Hi ya’ll! Over the coming weeks I will be sharing my training schedule and progress for the Edinburgh Marathon. I always enjoy reading about what others are doing to prepare for a goal race and I’ve found that by sharing my training plan it helps me stay accountable.
Be sure to read this post about reevaluating my goals and current running mojo!
Overall I wish the mileage was higher, but I’ve really been enjoying all the strength and cross training work I’ve been putting in. I know my running is improving and I’m enjoying the variety.
Here’s what happened over the last two weeks:
Week of April 17th
PM: 5 treadmill miles, barbell squats (superset: sumo & narrow w/ 20lb 8×4) and band work (glute bridges, clamshells and dino walks)
I would have preferred to run 6 miles or so all at once, but I knew it wasn’t going to happen so I split up the day. The training effect isn’t quite the same, but it does help somewhat because my legs felt fatigued. My legs were tired from the night before, but I’m glad I gutted it out. Running on tired legs feels horrible, but really shows over time. Not only do I feel accomplished afterwards, but it helps to simulate how my legs will feel toward the end of a race.
AM: 3.22 road miles at GMP w/ strides
PM: 3 treadmill miles + arms and back workout
Easy Breezy Beautiful Yoga – Yoga with Adriene
5.32 miles with .32 as a fast finish
2 easy miles + 7 minute Yoga for Runners – Yoga with Adriene
8 miles + 45 minutes of easy spinning
Total Miles: 26.54
Week of April 24th
2.4 easy miles with Chloe Mae around our neighborhood
I threw in some pace pickups to test out my legs in preparation for Sunday’s race. Everything felt great and I was feeling comfortable even though the paces were faster for me.
4 treadmill miles + barbell squats (sumo and front @ 20lbs 8×4) + 30 minutes of easy spinning
3 treadmill miles + arm complex @ 3lbs + 10 minutes of easy spinning
40 minutes of easy spinning
1.5 miles to knock out the cobwebs
Tear Drop Half Marathon – Recap coming soon!
Total Miles: 24 miles
Even though the mileage has been low, I’ve been able to get some solid work in over the last couple weeks. The spinning has really been helping me get more volume in without being slow to recover since I haven’t done a great job of building up the mileage and I’m now past the point of safely doing so before race day.
The Tear Drop Half Marathon was a great test for my legs. The issues I ran into on race day weren’t at all related to my legs so I’m taking that as a great sign. My legs felt tired afterwards, but didn’t struggle during. Yay!
Just one or two really long runs left before taper and race week. Since the training volume and mileage hasn’t been like it normally would (40-50 mile weeks), I won’t be pulling back that much to taper. In fact I will probably just drop the lower body weight lifting and replace it with yoga.
Are you currently training for anything?
Any Spring race plans?