Wednesday, July 20, 2011

And the Training Begins...

On Monday I started my NYC marathon training.  If you remember I have decided to follow the Run Less Run Faster  training plan for a 3:40 marathon.  I was originally going to shoot for the 3:30 but right now it is a little fast.  I may work up to it.

Monday's Workout
3x1600m with 200 RI @ 7:02 pace (really I was supposed to do 1 min RI but that was just not enough time for me to fully recover.  So I would walk the 200m before I started up again.

10 min warm up
1st mile @ 6:58
2nd  mile @7:00
3rd mile @ 7:15 (I could have kept my goal pace for this but thought I lost my keys and slowed down to check. At which point I could not pick it back up.  I was just tired)
10 min cool down

Overall I felt better and stronger since the last time I did these.  Which is a good sign!

Tuesday I headed back to MN to spend the week with my family as well as run the Warrior Dash.

Yesterday had lunch with Scott, my Brother and Sister.  We had salads with crispy procuitto on it.  SO good!

I swam and played with the kids but that was about the extent of it.

This mornings workout.  Bryan the speedster came and ran with me.  It was already in the mid 80s and the humidity has been the worst I have ever felt.  Today it is supposed to be up to 110-112 with the heat index.  Needless to say I was sweatin bullets.

Anyways the workout was supposed to be 2 mile warm up, 2 miles at 7:35 pace and 2 miles cool down. Because I ran with Bryan I changed it up a little because he is so fast.  While he was just strolling a long I was breathing very very hard lol!

Mile 1- 7:59
Mile 2- 7:17
Mile 3- 7:31
Mile 4-10:13 ( I had to stop and take a little breather before we started back up)
Mile 5- 8:46
Mile 6-8:18

As you can see the beginning of the run was much faster.  I was tired when I got home and so sweaty that my whole face was burning from salt.  So I did what anyone would do and decided to jump in the pool!  Ahhh so refreshing.

Tomorrow I will be going to Heather's Gym and then Friday is 13 miles @8:53 pace. Saturday will be the Warrior Dash!!  Woohoo!

Anyone else have any big races or fun races coming up?

I almost found some running flats!  Will post what I find soon.  Anyone into barefoot running without the toe flats?

How about the mudder buddy?  I think that is what it is called?



  1. Very nice workouts Sarah! I definitely think that if you can do 3 mile repeats in 7 minutes you can run a 3:30 marathon! Your times are really impressive and so fun that your brother pushed you to run faster. Love that!

    Enjoy your time with the family. :)

  2. I'm training for the NYC Marathon too! Although I will not be nearly as fast as you (super duper awesome goal btw) I am GOING to make it to the finish line!!! Keep up the great training and see you in November!!

  3. I'm using FIRST too for my Sept marathon (shooting for a BQ and using the 3:45/3:40 plan). I find that their suggested RI are not enough too so I usually just allow myself a bit more time. I love the FIRST plan -- this is my second time using it!

  4. Awesome workouts!! Yay for lunch dates with family. :)

  5. I have the Run Less Run Faster book and the marathon training plan looks pretty great (even though I haven't run a marathon yet) lol I was going to use their half marathon training plan but it's 16 weeks long and I only wanted to train for 10-12 weeks so maybe next year.
    I like the 3 runs a week idea. Good luck with your training!

  6. Good luck with the FIRST program, girl!


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