Athens Marathon Training: FAQ

5 Sep

First things first: make sure to swing by Thursday for the recipe for the cookies that accounted for 85% of my calories last week… they were just that good.

But for today, we have another thrilling recap of miles. I’m running out of preambles, so here are answers to some questions several people have asked:

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Do you run every day? No. Weeks usually break down like this:
— running 3-4x/week (long run, middle run, speed work, short run)
— yoga 2x/week
— spinning 1x/week
— strength training 2-3x/week (Solidcore and then these annoying PT exercises I have to do).
— swimming whenever I get around to it.

Why do you run for time, not distance?A bunch of reasons, not the least of which being that it makes me less nuts– I find it way easier to know that I can be done in XX minutes’ time no matter how far I’ve run, rather than slog through a set number of miles that seem to never end.

Where do you get your training plans? I’ve been working with DC Running Coach for twoish years now. He was kind enough to hook a nurse up back when I was really focused on breaking two hours in the half marathon, and I saw such an improvement in my running that I couldn’t imagine doing my first full without him.

Who do you do your long runs with? I run with the Arlington Road Runners Club, mostly because the people are awesome, but also because all runs over 12 miles have water stops. Also, how the hell else am I supposed to get out the door by 6:00 am (…okay, 6:07) to avoid dying of heat stroke in the summer?

Isn’t all that running boring?

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 Athens Marathon Training Week 6: FAQ

Monday: Yoga + Tennis. I’ve been loving “Happy Hour Yoga” with Andrew at Yoga District, which is a hilarious blend of his musings and stretching all the damn muscles I’m usually too lazy to.

Tuesday: 30 min run + Solidcore Arms and Abs. As always, the question here is: why do I put myself through 50 minutes on this medieval torture device every week?

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Wednesday: spinning @ Off Road.

Thursday: KILLED IT AT THE TRACK. After last week’s shenanigans, my goal was just to get back in a good headspace.  I was shooting for 5x1000m @ 4:21 with 600m jogging rest in between, and I managed to eek it in: 416/420/420/423/421. Which left only one question:

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Friday: the cough that won’t quit came back with avengence and I was tired enough to see that it was perfect running weather, put on a sports bra, and still pass out on the couch for the next 14 hours anyway. Unplanned-but-so-necessary rest days are the best days.

Saturday: 60-minute run. I watched the 15-minute forecast on Weather.com fanatically and found an hour-long rainless window. It was lovely and I was moving and grooving.

Sunday: 2-hour run. Slept way later than usual (again!) and had to scidaddle out for 13 miles of fun. The really lovely thing was that I managed to pace them all pretty perfectly. While that’s a great running feat, it was even better that I had enough juice left in me to head out on the town with my husband and have a real, live Sunday Funday. Brunch plus two other bars– MrKef was sure his wife had been abducted and replaced with a younger, way more fun model.

Weeks to Race Day: 10
Total Miles This Week: 30ish– my Garmin is acting up and I don’t have the patience for addition right now.
Gains: two glorious nights of sleep uninterrupted by cough, the most fun day with my husband and our friends
Losses: Lord Jesus hear me when I say I really, really hope I lost my cough this week.
 

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