As I start to really get into the nitty gritty of marathon training I noticed that one of my favorite bloggers, T-Rex Runner does something that I look I forward to reading every week. A weekly roundup of her workouts. It isn’t super detailed, but gives an overarching idea of what she did. I thought it may be good to give this a try so that I can keep a log of what my training looks leading up to Berlin.
Before I get into the details of the workouts, I want to say I hired a running coach. I have truly given myself a very difficult goal to attain from my current fitness level so I wanted to bring in the big guns. Coach Kristen of Strong Finish is amazing. I love having the accountability of her checking my stats, but LOVE even more just waking up and having my workout uploaded for me. I also love getting feedback from her on the workout along with tips to tweak my performance. It’s FABULOUS!
Monday, May 15, 2017 – 4 miles Easy Recovery followed by Stronglifts or a semblance of Stronglifts. I’m also adding in the 100 Pushup app and working it in between sets. I love lifting, but to truly get back into it, I asked Coach Kristen if I could just go back to Stronglifts. Since it’s such a quick lifting routine with compound lifts and they go heavy, I enjoy it immensely.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 – 50 Minutes spinning I am using the Peloton app and absolutely love it.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 – 5k Time Trial I hit an okay pace for me, but it definitely made me WORK! I followed up the 5k with Stronglifts and the 100 Pushup app.
Thursday, May 18, 2017 – I had 40 minutes of spinning on my training calendar, but decided to switch it up and used Aaptiv to do a 30 minute arc trainer workout and followed it up with a 15 minute stairmaster workout. PHEW! SWEATING buckets! That stairmaster is an unrelenting beast!
Friday, May 19, 2017 – 4 miles easy. I enjoyed this workout immensely. It felt good the whole way through.
Saturday, May 20, 2017 – scheduled rest day, but I had a late night social event that night so I decided to do my long run in the morning and insure I didn’t skip my long run for the weekend. So I did the 12 miles. It was hot, it was humid, it was sticky, it was not fun. I enjoyed no part of this run and had a very difficult time finishing it, but I did! Not as strong as I would have liked, but it’s done!
Sunday, May 21, 2017 – Slept in till 7am and got up and made myself breakfast, then fell asleep until noon. Did some household chores and then was back in bed by 9:30. I felt super tired and definitely needed the extra rest. As I ramp up my training I am also trying to reduce my daily caffeine intake. So I assume my rest days may really be knocked out sleep days until I adjust.
What does your week look like? How do you make sure to stay on track? Do you have a coach or an accountability partner? Drop a line with what works for you!