Saturday, August 1, 2015

MCM Training Week 7

With the end of week 7 of Marine Corps Marathon training, my fellow trainees and I are just past one-third of the way there:

A whole column of clickable recap links!

Motivation

So far I'm staying pretty motivated. That may be more challenging as I move into the "build" portion of my training plan with the higher volumes and intensities. I try to surround myself with motivation:

  • The coaches and my fellow runners from Potomac River Running Training in Reston are my #1 source of motivation - I love you guys!

My peeps!
photo credit: Laurentina Photography

  • My MCM vision board helps me stay focused on my goal

A vision board for my personal vision quest


Now this is motivating!
Richard Pimentel shared this picture in the FB group and said:

A little motivation.
There's nothing like the Marine Corps Marathon medals,
you won't be disappointed at the finish line.

  • Kudos from my tracking devices are always encouraging:

New Longest Run record from Garmin
photo credit: Laurentina Photography

"Congrats on earning your first Cleats badge!" from Fitbit

Week 7 Statistics

I ran 4 times for a total of 29.4 miles.
  • Track: 1600, 2x800, 4x400 w/ 3 minutes rest + another 1600 (5.3 miles)
    • This was a cool workout. It was the same as Week 1, plus the extra mile on the end
      • At first I wondered if the goal was to do it faster than Week 1...
      • ...but it was actually about pacing...
      • ...as with Week 1, we were to start at threshold (T) for the 1600 and keep getting faster with each interval...
      • ...if you've paced it right, you can run the last mile around the same pace as the first mile and not feel like you've just run a 5k.
    • I nailed this workout, and as Coach Adam noted I handled it much easier than in Week 1 
  • Easy runs: 3 and 6 miles
  • Long run: 15.1 miles(!) - new longest run record 
  • Strength training: 3 times (my routine)
    • I can tell I'm getting stronger and I've increased the intensity/reps for everything
    • I like to do the exercises throughout the day which makes it easier to fit everything in:
  • Yoga: No classes or formal practice this week. I did do "legs up the wall" most evenings.

Onward to Week 8!

Read about previous training weeks

Natalie, Debbie & I rocked the long run together.
New longest run records for all of us!
photo credit: Laurentina Photography

6 comments:

  1. That's a good workout week! I do strength training 3x/week, too, and like the Myrtl routine, too.

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    1. Thank you Tina! The name "myrtl routine" makes me laugh :)

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  2. That's a good workout week! I do strength training 3x/week, too, and like the Myrtl routine, too.

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    1. Thank you Tina! The name "myrtl routine" makes me laugh :)

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    2. Great blog post Kim! It was so nice to meet you and it's awesome that we are on the same journey. Best wishes to you through training and as you cross the MCM finish line. (:

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    3. Thank you Nicholle! It was wonderful to meet you, too. I should wear my MRTT visor more often. Good luck with your MCM training, too :)

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