January 22, 2018
Just like that, week 5 of marathon training is in the past. I've still got so far to go but with every week I'm feeling more and more confident about the race. This week was also the first time I ventured out to find a new running route for my long run and I'm so glad I did! I ran on a bike path through a local park/preserve and I don't think I can ever go back to running my long runs through the neighborhoods around my apartment. It was just so nice to be running through the woods again, it's definitely going to become a regular route for me in the future.
As my mileage continues to increase I'm also realizing that I'm burning through my shoes much more quickly which is something I wasn't anticipating. I've been able to survive with one pair of shoes per year but I'm already close to 300 miles into the pair I got in September so I'll definitely need at least one new pair to rotate in during training, and probably a second pair for the race itself. As far as training itself, here's how week 5 went.
Monday, January 15 - Planned 3 miles
Ran 3.02 miles in 25:33 at an 8:28 pace - Included short Under Armour strength circuit.
Used this run to test my new Camelbak hydration vest. It was weird getting used to the vest in the beginning but got more comfortable as the run went on. I was wearing a cotton shirt as my base layer and the straps started chafing a bit towards the end of the run but nothing too serious.
Tuesday, January 16 - Rest
Tuesday we celebrated my father-in-law's birthday so I took the day off. Also refueled with plenty of ice cream cake. I did manage to fit in a short yoga session in the morning before work.
Wednesday, January 17 - Planned 6 Mile Run
Ran 6.01 miles in 50:46 at an 8:27 pace
I decided to get another run in wearing my new vest to make sure it wasn't going to bother me on my 12-miler planned for Sunday. I wore my new BibRave tank top from Under Armour as a base layer and that completely eliminated the chafing issue. Overall I felt a little fatigued on the run. I think I need to focus on relaxing my pace on my 3-mile runs to ensure stronger performances during my longer runs.
Thursday, January 18 - Planned 3 Miles
Ran 3.01 miles in 25:55 at an 8:37 pace
On Thursday I actively tried to maintain a slower steadier pace and felt pretty good. I had a slight ache in my knee halfway through the run but it worked itself out as the run progressed. After the run, I did another strength circuit that focussed more on core strength. I definitely want to continue to increase the core work I'm doing week to week.
Friday, January 19 - Rest
My wife and I had our monthly bowling league Friday night, does that count as cross-training?
Saturday, January 20 - Planned 12 Miles
Ran 12.01 miles in 1:46:31 at an 8:52 pace
Saturday's run was awesome! I decided to venture out to a local park which is a big step for me because I NEVER drive to go for a run. I was a little nervous so I probably overprepared the night before, laying out all my clothes and planning out my entire morning routine. The pace was exactly what I was aiming for, I'd even be happy to slow down a little further, especially as the miles continue to increase.
We finally got a break from the bitter cold which made for a beautiful run through the park with temperatures in the mid-50s by the time I was finished. I wore the same BibRave tank top as my base layer for the run and had no issues with the chafing from the hydration vest. I also got to sample Nuun Hydration for the first time and loved it. It's not as sweet as a lot of other sports drinks I've tried but it's also so much more refreshing than just water. I'm definitely going to need to stock up on some more for the rest of training.
Sunday, January 21 - 60 Minute Cross Train
I skipped my cross training yet again because I had to work on Sunday and the last thing I wanted to do when I got home was to hop on a stationary bike. Instead, I decided to take an 8-minute soak in an ice bath for the first time since high school. It was brutal in the beginning but my legs felt incredible afterward. I think this is going to become a regular weekend tradition.
Another week and another 24 miles, I actually hit my January mileage goal after I finished this week's long run. If you read my 2018 resolutions, you may remember that I'm trying to average at least 2 miles per day for the year and I hit 62 January miles this Saturday. As long as I stay on pace with training (knock on wood) 2018 should easily sore past my 730 mileage goal.
Another goal I set for January was to complete at least one strength routine per week and two yoga sessions per week and I'm realizing that I definitely need to continue that through the rest of the year. I've especially been appreciating the strength training although I haven't found the perfect routine yet so let me know in the comments below if you have any recommendations!