This marathon training cycle has been nothing like the norm. I’ve had the Achilles issue, the foot issue, you name it. The only thing that hasn’t happened yet is getting sick. I suppose I shouldn’t say that, because I will surely jinx myself.
But anyhow–this week has finally approached a somewhat normal week. Maybe not seven weeks away from a marathon normal, but a normalish week. For the first time since returning to running, I’ve managed to get my mileage over the 45 mpw mark. Before this week, every time I’d get up over 40, something would hurt. But this week–about 46 miles. Here’s how it broke down:
- Monday–Ran 10 miles
- Tuesday–Swam 2,500 yds and did a 70-min. bike trainer/strength workout
- Wednesday–Ran 6 miles
- Thursday–Ran 18 miles/strength trained
- Friday–Did easy hour spin on the bike trainer
- Saturday–Ran 5 miles
- Sunday–Ran 7 miles
A few things–I always take a rest day, but didn’t this week for a couple of reasons. One is that I had taken five days off the week prior to rest up my foot. Friday’s workout was a very easy spin just to shake out my legs after my long run. I did no speed work this week; I’m still a bit gun shy for speed because that’s another element that my body just hasn’t seemed to like. I hope to maybe still get some in before the end of this training, but if I can’t do it, I can’t do it. There will be time later.
Today’s a rest day and then back at it. I’m hoping to push closer to 50 miles this week, but like I said about schedules last week, flexibility is key, so we’ll see how it goes. Fingers crossed.
Spring marathoners–how is your training going?