Marathon Training: Week Eighteen

Started off the week in Panama City, but made it back to LA in time for this week’s 20-miler on Saturday.  It was joyous!  Seriously.  Read on…

Sun – 1-29-12: 30-minute powerwalk (Panama City)

Mon – 1-30-12: Weights at the gym.  Had to jump back to two weight training sessions at more volume this week, because of travel logistics.  And while I prefer the more frequency/less volume approach (especially during marathon training), it’s always nice to mix it up.

Tue – 1-31-12: 8 miles at a nice 9:16 pace.  Funny how these 7 and 8-milers are as routine as 3-milers used to be.  All of the consistent training is quantifiable, no doubt.

Wed – 2-1-12: 6 miles at an easy 9:17 pace.  No problem.

Thu – 2-2-12: Weights at the gym.  Another more-volume affair at “The Rock Pile,” which is another gym in Panama City where I like to train.  Much more extensive gear-wise than Lords Gym (where I’ve been training).  Always nice to step into a different training environment and keep the body guessing with different equipment and a new routine.  Still love to hit the weights the best.

Fri – 2-3-12: Day off (Travel day back to LA)

Sat – 2-4-12: Landmark training day for me – 20 miles!  10:10 pace.  Felt surprisingly good.  The last four miles were all under 10 mins per.  In fact, it was easier than any of the long runs I did on my own in Panama City.   Ran with my main running partner Joseph and also Kasia, from our group.  What a difference it seems to have made to be back with my training group.

Now don’t get me wrong; it was a long-ass run!  It was almost 3 1/2 hours of straight running.  And yes, I felt really spent afterward.  But – today was the first day I thought I would really be able to finish a marathon.  (By the way, I wore these light support sleeves on both knees this time, and I think the extra support makes a difference.)

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About Bobby Rock

Bobby Rock is a world renown drummer, the author of seven 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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One Response to Marathon Training: Week Eighteen

  1. sister says:

    feel so proud!….great job….

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