I’m back!! [plus 5k #19]

Classes are officially over. All final papers have been submitted. Other than patiently waiting for my final grades, my first year of graduate school is done. YAS!

While I was finishing up my final few weeks of school, I “ran” a 5k. Ran in quotes because I actually walked part of it. It was a rough, rough day for me. Finished in 24:37. It feels impossible to believe that a year ago I was gearing up for a PR and now I am almost 5 minutes slower. I guess this is what happens when you stop doing speed work and hill repeats. Or maybe it was just a bad day. Either way, you can watch me finish the race below. My name is announced ~6 seconds in.

I have another 5k coming up in a couple weeks. I’m trying to put on a brave face that it will be okay to have a “bad” race. But I’m going to be sad to say good-bye to my winning streak (2014, 2015, 2016–PR 19:59). I thought about trying to cram in some speed work in the next few weeks, but I keep reminding myself that my goal right now building endurance, not speed. So I’m sticking with easy miles, adding a few strides to a couple runs each week and hoping for a miracle.

This has gotten me thinking quite a bit about how I want to train this summer. I have a little over 8 months until the marathon. I’ll probably divide this into a summer training segment followed by a half marathon and a fall training segment followed by a marathon. In a dream world, this would be a sub-1:40 half (PR) followed by a BQ marathon (PR). I think both of these times are within my capabilities, but the BQ might be a bit out of reach this year.

If this was your race calendar, how would you structure your training for the next 8 months?

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16 thoughts on “I’m back!! [plus 5k #19]

  1. Congrats on finishing the first year! Halfway there!
    And 24 due to lost fitness isn’t too bad. You’ll be able to cut off time again pretty quickly.
    As for the 8 month question, I would just use the summer to build up mileage, nice and easy without stress of timing, etc., and then pick up training three months out from the marathon. The half/ full combo isn’t a bad idea. πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you Kristina! I have noticed that since the semester ended all of my training runs have sped up by about 30 seconds/mile without any effort on my part. I don’t think I was really quite aware of how much stress I was under and how much of an effect it had on me.

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  2. Nice job on the 5K! It may seem like a bad time to you, but how many people out there can average a sub-8 pace WITH walk breaks?! I couldn’t! Kudos to you!

    Hmm…if it were me, I probably wouldn’t “train” for the marathon and just focus the summer on staying in decent shape for it, building up mileage, not worrying about time, like wanderwolf said. No matter what you call it, you’re essentially training for a marathon for 8 months. That’s a long time to work hard in training and comes with the risk of training boredom and burnout. So if it were me, I’d take it down a notch in the summer while building up to the half, and then save your hard training for the marathon build up.

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      • As I was reading I was like surely Hanna isn’t telling me not to train for a marathon, lol.

        Since I suddenly have hours and hours of free time I’ve been so tempted to just jump in 100% and start training. But you are right, 8 months is too long to be in hard training mode.

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      • Yeah I totally understand that urge! It makes sense in theory to piggy back the training cycles but my concern is that there’s no time for a break in between them to decompress and recover. Maybe you could find another half in the late fall during the thick of marathon training to gun for the PR? That is, after all, how you got your current PR! πŸ™‚

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      • I think it pretty much has to be a September half. Disney races require you to submit a past race result for corral placement and it needs to be done by Oct 3. Plus let’s not forget that my half marathon PR left me injured and I missed several weeks of running right before my marathon…I definitely don’t want to do that again! The half marathon I’m considering is mid September, 16 weeks out from the marathon. Considering a 12-14 week plan so I can have at least two weeks off after the half. Or I might just scrap the whole half marathon and use my 1:44 for corral placement. I haven’t decided.

        I really appreciate your voice of reason stopping me from committing to 8 months of training insanity. Thanks friend!

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      • Haha! Anytime! Good luck figuring it out. At a crowded race like Disney I can definitely understand wanting to fight for better placement.

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  3. Hmmm, that’s a tough question about the training. I’m still trying to figure out how I’m going to run a trail marathon on super tough hills in mid-June and won’t start my training until May. Yikes. Nice finish line video from the Big House. No jumping to hit the banner for you? (I wouldn’t have done that either!)

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