Marathon Training: Week Ten

Just got back from a quick but intense run through Europe.  Will be nice to get back to some normalcy, even though I kept the training schedule consistent over there. Here’s how this week went down back home:

Sun – 12-4-11: Brisk 30-minute walk (after a 21-hour travel day home from Europe).  Token, but necessary.

Mon – 12-5-11: Weights at the gym (#1 HST-style routine – 10-rep feature.)

Tue – 12-6-11: Just under 6 miles of ass-kicking hill training with running group.  The toughest yet.  Multiple hills… a couple of really steep ones, as well.  Was trying to keep pace with some of the coaches and my main training partner, Joseph, but just could not.  In fact, for the first time on a run, I had to actually walk the last 10 or 15 seconds of the steepest hill cause I was so wiped out.  It was disappointing.  BUT – when I checked my Garmin (watch) reading later, I saw that the average pace for the whole run was 10:10, which has been my average pace for regular runs lately!  Kind of explains why I was winded… and was yet another reminder that I need to run MY pace each week and not worry about what’s going on around me.

Wed – 12-7-11:  Workout #1 – Knocked out a pretty kickin’ 5-miler tonight in the hood.  The usual route.  Yes, I know I’m playing with fire here, but it was feeling really good, so I went ahead and leaned on it a bit for several of the miles.  Wound up with a 9:00 pace (which is pretty brisk for me).  Again, I know it’s wrong; I know I should be hittin’ it around 9:30 or 10:00 per.  I probably needed this to be more of a “recovery” run after last night’s hill run.  But it’s hard to resist the “exhilaration factor” of pushing the pace a bit.  Workout #2 – Weights at the gym (#1 HST-style routine – 10-rep feature.)  Pretty straight ahead…

Thu – 12-8-11: This week’s rest day… and excellent timing for a little food poisoning!  Seriously – inadvertently had some rancid walnuts in a salad and paid the price. Brutal, people… brutal!  A rough 24 hours.

Fri – 12-9-11:  Weights at the gym…. just a token, free-form effort, considering how the past 24 hours have been.  Kept it light…

Sat – 12-10-11: Incredibly, I did not make it to sleep last night (long story).  So… after this bout with food poisoning, and on no sleep, I joined my running group at 7:00 AM for an 11-mile run.  It wasn’t bad.  Even held a 10:06 average pace.  Wasn’t sure how my body was going to react to the conditions, but it turned out all right. Again – I think it’s a testament to the training and a super clean diet.  In retrospect, it was also pretty stupid.  I probably should’ve delayed the long run until Sunday.  Oh well…

Note: Thus far, I’ve been on this kick about not missing one single workout, and not deviating from the schedule EVER.  So far, I’ve pulled it off.  BUT – this is not very smart.  I know there is an intuitive aspect to any kind of training program, and I’ve always tapped into this with my weight training though the years.  I need to dial into this a bit more with the running.  Delaying a run by a day or so here or there, or taking a few of these runs at a slower pace can only help my efforts here.  It will also help me stay in the injury-free zone.  So… I’m thinking there could be a little variation on the horizon, when necessary.


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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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1 Response to Marathon Training: Week Ten

  1. Christine says:

    Impressive training regimen! I think you are correct in your “intuitive” approach. Although that may be easier said than done. I tend to want to do “something” whether I should or not. And like you said that may not always be the smartest choice. Good luck on your training and may you remain injury-free!

    Just curious, do you listen to music on your runs? (and/or do you use your running time as thinking time)

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