Tokyo Marathon Training Update (Week 3 of 13)

Not a bad week of training, feel that my fitness continues to improve each week.  This week’s training, other than running, was a bit light since I was on vacation.  I did manage to get all my running in, but was unable to do any cycling and only managed one strength/yoga training session.  Overall, the body continues to feel good and I am not experiencing any pains.

I ran on Monday (intervals), Friday (tempo), and Sunday (long run).  I did a kettlebell/yoga session on Saturday.

My diet was less than optimal this week (bit of a glutton during vacation), but got plenty of rest – been averaging over 8 hours of sleep a night.

Overall, I continue to be encouraged with my training progress.  This upcoming week I plan to incorporate some cycling, but will probably keep it to under 30 miles.  I enjoy the cycling but find it a bit time consuming and it also getting pretty cold out.  I am toying with the idea of running 4 times a week, maybe adding a very easy 5 – 7 mile run on Saturdays.

Detailed recap of my runs this week.

12/12, Monday (8 x 800s Intervals, Treadmill, 2% incline) – Good interval session on the treadmill @ 2% incline. 8 x 800s with a light jog of 95 seconds between intervals. The intervals got easier as the run progressed. Completed the first six 800s in 2:58 (5:56/mile pace), 7th 800 in 2:56 (5:52/mile pace), and last 800 in 2:51 (5:42/mile pace). No pains, got 8 hours sleep, ran in Newtons.

12/16, Friday (Tempo, 10 miles – 1:10:40) – Evening run on the treadmill after not running for 3 days – was on vacation. Started at 8:34/mile pace and worked down to 6:30/mile pace. Just got back from Korea. Slept 8 hours last night. No pains. Ran in Newtons.

12/18, Sunday (Long Run, 24.24 miles) – Planned to run at a faster pace.  Legs felt flat today, so I settled into a easier pace and instead went a little longer than planned. Good weather today, started in the high 30s, finished in the mid 40s, 62% humidity, E 5 mph wind. Got about 9 hours sleep last night. No pains. Ran in Newtons.

Total Running Miles – 42 miles (week’s goal – 39 miles)

Total Cycling Miles – 0 miles (week’s goal – 25 miles)

Strength/Yoga – 1 hours (week’s goal 1 hours)

Week 1 – Training Recap

Week 2 – Training Recap

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I’m in my mid-40s and have been running for about 19 years. I have finished 24 marathons with a personal best time of 3:04. I currently reside in San Diego, CA. I enjoy running since it keeps you honest and will give back what you put into it. Work hard, but smart, and good results will eventually follow. I like to experiment with training plans, gadgets, shoes, and nutrition to find what works for me. The primary purpose of this blog is to document my training and thoughts about running in my ongoing quest to improve my fitness and health.
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