Well, this training method has been an interesting one. Here’s how week 6 went for me.
Scheduled mileage – Actual mileage
Monday (4 miles) – 4 miles
After my race the day before, I was in no shape to run anything more than what was expected of me. My quads were pretty sore, but I made it out to Movin’ Shoes for a group run and as soon as I started running, they felt better and 4 easy run miles flew by.
Tuesday (6 x 800 m with 400 m recovery; 1 mile WU and CD) – 6 x 800 m with 400 m recovery; 2.5 mile WU and 1.5 mile CD
This was my first real interval training. I was so unprepared for it that I brought my Hanson’s marathon method training book with me to work so I could look into the specifics of it before going into it. I think I did a pretty good job at it after looking at my pacing through the workout.
Although I did realize a few days later that my warm up (WU) and cool down (CD) were a bit longer than what was scheduled. Oops. It’s a work in progress. 🙂
Wednesday (Rest) – Rest
I’ve been sleeping so much more ever since starting this program. I need my body to restore itself so if the program says rest, I’m going to rest.
Thursday (5 miles tempo run + 1 mile WU and CD) – 3 mile tempo run + 1 mile WU and CD
I missed the note at the bottom of my training plan where it said WUs and CDs were supposed to be a mile each. Since I did extra miles on Tuesday’s interval training, I decreased my tempo run mileage for the day. This was probably the worst run of the week. For tempo runs, I’m supposed to run around my marathon pace. Let’s just say I didn’t hit my marathon pace during any of the miles. 😦
Friday (4 miles) – 4.3 miles
After Thursday’s terrible run, I took it easy and ran the 4 miles as a much more comfortable pace.
Saturday (6 miles) – 11 long run miles
I will probably be swapping Saturday and Sunday miles simply because my run group meets on Saturday and I lack motivation when there isn’t a group run. LOL. I ran with someone who’s around my pace and we managed 11 miles at a slightly faster pace. It wasn’t marathon pace, but I did feel very strong during this run. 🙂
Sunday (10 miles) – 4.7 miles
Because of extra mileage earlier in the week, I only had to run 4.7 easy miles to meet my weekly mileage.
Total mileage: (38 miles) – 38 miles
Thoughts for the week: Although, I’m super proud of myself for meeting such a high weekly mileage goal, I am worried I’m not performing as well as I’d like in terms of speed. Depending on how my next few tempo runs go, I may have to reassess my marathon goal of 4 hours. The Chicago marathon corral assignments came out this week and I’m already having serious doubts about whether I can actually reach a sub 4 time. I guess I’ll see in a few weeks when I do more tempo runs.
How do you deal with doubt when training? Any tips for anyone who wants to get faster?