Late as Always – Marathon Training Weeks 3 – 5

As always, my excuse is: I’ve been busy. I figured at the very least, I’d get my mileage posted.

Week three:

Monday – I was feeling pretty stiff after my 12 miler, so I cut it down to a three and a half mile run and added 20 minutes on the bike. I’ve found that sometimes it’s best to focus on preparation.

Tuesday – One mile warm-up, four miles at 7:15 pace (Avg HR = 175), one mile cool-down.

Wednesday – Six miles easy.

Thursday – One mile warm-up, six miles at 7:15 pace (Avg HR = 175), one mile cool-down.

Friday – Off

Saturday – I left my GPS at home and put it eight miles with my HR at 170.

Sunday – Fourteen miles nice and easy, about 8:15.

Week four: Every fourth week is scaled back a bit.

Monday – Off

Tuesday – One mile warm-up, three miles at 7:10 pace (Avg HR = 175), one mile cool-down.

Wednesday – Six miles easy. The weather hasn’t been great so the majority of my runs have been on the treadmill. I try and run at a 1% incline to better simulate outdoor running and to improve my foot strike.

Thursday – One mile warm-up, four miles at 7:00 pace (Avg HR = 175), one mile cool-down.

Friday – Off

Saturday – Six miles @ 7:30 pace.

Sunday – Eight miles nice and easy, about 8:15.

Week five:

Monday – I’ve been slowly trimming down my pace on every run. Six miles at 8:00 pace.

Tuesday – My first hill workout. It was pretty snowy out, so I ran this one on the treadmill. Eight miles of hills.

Wednesday –  My first big set back of the year came in the form of a trip. Even now I’m pretty disappointed.

Thursday – Off

Friday – Four miles

Saturday – Off

Sunday – Off

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