Pre-Season Marathon Training: Week 2

Hiya!! Last week was a little rough as my little guy caught a stomach bug at the end of the week and he wanted more mommy cuddles than usual (which already is a lot, lol!). So my week started off strong and then weaned out–totally okay, as this is pre-season and all is still right with the training world (i.e. Hanson’s Crazy Method hasn’t started).

Monday, 6/6–6 miles (1 WU, 3 Tempo, 2 CD)

My good friend, I call her Foxy Jen b/c she’s an ardent fundraiser for the Michael J. Fox for Parkinson’s Research, is training for the Chicago Marathon and had this workout planned–for her it was speed work (3×1) but I counted it as tempo as it’s close to my goal marathon pace.

Splits– WU 9:47, 8:17, 8:27, 8:24, CD 9:04, 9:16

Her miles were supposed to be at 8:35 but she was feeling it and I tried to reel her in as best as I could, lol!


me and foxy jen

Tuesday, 6/7–4 miles easy, 9:00 avg

It was ridiculously hot as I ran these miles at 6 p.m. in what may have only been 95 degree weather; it felt like 105. Speaking of which, this is this week’s forecast:

LOL--on the real though, it's supposed to be 120 on Saturday..

LOL @ Monday (today)–on the real though, it’s supposed to be 120 on Saturday..

Despite the heat, it was tough to reel myself in as the miles were still faster than what my easy pace should be. I was happy I was at least consistent.

Splits– 8:58, 8:59, 9:06, 9:00

Pretty impressive, eh?

Wednesday, 6/8–4 miles easy, 39:09 total time

I hit the treadmill for these miles and while it tells me the pace I’m running during the run, I haven’t figured out what my average pace is for the entire run when I’m done. So I just note the total time so I can enter it in Garmin Connect. I do know that I made sure these were truly easy as I had the treadmill setting between the 9:20 and 10:00 minute for the four miles.

Thurdsay, 6/9–4 miles easy, 8:55 avg

I’m finding it hard to run easy when I’m outside since I can’t “control” my pace like on a treadmill.

Splits–9:01, 8:49, 9:01, 8:50

But like I said in last week’s recap, I think once marathon training really starts, and I start doing Hanson’s SOS (Something of Substance) runs, my easy runs really will be easy runs, lol!

Friday, 6/10–Rest Day

This was the first day of little guy being sick

Saturday, 6/11–Rest Day

I had 6 miles planned in the a.m. but little guy was sick all night and morning.

Spiderman pajamas to lift his spirits <3

Spiderman pajamas to lift his spirits ā¤

Sunday, 6/12–8 miles: 4 miles run/walk, 4 miles 9:00 avg

I met up with my chapter’s Moms Run This Town group and we had only one mom show up. She had her 4 month old with her and we did a walk/run for 4 miles. It was this mom’s longest workout and she was so happy and proud of herself šŸ™‚


I didn’t feel fulfilled though, as this wasn’t what I had planned and having already had 2 consecutive rest days and a 6 miler that didn’t happen, I needed to run. So I did another 4 around my neighborhood.

Splits–9:33, 8:45, 8:55, 8:47

Total Miles: 22.13

–How was your running week?

–Should I run in today’s 199 degree weather?

–I introduced my kids to Scooby Doo cartoons this week šŸ˜€ Did you watch this growing up?

Don’t forget, I still have the FREE entry to the Phoenix Half or Full Marathon going on on my Insta!!



19 responses

  1. Aww, your poor little guy! I hope he’s feeling better!

    Nice week of pre-training running! As long as it feels actually easy I think it’s okay if your outside runs are a little faster. Good for you for tagging on extra miles after your MRTT run and still having a strong week despite the heat and having a sick guy to take care of.

    Running has not been happening much for me since my race! Oops! Hopefully this week I can start to turn that around šŸ™‚

  2. Fun fact: I have seen nearly every Scooby Doo episode. Yes, I am that cool.
    I am glad that you are feeling better! And HOLY CRAP what are you talking about, running in that heat?

  3. Awesome job with everything this week Helly! I cannot believe the heat you have to run in! I’d be melting for sure. Hope your little guy is feeling better!

  4. Awesome week!!! I have the same question – should I run in 100 degree heat? I do, but sometimes get terrible headaches for days. It’s almost impossible to re hydrate – but I HATE treadmills! I think it’s OK to do as long as your careful, listen to your body, and drink lots of fluids (ALL the time). Thanks for sharing your week!

    • I think it’s tougher when heat isn’t the norm b/c then you can’t acclimate. It causes things like you said, headaches and lightheadedness. If heat was sporadic that way, I probably wouldn’t b/c it could/would affect the rest of my week. Since it’s hot ALL the time here, I get used to it.

  5. I loved scooby doo! I am 5 weeks into Hanson and while a lot of times I do have more energy for the easy runs, I am so used to what the easy pace feels like right now. Not that I feel like running that pace, but it is easy to just fall into it.

  6. Yeah it’s getting Helly hot out here….see what I did there hahahaha

    Sorry your little guy got sick. Its rough because I feel so helpless but so badly want to make them feel better.

    Hell yes run, the rest of us are doing it lol

  7. 199 is hilarious!!! HELL FIRE. I can’t believe you run in that heat, though. You’re amazing. I hope your wee boy is feeling better now. There are a lot of viruses going around! His little PJs are so cute. šŸ™‚

  8. I don’t know how you can run in that heat. I don’t even go outside if it’s in the 90s. Nope nope nope. Scooby Doo is one of the cartoons that made it over to Ireland. Wasn’t it always the janitor in a costume that wanted the abandoned fairground all to himself?