Marathon Measures #1: First month of race-specific training completed using the Hal Higdon Intermediate 1 Plan. 87 days left before my 3rd marathon. (In my Marathon Measures series, I’m recapping my current training. It’s a lot of numbers. Only those deep in long-distance training or those looking for training plans may be interested.)
Saturday’s pace runs were goal pace, which for my 4:15 goal was 9:40 mi/min. The 4th week ended with the first double-digit run of the training program. I swapped Mondays and Tuesdays. On Tuesdays, I biked for 30 minutes. Total mileage: 100 miles.
In support of training, I also did Yin yoga once a week, sometimes at the studio and sometimes on my own. I stretched every day. I underwent myofascial release sessions. And 4 times a week, I did low quantities of squats, bridges, and planks.
Marathon Measures #1 [Hal Higdon Intermediate 1]
I got my wisdom teeth extracted 5 days before training started, which ended up being perfect timing (as far as ill-timed dental surgeries go). I was happy to start training, but a little nervous. I have ongoing foot arch issues, and I wasn’t sure if my feet could handle the mileage increase. I felt ready to listen to my body and back down if needed.
I have never run 100 miles in the first month of training. That’s intense. I have even surpassed last year’s total mileage of 518, and it’s only August. I’m happy to be running faster, further, and healthier than ever before.
Pace Run Check-in
The magic number is 9:40 min/mile for my pace runs. 9:40 translates to a 4:15 marathon.
#1: 5 mi pace. I was everywhere! I had a 42 second differential between my fastest and slowest miles. The first mile I ran too fast, and the second mile I ran even faster. Averaged 9:34 min/mile.
#2: 5 mi pace. I nailed it with an 18 second differential. Averaged 9:38 min/mile. I didn’t make an effort to do anything different, because I knew my body was already learning the effort and
#3: 6 mi pace. I fought hard to keep pace and measure effort. 31 second differential and averaged 9:37 min/mi.\
Long Run Check-in
Prior to marathon training start, most of my long runs had been around 8 miles.
The day after the 3rd pace run, I had my first double digit long run since my February marathon.
Things to Improve
I have begun doing running-form drills, and I want to continue with that 4 times a week. I paired the drills with specific blocks in my neighborhood, and I complete the drills during my cool-down walk.
I’m going to be on the look-out for signs of burnout regarding all the supplemental, support work. The support work is an important factor in my running health, but it’s been very time-consuming.
Marathon Measures #1 Memories & Moments
Favorite moment: Feeling a smidge of boredom on mile 4 of my first long run, and then smiling because even THAT felt like reuniting with an old friend (named marathon training).
Least favorite moment: Hurting during the last two miles of the long run. My quads hurt. My back hurt. My shoulders hurt. I tried to loosen up my stance, but it was really too late.
I am looking forward to the next few months. This feels like training like never before.
- Hal Higdon Intermediate 1 Overview
- Hal Higdon Novice 2 Review
- How to pick a marathon training plan
- How to build a mileage base