Category: Marathon training

Portland Marathon Training Week 11 – Workouts Recap (8/24-8/30)

Five more weeks until my first marathon! It’s been a milestone week since I ran my first 20 miler which will be the longest distance I run until the marathon. I must say it was a tough one but a pretty good first 20 mile run. I have another 20 miler planned in two weeks. I’m not sure how I’ll get it in, but here’s what I did last week:

Monday – I remember waking up a lot later than planned, since my alarm didn’t wake me up, and I did Focus T25 Total Body Circuit. I cut it close and got to work just in time. Tuesday – Ran 5 miles before heading up to Seattle.
  Wednesday – 8 miles. It was nice to run on this trail again by my parent’s place. Thursday – Running Rest Day. Ended up walking 2 miles and went geocaching.
Friday – Ran 5 miles.  Saturday – Ran 20 miles.
The 20 miles were tough especially since it was a hilly course and rained for a good portion of it. The rain wasn’t bad and felt good at times. But when I finished I had the thoughts of how I would get through 6.2 more miles at a faster pace. My main goal is to finish the marathon but another goal is to finish under 4 hours. I ran most of it at a more comfortable pace since the program says to run the long runs slow. But I also looked at what RunKeeper had planned for me and they had an 18 miler planned with 3 fast miles towards the end and the last 3 miles steady. I decided to incorporate that in my 20 miler to see how I’d do and I ran miles 16-18 faster with splits 8:53/8:42/8:55 and then miles 19, 20 back to a steady pace and got 9:45 and 9:19. I’m actually pretty happy with how I did. But to do another 6.2 miles has me nervous. For me to get a time of 3:59:00, my average pace needs to be 9:07 per mile. There’s still five weeks left and one more 20 miler scheduled. I’ll see how I feel in a couple of weeks. 🙂

Sunday – Rest Day. I am feeling a little sore, and it seems to be my glutes.

Here’s a summary of what Hal Higdon’s plan had scheduled and what I did:

Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun
What I did Cross 5 m run 8 m run Rest 5 m pace 20 Rest
Hal Higdon’s plan Cross 5 m run 8 m run 5 m run Rest 5 m pace 20

How did your week go? How’s your training going?

I’m linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap.WeeklyWrap

Portland Marathon Training Week 10 – Workouts Recap (8/17-8/23)

Six more weeks to go until my first marathon! Training is still going good. Mileage decreased a little. I ran 31 miles compared to 39 miles the previous week, which is still a lot for me. I’m still managing to wake up early enough to get my runs in but in one case I missed my alarm on Friday so I had to run in the evening. Thankful that I’m able to get it done!

Here’s what I did last week:

Monday – Cross training day. I did Focus T25 Speed 2.0. It’s a good, fast paced workout that makes me sweat.
Tuesday – Started the day with a nice 5 miles.
Wednesday – Another early morning 5 miler.Thursday – I did P90X3 Dynamix, a great recovery workout with dynamic exercises and stretches.
Friday – Ran a fast evening 8 miler. I probably wasn’t supposed to run it that fast but it felt good, and at the end I decided to run a fast mile for the weekly challenge in G+. I ended up running a 7:32 mile for mile 8. I’m not sure if it was the spaghetti I ate or the Energy and Endurance Formula I took beforehand lol, but I sure went fast. Saturday – After my evening run the day before I still woke up early to get my total 13 scheduled miles.  I ran 10 miles before hubby went to work and the last 3 miles were on the treadmill.

The thirteen miles were ok, just another training run that felt fine. But I’m getting anxious about my 20 miler this weekend. It will be my longest run ever!

Sunday – Rest Day.

Here’s a summary of what Hal Higdon’s plan had scheduled and what I did:Screen Shot 2015-08-23 at 10.24.32 PM

How’d your week go? Any races coming up?

I’m linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap.WeeklyWrap

Portland Marathon Training Week 7 – Workouts Recap (7/27-8/2)

Marathon training is still going well so far. I’m still following a modified Hal Higdon training plan and I’ve been getting the runs I’ve scheduled done so that’s always good. Here’s what last week’s workouts/runs looked like:

Monday – Cross training. I did Focus T25 Gamma Speed 3.0. I had a great sweat session. There’s lot of burpees in this one.Tuesday – Early morning 4 miles.
Wednesday – Ran 5 miles.  Thursday – Rest Day.
Friday – Another Rest Day.

Saturday – The schedule had a half marathon to run so I ran my own half marathon. I woke up in the wee hours to run it. I had to be home before hubby went to work so I started around 4:30 am. I was nervous since it was dark out but it wasn’t too bad.Sunday – Rest Day

My first marathon is just two months away. Things are getting exciting since my long runs will be my longest runs ever. But I’m not sure how I’m going to run my next long run which is 17 miles on Saturday. I will most likely have to split it up and run some outside and the rest on the treadmill since I have to be home before my husband goes to work.

Here’s a summary of what Hal Higdon’s plan had scheduled and what I did:

Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun
Hal Higdon’s plan Cross 4 m run 5 m run 4 m run Rest Rest 13.1
What I did Cross 4 m run 5 m run Rest Rest 13.1 mi Rest

How’d your week go?

Hope you have a runderful rest of the week! 🙂

Portland Marathon Training Week 6 – Workouts Recap (7/20-7/26) and Weekend Update

I finished week 6 of marathon training with my longest run ever, 15 miles! Woohoo! Felt pretty good, so I think training is going well. It’s been harder and harder waking up early to run though. I’m getting tired, especially on work days but I’ve managed to get it done. I ended up with 33 miles for the week.

Here’s what I did:

Monday – Cross Training Day. I decided to do P90X3 CVX. I like how this workout incorporates a weight with cardio.

Tuesday – Ran an early 4 miler.  Wednesday – 7 early morning miles before work.
Thursday – Rest Day. Traveled to Seattle. 
Friday – Had a nice 7 mile run.
Saturday – 15 early morning miles, my longest run so far! This was actually a pretty hilly run but I felt pretty good throughout. The hills were tough but manageable.  Sunday – Rest Day.

On to the weekend update. I went up north past Seattle to visit family. It was nice to get together and just relax at my parent’s place. We went on walks, had some ice cream, and watched some DVDs. The kiddos had fun. It was nice that they spent time with their cousins.


Can you spot the animal? I’m not sure what it was but my husband said it’s a nutria, also known as a river rat.

Something fell off, lol.

That was my week of workouts and weekend. How’d your week go?

I’m linking up with Tara from Running ‘n’ Reading for the Weekend Update. Be sure to check out the other blogs. 🙂

Portland Marathon Training Week 4 – Workouts Recap (7/6-7/12)

Training for my first marathon is still going well so far. This week’s long run wasn’t that long, I guess to get a break and have some time to recover for the increasing miles ahead. I’m still somewhat following Hal Higdon’s Intermediate Plan with a few tweaks.

Here’s what last week’s workouts looked like:

Monday – Cross training day. I tried 21 Day Fix Extreme, The Fix Challenge for the first time. Oh my, it was a challenge and great workout! There’s 13 moves. You start with the first one and then keep adding one move each time until you get to the end and do all 13 moves. I liked it!Tuesday – Ran 3 miles.
Wednesday – 5 evening miles.  Thursday – I did Insanity Cardio Recovery. It’s a great recovery workout with good stretches but not easy. There’s lots of squats and lunges with pulses.
Friday – Ran 6 miles.  Saturday – Ran 9 miles.
Here’s a summary of what Hal Higdon’s plan had scheduled and what I did:

Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun
Hal Higdon’s plan Cross 3 m run 5 m run 3 m run Rest 6 m pace 9
What I did Cross 3 m run 5 m run Cross 6 m pace 9 Rest

How did last week go for you? Any races coming up? I’ll be pacing a half marathon on Saturday. It should be fun. Here’s to a great week ahead!

I’m linking up with Tuesdays on the Run – MCM Mama Runs, My No-Guilt Life, and Run the Great Wide Somewhere.