A Training Target (and maybe a little balance)

I still haven’t finished making my training plan and I am nearly two weeks into training for the Chicago Marathon! I actually might continue filling in two weeks at a time. If nothing else should be comfortable making data-based decisions! I have a lot of goals for this training cycle outside of just a marathon time goal, here is a sample of that goal list:

  • increase training load by rising average weekly mileage by 20%
  • strength train at the gym 3 times a week
  • Eat clean
  • Ride (outside or at home)  3 times per week
  • Swim twice per week
  • Sleep 7 to 9 hours per night
  • Blog 3 times per week or more

Brace yourself for some shocking news;

Running marathons is hard, as evidenced by this glamour shot from last month.

What’s even harder, is accepting your limits and making sure you leave adequate energy and mental focus for other things in life.

Like snuggling and watching the Olympic Swimming trials:

Going out for FroYo on a school night.

And, feeling like I am giving 100% at work.

Yah, big surprise that I have totally fallen short of that goal list.

I am really trying to learn as much as possible from each training run, and set goals for every workout.

My long run was 15 miles last Saturday, and it took me until today to realize that it was a really solid workout. My legs have felt sluggish since running in Midland last month, but I think I am finally getting acclimated to the heat, and they are coming back around. On Saturday, I let my self sleep in (see the “sleep” goal above) I usually get up just as early on the weekends as I do during the work week to stay in the routine (I have always been hard to wake up!). But I was dragging all week so I decided not to even set and alarm for this morning. I got up at about 9.

This weekend I am planning 18 miles on a dirt trail with hills, so my times will be slower, but I hope they keep the same relative pacing.

Avg Pace
Summary 1:57:46.6 14.94 7:53
1 8:11.3 1.00 8:11
2 8:03.7 1.00 8:04
3 7:55.7 1.00 7:56
4 7:54.5 1.00 7:55
5 7:57.3 1.00 7:57
6 7:44.8 1.00 7:45
7 7:46.5 1.00 7:47
8 7:41.9 1.00 7:42
9 7:40.3 1.00 7:40
10 7:57.6 1.00 7:58
11 7:31.8 1.00 7:32
12 7:47.9 1.00 7:48
13 7:49.5 1.00 7:50
14 7:56.6 1.00 7:57
15 7:47.3 0.95 8:13

So, now that I have made it almost 2 weeks into this 16 weeks cycle, and I have missed the mark on maybe 70% of my ba-zillion goals, I am going to make smaller, more specific training targets to aim for along the way.

First up, by August 15th I want to nail a 15 mile progression run as follows:

Miles 1-3: warm up 8:00 pace

Mile 3 & 4: 7:45

Miles 5 -10: Progressively move from 7:40 to 7:30 pace

Miles 5 -8: Move to 7:20 and 7:15 pace

Miles 9 & 10: cool down at 8:15 pace

I have a couple of running/nerd/charitable friends in mind to pace me through it. Is that cheating?

I don’t know that I have ever done a bonafide “tempo” run, so there is another training goal for ya. I’ll be giving it a shot tomorrow night when my very kind and patient, 2:49 marathon running friend, paces me through a workout.

Pray I don’t hurl, or cry. Crying would be less acceptable than hurling I think…


4 responses to “A Training Target (and maybe a little balance)

  1. “What’s even harder, is accepting your limits and making sure you leave adequate energy and mental focus for other things in life.”

    This! So true. Honestly, i don’t know what the best way is to do this. Listening to my body has been key, but even then, finding the balance between all aspects of my life and giving everything the attention it deserves is a 24/7 job.

    Your goals are admirable! Sounds like your training is going really well so far! Hope it continues that way 🙂

  2. Thanks Dylan. I should add to that goal list: “Learn how to take a rest day and not feel like you took a week off”.

  3. Kristin Westfall

    Love the goal list AB! Will probably copy it as usual :). Good luck on the tempo run tonight!

    • Thanks girl! I am so distracted today trying to figure out what all my training paces should be between now and October! I actually just printed out two different scenarios worth of McMillan pace charts. So I guess I am not doing too well today with my goal of focusing at work!


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