Marathon Training: Week 5

February 27, 2011

The runs are getting l-o-n-g!

This week our team run was 6 miles. 6 miles is still a comfortable distance for me, it’s an hour on the road, which is doable. But, with week 5 completed, we are now well on our way to some serious miles.

…back to this week though.

My training this week went really well. My pace is definitely picking up, and I just feel like I’m finally finding my groove.

Here’s a recap of this week’s training

Feb 20 – Feb 26

Sunday: Hot Vinyasa
Monday: Rest Day
Tuesday: 5 miles in 48:25 (9:15 pace)
Wednesday: Rest Day
Thursday: Track Workout 1. Completed 4 miles in 36:57
Friday: 4 miles in 38:30 (9:05 pace)
Saturday: Team Run 6 miles in 56:08
     Mile 1: 9:44
     Miles 2: 9:26
     Mile 3: 9:26
     Mile 4: 9:38
     Mile 5: 9:38
     Mile 6: 8:13

Total Mileage for the week: 19 miles

photo 1

(Bad photo…taken with the phone, in a dark room :/)

After our team run we celebrated with cupcakes!! Woohoo!

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I can tell you one thing’s for certain, my legs are sore! And I can feel the early stages of plantars fasciitis starting to flare up. The arch of my left foot is becoming really sore and achy.

I brought this up to one of my coaches and he recommended to use a frozen water ball as my pain reliever. After every run, no matter if my legs are hurting or not, I need to roll my feet over the frozen water ball. Doing this will loosen my muscles up and ice them down at the same time. 5 minutes per foot, and then I can also roll it over my legs to soothe my calves, quads, and hams.

I was in pure heaven. I was amazed at how good the ice bottle made my feet feel. Live saver!


Next week’s training schedule

Feb 27 – March 5

Sunday: Hot Vinyasa
Monday: Rest Day
Tuesday: 5 miles
Wednesday: Hot Vinyasa
Thursday: Track Workout 2
Friday: 3 miles
Saturday: Team Run 8 miles

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