I’ve decided to document my marathon training properly this time round, both for accountability and as an easy way to track my progress (or lack thereof, as the case may sometimes be…) And 2 weeks into my Barcelona Marathon training plan, I’m starting to remember why I don’t enter them more often!
Nah, I’m kidding. Sort of.
I’ll tell you what, though – the weather hasn’t helped! I’ve pretty much had a choice of either gale force winds or heavy rain (or yknow, both).
But at least it hasn’t been cold, right? With the exception of Thursday evening, I’ve been out in capris and short sleeves every run! What’s going on, December!?
Looking like a drowned rat after Thursday’s blustery, rainy gym trip.
For my last 2 marathons, I’ve followed a plan that had me running 3x a week, and it suited me pretty well. But this time round I really want to focus on improving my speed, strength and running efficiency – which means running more often. So this time round, I’m running 4x a week, and one of them is a 5k speed session. Ouch, but effective!
My week 2 looked like this:
Tuesday: 5k @ 9:37. Windy, hard work, heavy legs! Quite a bit slower than planned.
Wednesday: 7 miles @ 9:50, with a strong last mile @ 9:11!
Thursday: 1 mile to the gym, 1 mile on the treadmill, 1hr weights session, 1 mile run home. Windy, wet, and horrible! But I left the Garmin at home, which was quite nice.
Sunday: 12 miles @ 9:55. My Garmin had a bit of a meltdown at mile 10 and made me run an extra .3 (ish) after deleting part of my route, so I’m taking this with a pinch of salt!
Bring it on, week 3!
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How’s your running going? Any events on the horizon?