Mileage Monday: 48 Days and Counting

48 days away until my next attempt where I go from marathoner to Boston Qualifier. On Sunday, September 8, I will take my training and put it all together in hopes to run a sub 3:05, which is the qualifying time for my age group. 3:05 is a pace of 7:03 per mile. However, to not leave anything to chance I am training to run a 7:00/mi pace, which would get me across the finish line just over 3 hour 3 minutes.

Last week was my first “official” training week for the Ventura Marathon. After running a 3:09:21 at the Wipro San Francisco Marathon, I took a couple of weeks where I just ran as my recovery phase without having any particular workouts in front of me. This last week, I had my first interval workout, tempo workout and long run workout, along with the challenges of life as a father. While getting into my first week of marathon specific training, I was faced with probably one of the hardest things I have had to face as a dad when my son was admitted into the intensive care unit and placed in isolation due to a respiratory virus. Running last week actually helped me during this time as I mentioned in last weeks Fit Friday post.

This is what my workouts looked like for my first week of an 8 week marathon training cycle:

Monday – 10.02 miles easy
Tuesday – 10.02 miles total: 1 mile warm-up, 6 x 1 mile at sub marathon pace w/ 400 meter recovery, 1.5 mile cool down
Wednesday – 4.01 miles at recovery pace
Thursday – 2.08 miles easy
Friday – 10.01 miles: 1 mile warm-up, 8 miles at marathon pace, 1 mile cool down
Saturday – 10.10 miles easy
Sunday – 16.01 miles at long run pace

Total miles: 62.24 miles

As the weeks start to move along and I start to push into runs with 10 miles at marathon pace, plus longer mid week runs, I will hopefully get around 80-90 miles in per week. This is always an exciting time for me because I know my workouts are challenging but it is always well worth it when it comes to toeing the line knowing that I did everything I could preparing for the 26.2 mile journey.

How has your marathon training been going? Are you excited for your upcoming marathon? Do you have a blog post to share? Don’t forget to share it on my Mileage Monday link up.

2 Comments on “Mileage Monday: 48 Days and Counting

  1. Karen I do not take off days but rather run easier on Wednesdays. The last day I didn't run was December 9, 2012. Since running everyday I have ran my 2 fastest marathon times, my 2nd and 3rd fastest half marathon times, my two fastest 10 mile times as well finished fifth in my first ultra race. For me it has made me a stronger runner.


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