Steamtown training log (week 1 of 16)

Training for the Steamtown Marathon is off to a kind of crappy start. I’m basically following the intermediate 16-week plan from the Runner’s World Big Book of Marathon and Half-Marathon Training, with two added weeks in August that will likely be all-hiking-no-running. The first half of this week went well and I actually ran a nice PR in a 5K race on Wednesday night, but Thursday I came down with some sort of cold and I’m still not feeling quite human again yet.

Monday 6/6/16: Technically a rest day, but I biked to and from work and went on a 10-mile bike ride with F after work for a total of 22 bike miles.

Tuesday 6/7/16: First run! 4 miles easy in the park before work. Second run in my Hoka Clifton 2s and I still like them.

Wednesday 6/8/16: Biked to and from work (12 miles total) and ran a 5K race in the park after work. The weather was incredible – sunny and cool and NOT HUMID – and I ran a PR at 26:11 (8:27 per mile).

Thursday 6/9/16: Woke up with a sore throat, worked a half day but did nothing else.

Friday 6/10/16: Managed an easy 4-mile run in the park before work and 5 miles biking after (trying out my clippy pedals).

Saturday 6/11/16: Still feeling sick, headed out for a 9-mile long run but bailed at 1.5 miles.

Sunday 6/12/16: Repeat of Saturday. Managed 2.3 miles. Ugh.

Highlight: 5K PR. Lowlight: Couldn’t manage a long run this weekend and also missed a 4-mile hill workout I was planning. I was able to rest a lot from Thursday through Sunday. I thought about trying again for 9 on Monday, but maybe I’ll just let it go, take my usual rest day Monday, and restart at week 2 on Tuesday. Still, ugh.

Total miles: 15 miles running, 40 miles biking.

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