Marathon Monday Week 3

Hey everyone!

Here we are Monday again. After last week, this has got to be a better week. I can’t go into details about what’s going on, but I pulled on my “positive attitude” pants this morning so it’s all good, right?!

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I had a great week in running. Everything just clicked right. Check out my short vlog for all the details.

Synopsis of the week for those who like to see the numbers:

Sunday: 5 mile Easy Run + Cathe Tabatacise DVD

Monday: 50 minute Bike Trainer + total body strength

Tuesday: 6 mile Tempo, 4 miles @ 8:05 + yoga

Wednesday: Yoga

Thursday: 4 mile Easy Run + yoga

Friday: 50 minute Bike Trainer

Saturday: 16 miles Long Run

Question for the veteran marathon runners – How many 20 milers are usually in a typical 16 week marathon training plan? I’ve got 2 plans that I’m meshing together. One says 3 and the other 4. Thoughts?

29 comments on “Marathon Monday Week 3

  1. Sorry you are having a rough spot–I hope the positive training helps with the mental side of it.

    So on the 20s–I have done as many as 5, but this time through only did 3 and focused on the quality instead. I think I feel fresher for this…so I’d say either 3 or 4 is fine. Go with what will make you feel more confident b/c after 3, that’s really what it’s about.
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    1. My training has helped a lot actually. I’ve been able to brain storm and sort through the issue a little as I run. Thanks for you advice! I’m definitely doing 3 20s and will play it by ear for the 4th.

  2. Oh, so sorry to hear about the rough week… yes, fingers crossed that this one is much better! I agree with Amanda- either 3 or 4 is fine, if you have enough time to build up and have cut back weeks in between (ie not 2 20s in a row, ideally). Excited for you!! Your training looks great!
    Laura @ Mommy Run Fast recently posted..Sugarland Half Marathon RecapMy Profile

    1. Thanks for the well wishes and input! I’m going to play it by how I feel for #4 20 miler. One of the plans did have 2 20 milers on back to back weekends. Definitely don’t think that would work for me.

    1. I actually did the tabatcise in the a.m. and ran in the late afternoon. Not the best idea since the dvd is essentially like another session of running with all the jumping. I modified most of the jumps, though. Paranoid about my knee…

  3. I’m not sure how many I do based on weeks, but minimum would be 2 (20, 22/24) — in a perfect situation with enough time to taper and recover, I aim for 3 (20, 22, 24). But that one really depends on leaving myself 2 weeks of taper.

    Glad to hear the week went well. I don’t have my headphones, so I couldnt listen to video, but it’s playing right now and I’m thinking that any minute you are going to turn around and play with those toys. Nice top BTW.
    Pavement Runner recently posted..#RnRPAS: The Hotel and ExpoMy Profile

  4. Hopefully after your tough week you were able to have a glass of wine and wipe it away! Looks like you took your aggressions out on your running plan. NICE JOB!

    I’m not a vet marathoner but as a half marathoner, I feel comfortable with 2 runs that are close to half marathon length. But I’d take advice from Pavement Runner and MissZippy first. :)

    Have a better week! Sending good vibes from STL!! :)
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  5. I think your number of 20 miles can depend on a couple things. Your level, first of all. If someone is doing their first marathon, one 20 may be enough.

    When I was training seriously to really race a marathon, I would usually run the distance (or at least 24-25 miles), once. I found it really helped with my exercise induced asthma. I’d also run 21 or 22 once or twice, and 20 a couple times.
    Debbie @ Live from La Quinta recently posted..Weekly Training Recap: La Jolla Half Marathon Week 6My Profile

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