Phoenix Marathon Training Week 1 Recap

Here we go again!

So pretty much my blog is about training recaps. LOL! I hope I don’t bore you!!!

I mentioned in my previous post that I’m on a mission. I really, really want that PR. Typically, I’m not crazy overly goal driven. Like, I have a goal in mind but I’m never super bummed or upset if I don’t get it. But for some reason, this goal of getting a marathon PR is something I’m very serous about….as evident in my Week 1 Training Recap 🙂

Sunday was Bunday. Yes, you read that right. I did a series of videos focusing on hips and glutes and worked my ass off. Literally. I feel like this is an area (ahem) that I need to work on to help improve my running/fitness so I’m making it a priority in my training.

Actually, strength training is something I feel like I’ve lacked and need so I’m def making sure to include it this time around. I’m not much of a free weights/machines person but prefer body weight strength training like pilates-esque stuff.

Monday I met up with some teacher co-workers for a post work workout (<—try saying that ten times). We met at the football field and did some stadium drills, track lunges, and core work. While I had a blast with them, having just had Bunday the day before, I was hurting.



I met up with my run club Tuesday evening, got in a nice 4 miler, and worked the core after.

Negative splits? Yes, please!

Negative splits? Yes, please!

Wednesday was speed work at the track but it was SO cold out (I know, I know, here’s Helly starting her complaining it’s cold when it’s barely 60 degrees out) and I was so sore that I made it a mile (8:30) before I called it quits. I didn’t want to push it so I went home, foam rolled, and stretched instead.

I’ve decided to try running after work on Thursdays before I head home to pick up the kids. I figure I can get in a decent 4-5 miler in the time I have. So as soon as the bell rang, I changed in the faculty bathroom and headed out for an easy, breezy 4

From work to play :)

From work to play 🙂

Friday was rest day and it felt oh, so good! Even my kids partook in resting with mama and wore their pajamas to school (I kinda wish I could’ve too!)

Pajama Day @ school! :D

Pajama Day @ school! 😀

Normally, I run long with my run club Saturday mornings but it’s been a tough bedtime/morning with my kids lately so I knew it was unlikely I’d be able to make it. I took advantage of grandma and one toddler’s nap and went later in the morning. I had 8 miles on the schedule and was able to check it off–and be happy with the results! I even managed to squeeze in a couple of core vids later that evening 🙂


^^ Along the lines of my thoughts during my run

Overall, I am digging the start of this training and hope it continues this way throughout. I’m going into it very motivated and inspired and with positive thinking that I can accomplish my goal. We shall see! 🙂

Total miles: 17 miles
Soda update: I am doing pretty good with this–averaging one a day!

How was your running week?
Do goals motivate you to train harder/better?
Do you strength train? What do you do?


29 responses

  1. BUNDAY! I love that!!! I keep imagining a bunch of little bunnies doing exercises, haha

    Goals definitely motivate me to train harder and better. If I don’t have any goals I will still get out and run but I’ll allow myself to just go by feel every single day and won’t make any progress.

    I’m excited that you’re marathon training again!!! GO GET THAT PR! 🙂

  2. Bunday, heh. Can Saturday be Lat-urday and focus on the back? I used to be with strength training, but I have fallen off the wagon a little bit. Partially because I am not training myself as much as I used to, but a lot because I am really feeling the running right now.

  3. What I’d give for 60 degree weather right now! Lol.
    Also, if pajama day was a real thing in the adult world, I’m pretty sure the world would be a happier place 🙂
    Great job on those negative splits! I love that quote about progress too, I remind myself of that often.

  4. Yay! Stick to your plan and you’ll PR! And the kiddos are cute! Oh yes, I lift weights a couple times a week and go to yoga once per. It’s hard to do after a run, but I know it will help keep me injury free!

  5. I started off my week with a 10k race (signed up last minute) and it was a terrible experience but still managed a good time! I had soccer last night and hoping to get to yoga tomorrow with a few shorter runs later this week!
    My goals motivated me for sure! And I too, need to do more strength training.

  6. I got my first 2 runs in since MCM this week. They were just ok. My right hip flexor is really bothering…I may have taken my 2 week break too seriously and literally did nothing so I think all of my muscles and tendons just shrunk and are now super tight. My marathon training starts next week!! Yikes!

  7. I definitely need a Bunday in my workout regimen. I feel like my booty gets a serious break because I forget about it.

    Love your recap, it’s fun to see what others are doing!

    • I wrote this post and then headed over to read some of my fave blogs and was loving how you had posted cool strength training suggestions! It was like we were on the same wave length wight that–I’m def trying some of the stuff you mentioned. You always have great ideas 🙂

  8. Yay for being back on the marathon train! I’m super excited for you and this goal! I don’t like strength training…but it’s one of those necessary evils haha. I don’t like a lot of weight incorporated into my mine either…except my own ha. If you google Myrtl Routine and Jay Johnson there’s a video that goes over a really good hip strengthening routine. We did it after all of our runs at ASU and I still do it on my own now because it also helps to make me not so stiff the next day:) P.S I about froze yesterday morning! December 14th shall be interesting haha

  9. Bunday – LOVE IT. I also love training recaps keep em coming hehe. As far as running I am looking fwd to increase my mileage again. I have a 5K/Half this weekend as part of my ambassadorship – so looking forward to that 🙂

  10. I’m all about goal setting! And I think you’ll do great – and training in AZ during winter sounds so nice! Bunday = funday? I slacked on strength training during marathon training but am getting back into it plus doing some more yoga which is strength training in disguise.

  11. Sounds like a great first week of training for a goal race! I think having a goal definitely helps improve motivation – it’s hard to get out the door unless there’s an end goal in mind – at least in my opinion 🙂 As for strength training, I love it. It’s the perfect complement to running!

  12. Great week of training 🙂 Cute kiddos! Last year I worked on time goals, this winter I seem to having a time just moving so in an effort to not frustrate myself I set goals for how activities I want to accomplish for the week. I love bench pressing and push ups 🙂