I share a lot with you guys.
A heck of a lot more than most elites share about their training. Most runners keep their training close to their chest, only showing the major milestones in their career; good or bad.
I like to be honest, and I don’t mind sharing my journey with you. In fact, I quite enjoy that I can document what I am going through, so someday I can reflect on this.
So actually, its kind of selfish, as I am thinking about myself 😉
But if it helps you out too, I am happy to share.
I have had quite a few requests for a sample week of training, and I did actually do one earlier this year, but that was earlier in my marathon training cycle, and my training has developed since then.
I am sharing last weeks training with you, but before I do, I apologize that I am not giving specifics of my workouts.
Steve is a coach, and a coach that has developed his own workouts, his own methods, and his own “secrets to success”.
This is his career and livelihood, something he has worked so hard on, and his workouts put together are his secret sauce to success.
Someday Steve would like to go into a coaching business for himself, so he needs to keep some of his methods private.
For now, he is saving his energy for his Morehead State team, myself, and a few others.
I hope you understand 🙂
I also want to note that on Friday morning we drove 6 hours to Michigan for one of my dear friends wedding and drove back the following day. That means we front loaded the training a little and things were moved around, but that is a point in itself; marathon training should be adapted to you and your life.
Once again, that’s why you can’t just take mine or someone elses workouts and change the paces or the volume. You need to find a coach who suits you, and considers your situation.
There are so many variables that go into how you are able to perform any one workout.
Okay, so enough rambling, get on to the good stuff 😉
Here is week 5 of marathon training for California International Marathon (8 weeks to go)
am: 9 miles easy (7:52 pace average)
pm: 1 hour ElliptigGO on the trainer, easy….watching gossip girl….cringe 🙂
am: 9 miles easy (7:50 pace) followed immediately by Strength Training with Drew ( 1 hour)
am: 4 mile warm up (8:03 pace)
9 miles worth of workout; tempo plus shorter repeats in my Saucony Fastwitch.
Took UCAN 3 times while running fast, and practiced my pre race meal of sweet potato with almond butter.
3 mile cool down (7:50 pace)
pm: ElliptiGO on the trainer, VERY easy
*Note* this is the first time I have done anything else in the afternoon after a workout. Usually this would be a complete rest, but as we were going to the wedding on Friday, I added it here instead.
am: 9 miles easy (8:09 pace) immediately followed by Strength Training with Drew (1 hour)
*Note* this would usually be on Friday, but again, with the wedding, things were moved around
pm: Acupuncture at Blue Lotus (around lunchtime)
5 miles easy (7:50 pace)
am: 9 miles easy (8:05 pace)
pm: rest……if driving 6 hours is considered rest….ugh
Saturday: 7 miles easy (8:08 pace)
pm: 3 miles easy after another 6 hour drive (8:08 pace)
*Note* I chose to split this run up to shake my legs out after the drive before the progression run the next day.
am: 20 mile progression run (plus 2 miles cool down), 10 miles comfortable, 10 miles slowly cranking it down. Practiced everything would be using for race day, including UCAN every 3 miles, and Run Gum at mile 14.
Ended up averaging 6:22 pace overall, with last 7 miles under 6:00, so happy with that 🙂
TOTAL:88.9 miles….and yes, that .1 does kind of bother me 😉
A few other notes
- I complete this dynamic warm up before EVERY run
- Did you notice the pace of my recovery runs? 2-3 MINUTES SLOWER THAN RACE PACE!!!
- Because of the wedding I missed it this week, but I usually have a massage every Saturday with Karen
- I foam roll (actually, PVC pipe roll) before every strength training workout, and after most runs in the week, especially on workout days. This also includes using my Roll Recovery and R3 Roller.
- In the morning before my runs I take Body Health Perfect Amino
- After my runs, even if I am strength training right after, I eat something within 20 minutes
- With my dinner, I take 3-4 Ferrous Gluconate Iron tablets, Body Health+Complete Detox OR EnduroPacks Multivitamin, and Prescript Assist Probiotic.
- Before bed, I take EnduroPacks L-Glutamine tablets
So, was it what you expected?
It may seem like a lot, and in a lot of ways, running is another job for me, as I spend 3-4 hours most day on my running and the recovery aspects that go along with it.
As you see, things were moved around, and that is why there really is no “typical week” as every week is different, and Steve and I make adjustments all the time.
But I hope it was helpful, and if nothing else, interesting for you to read.
I am tired, it is hard, and sometimes I wonder why I put myself through it, but I know, come December 4th, I will be ready, and I am excited to see that all these tired hours were worthwhile 🙂
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