Monday, August 24, 2015

Marathon Training Monday {Week 1} & #7DayStretch Challenge



Welcome to Marathon Training Monday!

In this weekly series I share the details of my Marine Corps Marathon training plan. Marine Corps Marathon is my 4th marathon :) I feel strong and ready to set a PR! This training plan is based off the philosophy that 3 days per week of targeted running is all you need for a successful marathon. Of course, you should stay active in other ways, but junk miles can hurt you in the long term.

Daily Details - How I Got it Done

Monday: Boot Camp with Melissa! This workout was two days after the Pike's Peak Ascent. Surprisingly, I wasn't terribly sore going into it. It felt great to get my body moving. We did a total body circuit with a short team activity at the end.

Tuesday: Morning yoga from the online Grokker video collection {check out my collection here}. I love how simple this website is to use.

Wednesday: Speed Day! Man, was this tough. It's been months since I've done a speed day. We've been so focused on hill training since the Blue Ridge Half Marathon this past April. This workout started with a 10 minute warm-up run, then moved on to the fun part-- 14x1:00 minute repeats at 8.8 mph with 1:00 minute rest in between. I finished the last repeat at 9.0 mph, but only for 5 seconds. Still counts though ;-) Total mileage = 3.5 miles.


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Thursday: Another morning yoga session with Grokker. Let me tell you how sore I was from speed work the day before-- yikes those quads were crying. After work I spent about 40 minutes on the elliptical.

Friday: A short 3 mile morning run. I was still sore from Wednesday's speed work. I'm hoping that week 2 will get better. I plan to start upping the mileage of my midweek run, but this week I still felt like I needed to recover. Average pace was 9:21 min/mi-- not too bad! Especially considering that I felt like I was moving through molasses. 

Saturday: The long run. First official long run of marathon training. It was hard. This type of running is vastly different from Pike's Peak Ascent training. I lost a lot of my speed over the course of Pike's Peak training. I was also having some issues with nutrition. I always struggle to eat enough in the early morning hours before a long run. The first 9-ish miles of the run were fine-- and at a normal / slightly slower pace. The rest were a struggle with most of the final 2 miles being walked. I have a lot of work to do over the next few weeks to be ready for Marine Corps Marathon. Total mileage = 16.4 miles.

Sunday: Finally some time on the bicycle! Total mileage = 25 miles.



That's a Wrap

That about sums up my first week of official marathon training. I think it will be fun to report out how each week is going. Great way to stay accountable and motivated! 


#7DayStretch Instagram Challenge

Sweat Pink is partnering again this week with prAna for an Instagram Challenge. Join us and you could win some fabulous prizes {think: active wear from prAna's fall line!}. Just follow the prompts below and make sure to tag @FitApproach @prAna and #7DayStretch #LiveInprAna #sweatpink.

Monday August 24: It's Monday, make sure you get up and stretch 'dem legs! Show us your favorite quad and / or hamstring stretch(es)! 

Bonus: We want to see you JUMP it out. Give us your BEST #jumpjoymonday! 

Tuesday August 25: Backbends. Any backbends. All backbends. #benditlikebackbends and show us how you get bendy! 

Bonus: t's #transformationtuesday y'all, whether you're bendier than you use to be, more adventurous, or even faster we want to see! 

Wednesday August 26: It's our mid-week stretch it out, show us what's getting you through your hump day!  

Bonus: It's #workoutwednesday. Show us how you worked it today! 

Thursday August 27: Show us a #tbt to a time when your stretched outside of your comfort zone. 

Bonus: Show us your favorite stretchy pants (shorts work too). #7DayStretch #LiveInprAna #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Friday August 28: Happy #freefriday y'all! We want to see what makes your feel the most FREE! #7DayStretch #LiveInprAna #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

Bonus: Show us how you are celebrating #forearmfriday! Forearm planks, dolphon pose, forearm stands or maybe just forearms on the table? ;-)  

Saturday August 29: Saturday side stretch! Show us your fave side stretches(es)! 

Bonus: #sunsaluesaturday. Show us how you are saluting the sun today! 

Sunday August 30: What are your favorite ways to restore your mind, body, & soul? 

Bonus: Show us your favorite zen space. Where do you find peace & tranquility? 


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Your turn! I would love to hear about your race training for this fall! Do you make your own program, hire a run coach, purchase an off-the-shelf plan online?
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♥AK

P.S. Are you on Periscope yet? You can find me @amanda__maureen

This post is linked up with Jill for #TheFitDish and MCM Mama Runs for #TOTR. Check 'em out!