It arrived – marathon training time! Although I originally wanted to work around a 18 week training plan, I had to take some more time off and stuck with the 16 week plan. You can read the details about my plan in last week’s post.
Last week was week 1 and it was pretty uneventful. I ran mostly on schedule – with the only change being my long run, as long runs on weekends tends to be problematic. My leg did not hurt at all, and I was able to stay on pace for most of the runs. Although this is the easiest week, it felt good to be back running and I feel like the four run a week plan will work.
My training runs from July 14-July 21
Monday – 3K steady pace (18:57). I ran this right before track practice. I ended up taking a different route from the track and ended up in a small park. It was pretty hilly – but manageable. Nothing too out of the ordinary with this run.
Tuesday – 4K steady pace (25:34). I ran this one in some rain, but it made the temperature feel cooler. I managed to get my run done before the downpour started (and the humidity arrived). I ran in my neighbourhood.
Friday – 4K steady pace (25:50). This run happened when Max and P went to go ride the O-train. It was a hot one! I ran at noon which was fairly silly considering it was fairly warm and very sunny. I changed my route a bit and went down towards the Ottawa River.
Monday – 10K Long Run (1:12). I rescheduled my LR to Monday as I was too busy with Max to go out for an hour. I probably will end up doing this often. I had a 5K scheduled for Monday, but I will put that onto Tuesday. This was my longest run since the Ottawa Race Weekend Half Marathon. I left at 9am and the sun was already roasting everything in site. I stayed on my usual long run route, which is along the Ottawa River. A few runners out, and many people on bikes. The amount of ‘path road kill’ I saw was gross – mice, rats and even a snake! My average pace was about 7:14, which is right where I should be for a long run. I had to fight not going faster. I stuck to my 10 and 1’s – with taking a few more breaks during the last 3K as I started to not feel too good – not going to push it. The humidity was already at 88% and I could feel it. As soon as I got home, I took the shoes off and put my feet under the hose.
So not a bad week. It is different starting a training plan’s long run at 10K, compared to 6/7K for a half marathon. I thought to myself while running that hopefully my half marathon time improves as I will hit the max distance I’ve ever run training for a half-marathon very quickly and before Army Run. I’m still fearful of the runs above 20K though….they should be interesting!
If interested here are the pre-training week running logs: