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My Marathon Training – Going Into Week 11

Almost through week 11 here and I have gotten some pretty good training in with some cross-training as well. I still need to do my long run and that is planned for Saturday morning. I am looking forward to it.

This week I biked to work for the first time in a long while. It felt good. The trip is 1 hour each way with some ups and downs – it is a good workout. I did a tempo run last night where I did 1 mile warm up, and then 3 miles at about a 9:30 pace and then another 1 mile cool down. Going 3 miles at that pace felt great and I could feel my legs working harder. On Tuesday night I did some intervals with 1 mile warm up, 6 1/4 mile runs at about a 9:00 pace (I need to go faster next time), and then a 1 mile cool down. This was something I had not down in a long while and it was a nice alternative to just getting out and running a straight 4 miler.

That brings me to my next point about boredom. In training for a marathon there is so much running that adding some variety is important. A bored runner during training is not getting an effective workout.

Here is my training stats to this point, keeping in mind that I will be doing my long run (12 miles) tomorrow:

Here are my running stats for Week 11:

Date: May 20- May 26, 2007
Days until race: 43
Weekly Running Mileage: 8.4 miles (plus 12 miles to be completed)
Weekly Cross Training: Biked 2 hours 13 minutes for 22 miles

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Posted by The Running Guy - May 25, 2007 at 8:08 am

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My Marathon Training – At Week 11

My training has not been consistent in the past few weeks. My family and I took a trip to Disneyworld and I did not get any runs in – however we did get a lot of walking in so I can’t call it complete wash however I have to say I am no more ready for my marathon than I was before. For the week back, I got a couple of my runs in but not the long ones that I should have. Oh well, rather than dwell on it I have a plan going forward.

I have a young family and all the pressures on time that a young family brings with it – soccer, a wife at home with the kids that needs me as much as possible during the weekends in order to remain sane, lawn and yard work, a social life, work, etc. – that makes it difficult to get all my runs in. I have read, as we all have that you need to make time to do the runs no matter what. I think we all know how that works – family is more important than even running. So, I was thinking how I could make it work. The thing that comes to mind is incorporating my training with something I do every day…commute to work. The distance from my home to the office is about 13 miles which is a great distance for biking and will also be a pretty good long distance for my long runs. I will need to up it a bit by running further on some of the longer days as the Hal Higdon program dictates, but I think I can make it work. So I am going to give this a try of the next few weeks as I prep for the marathon. Of course, I will update my progress as I go.

Here are my running stats for Week 9 – 11:

Date: April 29- May 19, 2007
Days until race: 47
Weekly Mileage: 12 miles
Weekly Average Pace: N/A

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Posted by The Running Guy - May 21, 2007 at 6:10 pm

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