Happy Mother’s Day everyone! After running Glass City marathon a few weeks ago, I’ve decided I’m going to give the marathon another go and start training for the Erie Marathon on Sept 8th.  I haven’t signed up for it yet. I figured I’d see how my first few weeks of training go. So far I’m still having some tight hamstrings which aren’t ideal, but I’m being diligent about getting some PT exercises done.  Hopefully that will get me back on track.

Here’s how my 1st week went…..

  • Miles run = 27.7
  • Strength workouts = 1

Monday – 4 miles easy.   A few miles around my neighborhood to start my week out right. Look at this loveliness…. this is why I love my early morning runs!

Tuesday – 5 miles, middle 3 at MP.  it was dreary looking day, but luckily I got to sleep in a little bit this morning.  This was my tempo run for the week, and even though it felt hard, I actually hit all the paces just right, so that’s good enough!  I can’t believe I ran a full marathon just 10 days ago. Maybe that’s why this felt so hard. Haha!!

Wednesday – 4 miles, easy.  I had debated running this morning because I felt a little sick last night, but my cat decided I really needed to get up and no sleep was happening after 5:30am, so I eventually got on the treadmill.  I’ve been running outside so much that I’m missing all of my TV shows!

Thursday – 3.5 miles, easy.  My plan said “2 mile time trial”, but I know what pace I want to target for my race, and I’m holding off speedwork for a few weeks.  Time goal for this training cycle? Trying to hit that 3:53 BQ time. Giving it another try. I went to the gym after my run.

Friday –  Rest day. Complete rest day.  I was sore from the gym yesterday 🙁

Saturday – 7 miles “long run”.  Starting back at my marathon training plan puts me back at 7 miles for a long run.  It seems like starting from scratch again, but I figured it certainly wouldn’t hurt to cut my effort and mileage back to give my body more recovery time.  I have no idea why, but this run felt stupid HARD from the start. I really tried to keep my pace at 9:30 or slower, but 9:15 was hitting every mile. I really want to work on being slower (you know, to get faster!).  My watch said 48 hrs of recovery when I finished this run. boo!

Sunday – 4 miles easy.  This was supposed to be a rest day, but my perfect Mother’s Day starts with a run!  So I went out for an early 4 miles. My goal was once again 9:30 pace – and I nailed it.  Woohoo! …

And then I went back to bed to wait for the arrival of my breakfast in bed!  🙂

I also visited my mom.

My husband and kids sure know how to spoil me.  I got some flowers to plant outside, and a bee house!  I’ve never had a bee house, but if it attracts more bees to my yard, and I’m doing something positive to increase their population, I’m all for it!

Need some more inspiration? I’m linking up with Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner and Kim from Running on the Fly for their Weekly Run Down. Check out all of the fun blogs there!

Q: Gardeners – have you planted your vegetable garden yet?

I usually plant ours around Mother’s Day, but it rained so hopefully we’ll get it done next week.

Q: Did you do anything special for Mother’s Day?

22 thoughts on “Weekly Run Down – week 1 marathon training?”
  1. Happy Mother’s Day! I l know what you mean about those first few runs after a marathon. I waited until the Saturday after Boston to get out for a run and I couldn’t believe how hard I was struggling. Took a couple more days off and felt better the following week. Now I have managed to tweak my left hip and haven’t run since last Thursday. I’m not much of a farmer so I just frequent the farmer’s markets in the area. Locally grown always seems to taste better. My mother passed away last year and I’m divorced so Mother’s Day is just another Sunday to me now. I do miss the huge Sunday brunch they put on st my mom’s assisted living facility.

  2. Great job on the ‘return-to-running’ week!

    Is the Eerie Marathon one of the last chance BQ ones? I feel like I looked at it awhile back when I was trying to qualify. Should be fast and flat! Good luck!

  3. We got our salsa garden planted this afternoon…it’s just a small raised garden with (currently) some corn and a couple tomatoes and a few peppers. Wow, already jumping back on the 26.2 wagon 😉 That’s exciting!!! Thanks for joining us on the WRD!

    1. I have not had success with corn in my garden. Do you have to grow a lot to get a decent amount of corn that you can use? Tomatoes and cucumbers grow really well for me, so that’s my main crop!

    1. I’m always up earlier than everyone else in my family (especially now having teens!) so I figured I would be productive with my time instead of waking everyone else up.

  4. How exciting about that bee house!

    Excited that you are interested in another marathon.

    My mother is the one that loves having a garden. She would plant tomatoes, peppers, and a bunch of flowers. Me? Nada.

    1. I’ve never put flowers in my vegetable garden, but now I think I will so the bees will stop by and visit… and take up residency in the new house 🙂

  5. So glad that you had a great Mother’s Day!

    That’s awesome that you’re thinking of jumping back into marathon training! I have one friend that is currently signed up for the Erie Marathon.

    1. I usually end up knowing several runners who head to Erie. It’s a really great race, but a small one. The water stops every mile keep it lively.

  6. I think your body will definitely appreciate some more recovery runs over hard work yet! Although I’m really LOL at you going out for a run THEN getting into bed for breakfast in bed.

    I went to my family for mother’s day. It was a lot of driving around in cold rain, and there were some hard discussions that needed to be done. It was a veeeeery long day.

    1. I don’t think my kids even knew I had been running! In years past I just hung out in bed waiting for everyone to wake up, then pretend to be sleeping!
      Sorry your day wasn’t a little more relaxing.

  7. I love that you committed to another marathon! But yes, recovery has to happen. You’re a smart runner to know that!

    What a great Mother’s Day!

    1. Well, haven’t quite pulled the trigger yet.. but getting close! We also have some child care arrangements to work out for that race weekend – but where there’s a will there’s a way, right?

  8. I know you and Alan have targeted Erie in the past, but I am seriously considering pacing a friend to a BQ at Marquette the week before. during the holiday

    1. Dang it! I was sold on Marquette until I saw how far away it is 🙁 It looks like a great race! Then again, it is a holiday weekend so there’s time to travel. Hmmmm.

      1. Yeah, I wish it were a Sunday race (it is on Saturday) but it would make for a fun holiday weekend to stay up there until Monday and relax.

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