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Workout Wednesday: End of 10k Training, Beginning of Marathon Training

As you read, I didn’t even come close to PRing my 10k at the Race Against Hate last Sunday. BUT, I still think 10k training went better than many of my other training cycles. I stuck with my workouts for the first few weeks, but stopped doing speed training and skipped a long run towards the last half of my training plan. Pair that with improper fueling and hot weather on race day… and that combination does not a PR situation make. I’ve accepted this and am ready to really commit myself to marathon training – mostly due to FEAR. I’m terrified of having a negative experience for 26.2 miles, so I need to seriously train for this thing. Plus, I’d love to beat my old PR of 4:32:57 🙂 race-against-hate

Ready to run, run, run!

Before I get into my marathon training plan, I wanted to share my workouts from my 8th week of 10k training with you.

Last Week’s Workouts

Monday: Elliptical warmup and some strength training. Oksana is studying exercise science and took me through a few exercises. I was sore for ages after lifting!

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: 5 mile run

Thursday: 2 mile run

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: 10k race!!

The last time I did the Chicago Marathon in 2012, I used Hal Higdon’s Novice 1 program. It worked perfectly for me (once I modified it a little). As mentioned in previous posts, I plan to use the same program again. As usual, the modified plan below has only 3 runs (I tend to get injured if I run too often). I hope to make cross-training a priority this training cycle, which means I will probably up my Pact to 4 workouts/week instead of 3. I also have started using my DailyMile account again! This way, I have some extra motivation 😉 Screen Shot 2015-06-21 at 6.14.38 PMI am already intimidated by this training plan. In a couple weeks, I’ll be running 9 miles, then 10! I know I can do it, though 🙂 In fact, I’m really excited about marathon training! Wahoo! Hopefully I can make this feeling last. I’m still debating whether to make yoga count as a workout on cross-training days or just make it a bonus workout. I feel like I need extra cardio or even some strength training in addition to my 3 runs every single week. Yoga is a very effective complement to marathon training either way. I’ll probably just go with the flow.

What is your favorite way to cross-train?