Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Weeks 16 and 17 of marathon training.

Becoming an official blogger for the Cleveland Marathon has thrown things off a little the past two weeks. Typically, I post a training re-cap from the past week as well as provide a little insight into what is ahead for the coming week.  So, I will combine the past two weeks into one post.  Overall, the past two weeks can be categorized as so-so.  It pretty much rained non-stop for these two weeks.  Good news is that I stuck it out and ran outside still.  Bad news is that I barely got any cycling training in.  Right now I am in good shape, but not where I need to be for cycling.  Once this marathon month of may is over.  It will be straight into 3 months of cycling events with a couple of triathlons sprinkled in for fun.  As the taper rolls on these next couple weeks.  I would like to get some quality rides in as well as some swim training.  I need to get both back on track.  As far as long runs go.  Week 16 was 15 miles and Week 17 was 22 miles.  I'm still continuing to struggle as I reach the 20 mile mark.  It seems like once I get to mile 18, its a nose dive in pace.  Hopefully, I'm this can be attributed to tired legs or that I live in a hilly area.

Week 1 Running:  45 miles 9:25 avg pace
Week 2 Running:  40 miles 9:30 avg pace      
Cycling:  52 miles outside  with an average speed of 18 mph.

Weight training:  3 sessions:  Bench 1x12 165lbs 1x8 185lbs 1x4 205lbs
                                             Incline Bench 2x12 120lbs 1x10 115lbs
                                             T-Bar Row 2x15 75lbs
                                             Close Grip Pullups 3x12 (Weight assisted)
                                             Military Press 3x15 55lbs
                                             Pull ups 3x15 15lbs

Weight training 3 sessions (workout 2)  :  Incline curls 3x12 25 lbs
                                           Preacher curls 3x12 80lbs
                                           Tricep pulldown 3x12 85lbs
                                           Reverse Tri pulldown (one arm) 3x15 45lbs
                                           Reverse Preacher curl (straight bar) 3x12 50lbs

Calories burned:  Week 16:  9,447  Week 17:  7,128
Weight loss this week:  2lbs
Weight loss YTD:  11lbs


Matty O said...

Totally feel you on the questioning yourself at the 18-20 mile mark. That is the proverbial "wall" that all runners typically hit.

As long as you start the race at YOUR pace and maintain what you practiced, the adrenaline should get you over that hump during the race.

You put the miles in man, keep the mind strong over the taper now, no doubts, no "I think I could have done more".

Enjoy some lower mileage these next few weeks, your body will thank you!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

With 9 straight days of rain, I dont anyone got any outdoor bike miles, it sucks

Nice running though

Colleen said...

I totally know about the wall... and it sucks. Best thing you can do is anticipate it... drink, eat, turn on some music, repeat to yourself "this wall is NOTHING". :) You got this!

The rain has totally sucked! You aren't alone in not getting outside bike miles.