PDX Training: 8 Weeks To Go

I am going to count down backwards for the rest of my recaps until Portland!  Obviously I am a numbers person and with my training being all weird with having SFM in the middle, counting down just sounds better to me.  I know I am weird.

As I mentioned on Friday, this week I struggled with a lot of tired runs and just an overall general fatigue.  Whenever I did run my legs felt great, but the rest of me did not.  I did do most of my runs after work when it was much warmer, but still, I just generally wasn’t feeling fantastic.

Um hello Aron, you did just run a marathon, had a crazy month and just quit your job.

When I originally decided to tackle the multiple marathons, I was going to use my old favorite Pfitzinger between marathon schedules which allows for recovery and re-building after a race, but capitalizes that you have endurance and fitness from your last training cycle.  When I decided in the middle of SFM training to switch up my schedule and use the “Run Faster” training plan, this multiple marathon schedule went out the window and my plan pretty aggressive soon after SFM.

Long story short: it’s back… kind of.

Base plan
 Pfitz 10 week multiple marathon

After last week and feeling like I did this week, I looked at what I was running and it pretty much matched perfectly to what the Pfitz plans call for.  I guess he knows what he is talking about. 

I am still going to incorporate a lot of the “Run Faster” workouts that I liked so much into my schedule, but use the Pfitz plan as a base with mileage and long runs.  Simply put, I am making my training plan work for me yet again.  I hate that I have had to switch things up so many times this year, but I guess that’s what happens when you run extra marathons!

Between my insane month of July, a tough marathon and the stress of interviewing, accepting a new job and finishing my old one, I was just been plain tired.  Instead of pushing myself into exhaustion, I recognized it, adapted and am now very happy with where I am at, rather than feeling behind.  I slept a ton this week, got in some great workouts and ended the week feeling really energized, which is a good place to be.


45 min spin

I decided to get out my spin bike for the first time in forever!  Chris set his bike up on the trainer and I hopped on my spin bike and we spun away while watching TV.  He was doing 10 min hard, 5 min easy, but I just went hard on commercials.

7 easy

Weekly team lemon run club!  I ran 2 miles before run club and felt great, then ran 5 with the group.  At the 2.5 turn around all my energy left and I just felt really bad.  Luckily I was with my friend so we chatted away which distracted me from my lack of energy. 

7.3 miles/1:05:48/9:00 avg pace

4 easy

I ran after work and I just did not want to be running.  My legs felt great but I was tired and hot, but made myself go.  When I got to 2 miles and still didn’t feel great, I turned around and called it a day.

4.0 miles/35:14/8:48 avg pace

7 miles

I wasn’t sure if I was even going to run this day.  Based on my previous 2 days I thought maybe a rest day was the best thing, but Chris decided to go swimming that evening so I just decided to see what I could fit in run wise.  I was tired the first couple miles but around mile 4 it was like magic and I found some energy and spring in my step.  I made myself hold the pace back a little bit and was so happy after this run to just be feeling better!

7.0 miles/1:03:17/9:02 avg pace


August 006

12 long

Run in Half Moon Bay with Alyssa and Alisyn!  Great run, felt strong at the end and just happy to be out there with friends and beautiful scenery.

12.1 miles/1:48:52/9:01 avg

August 043

29 mile bike ride
6 mile easy

I did my first bike ride in forever with Chris!

28.7 miles/1:55:04/15.0 mph

I made us breakfast after our ride, then Chris had to go to work so I eventually made it out the door for my planned run.  I figured this run would be very slow for a few reasons:

  1. I had just ridden 29 miles, which was also my first ride in forever.
  2. I was running at noon and it was very warm and very sunny.
  3. I had eaten a big breakfast a couple hours earlier.

Sounds like a standard recipe for disaster run right?  I was ok with that, it was a recovery run and should be slow.

Well no.  I was running along the first mile, not looking at my Garmin until it beeped, and my legs felt really heavy.  I figured I must have been going 9:30+.  When I looked down and saw 8:50 I almost laughed because I seriously did not feel like I was going that speed.  I did my best to try to slow down the rest of the run, but it never happened.  I felt like I was crawling along!  It was so weird.  So even though I didn’t hit my recovery pace, I definitely felt like the effort was easy.  I was very happy to be ending the week feeling so good.

6.0 miles/52:53/8:48 avg pace

Total for the week: 36.4 miles

Next week is more of the same!  My runs will be getting a little longer, I will get to pick up the pace a little bit, and my overall miles will increase some.  I am feeling good and happy I have taken the last 2 weeks easy to let myself recover.

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13 Responses to PDX Training: 8 Weeks To Go

  1. Alyssa August 15, 2011 at 11:57 am #

    What an awesome week! Glad you are adapting & adjusting because I would hate to see you burn out as you start an awesome new chapter of life. :) AAANND I am also going to steal your between-marathon training plan. Okay thanks.

  2. Wendi @ A Southern Yogi August 15, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    I am running my first marathon in november (the RnR Savannah) and a half marathon in Vegas december 5th. With 4 weeks between each race, what do you suggest for taper/training in between??

  3. marlene August 15, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

    Looks like you’ve got your groove back!! Countdown is on.

  4. katie August 15, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    awesome run off the bike, lady! we’ll get you over to the dark side in no time.

  5. Carolina John August 15, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    Nice job getting some bike time in!!! Riding will help strengthen the core muscles that balance out the running muscles nicely. It will make you faster. Enjoy it!

  6. Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled August 15, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    It’s so frustrating when your body feels good but your mind isn’t it. It’s great that it’s all back!
    I just started training for my first marathon and I’m anticipating some shut down weeks as well, especially when I do my first 18 miler.
    Thanks for telling it how it is. We always read about athlete’s training, but hardly ever hear they off days weeks or weeks, so this was awesome.

  7. Amber from Girl with the Red Hair August 15, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    With tri training and biking + running bricks I’ve really been noticing that after a bike ride my legs feel SO HEAVY and slow but I’m actually running a faster pace than normal. It’s weird. Maybe that’s what happened to you yesterday :)

  8. Kelly August 15, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    Nice work, Aron! I’m sure taking some time to recover from the race has benefited you and was a great decision. And, it will definitely pay off in 8 weeks!

  9. Lindsay August 15, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    Great work with the mileage this week, despite feeling a bit down. I never knew there was a ‘between’ marathons training plan, it looks pretty solid! Great job adjusting, and the hard work over the next few weeks will definitely pay dividends on race day.

  10. Kristen (inspiredbydooce) August 16, 2011 at 5:48 am #

    It is so easy to forget how exhausting change and dealing with “life matters” can be. I’m glad you were able to get some well deserved rest last week. Hopefully you feel refreshed and ready to go this week! :)

  11. Corey August 16, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    I love the idea of counting DOWN instead of up! Seems so simple, but I hadn’t really thought of it. Because, depending on how many weeks the training plan is, the counting up is actually kind of arbitrary right?! So when you read weekly recaps or look back at the training, it is easy to tell how close you are to the big day! I think I will steal this concept for myself too! Thanks!

  12. courtney (pancakes and postcards) August 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    such a great week! Your blog always inspires me to get out there more. And I agree with the comment about the counting down. You’re going to rock it.


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