Running Summary: Week Of 8/28/17 – 9/3/17

Running summary of the past week of training for the Marine Corps Marathon.

General Reflections: Most of this week I’ve been in Los Angeles, just in time for a little heatwave.

  • Monday: 12.5 easy miles
  • Tuesday: 6 easy morning miles (before flight)
  • Wednesday: 13.4 progressive miles
  • Thursday: 12 easy miles
  • Friday: 5.3 easy miles
  • Saturday: 10 easy miles
  • Sunday: 16.6 mile long run

Weekly Totals: 76.2 miles. 3,340 ft elevation gain

Favorite Workout(s): My Wednesday and Sunday runs.

Wednesday was my first run in Cali, and I had a great progressive run to the beach (Strave info). I felt fast, and timed it well so I caught the sun setting:

LA Sunset Beach

Sunday’s run was the long run (Strava info), and while the heat was exhausting, I climbed a mountain and enjoyed taking in the sights.

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Biggest Issues: It was way hotter than I expected, and while climbing the mountain my water supply got dangerously low.

Lesson: Don’t be stupid on hot days when in a new area, make sure you have enough water!

Next Week: Miles. Lots and lots of miles.

Running Summary: Week Of 8/21/17 – 8/27/17

Running summary of the past week of training for the Marine Corps Marathon.

General Reflections: This past week started off strong but had a disappointing finish.

  • Monday: 10 easy miles
  • Tuesday: 12 (hot) miles. Some 800 and 400 track intervals
  • Wednesday: 8 easy miles
  • Thursday: 12 mile fartlek, then 3 easy miles later that evening.
  • Friday: 8.6 trail miles
  • Saturday: 21 miles, half on trails.
  • Sunday: 6 recovery miles

Weekly Totals: 81.4 miles. 4,587 ft elevation gain

Favorite Workout: My Thursday and Friday runs.

Thursday I had a fartlek run (strava info), rotating between 2 minutes of fast running and 2 minutes of easy running for the first part. I finished the run with 3 fast miles, with 0.5 miles of recover between each one. My times for those fast miles were 5:35, 5:45, 5:40, and I was very happy with those miles especially because I had just run 8 miles of fartlek right before them.

Friday (strava info) I ran around a state park and got lost, and it was a blast. I talked a little about in this post.

Biggest Issues: Saturday’s long run was pretty good. My knees were really sore after it but I was able to finish without issue. The problem was, that night I wound up eating a ton of junk food. I used the calories I burned from the long run to convince myself it was ok, but I went way overboard (for the day I went over 5,000 calories including a carton of ice cream…). I also was up late that night because of the Mayweather – McGregor fight, which led to more eating. But, excuses excuses. I messed up.

On Sunday I was feeling sluggish and could only manage 6 recovery miles. So my eating mistake on Saturday cost me a decent run and left me feeling lousy all Sunday. I’ll probably take it very easy today (Monday) also.

Lesson: Having cheat days and overeating occasionally is not a big deal but going overboard can potentially cost you a couple workouts. So even when giving in to temptation, be careful.

Next Week: I’ll be in Los Angeles most of next week, so I’ll hopefully get a ton of mileage in with new scenery.