Week 14 of Training for the Philadelphia Marathon


Race day is now less than one month away. My plan for this week was to continue my progress and put in another big week of training. I managed to finish the week with 104 km done. That makes three consecutive weeks of at least 100 km. For me that is a first and certainly a positive as I get closer to taper time.

I managed to average over 10 km per run again this week with my shortest one being a 10.2 km effort. Once again my threshold and speed workouts were by biggest efforts during the week.

Tuesday night’s threshold effort involved a 3.2 km warm up, 6.4 km at 4:25/km, an easy 5:00, 10 x 100m hard/0.30 easy and a 3 km cool down. I managed to plot out my route for this run properly as I arrived at the highschool close to my house in time to do my 100m sprints on the track…

With my wife being out of town Thursday I had to push my speed workout back to Friday night. This week my workout ivolved a 32 km warm up followed by 6 x 200m hard/200m easy, 6.4 km @ 4:30/km, an easy 1:30, 6 x 200m hard/200m easy followed by a ool down of just over 3 km for a total of just over 18 km done.

Unfortunately I was not able to make use of a track for my 200m sprints when I did this workout. Like I often do I ended up running it on a bike path on my way home from work with my backpack on. Fortunately it is still pretty warm here during the day and I am not having to load much in my backack so I did not really feel it.

This morning I ended off the week with my longest run with one of the kids in the Chariot. I ended up doing 35 km with my 2 year old along for the ride.

I know have 4 more weeks of running before race day. My plan is for two more weeks of solid mileage before I do a 2 week taper leading up to race day.

How did your week go?

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