Week 3 of 14 Training Update – Carlsbad Marathon

Finished a 14 mile long run this morning.  Normally, this wouldn’t be all that challenging, but I really felt it the last few miles.  There just might be something to Hansons’ theory of “cumulative fatigue” because at the end of the run, it felt like I just finished a 20 mile long run.  Took me a good two to three hours after the run to feel normal again.  It may also have to do with the terrain I’m running on.  I’ve been mixing it up with trails, concrete, and pavement and it always seems like I was either going up or down a hill.  I also tend to have a bad habit of trying to maintain my pace when going uphill, which takes a lot out of me, but hopefully helps with building leg muscles.

I have been deficient with my core strength training and stretching.  Will need to try and make some time for these areas.  I’m also plan to fit in some mountain biking a couple times a week, so we’ll see how that goes.  Fortunately, the body seems to be adapting to the increased mileage.  I am experiencing the normal aches and pains, but nothing that would keep me from running.

I ran a total of 53 miles this week.  Below is a summary of each run.

Monday – 6 miles easy (average pace 9:32/mile)

Tuesday – Speed work, 7.5 miles total, “Ladder” – Intervals of 400m, 800m, 1200m, 1600m, 1200m, 800m, and 400m — with 400m recovery jog between intervals.

Wednesday – No running, 20 minutes of yoga.

Thursday – Tempo Run, 9 miles, 7 miles at tempo pace (7:07 ~ 7:33 per mile) – Ran tempos on hilly terrain, thus the wide range in tempo pace.

Friday – 7.5 easy miles (9:25 average pace)

Saturday – 9 easy miles (8:36 average pace)

Sunday – 14 miles (8:09 average pace)

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About runninginspired

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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2 Responses to Week 3 of 14 Training Update – Carlsbad Marathon

  1. hayyau says:

    Great to see you made it to San Diego safely and back in training!
    Looking forward to your posts and your take on your new training scheme (moving on from FIRST).
    God Bless!
    Hay

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