With the Newport Half behind me (and my first 17.5 miler) and no sign of the tendonitis returning, I am cautiously optimistic about slowly increasing mileage over these next 8 weeks.
This week was all about recovery and easy paced runs. By Saturday, I added in some marathon pace miles and, other than the extra warm September weekend, I felt great.
Sunday: Newport Half marathon (17.8 miles)
Monday : 30 minute pool run + 20 minute swim
Tuesday: nice and easy 4 miles (probably 10ish ave)
Wednesday: 8 miles easy (8:31 ave)
Thursday: 40 minute spin + upper body/core strength
Friday: 6 easy miles, no watch
Saturday: 15 miles with 3, 3, 2 and 1 at marathon pace (7:30)
Splits were 9:54, 8:53, 8:20, (7:34, 7:28, 7:24) easy 1/2 mile 9:02 (7:19, 7:17, 7:16) easy 1/2 mile 8:18, (7:15, 7:18) easy cool down 8:48, 8:33 and final .75 at 7:34
15 miles at 8:01 ave
After a quick shower, we met friends for a 3 mile hike, which with 4 kids under 7, took us 3 hours with our lunch break! It was low impact and a fun way to spend the day, but I was so ready to crash that night!
This week, I am signed up for a 5k on Saturday but I’m realizing it’s going to be part of a training run instead of a race. There’s also a kid’s run that morning, so I’m looking forward to a fun family day outside. Hopefully the weather cools off a bit by then!
I feel a little crazy that I’m so indecisive about the half vs full marathon… I guess I’ve decided to pick up the training as if I were going to run the full and see how these next few long runs go.
Have you ever trained for a marathon without knowing for sure if you were doing it?
Do you take family hikes?