Saturday, July 14, 2012

Marathon Training Week 3

My plan for the week was cross-train, run 4, 5, and 4 miles, rest, 5 mile pace run, and 7 mile long run, plus strength training where it fit.

Uh huh again. Didn't happen. There was no running. I subbed in time on the bike and took a little extra rest this week.

I am very much on the fence about whether I should pull out of Marine Corps. With this much time to go, it wouldn't be consideration with any other marathon. I'd adjust my training and keep going. But Marine Corps is different. I can get all of my entry fee back if I transfer my bib. I would gain a lot of free time to do other things, especially on weekends. I will be traveling in August and September during the peak of training. We just got through a spell of oppressively hot weather. I could train for shorter races in the fall instead. I could do more strength training or try different activities. I live in DC now. MCM isn't going anywhere.

The good news is that while the pesky ankle is still being pesky, I can tell it is getting better. Slowly. The question becomes can I rest some more, ease back into running, and still have enough time to train properly? Can I do that in the remaining 15 weeks before MCM?

Not gonna lie, though. I am glad I didn't attempt to run through last weekend's oppressive heat. I like sleeping in on Saturday mornings.

I have until August 31 to defer or transfer my bib.

Sunday - 2 yoga podcasts, plus core work.

Monday - 35 minutes on the bike, plus pushups.

Tuesday - Rest. Because I felt like it.

Wednesday - Rest, mostly. Did planks, pushups, and core work in the evening.

Thursday - 30 minutes on the bike, plus upper body lifting.

Friday - 40 minutes on the bike at a harder than normal effort level.

Saturday - 60 minutes on the bike. Infomercials are so boring.

Total Miles- Scheduled: 25 Actual: 0


  1. Oh no, stupid injuries. Sounds like a tough decision; I'd probably be VERY tempted to transfer my bib. Injuries are such picky things, and while you might be feeling better now, who knows what will happen in the coming weeks. Ugh.

    1. At this point, it is a calculated risk. And it comes down to what's more important in the long term.