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The Week in Training: Rock & Roll Marathon Base Training

Posted Jan 26 2014 11:31pm
Training The Week in Training: Rock & Roll Marathon Base Training Look for a moment beyond the cuteness of this picture and notice that I am wearing short sleeves on my morning run on Saturday. In January. Yes, I’m rubbing it in a little about the awesomeness of California, but you have my permission to remind me of this in July, when it is 120, and my pictures aren’t too good because if I want to run, I have to do it in the dark.

I am still in the middle of building my base before I start my training plan for the Rock and Roll Marathon in San Diego on June 1. I do have a half marathon planned in two weeks, but because my December training basically sucked, my “race plan” is pretty much just to go out and have fun, and get in a 13 miler for the week.

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My plan is to build a base of about 30 miles per week, with a long run distance of, well, 13 miles. Then I feel like I’ll be ready to move onto the next phase of training and really start working toward my goal . I managed to run 27 this week (hurray!), so I’m not far off.

I am so fortunate that Alan is going to train for the marathon too! There is nothing like a training partner on those 20+ milers to make the time pass a little faster. Unfortunately, I’m a little ahead of him in my training, plus we haven’t sorted out our training days, so I did most of my running alone this week.

I was really pleased with my training this week. I currently only have four days to run each week, due to my work hours, though I hope plan to add a shorter recovery-type run day as I get deeper into training. Running only four days means that I need to hit my targets for each workout, or I’m behind for the week. This week I hit them all.

Tuesday is always a tough day for me because I need to be finished by 6:00 to give myself time to get ready and drive to work. While in the old days , Alan and I used to get out of the house by 4:00. we now seem challenged even to get out by 5:30. We did pretty good this week, heading out the door about 5:20. We ran only three miles, mostly because the start and (pee) stops of running with the dogs slow us down. Next week we’re aiming to get out by 5:00.

Wednesday is scheduled for my speed workout. I’ve not been very motivated, which is why my Palm Springs Half Marathon training really never got off the ground, but I was determined last week. I ran six miles total, with three miles at just under my half marathon pace.

Saturday is trail run with the dogs day. It is slow, but we tell ourselves that it is good for strength building with lots of ups and downs on the hills of our local trails. I ran five miles with Alan and the dogs, then went back out for one more with the “little girls.” A total of six, which was perfect.

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Sunday is long run day. After my 10 miler last week, I planned to bump it up to 12 miles. After running a little over a mile with Penny, I headed out on my own. It wasn’t pretty, and many times I had to remind myself just to keep putting one foot in front of the other, but I got it done. Twelve miles is the longest I’ve run since the Costume Party Run last July, so I was pleased with myself. Plus, I was pooped for the rest of the day! It’s hard to believe that pretty soon 12 miles will seem like a short run!

I also taught two strength classes and a stretch class. Plus I’ve been really good about consistently stretching after my runs. I find that it really helps my back. Now, I just need to pull out that foam roller.

Here’s one fun side benefit of running all these miles. I wrote about my Fitbit a few weeks ago, and I’ve been having fun trying to get my 10,000 steps a day. I know I’m having a good day when I reach 26,000 by 10:00 in the morning! Though you can pretty much see what I did for the rest of the day. This is my total at 8:00:

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I think I’ll sleep pretty good tonight!

How did your training week go? Any big events coming up? Do you use a Fitbit ?

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