Week 5 is officially done!

Marathon Training

This is the first week where I can say I’ve really had a tough week. I think the cumulative fatigue is really starting to hit hard. I hope that I find a way to snap out of it so that my workouts continue to go well.

It’s hard to believe I’ve been marathon training for just over a month now. It is going by so fast, and I can tell that my body is starting to get tired. Since Hanson’s doesn’t really have step back weeks, you end up getting really tired after several weeks. To me, their way of doing step back weeks is doing one week with a harder long run and then the next week you have easy long runs.

 

Here is what my schedule looked like this week:

Monday (8/18)

6 miles easy

 

Tuesday (8/19)

Workout

1.5 mile warm up
3 x 1600 meters (with 600 meter recovery)
1.5 mile cool down

Wednesday (8/20)

6 miles easy

Thursday (8/21)

0.5 mile warm up
7 mile tempo run
0.5 mile cool down

 

Friday (8/22)

Off

 

Saturday (8/23)

10 easy miles

 

Sunday (8/24)

10 easy miles

 

My run on Saturday was supposed to be 12, but I ended up cutting it at 10. There are days when we have a tough runs and then there are days when we have downright AWFUL runs. I started off the run with high hopes. The idea of running longer and slow sounded like just what I needed, however my body had other decisions.

It was practically 100% humidity and my legs felt like lead. I stopped at least once every mile. Yep, it was one of those runs that I would rather not repeat again.

19 Miles

10 miles in total at a 9:43 pace. Not great, but I’ll take it! I am hoping I have better luck today. Fingers crossed!

 

Toughest Run

I don’t think this needs any further explanation, hands down it was Saturday’s run!

 

Best Run

The best run this week was actually my tempo run. I don’t know if it was because I had been dreading it so much or what, but on Thursday morning when I got on the treadmill everything just seemed to click. I felt like my body just got into a groove and didn’t stop.

I guess I used up all my good luck on that run!

 

My mileage stepped back a little bit this week, but that won’t last for long. It picks back up in week 6 so I need to put an even bigger focus on proper recovery. Hopefully my body and legs will get back into it!

That’s the great thing about running, you really never know what to expect!

 

How did your running go this week?

What were your best and toughest runs this week?

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