Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Getting Fit for the Marathon Relay

Over the weekend, I met up with two of my Oiselle teammates, Kim and Sheila, for a workout at the Pettit indoor track. The three of us are running the upcoming Indoor Marathon Relay Race together and wanted to meet to get used to running on the track and also discuss strategy.

 Running + Brunch = A perfect combo! Photo by Sheila

It was very apparent to me during the workout that I haven't been doing enough quality speedwork lately. Last week, I did a mini speedwork session, including 1 mile @6:53 pace, a half mile @6:49 pace and a quarter mile @6:40 pace. Since I felt okay during the workout, I thought I was in decent shape going into the weekend workout. 

Wrong. My two-lap repeats on Saturday felt way harder than they should have, and I was pretty happy when Sheila said she was ready to go to brunch after just an hour of running laps. 

Since the race is only a few weeks away, I need to buckle down and start running workouts like it's my job. Fortunately, I tend to get fit quickly so I think (fingers crossed) a few weeks of workouts should do the trick. 

Here's this week's training plan:

Monday: 6 miles @easy pace + striders; strength training
Tuesday: 6 miles, inc. 20 min @half marathon pace; strength training
Wednesday: 4 miles @easy pace; strength training
Thursday: 6 miles, inc. eight half-mile repeats
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 10 miles @easy pace
Sunday: Rest Day

Total: 32 miles

As nice as it was to have a few extra days off over the holidays, I'm happy to be back on a normal schedule :)

Your turn! Tell me:
  1. What does your training plan look like this week?
  2. Have you been doing speedwork lately? If so, what workouts have you done recently?
  3. Are you participating in any of the upcoming Indoor marathon weekend events?

With the sub-zero temps in MKE this week, an indoor race sounds pretty good!

- ST


  1. what's your "easy pace" for Saturday? I've got 9 I've got to log on Saturday and was wondering if we'd be compatible. :)

    1. I will probably stick within the 8:50-9:00 min/mile pace range. Would love to log some laps together but as a warning, I usually run super early on Saturday mornings. I'm planning to do this one at the Pettit around 6:30-7am :)

  2. I can't imagine doing an indoor race! You're so brave! Doing a relay would be more tolerable. We used to do relay races on the outdoor track in cross country - I loved them!

    The snow/cold has derailed my training a bit. I'm hoping things will get back on track soon!

    1. These super cold days have been interesting for running - hopefully the old saying what doesn't kill you makes you stronger is true! :)

  3. Still no running for me, so I'm making friend with the bike and elliptical this week, but I'm really enjoying reading about others people's training until I can get back to it! Great job this week. I'll be looking out for your upcoming workouts!
    I always loved running indoor meets in college, but I've never heard of marathon indoor events. Sounds interesting! How does they work?

    1. Milwaukee is lucky enough to have an indoor track facility at a national ice skating center. Four laps around the track = a tad more than a mile so the marathon events are just run around the track. 96 laps for the marathon! Relay teams can be 2-4 members and the laps are split however the teams prefer. It's mostly a fun event although it does get tough toward the end!

  4. That is so cool! I might have to make my way out there sometime!

    1. You definitely should! There is also an indoor half marathon in July at the same center. Perfect for beating the heat!