Well that got your attention.
Really for some marathoners this training update will be nothing but for me it’s all about the miles. This week I ran 62.4 miles. Yep you read that correctly. 62.4 miles and I am only in week 4 of my 18 week plan. I knew that each week of this training plan would have me pushing farther than I ever have but I think the distance is really sinking in. This plan is a 55 miles to 70 mile plan. So I’m getting there. But the huge shock is each week new PR mileage and how fast it adds up.
Also, it’s how my long runs at the end of the week feel. Today for example was my first 18 miler of this plan. Going in I had already run quite a bit and yesterday my 5 mile recovery run was very slow and my legs felt tired. But today, today I felt stronger as the run went on. Dave came out with me and rode the bike, gave me more water when needed, and we had some fun conversation and pics. He even commented on how the last 18 miler he rode alongside I struggled from about 15 miles on and it was a flatter course. That run was also farther into the training plan like week 8 or 10 but that was not the case today. So maybe this is working. I really think this is. I already feel confident that my next marathon will be more successful.
Now to define that success:
Keeping a constant pace
Feel good at the end
If I hit that new PR that would be good too!
It is wonderful to already feel your hard work coming together because really I didn’t just start running 4 weeks ago, I have now been running for almost 6 years now and it started with a 5K in 2010 and my first marathon was in 2013 (hard to believe I’m training for my 6th marathon).
Now time to relax and enjoy my rest day tomorrow because Tuesday will be here before you know it and I will be right back at it with another week of PR miles!
How is your training going? Any big races coming up?