Mission Sub 3 … week 6

Probably one of my not so glamorous weeks of training during this cycle in preparation for my go at a sub three on July 26th at The San Francisco Marathon. I logged in only 55 miles, but on the bright side of things, I did notch in my two SOS (Something Of Substance) workouts this week.

My first SOS workout was on Tuesday morning which called for 4 x 1200 meters with a 400 meter recovery between each rep. I felt good and consistent for this workout, with a solid warm-up and cool down logging in a total of 7 miles that morning. This workout would be my final workout in Sacramento for the next couple of days as I traveled to Salt Lake City with the Sacramento Republic later that afternoon.

Wednesday I logged in 11 miles in Utah which is about 4,300 feet above sea level. I did feel the elevation but for only about the first 15-20 minutes I was out running, perhaps this was due to the easier pace that I sought to put in for that day.


On Thursday, I had a 7-mile GMP workout on the schedule. I started off the run in Utah with a 2 mile warm-up run, then went after trying to set some GMP miles, that ended quickly however. The elevation hit me pretty hard that day. I still tried to push a harder effort 7 miles but the paces just weren’t even close. I finished off the 7-mile “TEMPO” run with a 1 mile cool down and called it a day with a total of 10 miles in the books, before departing Utah later that evening.

Saturday was supposed to be an easy day up in the hills of Folsom, but it became a struggle after 8-miles of running. This was the first time I felt this tired during and after a run in a very long time. I was still able to sludge through 13.1 miles with about 1,000 ft. of elevation gain through that morning run.

Sunday, was a very lite and short day of 3 miles. For some reason that’s all I had in me and had to listen to my body.

The week wasn’t ideal but it was still something. Sometimes workouts aren’t the way that we want them to go, but with over 80 days remaining until my “A” race, I am still confident that I can build off of this week. I guess it is true in what they say “If it doesn’t challenge it, it doesn’t change us”, this week was a challenge so it is time to work past it.

The past week also included two weighted strength workouts using body weights and dumbbells which were designed by Luke at Results PT and Training.

How did you week of training go last week? How do you bounce back off of a not so ideal week of training?


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