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Marathon training: Week 6 – Why am I doing this???

Most people do their long runs on Saturdays or Sundays but since I don’t work on Wednesdays, I do mine then. It means I have more time with the kiddos on the weekends. But on the other hand it also means that my first run every week is the long one and after years of preferring those long slow runs over shorter fast ones, I don’t think I love them anymore.

Long runs are just so time consuming and oh so boring 😐  I usually turn the music on after 10km and that makes the next 10km go by easier but after 20km I’m bored and just thinking about coffee and bacon and wondering why the heck am I doing this.

At this point I am feeling that once I run the Paris marathon in April and the Milton Keynes marathon in May I may be done with the marathons.

Maybe it’s the Crossfit (for I love it so and hate that I cannot go for more than twice a week right now) or maybe it’s the fact that my legs and lungs can actually run shorter distances quite a bit faster now than they did a few years ago (AND a lot less painlessly), but I really am starting to prefer short and fast runs over the long ones.

Have weirder things happened? 🙂

Anyway, here’s the summary of week 6. All in all it went well and there is one positive to doing the long run on a Wednesday, all other runs for the rest of the week are much shorter!

  • Monday: Crossfit
  • Tuesday: Rest
  • Wednesday: 26.02km at 5:46 pace; Bikram
  • Thursday: 7.75km at 6:40 pace
  • Friday: Crossfit
  • Saturday: 10.42km at 5:05 pace
  • Sunday: 8.32km at 4:48 pace

Total: 52.51km

My left leg has been feeling fine, by the way, not a 100%, but just a niggle that even lets me kneel for a bit. I will do this week’s long run in the Mizunos and see what happens then. IF it’s a lot sorer again I know that I need to stick with the Adidas for the long runs.

How’s everyone else’s marathon training going? Am I the only one losing the mojo a bit at this point?

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    February 10, 2014 at 9:44 am

    For about a month now, my top request to everyone I know has been “Please remind me to never sign up for a spring marathon any more, ever!” I don’t mind my long runs on weekends as much as it’s at least light outside, sometimes even sunny. But I can’t remember when I last had a chance to do a short fast run in daylight AND without it raining:S

    So after Paris, it’ll be – depending how it goes – either no more marathons at all for me (I never said I planned to do more than one:)) or only autumn ones so that I can train in the summer. So there.

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      February 22, 2014 at 6:23 pm

      Have you tried training for a marathon in the summer? I think it would be torture in the heat!

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