Week 12 of Training for the Philadelphia Marathon

This week ended up being the big week of training I was looking for. After my long run this morning I ended up with 118 km for the week. I’ve made it over 100 km in a week on several occasions in the past but I think this is the most mileage that I’ve fit into a week of training. 

Hitting this total for mileage meant added mileage to each of my runs. For my easy runs that was not too difficult since I was just adding 1-2 km to each. It was my tempo run on Tuesday and my speed work on Thursday where I had to add the most mileage. 

My schedule for Tuesday called for a tempo run consisting of a 3.2 km warm up, followed by 3 x 3.2 km @ tempo pace and an easy 2:00. I ended the run with a 3 km cool down for a total of just over 17 km done. In order to fit in the run I was up early and out the door at 5:00.

Thursday called for even mileage with 22-23 km on the schedule. Fortunately I as able to fit this one in after work instead of getting up at the crack of dawn. My workout consisted of a 3.2 km warm up followed by 3 x 1200m @ 4:13/km and 1:30 easy. 40:00 @ 5:00/km, 3 x 1200m @ 4:13/km and 1:30 easy. I ended the workout with a 3 km cool down to give me a 22 km run.

I ended the week with a 32 km run. While my oldest was at swimming lessons with her mother I took my 2 year old in the Chariot…

With 6 more weeks to go until race day it means I still have 3 big weeks of mileage coming up. My schedule has me doing 2 more 30 km runs and I will be aiming for two more 100 km weeks before I start my taper.

How was your week?

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