Week 9 of Training for the Philadelphia Marathon

I’ve been on hiatus for a couple days now since I was out of town for the weekend. In order to get back on track I am going to make the post I would have normally done Friday.

Week 9 of my 16 week training program is now out of the way. It ended up being my biggest week in terms of mileage so far.

This week represented my first week with a speed workout, which you can read about here.

As mentioned, it ended up being my biggest week so far in terms of mileage. I ended the week with 95 km mainly due to the fact I ended up getting in a second long run because I knew I would not be running over the weekend.

To make up for not being able to run over the weekend I decided to take advantage of the fact I was off work Friday and went for my first 32 km, 20 mile, training run.  Likely due to the fact that I had done a tempo run Thursday my legs were starting to feel heavy toward the end of my run but I managed to complete the distance within my usual long run pace which should leave me in a good position to take on the remaining 3 or 4 runs at that distance that I still have ahead of me before Philadelphia.

I am not quite sure yet how I will approach this upcoming week. I am scheduled to do some Yasso 800’s for speed training but I have also signed up for a 5 km race on Thursday. Ideally I will be able to leave myself with a day in between those two workouts meaning I may get in my speedwork on Tuesday.

As I move into week 10 of my training  I have approximately 583 km, 362 miles, left before I hit the streets of Philadelphia in November. I just hope it won’t be too difficult to get back into my training routine tomorrow after two days of no running.

How did your training go this past week?

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