Week 12 of Training for the Philadelphia Marathon

Week 12 of my 16 week training program for the Philadelphia Marathon will be complete after tomorrow’s run. This week’s plan called for 58 miles, 93 kilometers. With one run remaining I currently have completed 75.5 km this week. I mentioned earlier in the week that I was hoping for 100 km this and for next week before I start my taper. That means I need to get in 24.5 km tomorrow.

Week 12 was another strong week of training that started with the third of my four scheduled 20 mile, 32 km, training runs.

Despite the windy, cool and rainy weather we have had this week I also managed to get in a couple more intense workouts with some mile repeats on Wednesday and a tempo run today  with 11 km at my intended marathon pace.

Week 13 kicks off with a 16 mile, 25 km, run on Sunday. It will also bring one of my more important workouts of this training cycle, Wednesday’s speed workout consisting of 10 Yasso 800’s. You may recall that a few weeks ago I completed eight Yasso 800’s with an average pace of 3:04. I am hoping I will be able to maintain a similar pace this time around.

With four weeks of training left I now have approximately 314 km, 194 miles, to go before I hit the streets of Philadelphia in November.


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