Monday, April 2, 2018

March Marathon Miles

Total Miles: 109

Total Time: 20 hours, 23 minutes

Average Pace: 11:16 minutes per mile

Elevation gain: 2,513 feet

This month of marathon training went pretty well! I was able to get in three long runs, each a half-marathon in distance. The beginning of the month I was running around 20 miles per week, and by the end of this month, I ran over 30 miles in a week, which is closer to where I would like to be this far in my training to be prepared to run the full marathon. 

Most of my runs this month where run in nice weather with beautiful scenery: either along the water or on trails surrounded by trees. 

I feel like longer runs are getting to be easier and more routine, which will help me mentally when I need to run for such a long time during the marathon (which is about a month away!). I also feel like I am getting faster/stronger. I can run about 8:30 minute mile without pushing myself too much, though I usually stick to a 10-11 minute mile for my easy runs during training. 

Over the next month, my goals are: run 2 more weeks of 30+ miles per week, then taper for 2 weeks; to work my way up to a 16 mile run; include core workouts so that I don't get any back pain during the marathon; and to continue to enjoy running in my new home! 

Week 1: 18.1 miles

Thursday- 5 miles
Friday- off

Saturday- off
Sunday- 13.1 miles

Week 2: 14.1 miles

Monday- off
Tuesday- 4 miles
Wednesday- 4 miles
Thursday- speed training 6 x 400m
Friday- off
Saturday- off
Sunday- 2 miles

Week 3: 27.2 miles

Monday- 4 miles
Tuesday- 4 miles
Wednesday- off
Thursday- 13.1 miles
Friday- off
Saturday- 5K race
Sunday- 3 miles

I raced a 5K on St. Patrick's Day

Week 4: 17.5 miles

Monday- 3 miles
Tuesday- off
Wednesday- 6 miles
Thursday- 3 miles
Friday- 5.5 miles
Saturday- off
Sunday- off

Week 5: 31.4 miles

Monday- speed training: 5 x 1 km
Tuesday- 13.1 miles
Wednesday- off
Thursday- 4 miles
Friday- 6 miles
Saturday- 3 miles

Craig and I ran together, and I was able to keep up with him the entire time!