Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Mini Run Break + This Week's Training

Last week, Coach Matt had me take a few days off from running and cross-training. It was a little rest period to help me recharge before starting the final marathon training push. I'll admit, not being able to run was a bit like torture but I did enjoy spending extra time with friends.

Jazz in the Park! Photo by Melissa Miller - Music Photography

Anyhow, this week it's back to the usual training with a mix of running, strength training and Y classes. Although the week only tops out at 48 miles, I know I'm in for a challenge with a workout, race and long run including marathon pace. This will be fun :)

Here's this week's plan:

Monday: 6 mile run; Y-Kettle Bell Interval Circuit + Strength Training
Tuesday: 8 mile workout, inc. track intervals
Wednesday: 5 mile run; Y-Fuse + Absolution
Thursday: Race for the Bacon 5k + wu and cd miles
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 16 mile run, inc. goal marathon pace miles
Sunday: 6 mile run

Total: 48 miles

My questions for you:
  • What do you do with your extra time during training breaks?
  • What workout are you most looking forward to this week?

I can't wait for my long run with marathon pace miles. Nothing like a Saturday morning run challenge ;)

- ST


  1. Some very well-deserved time off! It sounds like you have a great week of training coming up with a race and that long run! I'm looking forward to a short tempo on Friday. I just like longer stuff like that :) I feel like way too much of my extra time when I'm not running is spent reading about running-related stuff ha it's a problem sometimes ;).

    1. Ha, I am happy to hear you say that because I also do that during time off from running! Little by little my bookshelf has been taken over by running books. There are so many good ones!

  2. I honestly can't remember the last time I took a break from absolutely everything. Running, yes, but then I'm still cross training. Maybe I need to take a little advice from Coach Matt after I get through this 12 miler next week.

    This week I'm most looking forward to my yoga classes. I have been so stressed out. I NEED yoga!

    1. I think taking a complete break - even for just a few days - is harder than any workout :) It feels weird to not have the normal routine. But it is great for recharging!