workouts). I want to get to the start line well prepared and not slack off the few weeks before. I had a solid half-marathon last week and as long as I have the endurance necessary I should be able to run a great marathon on June 2nd.

Monday: 6.2 @ 8:07
Monday morning with Mark and Alexis. Legs were still really sore from the half-marathon. They probably would have been less sore if I ran Sunday, but oh well.

Tuesday: 5.3 @ 7:13
Solo run. I think I tend to run faster when I am by myself.

Wednesday: 8.2 @ 7:00-ish
Morning East Nasty run with Matt plus a few extra. I shipped my Garmin off on Tuesday, so the pace is a little bit of a guess. Matt and I ran faster than most of the rest of the group and then continued on.

Thursday & Friday: off
Ugh! Consistency?!?

Saturday: 21 @ 7:15?
Ran in the rain on the greenway with Greg and Damien. The plan was for me to run 4, meet up with them at Wave Country and then head to the damn and back for another 16. We encountered flooding on the way to the damn so we went back and into Shelby Bottoms for what ended up being 17 more. Greg had his watch and we had some sub-7 splits towards the end, but most of the pace was pretty relaxed.

I took a Gu every 5 miles or so. After talking with Greg I think the plan for the race will be Gu at 5, 10, 15, 19, 22 or some variation of that. The idea being to carry up to 6 Gu and take them more frequently towards the end of the race. Seems like a good idea as I was starting to feel depleted at mile 20.

Sunday: 6.0 @ 9:10
Ran on the Shelby Greenway with Erica. My legs didn’t feel too bad, especially considering I ran my first 20 miler of the year the day before.

Summary: 48 miles
Weekly mileageYou can see from the chart to the left that the achilles injury really disrupted this training cycle. I am just starting to get close the the mileage level I had been hoping to maintain. Luckily, my fitness has still improved. I am not going to push it between now and the race, but if I can keep having weeks like this I should be in the best shape of my life and ready to go after another big PR.

BTW, I am getting sick and tired of running in the rain. However, I am kinda hoping that it will rain for the marathon.