Yesterday marked the end of the second week of training for the Rock n Roll Raleigh Marathon. I read the book “Hanson’s Marathon Method” and am following that concept for my training. It includes a lot of easy days of running, with a long run on tired legs.
My plan is to start training with higher mileage than usual and see how my body adjusts. If I notice its too much for me, I’ll cut it back. Here’s what week 2 looked like:
Week of 12/29/13-1/4/14
Sunday 12/29: Rest day: 60 minutes reflexion yoga, Runner’s core stage 3 level 2
Monday 12/30: AM- 6 miles easy (9:16 pace) core work, PM- strength workout
Tuesday 12/31: AM- 10 miles with 5 x 1 mile at half marathon pace (~8:15) (8:48 pace overall), core work
Wednesday 1/1: 6 miles easy (9:14 pace),Runner’s core stage 3 level 2
Thursday 1/2: 8 miles easy (9:23 pace), PM: 30 minutes yoga
Friday 1/3: 5 miles easy (10:19 pace) , Runner’s core stage 3 level 2
Saturday 1/4: 15 miles dodging the snow and ice (12 outside, 3 on treadmill) (10:03 pace)
Total: 50 (I think this was my first 50 mile week ever!) I think it really helped to get to a higher mileage this week by keeping most of the runs really easy. The paces prescribed for my easy runs range from 9:29 to 11:15, and typically I run my easy runs around 9:15. As much as the snow was annoying to run in, it did keep my pace slower, which was probably a good thing. Even though its not really supposed to snow more this week, the temps are low and I’m worried that the sidewalks are going to continue to melt and refreeze for awhile. I’m not sure if I will have to suck it up and move my workouts inside for a few days this week. Do you run easy runs at a much slower pace, or do you end up running them at a pace you still find somewhat challenging? How was your week in running?