Picking up the Pace – Marathon Training

Well, I’m about 4 weeks into my Marathon training and everything is running smooth to date.  I’ve managed to log every run thus far from the Hal Higdon training plan, with only missing one scheduled day.  I have also started working back in some swim workouts, as I have been running so much lately, I have forgotten how much I love to swim.

Throughout the past 4 weeks my pace has generally been anywhere between 9:30 and 10:00 miles for runs longer than 10 miles.  I do still try to work some speed into shorter workouts, however very carefully as I have been afraid to re-injure the Arch of my left foot.  This morning I took it easy the first few miles, and then picked it up as much as I could for the last 2.  It was nice to know that I still had the gas left in the tank when I needed it!

(this mornings short WORKOUT RECAP)

Mile One:  9:45

Mile Two: 9:31

Mile Three: 9:44

Mile Four: 8:58

Mile Five: 8:15

Mile Six: 6:44

I am going to pick my pace up a bit in the long runs, and see if I can hold a 9:00 to 9:30 pace over 16 miles this weekend… Stay tuned for the results!

48 Miles in 48 Hours

After a 2nd full week of Marathon training in the books, I am definitely beginning to notice my endurance building, as well my recovery time improving significantly!  Last week I had made mentioned that I began implementing Tart Cherry Juice intro my pre and post workout nutrition and it seems to be helping thus far!  I have experienced absolute zero pain in the Arch of my foot (common injury for me), and have been able to run on subsequent days without soreness!

My week began Tuesday with a short 4 Mile run, at an 8:15 pace.  Wednesday I then logged 8 miles, at a slower 9:30 pace.  I shuffled my rest day this week to Thursday, and took my daughter to Lake Tobias (Zoo) on a day trip!  Friday, I then logged 5 miles, in what felt to be 150 degree heat, at a snails pace, 9:48 minute miles… I was dehydrated!  Saturday, I returned to work for the first time since the birth of my son last weekend, and also used this day as my second rest day for the week!  Sunday, my sister was in town from Jersey, and together we logged a 16 MILE run, at a 9:50 pace.  It may have been slightly faster, however, we stopped twice to eat/refuel along the way.  Monday (Labor Day) my sister and I also logged a 32 + mile bike ride.  Needless to say I was tanked by this point, and struggled to even hold a 16 MPH pace!

There was nothing greater than the 2 hours and 30 + minutes of bonding time spent with my sister while running Saturday.  In fact, while it was no doubt the farthest distance I have ever logged at one time, yet it didn’t feel like it was long enough.  It has been quite a while since I have had the opportunity to spend some good old one on one time with my little sister and it was great.  I look forward to this again in the future!

Not only did I log my longest run even on Saturday, when running a total o 16 miles, but Sunday I logged my farthest bike ride every, at 32 miles.  This explains my Post Title, “48 Miles in 48 Hours!”