Marathon Training Plan: Week Two

I will complete my long run (5 miles) from Week One tomorrow, but because I try to unplug as much as possible on the weekends, I am posting this today.

Monday: 3 miles

Wednesday: 4 miles

Thursday: Swim

Friday: 3 miles

Saturday: 6 miles

And here is a little funny for your Friday.

Have a great weekend!



I completed a 3 mile run last night. I need to do my long run (5 miles) for the week, and then I will have week one under my belt. The weather is gorgeous, and yesterday I did one of my favorite routes which is a loop that goes by the harbor.

My running practice is a bit different lately in that I mostly run alone these days. When I look back to the winter, I realize I ran with other people frequently. I think that running with other people was a great incentive to keep going. Why are the buddy runs nonexistent these days? I think it comes down to two things: current goal and schedule. I don’t know anybody else who is training for a marathon and following this specific program (a friend about 2 hours away from where I live is doing a variation on this training–so we can support each other at a distance but not run together). I could complete some of my shorter runs with buddies, but it seems like my schedule is rather unforgiving. I’m either going early in the morning or after work. Running at dinnertime is not everybody’s cup of tea. Honestly, I feel like I am not trying as hard to make group runs happen because I don’t need it as much right now. The time with myself has been a good foundation for developing some inner strength and drive to carry me the next 16 weeks. I ran the Portland half alone and it was the first time I started a race like that without a friend in the corral with me. The solitude of that experience was different but not unpleasant. And although I don’t have regular running buddies on my training runs these days, I do have fantastic support people around like my Running Buddy, who keeps me company during cross training and my husband, who is amazing.

What is your ideal support system? Is it enough to know you have people hanging in there with you in whatever form they can, or do you like to run and train with a partner regularly?


Sweaty after my run in the sun yesterday. Wearing my Half Fanatic shirt, which is quite possibly my favorite piece of clothing I own (I had to run a lot of races for that shirt!). Street cred, oh yeah.

National Running Day!

I guess today is National Running Day! I will celebrate by completing my mid-week training run, which is 3 miles for this week.

What are you doing to celebrate???

I thought it would be fun to answer this quiz from Hungry Running Girl.

1.  On average how many races do you run a year?

I would say at least one race per month ūüôā I blame the running club ūüôā

2.  Head accessories, things you have to run with:  a hat, a visor, sunglasses, chapstick, sunscreen, head band, ponytail, braids, sweat band?

Usually a ponytail holder is sufficient for me, but a hat can be great for sun and rain. I do not run with sunglasses.

3.  Where do your workouts come from?  A training plan, a coach, whatever you feel like doing that day or what your training partner is doing that day?

I am a nerd and enjoy the research phase of any goal almost as much as the execution of the endeavor. I read books, blogs, web tutorials. When I want to try something, I just go for it! My running buddy has been a great support in trying new activities, like zumba, pool running, track workouts, etc.

4.  How many miles on average do you put on a pair of shoes?


5.  Cell phone=  do you bring it with you on your run or leave it at home?

I bring it with me for safety reasons.

6.  What was your last running related injury or have you been an injury free runner?

My IT band issues during April and May were my first injury that required attention beyond rest. Now I do my donkey kicks, pelvic lifts, and deep lunges every day. Religiously!

7.  Is your current running goal about running a farther distance (adding more mileage) or getting faster or BOTH?!?

Running a farther distance. I couldn’t give a stale cracker about speed right now.

8. ¬†Speedwork‚ÄĒ-> ¬†at the track, on the treadmill, on the roads or never do it?

I have engaged in some speedwork, but I am just not that into it.

9.  Stretching after a run:  hit the ground after a run and get stretching, stretch in the shower, stretch once you get to work/school, skip the stretching?

I stretch immediately after, and then I stretch again after a hot shower.

10.  What was your reason(S) for starting to run?

Some people meditate, some people journal, some people garden, I run. It just makes me feel good on the inside and outside.

Week One: Internalize The Locus

This weekend I started the first week of a 17 week journey toward running my first marathon at the end of September. Saturday was a 3 mile run, Sunday was a 4 mile run. During my 2 weeks of complete rest from running, I was able to feel excitement once again about returning to running practice and my next training goal. Additionally, with a lot of care put into stretching and strengthening my glutes, my knees and hips were feeling really good and I did not experience any soreness from running. I admit that after an IT band injury in April, and then another flare-up in May, I was nervous about running again. I am really happy that I took some solid rest time to heal, regroup, work on supporting muscle groups, and then return to running with a very gentle start. I am feeling positive about this training plan because the mileage increases incrementally–AND–it’s a tested and approved method by a diverse spectrum of runners.

I also read the Week One chapter of The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is primarily focused on the psychology of training for a marathon. One of the critical components to successfully training for and running a marathon is internalizing your locus of control (essentially, you perception of cause, effect and response). I am glad that I have quite a few half marathons under my belt at this point, because I can think of concrete examples of how an internal locus of control is the difference between finishing strong and bailing out. You get to a point in a long run when you have nothing but your own core convictions to keep you going, your own narrative… and if your narrative is about how things happen to YOU and are out of YOUR CONTROL, then it becomes very easy to capitulate to convenience. From the internal drive tenacity is born. Only I can achieve my goal of completing a marathon.

On Saturday I got one of my favorite haircuts of all time. It’s short enough to be curly and textured, but still long enough to pull into a ponytail for running (yes!).

newhaircutHow was your weekend?