Gettysburg Marathon Training : Week 3
Another week of training has come and gone, and I keep feeling stronger and stronger. This week we were hit with a bit of the blizzard, but luckily I was able to get outdoors for most of my runs. I'm hoping this week will be a bit more mild (and maybe even be able to meet with the True Runner marathon training group for the first time!), but overall I was really pleased with my week of training!
3.5 miles / 33:04 / 9:26 pace
This was a very, very cold run! I bundled up like crazy and was still freezing. I will gladly take cold weather on my short, easy runs over a cold 15 miler, so I didn't mind it too much. I ended the run with 4 strides going down a side street by my apartment which is about 100m long.
The stretches felt great, and I can feel my balance and flexibility improving!
5 miles / 46:30 / 9:18 pace
Once again, marathon training track practice was cancelled due to weather. I had to go to the gym again to get in my speed work, which ended up being a great workout. On my schedule was 1 mile warmup, then 2 miles at tempo (8:15) and 2 mile cool down. The pace felt challenging but not too hard for me, so for the second tempo mile I bumped up the pace to 8:00. Overall, a great run!
Luckily, this week was a bit less challenging than last week. I was only sore for about 2 days as opposed to 4, so that's good! I also remembered to bring water with me to class, which made a huge difference. PSA- don't workout without water! Hydration is important!
4 miles / 37:30 / 9:26 pace
I was lucky to get out of work a bit early, and went for a run as soon as I got home. I knew that the snow would start to come down in the early afternoon, and I was happy to only get some on the second half of my run. The weather was cold but wasn't too windy, and this was a really nice run. I went in a completely different area than I usually run, which was a great change of pace!
3.5 miles / 31:50 / 9:05 pace
Thanks to the winter storm, all of the roads and sidewalks around me were a complete mess! I wanted to be safe, so I stayed indoors to run. Instead of running on the treadmill again, I ran on the indoor track. It's a very small track- 15 laps for a mile- so I only did 3.5 miles while listening to some podcasts. Not the most fun or interesting run, but I got it done!
3.5 miles spinning
After running, I wanted to do some spinning as well. My legs were feeling tight, so I went on a nice and easy ride on the bike. I love going on the Espresso machines that have different courses for you to watch as you ride! I went on a California coast ride, and it made me forget about the snow for a bit.
sunday13 miles / 2:03:12 / 9:28 pace
I went for my long run at North Park again. I did a total of two laps around the lake, with an added 3 miles by looping around McKinney and Kummer. This is a hill that I'll have to tackle during Just A Short Run, so it was nice to add it to my workout! It was really cold out, but luckily no snow and little wind. I started out feeling sore and not great, but seemed to loosen up and feel better as the run went on. I kept up with my fueling plan of eating dates- having about 1/6 of a date every mile. This didn't bother my stomach at all! I also stopped at my car for a drink of water at about mile 7.5.
I ended the run really strongly, with mile 11 being 9:05 and mile 12 9:03. It's crazy to me that during my long runs I seem to hit my stride and feel stronger during the second half. In the past, I would always fall apart at around mile 7, so this is a fantastic start!
How was your week?
How was the weather in your town this weekend?
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