Training Update: Baystate Marathon

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Happy Monday everyone!

Like I said on Friday, this Monday is especially marvelous (thanks for the link up, Katie!) since I’m off from work all week and I’ve got no one to answer to for the whole day. Can you tell I’m just a wee bit excited about that?

I realized over the weekend that in my previous marathon training, I’ve done a weekly training update. This time around I’ve just been giving you scattered pieces of information here and there. So I thought maybe it was time to give you a training update: Baystate Marathon style and let you know where I’m at and what I’m doing.

I’m currently in week 9 of an 18 week plan. In a nutshell, I’ve done one 20 miler so far and numerous speed and tempo workouts.

The best part of being in the middle section of marathon training is that 14, 16 and 18 milers seem like nothing. I get excited when I see that on my plan and think “A rest week! I’m running less than 3 hours!”

It’s crazy but I’m really digging my speed workouts at the track. This is the first year that I’m doing all of them there rather than some on the treadmill. I feel like I’m going to puke and my lungs will explode but it’s knowing that I only have to run an 800 or 1600 and then I get to slow down that makes it alright.

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Tempos have been harder for me. I live in a rather hilly area so it seems like no matter what route I take, I’m slowed down by the hills. I try to stick to the flatter routes to at least give me a little confidence boost in seeing my goal pace more often. I think maybe trying to push the pace at zero dark thirty for 7, 8, 9 miles may be the problem too. My body is revolting and wants to go back to bed.

There are 9 more weeks till Baystate Marathon. I’m kind of freaked out by that just because September will be gone in a blur. I’ve got Reach the Beach, 1-2 5k’s and Zooma that month. After Zooma, it’s taper time. Gah!

The middle part of a training plan is the most difficult for me. The plan isn’t new anymore and race day is still far off. I have a tendency to lose focus. Right now, my confidence is wavering.

Last week was the second time in 9 weeks that I’ve had to take time off from running because of my calf/knee issue. While the rest has been good, I feel that I am just waiting for it to pop up again. It reminds me of a conversation I had with my physical therapist last year when I was going through my tendon issue.She suggested (and I fully agreed) that I was hypersensitive to any twinge I felt around the tendon. It’s like I’m fixated on it. I’m the same way with my calf/knee.

BTW – I ran on Saturday and Sunday. Everything felt good. My knee was a little noticeable at the beginning of Saturday’s run but went away the more I warmed up…and the more the conversation flowed between Mariette and I. Thank goodness for running buddies to take your mind off things!

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Cross training wise, I’ve been slacking a bit. I’m getting on my bike trainer at least one morning a week. I do core work everyday and most of my physical therapy hip strengthening exercises at least 3-4 days. I’ve been doing a Kettlebells or weights 2-3 times a week. And yoga…well that just fell by the wayside. With it being summer, I don’t want to be inside. I committed myself to doing at least 20 minutes of yoga every day for the next 30 days and so far, I’m on it. AND I’m loving it. I’ve missed my yoga!

So that’s where I’m at. There’s still a lot more hard work to do. I’m hoping that my calf/knee will play nice and I won’t have to think about it any more.

And with that, I’m off to the beach to run a mostly flat tempo to boost my moral!

What’s your favorite part of a training program – beginning, middle or end?

30 comments on “Training Update: Baystate Marathon

  1. First off I’m really mad I was so close to you in Maine and had no clue!? That is a missed opportunity!! Second – I hear you on being in the “middle” of training and having your confidence (and body) wane a bit. BUT, it’s such a great feeling to have those 16-18 milers and think “easy week!” Gotta love that!!
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  2. Loved this! I am about the same place, and I have my first 20 this morning…..I think it was you I was talking to last week about “only 16”, when your perspective changes? Funny to see how marathon training changes us! I have that hat by the way ๐Ÿ™‚ Love it! Sounds like things are going well, and I know you are in the slogging part….just like me, but that is the most important time…..keep going at it, and it will be worth it ๐Ÿ™‚
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  3. Sounds like you’re kicking butt with the training plan right now. I am forcing myself to do dedicated speedwork now. It’s my least favorite part of any training plan. I sure hope my mileage perspective changes as I get farther along with my marathon training. I did 12 Saturday and was like, holy cow I don’t know that I could do 8 more miles to hit 20!
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  4. Thank you so much for posting this! I wonder sometimes if bloggers know just how much they help their strangers. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am in the middle of training for only my 3rd half marathon (6 weeks away), but this is my first attempt at a PR that is meaningful to me. But knowing that a much stronger runner struggles with the same things I do is oddly reassuring…especially since you’ve got successes to show for it!

    My favorite part of the training cycle was the beginning I think — very exciting to approach my running in a new way. Now I’m in that middle part where self doubt is a hurdle. I love the speed interval work though – always a confidence booster!

    1. Bloggers are human too! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think the middle part of a training plan, just like the middle miles of a long run, are when you start to lose focus. Your body is building new muscle daily and you’re tired. I think acknowledging that I have lost my focus will help me get my act together for the last miles of training. Good luck to you on your PR. Stay strong!!

  5. You are doing so great with your training and I’m so excited for you to run Baystate!! I love that those 14, 16 and 18 mile runs feel easy for you ๐Ÿ™‚ I hear you about being in the middle of a training run but then again, the closer I get to the finish, the more I freak out ha! So excited for you and your week off!!
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  6. Since I”m training so differently for this marathon, so far I’m loving both the beginning (the excitement!) and the middle (it is starting to come together for me!) My trainer mixes it up for me when I’m with her, and so nothing is routine. This week I’m doing 2 mile repeats (how the heck do I pace those?) and instead of a long run on Sunday, I have a long bike! At first I questioned her wisdom, but after my fabulous 14 miler yesterday, I’m starting to “trust the plan”. I’m hoping to avoid injury and finish strong.
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  7. LOL…it’s this point in marathon training where I usually stop training. It’s either my knees or my brain that stops me. I generally get a huge reminder somewhere around mile 14 that I don’t actually like running long distances and then I give up.

    I’ve done this about 5 times now. Why? Because the idea of running a marathon is far more appealing to me than the experience of actually doing it.

    I’ll never learn…. lol

  8. I wondered if you would still blog this week or take a little break while on vacation!!! Hope you started the week off well!!!
    I wondered if you were going to share your training for the marathon this go round – so glad it is going well!
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  9. The middle when the training distances don’t seem hard is totally my favourite part! And yes to speed workouts. They are horrible the first few times, but I love getting faster and it’s weird but I find them so empowering ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Sounds like things are going great! How many 20 mile or greater runs do you do over the course of your training plan? Just curious. So jealous of Reach the Beach and you will have a fabulous time at Zooma! Keep up the great work! My favorite part of the training plan is the end. I tend to get burnt out in the middle and it’s hard to stay focused AND not lose my self confidence. A string of bad runs and I’m toast.
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  11. Middle to end for me.
    By the time I get to the middle I can start to see progression.
    When I’m near the end I know my goal is in sight, but then I have to think about what I will do next (yeah I’m always thinking in advance).
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  12. Marathon training is a beast, no butts about that. I LOVE the first few weeks because it’s new and exciting and ready. The middle, I agree is the hardest. You feel like you’re just going through the motions. I truly love the last few weeks, or what I refer to it as the grind. At this point you start seeing the work come together and can start preparing for the actual race. Focusing on the little details and things you can control.

    You are doing great with training, and can’t wait to see you kick butt. Keep it up, a few more weeks and you’ll be in ‘the grind’ and getting ready to roll!
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