Philly Marathon Training Week 1 Recap

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | training

Aug 08

How was your weekend?  Are you feeling the Olympics fever?  I’m doing my best to watch as many events as possible.  Somehow I missed most of the Olympics in 2012 so I’m not letting that happen this year!

I’ve just wrapped up my first week of training for the Philly Marathon and I’m off to a pretty strong start that I hope to maintain these next several weeks!  As usual, I’ll be sharing my weekly training recap on Mondays and giving a report card for each week.  Hopefully, you enjoy following me along as I train for my very first marathon!

I’m joining in the Weekly Wrap with Holly and Tricia where women share their health and fitness activities, successes and challenges!

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Weekly Wrap:  Visit from the Sis

This past weekend, my sister came to visit to finally see my new house and help with some of my decorating woes.  We were extremely busy on Saturday and Sunday, but we still had some fun along the way.  We checked out some kitties (we’re thinking about getting 1 or 2 cats), had great ice cream, and ate some delicious brunches – I wish I took pictures!

I’m still working on my home office and it’s been a challenge because it’s a completely blank slate!  I have no idea what type of style I want to have and I’ve never been good at decorating…I just don’t have that eye.  Thankfully, my sister does!  We went to a bunch of stores to get inspiration so I think I’m getting a little closer to being able to buy what I need!  I can’t wait to get it all organized and show you how it looks!

It’s great to be able to have family come and visit on a more regular basis since moving into a house.  This is what I was hoping for as Bret and I took this step together.

Hanging out in Manayunk

Hanging out in Manayunk

Workouts for the Week:

Kristy has provided me with my first 3 weeks of the marathon training plan.  I’m starting off with running 3 days a week:  Easy Run on Tuesdays, Hill/Speed on Thursdays,  and Long Run on Saturdays.

Monday 8/1:  Because we had an event on Thursday to celebrate winning the softball championship, I moved my runs to Monday and Wednesday.  The temperature and humidity were perfect, so this went without a hitch!  In addition to my warmup of lunges and leg swings, I did 30 squats, 10 pushups, and a 1-minute plank.

Tuesday 8/2:  I went rock climbing with my friend from work, Andrea.  It was really tough!  I’ve gone rock climbing before, but when she was belaying for me, I was only able to make it to the top of 1 out of 3 courses.  I have to admit I was disappointed…but I did get a great workout and did something difference.  I also did 10 pushups and a 1-minute plank before bed.

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Wednesday 8/3:  This was the run that I was dreading.  I had to do a 1-mile warmup followed by 5 hill repeats, finishing with 5 miles total.  The hill (or mountain!) was about 1/4 mile.  The hill is at the end of a road so I knew it’d be perfect for training…but it was so scary every time I ran up the hill!  Thankfully, I made it through!

Thursday 8/4:  No running, but I did have a nice walk in the neighborhood with Bret for at least 45 minutes.  My glutes were on fire from the previous day’s hilly workout!

Friday 8/5:  I kept things easy as my calves also started to feel sore.  I did 30 squats, 30 clamshells on each side and 10 ups.  I wanted to conserve my energy for Saturday’s long run!

Saturday 8/6:  Time for the long run…9 miles!  Kristy wants my long runs to take place on a hilly course and that’s easy where I live!  The goal was an 11-minute pace but there was no way that was happening.  This had to be the most humid run I’ve had all summer, absolutely miserable.  I was also running solo with no music for over 7 miles – I needed to charge my Aftershokz headphones!  Thankfully, I made it through.

Sunday 8/7:  I took it easy, as my hamstrings were really tight!  I did some walking in IKEA since I’m shopping for my home office.  I also knocked out 10 pushups, about 10 squats, and a 1-minute plank before bed.


I ran up this hill 5. freaking. times!

Week 1 Report Card:

I am extremely pleased with my first week of marathon training!  While the long run was physically and mentally challenging, I didn’t give up.  I know that this is only the beginning of my training and I’ll get back in the groove soon and continue to get stronger.

Even better, I did a ton of cross-training during the week!  It’s hard to keep up every single day, but I did do my planks, squats, and lunges three times a week and even added pushups to the mix!  I’m foam rolling when I should and I’m making sure I write everything down in my Believe Training Journal.  So I think it’s easy to give myself an A+ for Week 1! 

This coming weekend, I’m running an 11-mile long run, so I am a little intimidated but excited too!  I may also be going to the track for the first time in many years…fingers crossed that I don’t hate it!

I’m also linking up with Patty, Marcia, and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run and  Annmarie, Nicole, Jen, and Michelle for Wild Workout Wednesday! 

How was your week?  What’s your favorite Olympics event?

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