Marine Corps Marathon Training Week Three

by - Friday, August 24, 2012

Aside from a little stomach trouble at the beginning of the week, I finally felt like I started to hit my groove in training in week three. I managed to hit all of my workouts and wrapped up the week with a pretty stellar long run.

Here's what it looked like.

Monday - 7 miles of hills

New Champion run top

This run started out on a great note. I was hydrated. My legs felt fresh and I was ready to rock it. Until a half mile in when my stomach revolted and sent me sprinting back for my house. I took some time to get my stomach to calm down, drank some water in attempt to rehydrate and then headed back out to finish the run. From here on out this run was brutal. I was super dehydrated, my legs felt like lead and each and every mile was a struggle. I don't think I've ever been so grateful to finish a run in my life.

Tuesday - 4 miles easy

I was exhausted Tuesday morning and I'm fairly certain the only reason I got out of bed to do this run is because I found out a friend of mine wakes up even earlier than I do to work out every day. I'm pretty sure I used the "if he can do it, so can I" mentality to force myself out the door. My competitive nature helps a lot sometimes.

Wednesday - Planned six miles with 3 @ MP, actual 5 miles tempo

Holy crap look! A moderately fast run for the first time all summer.

I slept in on Wednesday and opted to do this run during an hour window I had between meetings at work. I had high hopes of cramming in all six miles, but by the time I got out the door, I knew I wouldn't have time. I made do with what I could and did five miles at a faster tempo to make up for missing one of the miles.

Thursday - Lift

Upper body and core with some of my physical therapy exercises thrown in at the end for good measure.

Friday - 3 miles easy

I think this was my favorite run of the week. 1. It was nice and short. 2. It wasn't fast. #winning.

Saturday - 13 mile long run

This run started out a little slow. I could definitely feel the fatigue in my legs, but the temperatures were in the low 70's at the start so that really helped me settle into a nice groove. I kept it nice and easy, around a 10-minute mile pace, and felt pretty good through out most of the run. Then I came home and treated myself to a nice ice bath.

Ice bath

Ok really ice baths suck, but they are hands down one of the best ways to prevent post-long run soreness. I have been relying on them heavily to get me through my training with minimal soreness so I can tackle all my workouts well.

Sunday - Rest

Total mileage for the week: 32

All in all it was a really solid week of training. Here's hoping for many more of these in the future!

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