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