Marathon Training: Week 1

weekly workout recap

Marathon training has officially started! Week 1 of my 20 week program for the Boston Marathon is in the books. As a charity runner, I was given a training plan by our group coach. This plan is for hundreds of runners and is not specific to me or my goals. I am going to need to tweak it a little bit, especially in the beginning, to make sure I am not adding mileage too quickly. Here’s how the week went:

Monday: Rest day.  I usually go to a barre class on Mondays and couldn’t remember why I didn’t go until I asked my husband! We spent Thanksgiving weekend at my parents and had zero food in our kitchen, so I used this day to get some much needed groceries. As nutrition is pretty important during a training cycle, I felt okay with this.

Tuesday: Easy run, 3 miles. The past couple of weeks I’ve been running with a group on Tuesday nights, but this day I wanted to get home earlier than I would have if I waited to run with a group, so I did this run solo. Average pace: 9:13/mile

Wednesday: Easy run, 5 miles. I did this run on the treadmill, and I didn’t take a pic of my stats so I’m not sure what my pace was. But, after a mile warm-up at 6mph, I gradually increased the speed throughout the run. It’s been awhile since I’ve run on a treadmill and it wasn’t so bad!

Thursday: Stretch. I really wanted to stay at home this night, so I did some stretching.

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 8 miles. The first long run of the plan called for 8-10 miles. I chose 8 because as I said earlier, I wanted to ease into training a bit. The plan calls for 5 days of running, which is a day more than I usually train at (and 2 days more once my training begins to fall apart). This is a little intimidating to me, which is why I’m taking it slow to start. This run felt a little hard breathing wise (I need to work on this), but I felt like I could have done 10 miles, no problem. Average pace: 9:18/ mile

Sunday: Shakeout run: 3 miles. I don’t normally do a run after a long run, but this actually felt pretty nice. Average pace: 9:17/mile

I feel pretty good with how my running went this week, but I definitely need to focus on getting some cross-training in. I’m hoping to go to a spin class this week. I’ve never done one, but I’ve heard that spin is really good for runners.

I am linking up with HoHoRuns and MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap!


How did your week go?

Have you taken a spin class? Do you think it helps your running?

5 thoughts on “Marathon Training: Week 1

  1. I have no idea if this is actually true, but I have a theory that spin class helps running because you’re practicing a quicker leg turnover. I haven’t gone to a spin class in maybe 6 months, but a couple of years ago when I was getting back into running after a year off I did a ton of spinning. I think it’s also good brain training for getting you to push hard.

  2. Congrats on a great first week of marathon training! I’ve never been to spin class but I do cycle (I completed two century rides recently). When I’m marathon training, I’ll put my bike on the mag trainer and ride 60-90 minutes at least once week. I think it is excellent cardio and it gives my body a break from the pounding. Thanks for linking!

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