Marathon Training: Week Five

I’ve gotten a few e-mails from some of you asking about how/where you can support my training efforts and donate to the charity I’m running for.  (In case you missed the early entries, it’s Kitten Rescue; a fantastic LA-based cat and dog rescue organization who does incredible work, and who I’ve relied on for assistance in certain cases through the years.)  I’ll be doing another entry about this soon, but for now, here’s my page:

Please donate!  Any amount will be appreciated.  All donations are tax-deductible and go directly to helping the animals.  And it only takes a few minutes…

Here’s the run-down for this week’s training:

Sun – 10-30-11: Weights at the gym (#2 HST-style routine – 10-rep feature.)

Mon – 10-31-11: 30 mins treadmill, brisk walk, varying incline

Tue – 11-1-11: Workout #1 – 4 miles with training group, tempo work, 8:58 average pace. (Miles 2 and 3 were around 8:00… and not very pleasant!)  Excellent pre and post-run training with the usual super core burn afterward.  Workout #2 – Weights at the gym (#2 HST-style routine – 10-rep feature)

Wed – 11-2-11: Late night run (4:00 AM).  Was a little burnt, and felt a little beat up from the day before, so I took an easy 10:27 average pace.

Thu – 11-3-11: Weights at the gym (#2 HST-style routine – 10-rep feature, last of the six workout series.)

Fri – 11-4-11: Rest day

Sat – 11-5-11: 5 miles with training group.  Felt pretty strong, but had some light fatigue in my shins the whole time.  No biggie…

Note: One thing’s for sure: with regard to the running aspect of my training, I don’t think it can be said that I’m trying to do too much soon.  This whole process has been really gradual.  That doesn’t mean that there hasn’t been some tough work-outs.  Tuesdays are typically the most strenuous and challenging, as they usually involve either speed work or hills… both of which really push my aerobic capacity.  But if you look at total mileage each week… it’s still really low.  But that’s okay, because – as I’ve mentioned before – it’s giving me a chance to fully acclimate to the duel regimen concept of doing my typical weight training along with the marathon training.  So far, I have not missed a single workout (although I know that will not likely last forever!).

About Bobby Rock

Bobby Rock is a world renown drummer, the author of nine books, and a recognized health and fitness specialist with certifications in exercise, nutrition and meditation. He has recorded and toured with a variety of artists, released three CDs as a solo performer and is recognized as a top drumming educator. He is currently touring with rock icon, Lita Ford. Through speaking, writing and activism, Bobby remains committed to a number of animal and environmental causes. Bobby lives in Los Angeles.
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2 Responses to Marathon Training: Week Five

  1. Trevor says:


    As humans are generally considered diurnal creatures, how important do you rate the time one trains, not only for specific pursuits, but for one’s health in general? I’m a bit of a night owl myself (although you won’t usually see me awake, let alone running at 4:00am!!), and wonder if I’m fighting what is probably considered a natural course of activity/sleep.


  2. Bobby Rock says:

    I think we all kind of find our own “natural course” of activity and sleep. And once we are aware of when our “high-energy” hours are, we should try to train during those times when possible.

    Of course, the other school of thought is to combat the low-energy times with an invigorating workout. But most people can’t find the energy to get their asses out of bed or off the couch to train during those times!

    Bottom line: we all must find our own rhythm and try to determine what time of day or night is most conducive to actually sticking with our regimen.

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