? Marathon Training Week 1 Recap – Get Back to Where you Once Belonged

It’s Monday. I know. We have to power through this. I started out with an easy 3 miler (threasy) and a cup of coffee with Lil’ Code. It’s not a bad way to get the week started. My title is from a song this week. Show me how smart you are and guess it.

I’m currently training for something and also nothing. I haven’t signed up for a marathon, but I’m getting ready just in case. After some time running to run, I longed for structure and goals. Now I have them. Let’s recap week 1…

Easy Monday – Planned, 3 miles/Actual, 3 miles


Easy days are supposed to be easy. These miles weren’t tough, but they could have been easier. The goal is 60-90 seconds slower than my marathon pace, but these miles averaged just under 8:00/mile. I’ll blame it on the Day 1 excitement!


Easy Tuesday – Planned, 5 miles/Actual, 5 miles

Ran these with Wade and Lil’ Code. Having company helped me hold the proper pace (8:40/mile), which would have been easy if not for the SUFFOCATING HUMIDITY. We had hoped for coffee, but just didn’t quite have time. Bummer.

Easy Wednesday – Planned, 3 miles/Actual, 3 miles

This run was with Alissa and Wade. Honestly, my week doesn’t feel right if I don’t have coffee with these two at least once. Luckily, there was time for this one. So far I’ve learned that I’m much better at pacing with friends than alone. The main reason that I picked the training plan that I did (Higdon Advanced 1) is that it allows a few runs a week at easy paces and fairly short distances. That means they can be social! ๐Ÿ™‚

There are waters too. Runners cannot live on coffee alone.

Thursday – Planned, 3x hill repeats/Actual, Cross Training/No Running

Well, it only took 4 days for me to deviate from my training plan. I had planned to cross-train on Monday and Wednesday since those are the short run days, but I messed that up. A combo of my workout kicking my butt and stuff going on right after work made me decide to blow off the hill repeats and move them to the following morning.

Friday – Planned, Rest/Actual, 3x hill repeatsย 

Hill repeats are a healthy combo of horrible and awesome. I have a great hill in my neighborhood to use. The grade is steep, but you can run up it. It’s about a quarter mile long. I didn’t realize just how much I missed these things. I’m excited to hit the hill at least once every few weeks. I’ll get stronger, if I don’t die.

It’s a long way to the top, if you wanna Rock N’ Roll.

Saturday – Planned, 5 miles at MP/Actual 4 miles at MP and 1 mile at not so MP

MP = Marathon Pace

This is a tough one. I’ve come to the realization that I’m not the runner that I was before tearing my Achilles. That’s ok. However, I seem to refuse the idea of setting a marathon pace goal of anything slower than a BQ. That means a goal of 3:15 and a per mile pace of 7:15. That’s pretty lofty for me at the moment, but I’m optimistic that I’ll work my way into it. Should I set a slower goal or should I go for it?

I stayed in the ballpark of my goal pace for the first 4 miles, but couldn’t hang on for mile 5, so it ended up being more of a cooldown. Eh, it’s week 1. I’ll do better next week.

Long Run Sunday – Planned, 10 miles/Actual, 10 miles

My watch quit on me at mile 6, so I had to guess on the pace for the last 4. This run went REALLY well. I had plenty of company with running buddies (and runemies) Robbie, Ed, Jen and Katie. It got a little faster than I wanted to go at times, but I resisted the urge to get caught up in that. I felt like I definitely could have gone longer. That’ll be next week.

Final Thoughts

I can’t say how happy I am to be back at it with week one in the books. People keep asking what I’m training for and it’s so weird to say that I don’t know. I have a couple of ideas, but until I sign up they don’t mean anything.

I’m running pretty confidently now, but there must be some small part of me that still thinks about the injury. I had a dream last night that I was watching myself run (not sure how that’s possible) and as I was racing ahead and passing some runners I went down hard. I tried to crawl off the course and had to be carried. I woke up panicked. Alright dream interpreters, let’s hear some theories.








18 Replies to “? Marathon Training Week 1 Recap – Get Back to Where you Once Belonged”

  1. 1. When you run with Wade and Lil’ Code, you should call them Lil’ Wade ๐Ÿ˜€ When I was reading it I at first read Lil’ Wayne. Haha
    2. I think you should totally stick with your BQ MP goal, but listen to your body when you’re running it. If you do need to slow it down, then do.
    3. “Iโ€™ve come to the realization that Iโ€™m not the runner that I was before tearing my Achilles.” YET (As far as being as fast goes. You’ll end up a better runner than before because of all this.)

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    1. 1. I should do that, especially since Wade is actually much smaller than Lil’ Code.
      2. Good advice. I’m sticking to it.
      3. I’ll keep working and we’ll see what happens. As far as “better” goes, we shall see. I’ll definitely be more appreciative.

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  2. Congrats on an awesome first week! I laugh at you pacing better with friends as thatโ€™s my job when Iโ€™m in a group- I hold a steady pace๐Ÿคฃ. Weโ€™ll just pretend I could run any other pace

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  3. Running is soooooo humbling, isn’t it? It never fails to reveal to me everything I need to work on! Good thing running and learning those hard lessons is so enjoyable!

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  4. Nice first training week! As for the dream analysis, that’s easy- you’re afraid you’re going to fail running and not meet your goals. It’s a typical runner anxiety dream. I took some dream analysis psychology courses in college and bought some books way back in the day, not that I’m an expert in any way (as you probably already guessed). Just try not to stress over your times too much and go more with how you feel at the moment.

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  5. Great job on your first week! How many weeks long is your training plan?

    As far as a goal time I think it’s a bit too early to set a firm goal. I realize your plan calls for a marathon training pace so I’d set something that’s a realistic goal but not a total stretch and use that for a few weeks and see how that feels. If it feels like it’s too easy and you want a harder goal then do a reach goal. When I ran my 2nd half marathon last fall my main goal was to run faster than my 1st half marathon (2:10). We preran the course as a long training run and I ran a 2:08 so I changed my goal to breaking 2:05. Secretly I had a goal of breaking 2 hours and my running buddies thought I could but I wouldn’t commit to it as a firm goal. When I hit the 10 mile mark during the race and realized I could actually break 2 hours then it became my official goal and I did run a 1:59 that day.

    I agree that your dream is likely more out of subtle fear than it is your body telling you anything.

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  6. I would say see how the first 4 weeks goes and then reevaluate the goal then the next 4 weeks do the same. By that point I would think you’d know what is a reasonable goal. No harm in trying to push yourself but you also don’t want something unrealistic. You’ve had an amazing recovery from your surgery but you don’t need to try to be Superman your first marathon back ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  7. I’m gonna assume everyone else got distracted by all the other questions in this post and forgot to say the song lyrics are obviously from “Get Back” by The Beatles. Love the AC/DC mention too — that’s a staple on my iPod’s running playlist!
    Don’t forget to factor in all that suffocating humidity right now when you’re not quite hitting the paces you think you should be. It WILL get easier! Just do what you can in the conditions as they stand. I’m so over humidity but I know we’ve still got a lot more to deal with!

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