5 weeks until the Richmond marathon (training recap)

Happy Monday!

We had some late nights and busy days this weekend.  We went out with several other couples Saturday night (parents of my daughter’s 2nd grade friends) and hung out in Jersey City for the evening.

Let’s just say getting to bed after midnight the day of my 20 miler was not the smartest idea.  I basically ignored every recovery technique in the book, but my body is hanging in there!

And today, we have my parents here to help with the kiddos while we take the day to paint my office.  We had our screened in porch converted to a ‘den’ last month and the office is the last room of the downstairs that needs our attention.  I’m actually looking forward to the day project! But thankfully it is also a cutback training week after my biggest week so far last week(for this cycle).

Training recap:

Sunday: rest, other than 30 minutes very easy “pool running” to flush out my legs after the 18 miler

Monday : 10 hilly miles with 4 x 20 second surges (6:00 ave) overall 8:39 ave (am); short kettle bell workout (pm)

Tuesday: 55 minute pool ‘run’

Wednesday: 11.8 with the guys… workout was 2 easy, 5 at MP, 3 at HMP with 1 minute rest between each.  Actual splits for MP (7:40, 7:22, 7:34, 7:20, 7:14) and HMP (6:55, 6:55, 6:45)

This was one of those runs where I realized the benefit of training partners! I wouldn’t have run so far on my own but loved having company and the run flew by.

Thursday: 1 hour walk + upper body strength, lunges + core

Friday: 6 easy miles (8:55 ave)

Saturday: My first 20 miler! (9:11 ave)

I was intimidated to hit 20 as I haven’t run that far since last fall’s training for Steamtown, so it was nice to have zero pace goals and just cover the miles.

I ran one hour at 8:35 ave, met a client for 1 hour at 10:00 ave, and finished with an hour at 8:40 ave.  The last hill was brutal (as was the humidity) but I know I need to work more hills into my long runs to prepare for Richmond. So happy to have that done!

On the meal plan…

I have gotten out of the habit of posting our meal plan, but I’m still making it each week. I’m focusing on 3 recipes to make, and filling in the gaps with leftovers and quick meals like eggs, quesadillas, salads and sandwiches.

This week’s recipes include:

Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya

Sloppy Joe’s

Butternut squash and chickpea curry


Do you find running buddies push you to run harder or go further?

Is there a distance that intimidates you?
It’s funny how the 18.5 was fine, but to add 1.5 miles was suddenly so much farther!

I’m linking up with Tricia and HoHo from The Weekly Wrap and with Jess Runs ATL and The Right Fits.

10 thoughts on “5 weeks until the Richmond marathon (training recap)

  1. That Wednesday workout with the guys is awesome!!! I so wish I had some training partners like that because it makes a huge difference!! Love that you got the 20 miler done and done well. Good for you! It’s always such a relief to get that first one done 🙂
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  2. So excited to hear how you like Richmond! It’s a beautiful course, but there was a killer hill somewhere around mile 18.

    But such a fun marathon overall. Very positive experience.

    Great week! I rarely stay up past midnight 🙂 I don’t know how I used to do it in my college days, haha!

  3. Nice job on the 20 miler. Breaking it up into different segments is a very smart idea. I don’t run very often with someone, but when I do — they sure do push me! And it feels easier as you can enjoy the distracting conversation too! Thanks for linking.

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