This was a cutback week, and it was also much cooler out than last week. The lower mileage and lower temps made such a difference with my running! After last week I was feeling like every run was a bit of a struggle so this was a nice confidence booster. I will need to remember this feeling as my mileage and the temps go up again!
Training Week 6: Lower Mileage and Lower Temps
- Monday: 4.7 Mile Fartlek Run
- Tuesday: Strength Training + 4 Stroller Miles
- Wednesday: 6 Miles with 3 at MGP
- Thursday: Strength Training + 3 Easy Miles
- Friday: Rest Day
- Saturday: Lower Mileage Long Run of 10 Miles
- Sunday: 3.7 Stroller Miles (Planned)
- Summary of Training Week 5: Lower mileage and lower temps
Monday: 4.7 Mile Fartlek Run
Another week of pushing back my harder workout to Wednesday. The previous week’s Saturday long runs are wearing me down thanks to the heat. By Monday, I’m not really feeling ready to tackle a hard workout. So I ended up doing a fartlek run with 8 x 1 minute hard, 2 minutes easy. The longer recoveries make this not such a hard workout!
Tuesday: Strength Training + 4 Stroller Miles
It was so nice to not be completely drenched in sweat just from walking outside! Even though I’m running lower mileage overall this week, today’s run was the same as usual- 4 miles.
Wednesday: 6 Miles with 3 at MGP
This was my harder workout of the week, but nothing too crazy. I ran 2 miles easy, 3 around marathon goal pace, and 1 easy. I ended doing this on all hills so it felt a little harder than I would have liked.
Thursday: Strength Training + 3 Easy Miles
Thursday was all about the recovery run. I lifted early (like I started my lift at 4:25am) and then did 3 easy miles. It’s tough to squeeze in both on work days, especially when I’m going to the office. I almost did this on the treadmill to save time, but since the weather was so nice and I was running lower mileage I did it outside.
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Friday: Rest Day
I enjoyed a full rest day, but did do a little bit of foam rolling and core work.
Saturday: Lower Mileage Long Run of 10 Miles
Between the lower mileage and lower temps this was a great run! My body wasn’t 100% but I felt so much better than the last few weeks when it was like 75 and 90% humidity. (I think it was around 63 with 81% humidity when I started). My pace was about 45 seconds faster with a lower heart rate just because of the weather. I was sort of thinking I wished I had a longer run on such a nice weather day, and could have done my shorter long run on one of the hotter days! Oh well!
After my run we went to a park area with a playground. It’s a long walk from where we park to the playground (over 1/2 mile) plus we did this storybook walk around the park where they have signs with a story along the path. We were out walking around for almost 2 hours. Let me just tell you, my legs were DONE after that! And Grayson loves to run so we had to walk really fast to keep up with him. Luckily when he got tired Rob carried him, because I don’t think I could have done it!
Sunday: 3.7 Stroller Miles (Planned)
I’ve been posting these early Sunday morning, so not sure exactly what the day will bring. Rob has been sick the past 2 weeks so hopefully he can join us this week again.
Summary of Training Week 5: Lower mileage and lower temps
It was a good week of training and probably a good time to cut back. Hopefully the lower mileage this week will help me move into a few more weeks of harder training. I’m about to get into some longer runs, which will help me decide if I’m really in it or not for this marathon. I have a feeling the weather will be a huge factor for training as well!
How were your workouts last week?
Does the weather make a big difference for how your runs feel?
Do you rest after a long run, or do you go out and about staying active?