Marathon Training Week 6

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Week 6 of marathon training is complete.  I wish I could report that this was a great training week, but I can’t do that.  This whole week was a struggle.  Every run was difficult.  I was really tired, my body was really sore, and it just would not cooperate. 

Monday – This was a rest day, but I did take Jake for a long walk.  I was freezing all day, and could not get warm.  I also had a headache.  So, it was a good day for a rest day.  I was starting to think I was getting sick.  But, thankfully I didn’t! 

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Tuesday – Today had 3 miles scheduled.  It was freezing outside, but I ran them.  I had to call Jeremy to bring me some gloves.  Once I got adjusted to the cold, I ran pretty well.  I ended up running almost 4 miles.  

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Wednesday – I was scheduled to run 5 miles today.  It was 29 degrees outside, and I didn’t want to face that.  So, I ran on the treadmill.  It was hard!  I don’t know what was so different from running on it last week.  It was really tough mentally.  I made a new playlist, I ran intervals, and I counted down the minutes.  Every 10 minutes I would tell myself “just 10 more”.  All of that helped, but it was still challenging.   I just wanted to be done.  I felt like I was having to force myself to run, and I did not enjoy it.  But, I got it done! 

Thursday – The weather was back up in the 50’s, so I ran outside.  I was scheduled for 3 miles.  I ended up running around 2 and a half, and then walking the last half.  One of the neighbors was walking her dogs, and I walked and talked with her for the last half mile. 

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Then I took Jake for a run.  We ran almost a mile, and he sprinted the entire time!  He was literally dragging me! 

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Thursday was the hardest run of the week.  My body was tired, and it would not cooperate with me.  I was so frustrated because I had to stop several times and walk because my legs were so tired.  I hate that, especially when I’m just running a few miles.  It just frustrates me that I can run big miles and it’s relatively easy, but then I struggle with the low miles.  But, I guess we all have bad days. 

Friday – Today was a rest day.  I didn’t rest totally, but I didn’t run.  I did some squats.  I am doing the Squat Away May challenge, but I got a little behind and had to catch up.  I did 150 squats on Friday.  My legs were like jelly for awhile!  I also took Jake for a quick walk down the road

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Saturday – When I woke up Saturday morning, it was snowing!  It was super cold, so that forced me to run 7 miles on the treadmill.  Today wasn’t as bad as the rest of the week.  I listened to the new Serial Podcast, and that helped pass the time for a while.  When that was over, I listened to some music.  I wouldn’t say this was a great run, but it was an improvement from the others this week.  I started getting tired, but got a second wind around mile 6.  I really finished strong, and wanted to run a little more, but I didn’t have any time.  I did feel a little better about my training this week after this run.   

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Sunday – Today was a cross training day.  I hit up the treadmill for an easy 2 mile jog on the treadmill and some strength training.  I tried a workout that Monica at Run Eat Repeat made up.  You can see that workout here

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Overall, this week was the hardest so far.  It is a little disheartening when I think about how I did this week and then look ahead at my training plan.  This week should have been easy, it was supposed to be easy, but there’s just so many factors that play into having a good run.  I know this was just a bad week, and I’m sure there will be others. But, next week WILL be better!  I AM DOING THIS!  (I stole that quote from Lindsey at A Runnaroundd Life, and it helped me a lot this week to keep telling myself that!)

Now, I need your advice please!

I have been following Hal Higdon’s Marathon Training Novice 1 program. (This is my first marathon)  I have been looking at his Novice 2 program and am thinking about switching over to it next week.  The weekly runs are just one more mile than what I would be doing, and the long runs are 2 miles more. 

Example:                               Mon     Tues           Wed       Thurs     Fri           Sat         Sun

Week 7 Novice 1                  Rest       3               6              3          Rest       12          Cross

Week 7 Novice 2                  Rest       4               7              4          Rest       14          Cross

So, for all of you marathon veterans, my question is, should I switch over to the Novice 2 training.  It’s going to be a few more miles, and my thoughts are those extra miles are going to help me be better prepared.  But, since I’ve never done this before, I really don’t know.  My concern is overtraining and getting injured, but with the exception of this week, the last few weeks have been pretty easy for me.

I chose the Novice 1 program because I was coming back from being hurt and was pretty much starting from scratch.  But, now that I have been running consistently for a few weeks, I feel a lot stronger, and think I might could push myself to do more. 

Any advice you can give would be great!  When I think about running a marathon, I’m excited but at the same time I’m really scared!  But, it’s something that I really want to do, so I want to make sure I do it right and am prepared and not injured! 

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For this weekly update I’m linking up with Holly of HoHo Runs and Tricia of MissSippiPiddlin for their Weekly Wrap. I’m also linking up with the other Weekly Wrap bloggers.

I hope you all have a great week!

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12 thoughts on “Marathon Training Week 6

  1. Kelli

    I trained for my first marathon using novice 1 and I still ended up with some overuse injuries as I had only been running about a year. If you have a strong running background then maybe you could do novice 2. However, you might be better suited just adding in a x-train session like cycling or pool running if you want the additional aerobic development without the impact stresses of running. Good luck to you!

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      Thanks! That’s great advice!

  2. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    It’s so tempting to switch things up, isn’t it? My thoughts about marathon training is that you need to trust the plan. I personally wouldn’t make any changes at this point. Your goal for your first marathon should be just to finish, and Hal’s plan will get you there. If you do another one, you can learn what worked and what didn’t and then tweak your plan.

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      Thanks for the advice! That makes a lot of sense. I’ll stick with the one I’m doing!

  3. meljo @

    I had a very similar week, all but one run felt sluggish! Great advice from Kelli & Wendy about sticking to your current plan; if you are prone to overuse injuries, or just coming back from one, you need to be really careful about boosting your miles.

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      It’s really good to hear I’m not the only one who has bad days or weeks. Hopefully your runs are better this week!

  4. Ruth

    I’m sure you’ll do great when you reach your marathon. I’m doing my first marathon this year, so I can’t offer any experienced advice, I think I would stick to the original plan. Wish you luck! Have a great week.

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      Thank you! And thanks for reading! Good luck to you too!

  5. Tricia@MissSippipiddlin

    I agree with Wendy, stick with what you have. There is a fine line between being trained and over trained! I loosly followed this plan for my long runs only because I only ran 3 times a week. I fully believe for me it saved me from not having any more issues than I did. I finished my marathon this weekend but because of my knee had to walk pretty much the last 6 miles! That is a freaking lot, I wanted to run but couldn’t. My plan said to do 8 miles the last week before and with my out of town plans it just did not happen, and I’m so glad it didn’t because I got as far as I did before the pain was too much. I look forward to following along and seeing how you do! PS it is an amazing feeling no matter how you end up doing just to finish and say you’re a marathoner!!!

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      Your race sounded like so much fun!! After reading about yours, I can’t wait till mine!

  6. HoHo Runs

    The bad weeks help us appreciate the good ones. I loosely based my training for Chicago on novice 2 and was injured. (I don’t blame the plan!). I don’t remember there being much difference between 1 and 2 except maybe speedier weekday runs. I’m testament to the fact you can do it even with not training conventionally. I don’t suggest it however. LOL. I think I’d stick to your plan. Thanks for linking.

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      There was not much difference between the plans, but since this is my first I’m gonna stick to the plan I’m doing. After reading about your marathon, I’m excited to do mine!!

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