This was another great week of getting ready for marathon training. I’m so excited to kick off training for my third marathon, the Richmond Marathon in mid November. Here’s how this week went:
Monday: Peachtree Road Race 10k. This is a great Atlanta tradition and a wonderful way to spend the holiday! Chrissy and I dressed up in red, white, and blue and ran along 60,000 other participants through the heart of Atlanta. It’s the south in July, so it was very hot! We had decided to do this as an easy, fun run and I’m so glad we did. It was a great race.
I also finished setting up some stuff in our home gym. We had our stuff on an old end table before, and I finally got some storage solutions for all my running stuff and various equipment. All that’s left is for Brian and I to agree on some wall art….it sounds simple, but trust me, it won’t be.
Tuesday: 1 mile warmup, 5k test, .7 mile cooldown. After last week’s failed 5k test, I was nervous about this. When I woke up and saw that it was 78 degrees out already (with around 85% humidity) I was even more nervous. I did a light 1 mile warmup down to the trail and then stopped and did some dynamic stretching before starting my test. The first mile felt hard, the second mile still felt hard, and the third mile I thought I was going to die (ok, not really….but you get the point). However, Eminem’s “Til I Collapse” came on during the last mile and it really helped. Is that song about speedwork? Because I think it may be. I was so happy with the result — 27:42. This is a few seconds off of my 5k time last year, so I know I’m in similar shape.
I had the day off of work, so I got caught up on some housework. That evening, I did a 45 minute strength routine focusing mostly on lower body.
Wednesday: 4 miles recovery pace. I was glad to have some very easy miles on the schedule, especially since it was really hot even at 5am. I feel like a broken record saying it, so I’ll try to stop. We’re in the worst part of the summer, so 80 degree runs are going to be the norm for the next few weeks.
Thursday: 30 minutes stationary bike, 15 minutes rowing machine. Cross-training day! I put on a new Rock My Run mix and pounded this one out.
I also worked on an easy craft project this weekend! I bought a chalkboard from Target and some chalk markers to make a PR board:
Friday: 4.8 miles. Oh boy, this was bad. I have no idea what happened, but my body totally revolted on this run. A couple of miles in, I got some really bad lower stomach cramps and it went south fast. I had to stop a couple of times to use the toilet, and Carrie went and got the car to pick me up.
Saturday & Sunday: Rest. I haven’t mentioned this, but Brian has been out of town the past few weeks. He came home late Friday night, so I took this weekend as a rest weekend. We have been spending a lot of time together and it’s been great!
Total miles: 19.8
This was the final week of pre-marathon training! I start officially training for the Richmond Marathon tomorrow. I’ve been getting myself all ready to start. I got a new training journal for this cycle. I’m so excited to get started, put in the work, and see what I can do on race day.
How was your week? What do you use for keeping track of your training?