We continue with the lower temps here. This morning, it was a nice 65 degrees. It felt even cool at the start! Didn’t take long for the humidity to catch up, though. See the haze in the photo? That’s 99% humidity. I can tell a definite difference in my breathing. 

It was a nice 7.2 miles in 1:02:58. Lots of easy running still, but I’m trusting livelongtrainhard's training. I feel pretty strong and am taking the mileage well. 

My legs were a little tight this morning, mainly my calves. I’ll foam roll at some point during a break today.

We continue with the lower temps here. This morning, it was a nice 65 degrees. It felt even cool at the start! Didn’t take long for the humidity to catch up, though. See the haze in the photo? That’s 99% humidity. I can tell a definite difference in my breathing.

It was a nice 7.2 miles in 1:02:58. Lots of easy running still, but I’m trusting livelongtrainhard's training. I feel pretty strong and am taking the mileage well.

My legs were a little tight this morning, mainly my calves. I’ll foam roll at some point during a break today.

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A sweaty, dusty treadmill. 

Schedule called for 9 with strides today, but I had to cut it short due to time constraints. I still got in 7 miles with some nice, quick running. 

I felt great during the run, anxious to go faster. That’s a feeling I haven’t experienced in a while. I think that’s progress!

A sweaty, dusty treadmill.

Schedule called for 9 with strides today, but I had to cut it short due to time constraints. I still got in 7 miles with some nice, quick running.

I felt great during the run, anxious to go faster. That’s a feeling I haven’t experienced in a while. I think that’s progress!

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Marathon Training, Week 3

3 weeks down, and I think 18 to go!

I feel like this week was kind of the first “real” week of training. My volume is back up there a bit, and there was another tempo run in the schedule.

Unfortunately, I was a little under the weather Monday, so I had to rearrange the week. Normally, the day off is Friday, so this meant 6 consecutive days running. That’s not too big of a deal… I’ve run back-to-back days much longer than that before… but not at that volume in a while.

Also, the tempo run this week… I was pretty nervous. The first one of this training cycle went okay, but not really well. I struggled with it, and ended up not feeling that confident. This week, though, we’ve had some great weather, so I was excited to give it another shot. It went much better than expected!

So, here’s the rundown…

Monday

Plan: 10 miles easy
Actual: Sick day

Tuesday

Plan: 10 miles easy
Actual11.4 miles in 1:37:40 (8:33 pace)

Wednesday

Plan: 8 miles with 4 @ Tempo (~7:10 pace)
Actual8 miles with 4 tempo in 7:35 (?), 6:42, 6:37, 6:40

Thursday

Plan: 4 miles easy
Actual10 treadmill miles in 1:25:21 (8:32 pace)

Friday

Plan: Rest
Actual4 miles easy in 46:35, (11:39 pace)

Saturday

Plan: 14 miles long
Actual17.15 miles in 2:21:00 (8:13 pace) *Re-mapped, and it was a little longer than I thought.

Sunday

Plan: 4 miles easy
Actual4.3 miles in 36:44 (8:33 pace)

Total

Plan: 50 miles
Actual: 54.85 miles

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I really wasn’t sore after the long run yesterday, but I could feel the tiredness in my legs the first couple of miles today. Thankfully, that worked its way out, and it turned into a nice recovery run. 

62 degrees! I’m going to hate when the temps crawl back up. Humid and foggy again this morning, but I’ll take it with temps that low. 

4.3 miles, 36:44.

I really wasn’t sore after the long run yesterday, but I could feel the tiredness in my legs the first couple of miles today. Thankfully, that worked its way out, and it turned into a nice recovery run.

62 degrees! I’m going to hate when the temps crawl back up. Humid and foggy again this morning, but I’ll take it with temps that low.

4.3 miles, 36:44.

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I waited a little late for my long run today. In the summer, that’s dangerous. Today? It was awesome.

Temps were in the low to mid-70’s, there was some shade on the route, and a slight breeze. Again, it’s in the middle of July. It’s supposed to be 100 degrees. I love this!

Plan called for 14 easy, but I had a long point-to-point route on forest roads that ended up being over 16. Lots of rolling hills and great scenery. I like running on these roads, so time seemed to just fly by. I only saw 1 other vehicle (other than the in-laws’ Jeep) on the road.

Rachel, the kids, and the in-laws did some exploring in the Jeep after dropping me off, and I met up with them at the end.

My phone died, so RunKeeper didn’t get to record the whole thing. My estimate is 16.4, and the total time was 2:20:20. I’ll map it out and see how close my guess is.

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It’s July 18. And it was 56 degrees this morning!

We’re up visiting the in-laws. They have a house and cabin in a fairly remote area. It’s expansive (lots of acreage) and quiet. I enjoyed running on their property this morning, taking full advantage of the weather. The clouds rolled in so the views are gone… But it’s still pretty cool.

4 slow and easy miles. I did walk a steep hill, but generally it was a slower run. After 10, 8, and 10 the prior 3 days, it was nice to be slow this morning.

The weather will be like this again tomorrow, so it should be perfect for the long run!

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I felt pretty good following the tempo run yesterday. I didn’t have any soreness or pain to speak of. And, it was relatively easy to wake up… I actually woke up just minutes before the alarm was going to go off. Seeing 3:50 on the clock and not dying to go back to sleep is a nice feeling. 

Unfortunately, there was a nice cell of heavy rain right over us when I needed to get out the door. Light rain is one thing… that’s fun to run in. But heavier rain, with heavy, wet, and soggy shoes can get ugly. I chose to stay indoors. It’s a shame, I would have enjoyed the cooler temps we’re having now. 

Other than that, there’s not much to report on the run. I ran easy. It felt easy. Legs were a little tired the first couple miles, but really, the last 8 were great… enjoyable, even on the treadmill. 

So, 10 miles in 85:27. 4 is going to feel short and easy tomorrow!

I felt pretty good following the tempo run yesterday. I didn’t have any soreness or pain to speak of. And, it was relatively easy to wake up… I actually woke up just minutes before the alarm was going to go off. Seeing 3:50 on the clock and not dying to go back to sleep is a nice feeling.

Unfortunately, there was a nice cell of heavy rain right over us when I needed to get out the door. Light rain is one thing… that’s fun to run in. But heavier rain, with heavy, wet, and soggy shoes can get ugly. I chose to stay indoors. It’s a shame, I would have enjoyed the cooler temps we’re having now.

Other than that, there’s not much to report on the run. I ran easy. It felt easy. Legs were a little tired the first couple miles, but really, the last 8 were great… enjoyable, even on the treadmill.

So, 10 miles in 85:27. 4 is going to feel short and easy tomorrow!

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There’s a restaurant downtown that has these lions by their door. I don’t know what they represent, but they’re interesting. A year ago or so, I ran by and fist bumped them… it looks like they’re asking for it. It’s been my tradition ever since. They got knuckles again today. 

The schedule called for 8 miles today, with 4 at tempo pace. That pace should be in the low 7:00 range as I build my base, but it was quicker than that after settling in the first mile: 7:34, 6:42, 6:37, 6:40. 

Not sure what was up with the first tempo mile. It could have been a GPS issue… the effort didn’t feel easier than the other miles. But, after settling in, those last 3 miles felt GREAT. It was exactly what tempo pace is supposed to feel like. Fast but controlled, comfortably hard. Maybe it was too fast, but the effort level felt right. I’ll take it!

The temp this morning was a cool 62. That’s about as nice a summer morning as we’ll ever have! I’m enjoying it while it lasts.

There’s a restaurant downtown that has these lions by their door. I don’t know what they represent, but they’re interesting. A year ago or so, I ran by and fist bumped them… it looks like they’re asking for it. It’s been my tradition ever since. They got knuckles again today.

The schedule called for 8 miles today, with 4 at tempo pace. That pace should be in the low 7:00 range as I build my base, but it was quicker than that after settling in the first mile: 7:34, 6:42, 6:37, 6:40.

Not sure what was up with the first tempo mile. It could have been a GPS issue… the effort didn’t feel easier than the other miles. But, after settling in, those last 3 miles felt GREAT. It was exactly what tempo pace is supposed to feel like. Fast but controlled, comfortably hard. Maybe it was too fast, but the effort level felt right. I’ll take it!

The temp this morning was a cool 62. That’s about as nice a summer morning as we’ll ever have! I’m enjoying it while it lasts.

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A nice morning again!

I was feeling under the weather yesterday, so I took a recovery day. I hate to do that… With only 1 day off a week, it doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle room. But, it was needed, and I felt a lot better today.

The schedule called for 10 miles easy. Got the easy part down, but misestimated my route and ended up with 11.4 hilly miles. Check out the elevation chart. Not a bunch of big hills, but rolling throughout with a few climbs. I like that… Helps make sure I keep the pace in check and builds strength.

You can see the pace chart dip a bit at the end. I used some of the downhill to pick it up a little and try and finish a little quicker. I was running behind already, and it was almost 7:00 when I finished! But, the acceleration was gradual and didn’t spike and then fall back. That’s the way I want to run.

11.4 miles, 1:37:40, 8:34 pace.

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Marathon Training, Week 2

After the introduction to training program last week, this week was more of the same, but maybe a bit of a “maintenance” week. No speedwork, tempo runs, or intervals, just strides with Monday’s run. Also, the long run was a little shorter. No complaints from me… I’m still getting used to running this much mileage on the roads again. It has definitely been a while!

Overall, I felt really good about this week. I hit everything as prescribed on the schedule. Unfortunately, I had a hard time keeping up the early morning routine, which means too many of my runs this week were on the treadmill. It’s just entirely too hot to run outdoors in the middle of the day now. That’s fine… it’s part of training in the summer. I generally don’t mind the treadmill.

I did have a small bit of knee pain early in the week. I would feel it a little bit early in the run, but it would be gone within the first mile. I don’t think it’s anything to worry about, and it really wasn’t “pain”… maybe “twinge” is a better word. It’s gone now. I’m chalking it up to my body adjusting to the mileage and routine again.

Monday

Plan: 8 miles easy with strides
Actual: 8 miles, on the treadmill, with strides in the last 2 miles at 6:00 pace, 1:06:00 total

Tuesday

Plan: 10 miles easy
Actual: 10 miles on the treadmill in 1:25:50 (8:35 pace)

Wednesday

Plan: 5 miles easy
Actual: 5 miles on the treadmill in 44:00 (8:48 pace)

Thursday

Plan: 7 miles easy
Actual: 7.16 miles in 1:01:31 (8:36 pace)

Friday

Plan: Rest
Actual: Rest

Saturday

Plan: 10 miles long
Actual: 10.22 miles in 1:30:19 (8:50 pace)

Sunday

Plan: 5 miles easy
Actual: 5 miles on the treadmill in 42:37 (8:31 pace)

Total

Plan: 45 miles
Actual: 45.38 miles

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