London Marathon Training Week #6 Day 3 Another Easy Post-Race Run

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Location: Pasadena, CA.

Temperature: Mostly cloudy, 46 degrees

Type of Run: Easy

Length: 6.04 miles

Type of route: flat with gradual inclines, gradual declines, one small hill climb and one small hill descent

Time: 42 minutes, 57 seconds

Pace per mile: 7:07

Reason for Run: This was a recovery run done four days after the Pasadena Half Marathon. The goal was to run at a pace that was comfortable. I increased the mileage from the day before since I felt good. In the week after a big race like a half or marathon, it’s important to take it easy and run based on how you feel or not run and take some time off. The goal is to reverse tape, meaning you want to increase mileage gradually over the next couple weeks.

How did I feel? Good. The weather was cool again so it made for pleasant conditions. I ran at a faster pace than yesterday which was fine because I still felt comfortable. That’s the key right now–comfort. I want runs this week to feel as smooth and as effortless as possible. The intensity will pick up again later next week.

Running With You,

Donald

Berlin Marathon Training Week #11 Day 4 Some Hill Climbs on Recovery Run and More Leg Fatigue

Location: Pasadena, CA.

Temperature: Sunny, 83 degrees, 57% to 61% humidity

Type of Run: Easy

Length: 7.09 miles

Type of route: some small gradual inclines and declines with two hill climbs and two hill descents

Time: 52 minutes, 36 seconds

Pace per mile: 7:25

Average heart rate: 146

Reason for Run: This was an easy-paced recovery run following a tempo run. Usually, this run would be 8 to 10 miles. However, since I’m tapering for a half marathon in a week-and-a-half I cut the mileage down to 7. I threw in two hill climbs just because.

How did I feel? Decent. Again, the humidity was annoying. My left thigh was a bit stiff with some pain to start and I could feel the fatigue in my other thigh too but both areas loosened and weren’t a problem after 3.5 miles. The fatigue in both legs is enough to have me debating whether to run tomorrow at all. My legs might be telling me a short break is needed. That break’s timing would be good since I need to make sure my legs are fresh before the half marathon anyway. We’ll see how I feel tomorrow after I wake up.

Running With You,

Donald

Berlin Marathon Training Week #7 Day 3 A Recovery Run

Location: Pasadena, CA.

Temperature: Sunny, 85 degrees

Type of Run: Easy

Length: 6.04 miles + 5 sprint strides

Type of route: Some flat areas with some gradual inclines and declines plus one minor and small hill climb

Time: 42 minutes, 46 seconds

Pace per mile: 7:05

Average heart rate: 138

Reason for Run: This was an easy recovery run meant to be done after a long run. The day after a long run is when I usually run the shortest mileage of the week. This is to give my legs some rest. The pace is meant to be easy and comfortable. Sprint strides were done after the run. The goal is to help improve leg turnover and work on speed.

How did I feel? Decent. I was a little tired in general. Plus, my legs were a little worn out and slightly achy from the 17 miles the day before. This was a normal feeling after a long run and I didn’t think there was any reason to worry. Your legs will feel that way after spending so much time running the day before.

Running With You,

Donald