We can’t all expect to have great training weeks right? What we do need, is to learn from those bad weeks so we can push on and build upon our training in future weeks. So as you can expect from that lead in, I experienced some major low and high points this past training week.
I went into this week excited with my marathon training kicking off and some very high expectations for 2017. What I didn’t expect was how I would feel about my training come the weekend. Let me expand on that thought. In my last year of marathon training, and my first 2016, I have heartedly followed a training plan. I followed the weekly mileage, but did not incorporate any intervals, tempo, or marathon paces runs in. Everything was marathon pace. So 2017 was going to be different! I had a plan! I incorporated those various runs into my plan. Well lets just say after the first week I found myself following those same bad habits from last year. My major low!!!
Sunday: My long run days and I had a 10 mile run scheduled. The weather and temperatures were below zero. So I headed out with layers and ended up frozen by the end. Average pace: 8:13 min/mile
Monday: Cross Training day where I did core work.
Tuesday: Couldn’t sleep so I woke up around 1am, tossed and turned so decided at 4am what would Forrest Gump do? So I ran… I stepped outside to see that we had 4 inches of fresh snow on the ground so I put in 6 miles with a pace of 8:58 min/mile
Wednesday: Snow gone due to the rain and blessed with 50 degree temps. Short time so I went for speed work. 5 miles at a 7:30 min/mile pace.
Thursday: Decided to get out and burn some steam off with a 4 mile run at a 7:42 min/mile pace.
Friday: Rest day
Saturday: Couldn’t force myself out of the bed early enough for the 16 mile run I had planned. Daughter was sick, but I still got out and ran 5.5 miles at a 7:32 min/mile pace.
Weekly mileage: 31.5 miles Lower than what I had planned
So where was the high point at? Well after talking to a few coaches this week, we landed on the simple fact that not incorporating or following a true plan was affecting my marathon training negatively. Therefore things must change for me to surpass the goals I set in place.
So I set down and signed a contract with my family that I would follow a training plan to the T. Speed work, interval, tempo and hills to achieve my goals. I can’t wait to see where my dedication and new plan takes me.
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