Marathon Training Week 4

Well, I wish I could report that week 3 went perfectly, but unfortunately, I was a bit up and down.

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Marathon Training Week 3

Week 2 is done and went much more smoothly than week 1. I felt pretty strong throughout the week and had no problem pushing the pace on Saturday. I struggled a little on the long run on Sunday, but I think it was because I went out a bit too hot and I also think the heat got to me a little bit.

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Five Years Bike Commuting

Today marks my 5th anniversary of full-time bike commuting. I had just gotten back into cycling a couple of months before that. In fact, since I’ve kept an accurate log of all my rides and mileage (nerd alert!), I can tell you that I had logged 421 miles by the time I rode to work for the first time.

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A Metaphor for an Active Life

I was taking a look at the soles of my Adidas running shoes this week, specifically looking at the wear pattern on the soles. I have terrible form, especially in my left leg, that resulted in Runner’s Knee (ITB) when I attempted to switch to a new pair of shoes. After a couple of hundred miles on them, the uneven stresses my errant gait places on my shoes begin to show up as uneven wear on the soles. But that’s not the point.

Running Shoes

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Marathon Training Week 2

Week 1 is in the books with very mixed emotions. I felt strong on Tuesday, but seemed to go downhill for the rest of the week. In fact, I’d say I was downright puny for most of the week. I recovered somewhat on Sunday from a cardio/stamina perspective, but suffered some GI distress, so it really just capped off week 1.

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And So It Begins (Marathon Edition)

My cycling year has been a disaster, due mostly to my spending the 1st quarter running, followed by training for our Grand Canyon Hike, followed by a hectic travel schedule. I’ve just not been able to get my cycling legs under me and accomplish anything worthwhile. And last week was the final straw. I had to host a meeting of software architects from another software company recently acquired by our parent company. Just trying to do my normal job plus host this workshop actually had me driving the car to work last week. Oh, the horror! I freely admit defeat and I’m moving up the start of my marathon training by a week. My training officially begins today, August 4, although I’ve run the past two days to build into it.

The Program

What follows is my Fatass-to-Marathon-Badass Training Program (pat. pend.), which is an adaptation of Hal Higdon’s Intermediate 1 Training Guide. As you can see, this program is 19 weeks leading up to a marathon on December 13, 2014, specifically the Rocket City Marathon.

Week MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
1 Cross 3 m run 5 m run 3 m run Rest 3 m pace 5
2 Cross 3 m run 5 m run 3 m run Rest 5 m pace 6
3 Cross 3 m run 5 m run 3 m run Rest 5 m run 9
4 Cross 3 m run 5 m run 3 m run Rest 5 m pace 6
5 Cross 3 m run 6 m run 3 m run Rest 6 m pace 11
6 Cross 3 m run 6 m run 3 m run Rest 6 m run 12
7 Cross 3 m run 5 m run 3 m run Rest 6 m pace 9
8 Cross 4 m run 7 m run 4 m run Rest 7 m pace 14
9 Cross 4 m run 7 m run 4 m run Rest 7 m run 15
10 Cross 4 m run 5 m run 4 m run Rest Rest Half Marathon
11 Cross 4 m run 8 m run 4 m run Rest 8 m pace 17
12 Cross 5 m run 8 m run 5 m run Rest 8 m run 18
13 Cross 5 m run 5 m run 5 m run Rest 8 m pace 13
14 Cross 5 m run 8 m run 5 m run Rest 5 m pace 20
15 Cross 5 m run 5 m run 5 m run Rest 8 m run 12
16 Cross 5 m run 8 m run 5 m run Rest 5 m pace 20
17 Cross 5 m run 6 m run 5 m run Rest 4 m pace 12
18 Cross 4 m run 5 m run 4 m run Rest 3 m run 8
19 Cross 3 m run 4 m run Rest Rest Marathon

During 100 Milevember (last year) and my training for the Grand Canyon Backpacking Tour, I was running at lunch time every day with the younger guys in my department. We have a nice gym where we can change clothes and shower afterwards. The downside is that it is impossible to cool off quickly here in Alabama in the summer so, even after a shower, you’re going back to work sweating. I’m considering doing my running in the early mornings, but that has challenges as well since I need to interface with development teams in India during the short time in our morning that overlaps with their day. I guess yet another option is to run after work either before I cycle home or as soon as I get home. I’m not sure what I’ll do. I guess I’ll try a bit of each and see how I get on this time.

Anyway, let’s get to it. Week 1 training is sponsored by Adelitas Way and their new album Stuck. Get some.

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Portable Power for Backpacking or Bikepacking

This is a bit random. I didn’t go looking for this, I just stumbled across a tweet that interested me and followed the rabbit hole long enough to find it interesting.

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