Week 8 Boston Marathon Training

WEEK 8 TRAINING

Week 8 was big for me. I have officially reached the halfway point in my training, 8 more weeks to go.

I had two big tests this week and was only able to ran 3x, compared to my usual 4. I was bummed how much time and energy studying took out of me, but it’s all part of my end goal. I have to continue to prioritize and do the best I can.

This week was so big for me because each workout showed me how much stronger I am becoming. Thursday was the first day I was able to run and decided speed work was the most important workout to do. I kicked ass! I felt so good afterwards. Friday was an easy run because I planned on running an 18 miler on Saturday. My 18 miles were broken up into 3×6 miles, it worked great. And somehow I was able to run the last 6 miles faster than I had imagined.

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Sunday: Rest 

Monday: Rest 

There seriously isn’t enough time in the day, just look at how jam packed my Monday was…

7am – Wake up, eat breakfast, pack lunch and snacks, get ready
8am – Head to SDSU for a research project with a graduate student on Molasses
8:30-12pm – Research project
12pm – Head to Mesa College for class
12:45-2:10 – Advanced Nutrition
2:30-4 – Meet up with Biochemistry study group before test on Tuesday
4-5:15pm – Study Biochem in library on my own
5:30-7pm – Physiology
7:30pm – Finally got home, time to shower, eat, and study.
11:30pm/12am – Sleep

Tuesday: HIIT at The Boxing Club

This was an intense HIIT with minimal breaks. My legs and biceps were sore for the next few days.

2 rounds, 60 sec work/ 15-30 sec rest & 8 minutes of Ab work to finish 

*Warm up: 5 sprints, 5x push shields

Upper Body Circuit with 25lb plate
Bicep curls to shoulder press
Bent over row
Double push up burpee

*Warm up

Lower Body Circuit with 25lb plate
Squat lunge combo
Small in and out squats
Walking lunge with plate overhead

*Warm up

Wednesday: Rest

I really wanted to run but I had a physiology test and couldn’t find the time. I knew I’d have to take advantage of the rest of the week.

Thursday: 9 speed work at UCSD track + ART apt 
Run details: 9m 

2 mile warm up (splits: 8:36, 8:53)
4 x 1200 @10K pace (splits: 5:18, 5:23, 5:11,5:25) *goal was around 5:10-5:24 which is a 7-7:15/mi pace
400 jog in between (splits: 2:24, 2:15, 2:29, 2:23)
3 mile cool down (split: 8:39, 8:26, 8:21)

IMG_8404Leggings: Sweaty Betty
Socks: Stance Run
Shoes: Pegasus 32

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ART with Cory Harris is the best! The main purpose is to break up adhesions in my muscles, ligaments, and tendons. I wouldn’t be able to train for a marathon without this type of massage therapy. Find an Active Release Technique provider here!

Friday: 5m in Del Mar (photos taken near Del Mar dog beach)
Run details: 5m, 44:13, 8:51/mi
Splits: 8:47, 8:32, 9:07, 8:55, 8:50

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Saturday: 6 miles with Brittni + 6 miles with Mattea + 6 solo miles at marathon pace in Coronado – started at 6:30am
Run details: 18m, 2:40:25, 8:54/mi
Splits: 9:10, 9:31, 9:09, 9:33, 9:30, 8:02, 9:09, 9:24, 9:17, 9:27, 9:40, 8:49, 8:13, 8:00, 8:05, 8:18, 8:37, 8:22

TOTAL MILES: 32

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Last 6 miles I wanted under my marathon goal pace of 8:30. I crushed it! The only way I was able to finish this strong was because my fueling was on point. Every couple miles I was eating a CLIF Blok or drinking water. At mile 6 and mile 12 I ate a small piece of a pb&j sandwich. After 18 miles of pounding pavement I needed a 20 minute ice bath. It hurt so good!

IMG_8602Ice bath complete with socks, beanie, shorts, & hoodie

Nutrition

Friday night:
Dinner before run: 1/2 cup quinoa, 3oz ground turkey meat, 1 cup cauliflower, and a kale salad on the side.

Most of my meals prior to dinner were at least 50% carbs and I drank lots of water throughout the day. Monitor the color of your urine, aim for pale yellow not white! White is over hydrated and dark yellow is dehydrated.

Saturday:
Breakfast before run: Oatmeal (1 cup almond milk + 1/2 cup oats), 4 strawberries, 1 banana, 2 tbsp almond butter
During run: 2 Water bottles, whole pack of Citrus CLIF Bloks, 1/2 pb & j, and another water bottle with half Gatorade and half water
After: 1 quinoa  patty, 1 egg, 1/2 cup cheese, 1 slice toast, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 roma tomato, 5 strawberries, 1 banana, 1 bottle of Naked Mighty Mango + lots of water (whole meal was around 900 calories)
During the day: Ate snacks, drank water and Gatorade
Later that day: 2.5 slices of pizza and garlic bread! I enjoyed this meal, but I felt sick soon after. My body is not used to this kind of food 🙁

More on workout nutrition here!

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MY BOSTON TRAINING PLAN

Week 1 Training Plan
Week 2 Training Plan
Week 3 Training Plan
Week 4 Training Plan
Week 5 Training Plan
Week 6 Training Plan
Week 7 Training Plan

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6 Comments

Ashley

Oh yah, the struggle of finding time in the day / week is real! I’m also a student, and now also a mom, and it takes effort to make the time but man is it worth it!
I just started a new blog series on my blog posting tri training workouts of the week, Feel exposed to share them, especially since like you sometimes I look at the week and it doesn’t look like as much as I would like it to but hey it all adds up! I actual reference and link your blog in my first post http://delightfullydomestic.typepad.com/blog/2016/02/tri-training-19-weeks-to-race-day.html
So keep sharing your weekly workouts! I love it!

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fitandyy@gmail.com

I’m glad you understand the struggle!! Good for you, you’re super mom! I’m dream is to do a half ironman and then eventually a full! You are a beast, it takes a very determined and motivated person to train for swimming, biking, and running!!! Look forward to following along on your blog 🙂

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