Change in Plans

Today was the worst workout I’ve had so far in my training for the marathon.  I was supposed to run two 1600 m intervals and one 800 m interval.  I couldn’t even finish the first 1600 m interval.  My legs were so tired from my 7 miles on Saturday.  I felt beyond exhausted.  I felt on the verge of injury.  So, I stopped the workout short.  I’m not a big fan of doing that, but my calves are very, very tight and my shins are actually starting to hurt.  I felt like something was going to snap any minute, and as frustrating as it was to stop, going down the injury road would be much more frustrating.

I am wondering whether the 10K program I’m following is too much too soon.  The pace is based on a 5K race I did back in October and I know I wouldn’t have been able to run a 5K at that pace when I started the program.  I probably still can’t.  I’m not ready to drop it completely, but I think I’m going to repeat last week instead of upping my mileage again this week.  I will up my time on the cycling workout, though.

Planned workout

12 minutes warmup

2 x 1600 m at 7:00 pace with 400 m rest interval, 1 800 m interval at 6:35 pace.

10 minutes cool down

Actual workout

12 minute warmup 

1 1200 m interval at 7:00 pace, 400 m rest interval, 1 800 m interval at 7:00 pace.

10 minute cooldown

Here’s how the plan will shape out for the rest of the week:

Tuesday: 35 minutes on the stationary bike at level 7

Wednesday: Tempo run 2 miles at 7:35 pace, 1 mile easy, 2 miles at 7:35 pace

Thursday: Strength Training

Friday: Off

Saturday: 7 miles in the sweltering heat

Sunday: Off 

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