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Portland Marathon Training Reflections: Week 2

Portland Marathon Training Reflections: Week 2
Portland Marathon Training Reflections: Week 2

On October 9, 2016, I will be running Marathon No. 2: the Portland Marathon! Follow along as I post my weekly training recaps. All training recaps can be found here.

Here is week 2 of 17 of my marathon training:

June 20: group personal training in AM and 40 min stretch/foam roll in PM

June 21: group personal training in AM and 6 miles (10 km) in PM

I made it out to my first marathon clinic night on Tuesday! We did a 10 km route called the Royal Ramble designed by one of our clinic leaders Dave. In honour of H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth’s 80th birthday, Dave “stitched together as many regal-themed streets” as he could find! Of course, our route included a steady climb up to Queen Elizabeth Park.IMG_4900

June 22: group personal training in AM and 75 min power yoga in PM

We focused on strength in GPT and I really enjoyed it! If you’re looking for a killer way to mix up your pull-ups and chin-ups, we did chin-up negatives in an “L” shape. As you lower yourself from the pull up bar, keep your legs raised in a horizontal L-shape. Fantastic for strengthening the core! The hot power yoga class was just what I needed to stretch out my tight hips and hamstrings.


June 23: group personal training in AM and long seawall walk in PM

My body was tired this morning, and I’m starting to remember the exhaustion I felt in the midst of marathon training earlier this year. We finished off our GPT workout with 5 exercises (burpees, lunge jumps, squat jumps, dead bug, up-down plank on bosu ball) – 20 seconds on/10 seconds off, 5 rounds per exercise. A killer way to end!

I have been feeling a little overwhelmed lately. There is so much I want (and need) to do at work, blogging, running, and just life. Sometimes it is hard to keep up, get things done, have a social life, eat well, and sleep enough. Taking a long walk on the seawall always makes me feel better, especially when it’s at sunset.


June 24: 8 miles (13 km)

Leaving speed work to the end of the week is probably not the best plan. By the time I wake up on Friday mornings, I am pretty sick of getting up at the crack of dawn. I was supposed to do mile repeats this morning, but really was not feeling it. Instead, I kept the first 3 miles easy. For the next 4 miles, I did an interval pyramid: run hard for 30 seconds/30 seconds rest x 5; run hard for 45 seconds/45 seconds rest x 5; run hard for 60 seconds/60 seconds rest x 5; run hard for 30 seconds/30 seconds rest x 5. I ran easy for the last mile.

While the workout was challenging, I know I am much better, particularly mentally, at doing shorter intervals, versus longer mile repeats or tempo runs. I try to keep in mind with running: whatever you don’t like doing, is probably what you should be doing.

June 25: 3.5 hour easy hike in North Vancouver


June 26: 20 km long run

I didn’t start my run until 12:30 pm on a hot sunny day, so needless to say this was a sweaty one! Despite the heat, I felt surprisingly good and made sure to drink water regularly. I kept things interesting (and tried to avoid tourists) with a varied route exploring the Stanley Park trails, running along the seawall, and through downtown and Gastown.


How do you try to balance work, fitness, socializing, eating well, and sleeping or anything else going on in your life?


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