Week 13 of Training for the Philadelphia Marathon

Week 13 of my 16 week training program for the Philadelphia Marathon will be complete after tomorrow’s run. This week’s plan called for 55 miles, 88 kilometers. With one run remaining I currently have completed 86.2 km this week.

I mentioned earlier in the week that I was hoping for 100 km this week to give me a bit more mileage before I start to taper and I am hoping hitting 100 km this week will give me a boost on race day.

Week 13 was another strong week of training. On Wednesday I completed what could turn out to be one of my most important runs of this training cycle, speedwork involving 10 Yasso 800’s. I completed the 10 800’s in an average time of 3:05.

The rest of the week involved a 25 km run on Sunday followed by some 10-12 km easy runs. In order to put myself in a position to hit 100 km for the week I ended up going for two runs today for a total of 26 km. I plan to end week 12 with a 14 km run tomorrow which will leave me a total of 100 km for the week.

Week 14 kicks off with the last of my 20 mile, 32 km, training runs on Sunday.

With four weeks of training left I now have approximately 226 km, 139 miles, to go before I hit the streets of Philadelphia in November. Now I have to head to bed so I can get up in the morning to complete my 14 km run.

How did your training go this week?

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