I finished my first week of actual training for the Baltimore Marathon. As I mentioned before, I’m using Pete Pfitzinger’s 12 week, 55 mpw training plan (aka “12/55”). This means that over the course of 12 weeks, I’ll be running up to 55 miles per week, maxing out at 55.
The first week called for 35 miles, and I came pretty damn close to it. I wanted to be as diligent as possible with sticking to the plan. I was able to get through most of the runs, except today called for a 13 miler, and I was only able to get to 10. This was largely due to the heat. It was humid as hell today in DC. Also, I did a HIIT class yesterday, along with a 4 mile run, so today my legs were a little gassed. Finding the optimal workout schedule and cadence is always a goal of mine, especially when training for a marathon. But I feel good about this week.
Below is a snapshot of the week. 32.55 miles this week over four runs. Pftizinger’s plan isn’t just a straight up “run X miles” kind of thing; rather each run has a specific purpose. Here is a pretty good summary of his training methodology. I found the link on the /r/running subreddit.
The runs this week were general endurance, recovery, and marathon pace runs. So I was able to gauge and adjust my intensity accordingly. I may try the HR based training next week.
GOALS FOR NEXT WEEK:
The goal for next week is basically to continue with the plan. Not much to report there, except that the runs next week become a little more involved (e.g., lactate threhold runs, VO2 max, etc.).
TWIR (THIS WEEK IN RUNNING)
For reasons that will become apparent soon, it was just a really great week. Jess and I came back from SC on Monday, and I pretty much did the usual work routine this week. Also, we binge watched the show Stranger Things on Netflix. Pretty great series, and this is coming from someone who doesn’t really watch any TV series/shows. I think I read that the creators of the show are like 32 or something, which is really amazing. Hearing stuff like that is just inspirational, that you’re never too young or old to invent/reinvent yourself.