Marathon Training Week 1

Happy Memorial Day.

Today was my morning to sleep in while my husband got up with the twins. I slept until 8:30am. Actually, I woke up around 6:30am and made myself stay in bed until 8:30am. I refuse to get up early.

I had a great first training week. I know that I’m in the “honeymoon” phase of training and honestly I’m going to enjoy every minute of it. I also know that this won’t last and I will have to dig deep not to get burned out.

Monday- Off. I spent most of the afternoon decorating the Memorial Day cake.

Tuesday- Tempo 5.1 miles and 4 min Tabata Fun

This was a good run. I ran 2 warm up miles at 10:00 min/m, 1.6 tempo miles with peak at 8:34 min/m and 2 cool down miles. For me, 2 miles is too much for a cool down. The first cool down mile I ran at 10:00 min/m pace which was too slow and taking too long. The last cool down mile I sped up and progressed my pace to 8:34 min/m. I’m going to cut my cool down to one mile during my next tempo run. I’m also going to increase my tempo pace. I had too much energy left at the end of the run.

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Wednesday- Off

Thursday- 16 min Tabata Fun

Friday- Hills 3 miles and 50 hanging knee raises, 50 push ups

This workout kicked my butt. I warmed up with 5 min and ran 2 min for each incline change of 1, 2, 1, 3, 1, 4, 1, 5. Then I ran 1 min for each incline change of 4, 3, 2, 1 and cool down for 5 min. Not too bad. I had originally planned to run outside, but ended up running on the treadmill. I also wanted to run up to 7% incline and work my way down. Oh well.

Saturday- Off

Sunday- Long run 8 miles

I had a great long run. I wanted to run near 10:00 min/m and ended up with 9:54 min/m pace. I didn’t want to push it too much on pace so I’m happy with this run. I brought my Nathan handheld water bottle and my arm was exhausted at the end of the run. I’ve always used a fuel belt and cannot decide which I like better. I ate a Gu at 5 miles right after a small hill climb. It was my first time using a Gu; I usually eat the blocks. I definitely like the Gu better, but it is still difficult eating while running. I really felt the Gu kick in around 6 miles and was able to have a strong finish.

Week 2 marathon training will include 2 HIIT, negative split, speed work and long run.

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How do you like Gu?

-I thought it tasted ok. It was definitely easier to eat than the blocks.


  1. I just realized I forgot to tell you about my Nathan Water bottle! I like it for the most part- sometimes it can get annoying. What did you think of it? Yay for long runs! You rocked it!

    1. I like the bottle, but you're right it was kind of annoying. It felt heavy toward the end of my run.



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