Same treadmill, but this was from a different run. 

I haven’t posted in a bit. I’ll catch up with a weekly post tomorrow, but it has been a bit of a drop off. After Thursday’s run, I worked for 30 hours straight, until about noon on Friday. I’m not that young anymore, so that reeeeaalllly took it out of me. Friday was an off day. Saturday should have been my long run (16), but was a day off instead. Sunday, I attempted the long run, but the accumulated fatigue and nasty weather (76 degrees with 99% humidity) meant I only made it 9.5 miles. I ran easy Monday, just 5, and coach told me to take Tuesday off. 

That brings things to today’s tempo run. It was supposed to happen Monday, but was pushed back with the rearranging. Schedule calls for 8 with 5 at tempo pace (low 7:00’s per mile). 

I was skeptical. I was a bit sore from yard work and some games with the kids, but that went away after 2 miles. I worked into the tempo section as a progression. So, first 2 miles in 17:10, then the 5 tempo miles at 7:13, 7:08, 6:57, 6:49, 6:35. Things wrapped up with a 9:00 mile or so cool down. 

All in all, the tempo miles were great. The pace was controlled, my breathing was in line with what a tempo run should be, and I didn’t struggle to keep it up. Definitely a confidence boost after flailing the last few days. 

To top it all off, I had my annual checkup for insurance purposes, and they took my resting heart rate at 46 and my BP at something like 96/58. Not bad!

I’m guessing the heart rate will be close to 42 or so in the morning. I plan on checking!

Same treadmill, but this was from a different run.

I haven’t posted in a bit. I’ll catch up with a weekly post tomorrow, but it has been a bit of a drop off. After Thursday’s run, I worked for 30 hours straight, until about noon on Friday. I’m not that young anymore, so that reeeeaalllly took it out of me. Friday was an off day. Saturday should have been my long run (16), but was a day off instead. Sunday, I attempted the long run, but the accumulated fatigue and nasty weather (76 degrees with 99% humidity) meant I only made it 9.5 miles. I ran easy Monday, just 5, and coach told me to take Tuesday off.

That brings things to today’s tempo run. It was supposed to happen Monday, but was pushed back with the rearranging. Schedule calls for 8 with 5 at tempo pace (low 7:00’s per mile).

I was skeptical. I was a bit sore from yard work and some games with the kids, but that went away after 2 miles. I worked into the tempo section as a progression. So, first 2 miles in 17:10, then the 5 tempo miles at 7:13, 7:08, 6:57, 6:49, 6:35. Things wrapped up with a 9:00 mile or so cool down.

All in all, the tempo miles were great. The pace was controlled, my breathing was in line with what a tempo run should be, and I didn’t struggle to keep it up. Definitely a confidence boost after flailing the last few days.

To top it all off, I had my annual checkup for insurance purposes, and they took my resting heart rate at 46 and my BP at something like 96/58. Not bad!

I’m guessing the heart rate will be close to 42 or so in the morning. I plan on checking!

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Picture is a little blurry, but wow… It was muggy!

After some storms last night, the fog rolled in this morning. The air was warm and thick, and with the temp at 70, felt a little suffocating. But, it was fun to run in the clouds around West Mountain, North Mountain, and Hot Springs Mountain. 

10 miles total, all easy, but with some decent hills thrown in. 

I’m glad I got it done this morning. I have two long-ish work days coming up, so having tomorrow morning off will be nice!

Picture is a little blurry, but wow… It was muggy!

After some storms last night, the fog rolled in this morning. The air was warm and thick, and with the temp at 70, felt a little suffocating. But, it was fun to run in the clouds around West Mountain, North Mountain, and Hot Springs Mountain.

10 miles total, all easy, but with some decent hills thrown in.

I’m glad I got it done this morning. I have two long-ish work days coming up, so having tomorrow morning off will be nice!

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Another nice road to run on. 

This wasn’t the greatest of runs. I just wasn’t feeling it this morning. It was slow, sure, but that wasn’t the problem. It was muggy, of course, but I’ve run in much worse. 

I don’t know. Just one of those days. Thankfully it was only 5 easy miles. I’m hoping I’m a little more enthusiastic about my 10 miles tomorrow. 

5 miles on 45:05. See, Billy, I can run slower!

Another nice road to run on.

This wasn’t the greatest of runs. I just wasn’t feeling it this morning. It was slow, sure, but that wasn’t the problem. It was muggy, of course, but I’ve run in much worse.

I don’t know. Just one of those days. Thankfully it was only 5 easy miles. I’m hoping I’m a little more enthusiastic about my 10 miles tomorrow.

5 miles on 45:05. See, Billy, I can run slower!

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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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