After Marine Corps Marathon, and London Marathon before that, I said that the next time I ran a marathon, it’d be as a fun run without any goals and expectations and hence my training would similarly be simple and stress free. But that nagging goal remained and as I’d always suspected, I decided to give it another go.  A group of us running friends signed up for Revel Mt. Hood in Oregon on July 28th.

With 16 weeks to race day, my sort of Winter hibernation officially ended last week and it is now time to start a new marathon training cycle. I have maintained a good running base of ~ 20miles/week throughout the Winter with some the Red Top Rumble Trail race, the Cochran Mill Trail Race and the Publix Georgia Half Marathon. But with the start of the first “official” week of training, I was struck by how serious and different it felt inspite of it not being any different from the previous week’s workouts. That’s what makes for a successful training I suppose, being committed and disciplined enough to show up to train day in and day out, week after week, even when you don’t feel like it. You tweak things if needed, but always show up. Showing up is more than half the battle.

training recap

Monday – Starting of the week right with some stretching and core work at the Yogalates class

Tuesday – Joined Miss. FauxRunner at her track practice in the evening and ran 5 miles easy on the outer most track. 

Wednesday – 30 min lifting routine during lunch with a bike trainer ride in the evening. This was an ITL power series ride and even before I was through 15min, my legs were burning up. Ultimately, I bailed at an hour, 15 min before the finish. This was my first trainer ride in a long time that I couldn’t see through to the finish.

Thursday – Joined Miss. FauxRunner at track again and ran 7 miles. This was torture after the first 4 miles and I had to keep telling myself “just one more lap” over and over to get through. 

Friday – 45 min lifting routine followed by a 3 mile run on fatigued legs

Saturday – My motivation and my legs went missing! Miss. FauxRunner had a friend over for sleepover and I slept in. Running in the late after with her felt extremely hard, even though it was only 3.5 miles instead of my planned 5.

Sunday – Long run of 11 miles. Just happy to get through it as I had to mentally talk myself into going instead of my usual bounding out of bed in search of my running shoes.

weekly training

Running on the track did have an advantage – my pace was WAY faster than other surfaces, by almost a minute. Worth the mental torture!

How is your training going?
Have you run on the track for non-speed workouts?

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Monday
Meatless Monday – Confessions of a Mother Runner and A Whisk and Two Wands
Tuesday
Tunes Tuesday (first Tuesday of the month) – KookyRunnerRun With No Regrets and RunSteffRun
Tuesdays on the Run –No Guilt LifeMCM Mama RunsMarcia’s Healthy Slice
Wednesday
Running Coaches Corner – Running on HappySuz LyfeCrazy Running Girl and Coach Debbie Runs
Friday
Friday Five 2.0 –Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness
Sunday
Weekly Wrap up – HoHoRuns  and Taking the Long Way Home

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  • Ooh I hear the Mt Hood race is supposed to be loads of fun! Happy training have a great week

  • Kimberly

    Hooray for the start of a new training cycle! I’ve heard wonderful things about the Revel races – you picked a great race!

    Congrats on a great first week of training!

  • Yay! How exciting! I haven’t run on the track in ages but am usually surprised at how much I don’t mind running in circles.

  • Mary @ Fit and Fed

    Congratulations on starting in with a new training cycle toward your goal. Sounds like it was already challenging but you got it done. Mt. Hood ought to be a beautiful race.

  • I didn’t know Revel had a Mt Hood race! How fun! I’m so looking forward to following your training for this one.

  • Good luck with all your training! I don’t often do speed work on the track but on trails.

  • Chrissy Carroll

    Oh my gosh, I once did a 14 miler on the track. It was winter and I was training for a May marathon. Aside from a 12 miler I had to do on a treadmill once, it was the longest feeling run ever, lol.

  • I did some 400’s last week on a track…and I was bored out of my mind LOL Granted, a treadmill would have been much worse, but my attention span can’t handle repetition. Good for you that you can handle all those laps! Good luck with your new 26.2 training!

  • Kudos to you for keeping up such a nice base over the winter and look at you rocking all those miles on the track! I love the track but I only really do speedwork there. Your upcoming race in Oregon sounds like a great one. I’ve always wanted to run there!

  • Andrea Signor

    Wow, nice work! I love that no matter what you get the job done. Keep up the great work!

  • Jennifer Pug Pug

    Great job! My training cycle has come to an end for the spring. It’s time to take a break and get on the bike a little bit.

    I’ve actually never run on a track. They just aren’t readily available here.

  • Katie Shepherd

    Great job on your mileage for the week and best of luck in Oregon!

  • Congrats on deciding to train for another marathon! Last year I didn’t train much and I started my Liverpool training end of Jan. I also was surprised at how serious it felt!

    I have only done track running for intervals! Running around in circles generally makes me feel nuts though 😆

    I would definitely call your first week of Marathon training a success! Well done!

  • Michelle@Running with Attitude

    Oh my gosh you have great discipline to run 7 miles on a track! I think I’d go a little stir crazy and I’m almost certain I’d lose count of which lap I was on! LOL!

    Looks like a great start to your training!

  • Kathryn Thayer

    You had a solid week of training. 7 miles on the track certainly requires a lot of mental discipline. Way to go!