Marathon Training: Week 2

The second week of marathon training is over and everything is going just great. Shifting runs ahead again this week has continued to work well. I haven’t decided when I’ll shift the plan back again so that my long run day is back on Saturdays. It’s convenient to be able to do my long runs on Fridays and the next run on Sunday. At some point though, I’ll want my long run day to coincide with the day I’ll be running my marathon.

Sunday: Set out just before noon for a little more than 9 miles, including 10 strides. Pfitz prescribes strides as 100 meters, but for the sake of simplicity I did them at .10 miles (160 meters). At mile 5, I alternated between .10-mile strides and .10-mile easy. I repeated this until I hit mile 7 and then went back to my general aerobic (GA) pace for the rest of the run. I ended up running the GA miles a bit faster than I should have (this happens when I wear the Nike Turbo 2s–it’s hard to run slow in them), but I didn’t feel like I was really pushing it. It was a brisk sunny day out on a road with gorgeous snowy mountain views.

Monday: Rest day.

Tuesday: It was really cold and the wind was howling, so I kept this run indoors. I ran 10.5 miles on the treadmill after work. I stayed properly within the GA range for this run, staying right at the top of my Stryd zone one power range.

Wednesday: Rest.

Thursday: Easy 5.5 mile treadmill recovery run. I watched Jeopardy. I don’t normally watch Jeopardy, but one of my online running friends was a contestant that evening and I wasn’t going to miss that. She even got to answer a clue with “What is the Boston Marathon?” I also ran in a pair of new shoes for the first time. I bought a pair of Nike React Infinity Run Flyknits (Nike has long names for their shoes). These shoes were developed to reduce injuries, but they also look like they’ll be a great durable trainer for easy and recovery runs. I’m anxious to put some miles on them.

Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit
Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit

Friday: Another long run on the treadmill. This was the first long run with marathon pace work in it for this training cycle. I’ve done these types of runs in the past, so I knew what I was in for. I ran 5 miles at my long run pace, increasing my speed over the duration. Then I ran the next 8 miles at my current marathon pace. I followed that up with another mile or so back at long run pace for a total of just over 14 miles. I felt pretty good over the entirety of the run. These types of workouts are already within my current level of fitness, so it was just a matter of putting in the time. I listened to podcasts and an audiobook. For fueling, I had Gatorade, a GU, and some caffeinated Jelly Belly Sports Beans. I did feel some GI issues towards the end of the run, which could have been anything. The only thing new was the jelly beans, so I’ll probably do something different for my next run.

Saturday: So many rest days (for now). While I didn’t run today, I was definitely in the correct mindset. I watched the US Olympic marathon trials and cheered for three of my friends running it.

Next week will be tricky with some traveling that I’m doing, but I think I’ve plotted out a schedule that will be manageable. Even if everything goes wrong and I have to skip some runs, I’ll still be comfortable with where I’m at.

Totals for the week: 39.4 miles / 5 hours and 58 minutes.

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