Portland Marathon Training – Week 2

Well the second week of training is officially in the books! I am definitely starting to feel like I’m “in training,” by how much my appetite is increasing and how ridiculously tired I am by the end of the day. I just keep telling myself that this will feel more normal in the next few weeks. Below is a summary of my second week of training if you are interested! I was pretty bad at taking pictures this week — will work on it this next week!

Monday 5/26 — I originally had planned on doing an easy 6 miler but decided I wanted to participate in the Murph workout with my Crossfit gym honoring the military. Jim and I both did this and ran the last mile of it together. Murph is a 1 mile run, 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 air squats, 1 mile run. I used bands on the pull ups and used a box for the push ups to modify it and make it so I could actually finish. If you are interested in reading more about where the workout comes from read

We finished Murph! Tired and happy!

We finished Murph! Tired and happy!

We finished Murph! Tired and happy![/caption]
We followed this up with a shower and a cryo session!

Tuesday 5/27 — I had a run on the schedule but I woke up and could barely move because I was so sore SO I opted to sleep in a little more before work. Throughout the day I had planned on doing an easy 4 miler after work but I since I could barely walk, I opted to take the day completely off and go in for a cryo session.

Wednesday 5/28 — Still really sore but got in an easy 6 miler in the morning. This was an enjoyable run on a cooler but very humid morning in Dallas. I ran with a local running store, Lukes Locker , for their Wednesday morning social run. Its a fun way to get in a run and some socialization before work! After work, I went to my crossfit gym and did a workout — I lifted pretty light as I am still sore but didn’t want to go all week without any strength training.

Thursday 5/29 — 7 miles. Felt decent on this run. Working on getting used to the summer humidity again. We continued the tradition of having a large group on Thursday runs which has been really fun. Went to a cryo session in the evening — my calves are feeling pretty tight.

Friday 5/30 — 5 miles + Strides. Felt pretty dehydrated on this run, definitely need to start drinking more water during the day as the weather heats up! After work, I went to a cryo session and then went and did a cross fit workout — lifted lighter than I normally would to hopefully preserve my muscles for long run Saturday. In cross fit we did ab mat situps, squats, kettle bell swings and some rowing. I was pretty pumped to see how much my rowing is improving. I also brought my foam roller with me to work and rolled out my calves during my lunch break — running dork alert!

Saturday 5/31 — Long Run Saturday! Ran 12 miles and it felt SO MUCH better than last Saturday’s long run. This was the longest run I’ve done since March and the first double digit run I’ve done since Ragnar four weeks ago. Afterwards my mom and I grabbed coffee, a donut and went and did Cryo!

Sunday 6/1 — 5 Miles + Strides. Did this run as an easy easy easy 5 mile recovery run. It was already over 80 degrees when I started at 8:15 am. Summer is definitely here! This run was extremely tough mostly due to the heat. I followed up the run with some strides and an afternoon nap. I really wanted to ride my bike but I was so exhausted, I figured it wouldn’t be the best idea going into next week. I also spent 20 minutes rolling out my legs and stretching while watching the Seattle Mariners play!

All of my Oiselle is clean and ready for Week 3 of training! Love all my shorts and tanks!

All of my Oiselle is clean and ready for Week 3 of training! Love all my shorts and tanks!

Total Mileage for the Week: 37 miles
3 Crossfit Classes

Has summer hit where you live yet?
Any tips for running in the heat?
What did you do this weekend?


3 thoughts on “Portland Marathon Training – Week 2

    • It was so fun and painful! I broke it up into sets (this definitely isn’t prescribed but this is what the majority of us did at my gym) — I did 20 sets of 5 pull ups, 10 push ups and 20 air squats. I just kept a tally of how many sets I’d done to keep track! I also wouldn’t try to burn yourself out early — I started everything modified (besides running & squats) and was able to finish everything. I definitely was sore for days though 🙂

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