Marathon Training Weeks 3-5

Wow, where does the time go? I have already completed 5 full weeks of marathon training! It is going to be here before I know it!

These past 3 weeks since my last training post have been spent trying to get back on track. My mileage was just way off for my first two weeks, so I've been focusing on really trying to follow the training plan. And I think I've done a pretty good job overall. Week 3 was slightly off, but weeks 4 and 5 have been consistent. As much as I don't enjoy the cold weather and shorter days, it definitely makes it easier to get my running in since I'm not off trying to fit in hikes or drive over to Denver. Plus, I primarily just road run in the cooler months which is much faster than the trail running I was doing over the summer.

Other than training, there hasn't been a whole lot new going on. At the end of September, I headed to Glenwood Springs, which you can read about here, and the first weekend in October was spent driving around the San Juan Mountains in an attempt to capture some of the beautiful fall scenery (shown in this post as well as this post).

This past Sunday (October 13) I ran another race - what was supposed to be the North Rim 20K at Black Canyon National Park. However, due to the ongoing government shutdown it had to be moved. It still ended up being a great coarse though, and fit in perfectly with marathon training. I was scheduled to do a 12 mile run that day, and 20K is 12.4. I will go into more detail about the race (including a few pictures) in a later post. 

My last three weeks of training:

Week 3

DATE
PLAN
ACTUAL
Day 15, Monday 9/23
Cross Train
7 Mile Run (trying to make up for missing my long run the day before)
Day 16, Tuesday 9/24
3 Miles
3 Mile Run + Body Flow Class
Day 17, Wednesday 9/25
5 Miles
5 Mile Run with Scott
Day 18, Thursday 9/26
3 Miles
Nada
Day 19, Friday 9/27
Rest
Rest
Day 20, Saturday 9/28
5 Miles
4 Mile Run/Hike – hiked 1.5 miles up to Hanging Lake, ran 1.5 miles down + an additional mile
Day 21, Sunday 9/29
6 Miles
6 Mile Run with Scott
WEEK SUMMARY
22 Miles
25 (over because of Monday, but closer!)

Week 4

DATE
PLAN
ACTUAL
Day 22, Monday 9/30
Cross Train
Cross Train - 37 minutes (3.65 miles) on the Elliptical
Day 23, Tuesday 10/1
3 Miles
3.07 mile run at Confluence Park in Delta
Day 24, Wednesday 10/2
6 Miles
6.04 early, DARK morning miles
Day 25, Thursday 10/3
3 Miles
Nada
Day 26, Friday 10/4
Rest
3.09 mile run
Day 27, Saturday 10/5
6 Miles
6.13 mile run
Day 28, Sunday 10/6
11 Miles
11.06 Miles with Scott
WEEK SUMMARY
29 Miles
29.39 (33.04 w/ elliptical miles) FINALLY ON TRACK!

Week 5

DATE
PLAN
ACTUAL
Day 29, Monday 10/7
Cross Train
Cross Train – took Argie for a walk! (nothing too fancy, only about a mile)
Day 30, Tuesday 10/8
3 Miles
3 Mile Treadmill Run + .3 cool-down
Day 31, Wednesday 10/9
6 Miles
6 Mile run with Scott (it was dark by the time we got back – not ready for that!)
Day 32, Thursday 10/10
3 Miles
3 Mile Interval Treadmill Run + .25 mile cool-down
Day 33, Friday 10/11
Rest
Rest
Day 34, Saturday 10/12
6 Miles
6.02 mile run with Scott + Body Flow Class (not with Scott, lol)
Day 35, Sunday 10/13
12 Miles
20K (12.4 miles) Race in Hotchkiss
WEEK SUMMARY
30 Miles
30.42 – still on track for another week!


So there you have it. A few weeks in the life of a wannabe marathoner. Not too exciting yet, but I'll get there. I cannot and (yet at the same time can) wait to start getting into the "longer" runs and into an unknown territory! 

Again. I want to remind any followers that I am dedicating this marathon as well as the journey along the way to my grandmother, who passed away from Alzheimer's in 2011. To honor her memory, I am fundraising for the Alzheimer's Association ALZ stars. To donate towards my cause, follow this link: http://act.alz.org/goto/kateavery (and of course, THANK YOU for any and all support).


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