Aug 19

Half Way Through! Columbus Marathon Training Wk8

il_340x270.464454484_24seYes! Half way through. It’s a good feeling to be half way through training, until you consider the fact that the hardest weeks are ahead. Most of the weeks up until the taper, 6 weeks from now, hover right around the 40 mile mark per week. If you’re training and have friends who are training, some of them may either be (1) injured or (2) can’t hack it and simply drop out. These weeks separate the people who really want it from the people who just thought they did! You have to be all in.

I’m hanging in there and still feeling strong – that’s the good news! Last week I had a couple of great runs and this week started out the same. This is the part where I explain that running is SO mental. It only took me 5 training cycles to really allow this fact to sink in. One bad run and it knocks you down a few notches. So much so, that your next runs start going south because the little voice inside your head screams YOU SUCK!

On the other hand, a couple of good runs and bam! You can conquer the world.

For part of last week, I didn’t have a watch, OR a phone, so no documentation on my runs, but I DID do them.

Tuesday – 5 miles in the pouring rain – no watch – ruin phone

Wednesday – 3 miles hill sprints on the treadmill – without falling off the back :)

Thursday is typically the most boring day of the week for running because it’s a recovery day (filler miles), but it was kind of exciting because I had a new watch to use. The Forerunner 220. I’ll go into more detail about the watch in a later post, but so far I like it. 5.25 miles at an easy 9:20 pace.


New Watch!

Saturday – 8 miles at marathon pace. My goal was an 8:45 but I ended up with an 8:40. The best news about this run is that I ran the exact same 8 mile course as last week, but this week it was easier. Now that’s a confidence builder. All I can hope is that each week I see improvement.

IMG_0495Sunday – Long Run Day. This was a tough one. Sunday always is after Saturday’s run. Your legs are tired and when you first start it seems like such a LONG WAY to go. But I had Brianna with me and we chatted a bit so the miles ticked off at a reasonable rate. It did rain again this Sunday which kept everything relatively cool. I never mind a little rain. We did 16 miles at a 9:17 pace. Our long run pace range is 9:15 – 9:45, so it’s nice being able to stay in the low end of the range.

IMG_0551So as I mentioned, all good runs. I’m feeling confident, staying injury free and looking forward to another great week. I started today feeling very strong, but I’ll save that for next week.

The schedule this week:

  • Monday – rest
  • Tuesday – 5 miles (9:00-9:15)
  • Wednesday – miles repeats (4 miles) at 7:55 per mile or less
  • Thursday – 5 miles (9:15-9:45)
  • Friday – Rest
  • Saturday – 8 miles at marathon pace (8:45)
  • Sunday – 17 slow miles (9:15-9:45)

Question: if you have a good run/bad run how does it influence your training? 


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  1. Steffany R.

    Oh wow! I have a cutback long run week this week and it couldn’t have come at a better time! I do have longer runs through the week though. You are KILLING this training! Can’t wait to see you BQ in Columbus!!
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    1. Kim

      After those step back weeks, I always feel amazing! Hope all your runs have a happy ending this week! 😉

  2. Amanda

    Wahoo! Congrats on making it halfway through – isn’t it crazy how fast it goes?!

    This may sound strange but…I kind of don’t like having a lot of good training runs. I would rather get all of the bad out before race day – I want all of the runs to feel like work! When I have too many good ones I get a little too confident and then blow up on the course. I’m sure I am in the teeny tiny minority here! (Does that even make sense?!)
    It is a huge confidence booster to run a normal route faster, though! I have a really tough route around my house that I use for 5-8 milers and anytime I can finish faster, it totally makes my day! I will take those any day!!

    PS – I noticed you got the new pink Adrenalines! LOVE!
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    1. Kim

      Amanda – it IS going very fast. I am not ready yet, so I don’t want to rush it. Your thinking on the bad runs makes sense. it also shows that you have a positive attitude. I tend to be hard on myself and take those runs to heart. I’m getting better though.

      I LOVE the new shoes. This is my 6th pair of these – I may need to go for the teal ones too. 😉

  3. Jennifer

    What an awesome week! I’m intrigued by your first paragraph. I’ve never done marathon training and can only imagine which camp I’d be in. I’d like to hope the non-injured, mentally strong group but I guess I’ll have to do it to find out! Can’t wait to hear more about the new Garmin.
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    1. Kim

      I don’t ever want to scare people away from training for a marathon, but you have to know what you’re getting into and the time commitment involved. I see a lot of people not all-in and realize half way through that they weren’t prepared for all of it. If you want to do one bad enough though – the time spent will be well worth it.

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