Marathon Training: Week 4

Amidst shutdowns of many public and private facilities around the globe owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, I feel fortunate that my hobby of choice involves being outside and away from other people. The sun is out later and it’s getting a little warmer. I had a really solid week of training.

Sunday: Rest/travel.

Monday: I ran 8 miles at general aerobic pace, with 10 160-meter strides on the treadmill. I had to do this in the evening, after a 4 hour drive and with little sleep, but I got it done.

Tuesday: Just over 6 miles outside. Supposed to be recovery but I ran a bit faster.

Wednesday: I ran 11 miles on the treadmill after dinner. Nothing reminds you you’re training for a marathon like these longer runs in the middle of the week.

Thursday: Rest day.

Friday: I enjoyed a nice 4.5 mile recovery run outside. Again, ran a little faster than what my recovery pace probably should be, but I’m trying to be careful and mindful of fatigue.

Saturday: I set a new distance PR with this week’s long run, cranking out just over 17 miles. It was a beautiful day for a long run. I fueled with a salted caramel GU an hour or so in, and then ate a chocolate-dipped stroopwaffel another 45 minutes or so later. I learned that I can’t really swallow and breathe at the same time. I was really starting to feel some fatigue during the last mile, but that’s always the case when I push beyond known territory. It’s cool to be within single digits of marathon distance.

Totals for the week: 46.8 miles / 7 hours

Totals for the training cycle: 162+ miles / 24 hours 21 minutes

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