I’m starting my Portland Marathon Training a little earlier than I normally would. I am taking about a month/month and a half to build up my base mileage with no speed besides strides (and maybe some hill sprints). I am hoping that once I get my base mileage, I can safely add in speed without injury. Also, I am attempting to marathon train while still continuing Crossfit – this will probably calls for a separate blog post but if anyone has some advice with this, I would definitely be interested to hear what you have to say about doing both at the same time! I also want to give myself some extra time in case I get sick or injured — last summer I got sick a few times so it will be nice to have a couple extra weeks in the books if needed.
Monday 5/19 — AM — 6 miles at a moderate pace, legs were in a bit of a shock to 1. be awake so early and 2. be running. The previous week I took the week off completely from working out for more of a mental break than anything else. I also figured that a week of rest could do me some good. My legs felt okay, they were pretty tired by the end of the run but I am hoping after a week of being back into a “normal groove” they will feel better. PM — Cryo Therapy followed by Crossfit. At crossfit we did some bench press, pull-up holds and the WOD (workout of the day) consisted of kettle bells, 400m sprints & modified v-ups for me! I was pretty sore by the end of the day, I did a longer bike ride (for me) on Sunday and even with Cryo, my hamstrings were definitely still feeling it.
Tuesday 5/20 — Morning hill run! This was my first hill run in who knows how long, my hamstrings were still pretty sore/tight, so I ran this at a pretty easy pace but it still felt pretty hard. Hills are definitely something that I feel like helps and I am looking forward to seeing my average pace on this run drop dramatically throughout the summer. PM — Cryo Therapy — much colder than when I went on Monday — could definitely feel a difference in my level of soreness after I left — my hamstrings were much looser!
Wednesday 5/21 — 10-15 minutes of stretching and foam rolling in the morning. Stretching and foam rolling is definitely something I want to get better at doing on a regular basis. It is normally something I don’t start doing until I am hurting — I would really like to have an injury free training season. Last year I battled sickness/shin splints/IT band pain all summer which resulted in a not so stellar marathon that fall.
Thursday 5/22 — AM — 6 mile run, we actually picked it up quite a bit the last 2 miles, fun run with a pretty big group! Did some strides afterwards.
Friday 5/23 — Day off but did some walking with the dog and went to Cryo.
Saturday 5/24 — AM — 9 mile run — very ROUGH, felt horrible the whole time, considerably slowed down the last 3 miles. Crossfit workout, cleans, double unders, kettle bell swings, ab mat sit-ups.
Sunday 5/25 — 4 miles easy, went kind of later in the day so it was pretty toasty, surprised myself by feeling a lot better than I did yesterday. I did 4 strides afterwards and did 30 minutes of stretching and foam rolling afterwards. My IT band was pretty tight today and felt a lot better after some QT with the foam rolling.
Total Mileage: 31
3 Crossfit Classes
How many weeks do you typically train for a goal race?
What fall race are you planning on doing this year?
What is your favorite doughnut? My absolute favorite is glazed old fashioned!