Week 1 Recap {Marathon Training}

I have decided that I am going to run the Little Rock Marathon on March 3, 2013, so I guess I should start training. I am using a 16 week training plan from Runner’s World SmartCoach, the same app I used to train for my first half marathon. The training plan ends the week of February 17th, so if I have to repeat a rest week or two I will have some breathing room. One of the main things I like about this plan is that over the 16 weeks, you run the big 20 mile distance 3 times. I think this will allow me to be more relaxed on actual marathon day when I add the last 6.2 miles.

In my recaps I am going to add my other training also, so I can keep up with it. The running days are the only part of the official marathon training plan. Anyway, this is how week one went down:

I weighed in at 136.5 lbs. I rode 15 miles on my bike in 1:37:19 and climbed 879 feet.

I ran 6 miles in 58:00 and climbed 360 feet. My average pace was 9:39 minutes/mile. I also did my strength training circuit.

I swam a 1/2 mile in 30:55. Swimming is so hard and demoralizing.

I ran 5 miles in 44:29. I jumped on the dread mill and pounded this one out. I may have ran this a little faster to just get these miles over with. I also did my strength training circuit.

I swam a .5 mile in 29:27. I did not want to swim today, but I am glad I got it over with. I have to keep practicing if I ever want to get better.

I jumped on my Mom’s elliptical for 20 minutes just so I wouldn’t get stiff. It felt weird. I also skipped my strength training circuit for the day. Shhhh, don’t tell.

I ran 10 miles in 1:40:52 and climbed 671 feet. My average pace was 10:05 minutes/mile.



  1. You love running, I love swimming! I’m a total water fiend. Adore it!

What do you think?