|How I map my routes sometimes. I ran to the end and back for a total of 14 miles.|
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Marathon Training: Updates
I know I said that I would start giving updates weekly with my training but I just found that it would be kind of boring.
I also lost track of the weeks and just realized that this Saturday, August 27th 2011 marks Month 2. Incredible.
Sunday, August 21st: I ran 14 miles, which is the longest run (not counting Day 1 where I ran 16 miles) I've done since starting training. I ran it in 1 hour and 52 minutes.
I've been trying to run my long runs slower. I didn't feel burnt out or anything during my run. I just want to try and run slower so I can focus more on my running form and my breathing.
Sunday, August 14th: I ran 8 miles in 1 hour and 6 minutes.
I really tried hard to run slower and it worked out. I typically run at a pace of 8 minutes per mile. So I should have run it in 1 hour and 4 minutes. That's my steady, not even trying pace.
When I do shorter runs I try to run a bit faster (avg. 7 minutes/mile) and Fartlek I sprint.
The 14 miles I ran 8 minutes/mile so I didn't really accomplish what I wanted.
This Sunday, August 28th: I have 5 miles to run. Since it is a distance I can run easily, I figure it'll be no problem running at a slower pace.
Last week and this week I've been incorporating Fartlek into my routine. I did 20 minute circuits last week and 25 minute circuits this week. I still have the last one to do on Friday. I like them because it breaks up the monotony of running for distance. Plus they are an incredible workout!
Tuesday, August 30th: My last day of training until the move.
I'm a bit nervous about it because I have to miss a week. I get to the States on Thursday, September 1st but I can't exactly start running right away. I have to map out another route.
My goal is to continue my training Sunday, September 4th.
All in all I feel great and can't wait until my half marathon in November. (I plan to talk more about my half marathon once the date is closer but I am not aiming for a PR.)
I ran my first half marathon in 1 hour 36 minutes and I was happy with that. This race is just preparation for the marathon in February where my goal is simply to finish.