Week 2-St. George Marathon Training

How am I already two weeks in? I feel like this particular training is going to fly by–as it seems like these miles I’m running are, lol!

Monday, June 12th–6 miles; 2 miles WU, 3×1 mile @7:40 (w/1:30R), 1 mile CD

I was a little worried about these as I haven’t been running all that fast in a while and it was the day after we’d just gotten back from Mexico. I know I can hit those paces, but the little negative Nancy in my brain likes to start yapping every once in a while.

But luckily, once I got going, it all came back to me and I was fine.


My coach is really strict on having these be close to goal (and not faster) so when I saw the first mile split, I intentionally slowed down–and kept looking at my watch–to make sure I was closer to where I was supposed to be.

Tuesday, June 13th–4 Easy Miles, 9:10 avg.

This is technically supposed to be a cross training day, but my brother (who just moved back to Arizona!) wanted to run in the morning so we both met up with my run club and I ran some easy miles. I’d much rather do that than bike, lol!

That evening, I got my butt on the floor and did some core strength and glute exercises.

Wednesday, June 14th–12 Miles Indoor Bike

I did more swapping as today was supposed to be speed work day, but I got on the bike instead and moved the fast stuff to tomorrow. This is what happens when my coach goes on vacation. Even though I know she’s going to see everything I do anyway, I still think it’s easy to switch stuff around since she’s not here, LOL.

Thursday, June 15th–5 Miles Speed work; 1 Mile WU, 2×800(w/2:00R), 1,000m(w/2:15R), 1200m (w/2:30R) all at 7:00 pace, 1 Mile CD

Anyone else write their workout on their hand?

I enlisted the help of my husband for this workout that terrified me. There was a lot of some yelling involved, but I did it!! I was on a super high the rest of the day 😀

2×800–> 6:55, 6:54


Friday, June 16th–Rest Day

This was unintentional. I planned on “sleeping in” and getting my easy four miles in around 6 a.m. (which is sleeping in for me) but alas, I really did sleep in and woke up past 7. I could’ve still squeezed in the miles, even though by that time here it’s hot, but I opted for coffee and a bagel instead.

Saturday, June 17th–13 miles with last 3, fast 3, 8:32 avg.; 12 miles spin

Plus, I knew today would be a long day so the resting Friday helped, lol! I met up with some of my Believe Train Become teammates and we nailed our long run 😀

Fast Finish!


A few hours later, I went to my first CycleBar class to support a blogging buddy on his new job adventure. I got in a sweaty, intense 12 miles on the bike–I’ll have a full report on this fun experience later.

Sunday, June 18th–Rest Day

I thought about “making up” those lost 4 miles, but nope! We had a fun Father’s Day celebrating my husband instead ❤


28 Running Miles, 24 Biking Miles

All in all, it was a great training week. I finally feel like I’m hitting a groove and getting into the “all-in” marathon training mentality. I know that it’s still the beginning, and we’re still in the honeymoon stage, but I’m happy that I’m feeling happy about training right now 😀

–Do you get scared of paces you’ve done before and know you can do?

–Does running with faster people help you? Or would you rather tackle fast runs on your own?



12 responses

  1. Great job…looking forward to following your training and journey – I don’t envy training in that heat! Even though we lived in AZ for several years that was before my running and cycling days!!

      • like at 2 am early when it’s only 95 🙂 i understand though but stay safe in that crazy heat…it might almost be 90 here over the weekend – we’ll all melt!!

  2. Oh! This is awesome! You’re doing great! Those 800s…OUCH. Nicely done. Yes–I totally freak out when I go into a speed work session. I would text Allison (Inverted Sneakers) before, during and after each one for support, and I swear that she got me through it. I couldn’t have done it without her.