Marathon Training: Week 1


Week 1 of my marathon training is done and let me tell you, it was an active week. My diet wasn’t exactly on point, but that’s something I’m going to work on next week for sure. I did work out a lot (about 8 hours) and I can see my body change in a positive way!

I started the day off with a 7mi stroller run. I’m an au pair during the day, and I’m used to walking around with the stroller. I knew I wanted to fit in a run and didn’t feel like waking up before sunrise, so to add some resistance I ran while pushing the stroller. At night I took Interval X, a circuit training class, at the gym.
Run details: 7 mi | 1:03:21 | pace: 9’02” | elevation: 48 ft

On Tuesday I didn’t run, but I did take a cross training class at 6am and a burn  class (circuit training using your own body weight) at 6pm.

I woke up early and made it to my 6am Fit 45 class. Cross training for 45 minutes is a great way to start the day!

I planned a 4 mile run but forgot my running armband somewhere. I don’t know if you have heard of the term ‘running naked’? It basically means running without music, a phone or a gps watch. It’s running just for fun. I’m not there yet. I love registering every movement and analyzing my pace and I just don’t feel comfortable not having my phone on me. The last 2 times I held my phone in my hand during a run I tripped, injured my knee and broke my phone screen (Yes, I’m a clumsy person!). That’s why I never run anymore if I can’t put my phone in either a pocket or a running armband. You might think this falls under making excuses, but I worked hard and I figured it was ok not to push myself.


A couple of months ago I signed up for Color Fun Fest. I had always wanted to do a color run and this one was only $20, so I was sold. During 5k’s like these you can’t really run that fast, since 90% of the people participating aren’t runners. Everyone was walking or running really slow, and that was ok. Running is not always about setting a PR. It was an awesome event and I’m so happy I did it!
Run details: 3.11 mi | 38:23 | pace: 12’20” | elevation: 17 ft


Today I ran 17.5 miles. Something I didn’t think I could do. The longest run I’ve done before this was a half marathon, so I knew there would be a possibility of me not being able to complete the whole run or of me not even going for a run. When I was working at the gym yesterday, my friend Kim asked me if I wanted to do my long run with her and her running friends and I’m so glad I said yes to that. We met up in Redondo Beach and ran all the way to Point Vicente in Palos Verdes. A couple of weeks ago I drove there and it seemed far. It took me more than half an hour to get there, so for me to just run there (it’s all uphill) is a very big deal! I’m so proud of myself for pushing through and I couldn’t have done it without the support of the girls!
Run details: 17.5 mi | 2:52:37 | pace: 9’52” | elevation: 831 ft

Thoughts on this week:
I added an Interval class this week and skipped an MMA Conditioning class and a 4m run. I also ran 0.5mi further than planned during my long run. I’m happy with my hard work for this first week. 

Week 2 – Training Plan:
Monday: 9 mile run + Interval X
Tuesday: Cross train
Wednesday: Fit 45 + Interval X
Thursday: 5 mile run + MMA Conditioning
Friday: REST
Saturday: REST
Sunday: 19 mile run


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