Marathon Monday: Week 6

I’m a day late writing and posting this, but I’ve begun week six of marathon training. The last two weeks have been a little weird. I start the week strong and energized, but by midweek I feel like I’m on the verge of the flu (super tired and achy) so I take a few days off, feel better, go back to the gym, and then the cycle repeats itself. Hm.

On the plus side I have still completed everything that the Nike Run Club app schedules for me, and I just rested from all of the “extras” I schedule for myself. Either way, I’m really hoping I’ve over whatever that was and I’m ready to keep pushing.

Here’s what’s up this week:

Monday: Legs (AM) + Benchmark Run (PM)
Tuesday: NTC workout + Cycle (AM) + Flow Yoga class (PM)
Wednesday: Arms, Core + 4K Recovery (AM) + Power Yoga class (PM)
Thursday: Legs (AM) + 3.5K Recovery (PM)
Friday: Arms, Core (AM) + 2.5K Recovery
Saturday: Flow Yoga class

I do want to note that this week and next week I am doing two-a-days and ramping up the exercise because I’m leaving on the 3rd to lie on the beach for a week and the vain part of me wants to tighten up a little bit more before we leave. I know, I know.

Marathon Training – Ottawa: Week 5

So back before Christmas I was having a hard time feeling motivated. I was in the gym and working out but everything was so lackluster. I had my eye on a marathon for 2018 and had originally planned for only an 18-week training schedule, but the last time I felt truly great about my entire workout routine was when I was marathon training. So I booted up my Nike Run Club app, put in the marathon date, and wouldn’t you know? I was 23 weeks out – the same number of weeks my training plan for my first marathon was. So I jumped in head first.

The first three weeks went really well, and then last week I was hit with the flu. I still managed to hit the workouts on my training plan, but the rest of my gym plans were put on the back-burner.

Nevertheless, I am officially in week five of training for the Ottawa Tamarack Marathon on May 27th. I chose Ottawa because I love the city. Ever since I went to school at Carleton University I have had such a soft spot for that city and I never get to go back as often as I would like. Literally, the last time I was there I was running a half marathon at the Army Run. Go figure.

So, anyways, here’s what week five is looking like (full disclosure: we’re going on vacation the first week of February so I’m ramping up my workouts for the next three weeks because I am vain):

MONDAY: Arms + Core (AM) & 6x200m (PM)
TUESDAY: Legs + Spin (AM) & Flow Yoga (PM)
WEDNESDAY – MY BIRTHDAY: Favourite strength movements + 3.5K Recovery Run
THURSDAY: 9K Long Run (AM) & Flow Yoga (PM)
FRIDAY: Legs (AM) + 3.5K Tempo Run
SATURDAY: Nike Training Club workout + Flow Yoga
SUNDAY: Arms + Core