Marathon Training: Week 4


I could not be any happier with my run this morning. As you probably know, in the fall of 2011 I started trying to get under a 2-hour half marathon. I've been slowly getting faster, and I think 2013 might finally be my year. Yahoo! 

I wanted to use this 12-mile run as a test to see how close I am to that goal. I finished 12 miles in 1:50, which means I'm at just about the right pace to add on another 1.1 miles at about 9-minute pace. Here's how the miles broke down this morning. The best part is that, similar to my amazing 8-mile run in week 2, I get faster the longer I run. 

The 5 you see on Monday was cross-training. I worked on the stationary bike and then weights. On Thursday I did go to the gym, but I felt nauseous and just ended up walking on the treadmill for a half hour. I didn't figure that was worth noting. I guess I should have, though, because my dad called me to "see if something was wrong" because he hadn't seen a running update for 2 days. 

So far marathon training is going well. I do weekday runs on the treadmill in the morning before work, and being able to do my long Saturday runs with a local running group has been a huge help. I highly recommend you find a running group in your area to join if you're training for a race. 

My half marathon is coming up at the end of February, and I am very hopeful that I can finally break the 2-hour mark. Until then, I'll keep focused on adding miles and mentally preparing for my marathon. 

Check back next Saturday for a week 5 update!