Sunday, March 6, 2011

Half way through Marathon Training

It’s hard to believe that I have been training for 9 weeks already. After my long run (15 miles) this afternoon I will be done with week 10. So far winter training has been a great big challenge for this girl.

Weeks 2 and 3 we were on vacation. It wasn’t bad to be on vacation while training because the mileage was still fairly low (13 and 15 mile weeks) and I was running on warm tropical streets. How bad can that be?

When got home the temps were in the high 30’s low 40’s, typical SE Alaska winter temps. These 3 weeks were awesome, and I loved that I was training for a marathon in the winter to keep me running though the months when I usually turn to inside recreation…. aka drinking too much wine Smile 

This brings us to week 7. I had a 12 mile long run that had to happen on Sunday morning. Unfortunately I woke up to 4 inches of fresh snow, on top of 2 inches of already frozen crappy slush snow. This had to be my worst long run so far. It was horrible… there was lots of walking and my entire body became numb at some point. It left me thinking to myself if I can’t even run 12 miles, how will I ever get to 26.2???

For the last 3 weeks I have relaxed a ton with the training. If the weather only permits me to run 3 days that week, then I’m only running 3 days. I have also been looking at the weekend forecast and if it’s going to be cold or snowy then I do my long run after work on Friday. This system seems to be working.

On a side note my original training plan had me swimming 3 days a week. This is no longer happening. I had to stop swimming till next fall, because they changed the hours and none of the new ones work for me. I’m pretty bummed about this because I miss the pool, but I have a new exercise goal that I’m going to start next fall and will talk about later.


  1. I need to remember the crazy winter weather you are dealing with when I complain about NJ winter running :) Luckily it doesn't often get TOO cold here, and I can deal with running on packed snow, but I hate that "frozen crappy slush snow"! When will it start to warm up more in Alaska??

  2. Man, you are dedicated to even run in the snow! I agree that taking a relaxed approach to racing is key. I often get overwhelmed with all the regret of missing workouts. What marathon are you doing again?

  3. Sounds like you are doing great in your training! Can't wait to hear more, and especially your race report when the day finally arrives. :)

  4. We should start to warm up in the middle of April, but even then we only get into the 50's our summer average temp. is only about 60-65. I still wear jeans and hoodies all summer.

    I'm going to do the Eugene Marathon. It's on May 2nd.

    Hopefully this race report will be a little more "up beat" than my last marathon :)

  5. You're rocking that marathon training! Winter training is rough on me too- and I'm only training for a 1/2!


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