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.