Marathon Training Week 5

So, last week’s training did not go as planned. I worked out for a total of 2 days. The good thing is I got 2 out of 3 runs in last week. I had a feeling I wasn’t going to be able to get all of my workouts in.

I had planned 2 HIIT workouts, a tempo run, a hill run and a long run. I skipped the HIIT workouts and the hill run.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday- Off

Thursday- 6 mile tempo

I ran 1 mile warm up and 0.5 mile cool down. Tempo run was 3x1 mile and an extra 0.5 mile. I also ran 2x0.5 mile recovery. The extra 0.5 mile was supposed to be part of the cool down mile, but I’m not good at running cool down miles. I don’t know why, but they seem to take forever. After my run, I did some squats, push ups and crunches.

Friday and Saturday- Off

Sunday- 11 miles long run

I seriously had to talk myself into this run. I waited until 7:30 am before leaving the house, which is too late when you live in the ungodly hot desert. My legs felt heavy and I felt blah. I almost turned around several times into this run. I decided to head towards the mountain to run up some hills. I wanted to get some hill in, since I skipped my hill run. I ran slow and steady up the hills. They were tough. There was also a strong headwind that didn’t help. Running downhill was the best part and I felt I earned it. I finished the 11 miles with strong and tired legs. I also didn’t eat before and during the run. It didn’t bother me, although I’m sure I would have ran better if I had eaten. Overall, I’m happy with this run.

Here are some pictures from Sunday’s run. I was hoping they would show the city and more of the mountains. I might go back this week and take some with my dslr. The views are amazing.

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I ran through a shooting park on my long run. For the 30 minutes or so during this part of the run, the only thing I could hear was my music and gun fire. The noise brought back so many memories of my time spent at the firing range while I was in the military.

It definitely made me want to break out my guns and get some practice in. It’s been too long since I have been to a firing range and I could really use the practice.

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Do you ever feel guilty for skipping a run or workout? –I did and then I got over it.

Have you ever fired a gun? –Yep, plenty of times both big and small.


  1. wow, you weren't kidding about running through the desert! that really must be a tough workout!

    i usually feel guilty about skipping workouts too, but sometimes it's just necessary!

    congrats on gettin' through that Saturday run! you're a champ!

    1. It can be tough running in the desert, but there are some really amazing views.

  2. I skipped my long run last weekend and felt guilty but then when my body wasn't sore and achy come Monday, I didn't care anymore! I do need to run 11 miles this Saturday and running in Phoenix is NO joke! I'm not looking forward to it but need to start psyching myself up to get it done!

    1. I get bummed when I have to miss a run, but then I remind myself that it is one day out of ~120 training days. Not a big deal. Your climate is similiar to where I live, so I definitely get it. Here it's 88 degrees outside and it is only 8am. My goal for this Sunday's 13 miles is to be out the door running by 5am.



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