Payback (10/15/17 to 10/28/17 Training Log)

I ran my sixth marathon, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon, on October 15th, finishing in 3:35:22, about twenty-four minutes slower than my PR.

Given the enormous trauma endured by the body and sheer volume of running involved in a marathon, it’s fairly common to feel jaded by the sport after finishing. I know of some runners who rest for an entire week following a marathon, in part because interest in running is simply absent.

“You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming.”
– Frank Shorter

Much to my surprise, I actually wanted to run more after I finished the Columbus Marathon. My lackluster performance seemed only to evoke an almost vindictive urge to follow a training regimen more closely and be far more disciplined during my next race.

I loosely followed a two-week recovery plan from McMillan Running for the two weeks following my marathon.

Sunday | October 15th | Columbus, OH 
Race: 26.4 miles, 8:13 pace

Monday | October 16th | Ann Arbor, MI
30 minutes elliptical, 12:35 pace; 15 minutes of foam-rolling

Tuesday | October 17th Ann Arbor, MI
20 minutes gentle walk, 17:58 pace

Wednesday | October 18th |Ann Arbor, MI
Recovery: 3.5 miles, 8:08 pace;
Yoga with Adriene: Runner’s Yoga

Thursday | October 19th | Ann Arbor, MI
Recovery: 2.5 miles, 8:03 pace

Friday | October 20th Ann Arbor, MI
Yoga with Adriene: Runner’s Yoga

Saturday | October 21st 
REST

Sunday | October 22nd 
REST

Monday | October 23rd | Ann Arbor, MI
Recovery: 2.6 miles, 7:49 pace

Tuesday | October 24th | Ann Arbor, MI
Recovery: 3.8 miles, 7:53 pace

Wednesday | October 25th | Ann Arbor, MI
Core Workout:
Tabata, Russian twists with 25-pound plate and leg raises in Captain’s Chair with 7.5-pound dumbbell
Abs/Core Workout, Self.com

Thursday | October 26th | Ann Arbor, MI
Recovery: 2.1 miles, 8:25 pace

Friday | October 27th | Ann Arbor, MI
Core Workout:
Tabata, Russian twists with 35-pound plate and leg raises in Captain’s Chair with 12.5-pound dumbbell
Abs/Core Workout, Self.com

Saturday | October 28th| Ann Arbor, MI
Recovery: 5.43 miles, 8:18 pace

2 thoughts on “Payback (10/15/17 to 10/28/17 Training Log)

  1. Pardon my ignorance but is this the kind of recovery recommended (and is so, by whom?), for it seems some what haphazard. Does a more routine workout follow?
    Again, forgive my lack of knowledge about such activity.

    • It really depends on the coach or exercise physiologist you consult. Some recommend a full month of recovery with minimal running, while others suggest a return to running within a week following a marathon.
      My next post will include the “more routine” regimen I’ll be following from here on.

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