Week 1: Marathon Training

Happy Monday!

So, I was a bit hesitant to even do a recap on this past week because I was slightly injured (nothing major – hamstring and knee acting up after sloshing through puddles on my long run). Because of this, though, I didn’t stick to the plan. I really like sticking to the plan… so I was bummed. But that that’s part of training and it’s going to happen!

That being said, this week wasn’t all too exciting because of that. BUT, I plan on doing a weekly recap even through the “down,” boring, or challenging times. After all, if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you – so what’s the point of sugar coating it. Let’s be real.

So, this is what my week looked like:

[ week 1 / 29 weeks until 26.2Β ]

Sunday – long run (1:00/6.05mi)

Monday and Tuesday – rest/NO run (L hamstring and knee not feeling right)

Wednesday – strength workouts (that didn’t hurt the hammy/knee)

Thursday – 34 min/3mi easy (hamstring was feeling better, took it easy)

Friday – 35min/3.1mi (easy again for the hammy)

Saturday – “off” day

As you can see, nothing too noteworthy since I had to take it easy on the hamstring – but I think after taking it easy last week, I avoided a more severe injury, allowing me to get back to the program. I got in my long run yesterday and should be good to go on my 30min easy run today and even work in some cross training this week (plan on cycling and swimming).

Having a coach to plan these workouts is helping a lot more than I thought – knowing when to do easy runs, tempo runs, etc. really helps. We use Training Peaks, which makes it super easy to plan and know what workout(s) I’m doing for the day. I quickly learned that, like with many other things in life, communication with coach is key (thanks, hamstring!).

I really look forward to this week – (hopefully) not being injured and being able to do all my scheduled workouts!

I will keep you guys posted on Instagram and Twitter until my next weekly recap on the blog! I’ll also be giving you guys some sneak peeks of “the super duper strength workout for runners,” an awesome runner’s workout compiled by my awesome coach!

Shout-out to Coach Andrew Simmons with Lifelong Endurance for guiding me through my marathon training!

Thanks for reading!


7 thoughts on “Week 1: Marathon Training

  1. Great times for your runs! Just take it easy and trust the process. My coach just gave me an ear full because I did my run in 30 faster than my normal pace. I am coming off an injury and feel like I need to ‘catch up’. It is wonderful having a coach there to help!! Good luck with week two πŸ™‚

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  2. I hope your hamstring heals well, and I’m looking forward to hearing about that super duper strength workout since I’m far too poor (or cheap) to hire my own coach.

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  3. Never a boring post Jenna. You are being honest, and I have SO much respect in that. And who knows other readers might take the point it is not worth it to risk aggravating a nagging injury. Sounds like you have an AWESOME coach.

    You are doing so extremely well. All these little setbacks are going to make the marathon finish SOOOO much sweeter.

    Please take care! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so, so much! Your support means the world! Yes – my coach is wonderful so far! And I agree – it will make race day just that much better! And I’m so glad I let it rest because here I am just a week later and legs are feeling great and back to “normal” πŸ™‚ I was worried it would set be back longer as I hear the horrors of hamstring injuries! Thanks again for the kind words. I truly appreciate it!

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