Thursday, July 1, 2010

Week 2 of 16: Marathon Training Take THREE

Marathon training? Take THREE.

Ever since my first marathon I have had a love/hate relationship with the marathon. I love it for how strong and accomplished it makes me feel, but I hate it for the pain/agony/time etc. that it takes to train & to actually run the race. I just don't think I was meant for long distance races like that.

I love the half marathon, and oddly, have yet to run a decent 1/2 that I was proud of. It's on my list for this fall.

So while this year's 26.2 may be my last (for a while) I'm trying to also make it my best.

Katy & I are training via the Runner's World Run Less, Run Faster training plan. Basically, you run three times a week but you make each workout really count, plus you're definitely well rested for each run. Tuesday is track work, Thursday is a tempo run and Saturday is your long run. I love it so far because I have time for yoga & spinning yet I'm still getting in the miles necessary to train for the big race. I'm a firm believer that you don't have to log 40-50 miles a week just to prepare for the marathon. Of course, it can't really hurt either as long as you're going about it smart.

This week's training (officially week 2 on our 16 week plan):
Monday: AM spin class <--It was tough! But love how strong spinning makes me feel.

Tuesday: Track Tuesday! We did 1 mile warm up, then 4 x 1200 with 200 walks in between. Sarah & Katy kicked my a$$. I love Track Tuesday's though because the Charleston Running Club comes out there mid way through our workout and they're always speedy & inspiring.

Wednesday: Off. Was planning on yoga or spinning but was feeling a bit under the weather. Which was okay by me because I was well rested for this morning's run!

Thursday: 5 mile tempo run in 45:00. I was aiming for my 10k race pace + 30 seconds (which would be about a 9 minute mile) so I came out perfect! This was a great treadmill run, one of the best runs I have had in a while. I was pretty pleased with my speed because lately, I have been lingering over the 10:00 min/mile pace...which I don't love.

TOMORROW: Would love to get some yoga in, but will probably take the day off because I have friends coming into town! Will be drinking tons of water and eating well in preparation for....

Saturday: Long run with the TNT team, 11 miles on the docket. It should be cooler than past weeks (in the 80s) so I'm definitely looking forward to that.

Happy 4th of July!


  1. Oh, dear goodness. You inspire me. How do you have energy to type? :) I hope this means you'll be blogging more? I just starting working out with a trainer and he's whooping my you know what, so I need more Kristin in my feed reader.

  2. You crazy girl if you don't looooooove marathons, you should just rock the socks off of halfs. Let me know what halfs might be on your schedule. It'd be fun to meet up again!

  3. I am a fellow runner/blogger. I just found your blog. I am running Chicago too! I can't wait to follow your adventures in training!

  4. I just found your blog and I love it! I ran with TNT last Oct in Marine Corp Marathon and it was the experience of a lifetime!! That is awesome that you are mentor. I have done several half marathong and I am about to start training for my second marathon. Good luck with your training!
    Leah B.

  5. Love the energy! Take care of yourself and those you love!
    I hope to make it to Chicago to one day when I tire of hilly marathons I will try those that are flat.
    Keep running!

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