Week 15 of Training for the Philadelphia Marathon


Today marked three weeks until race day. Based on how the last month of training has gone I am feeling pretty good about this training cycle. I had another solid week of training this week before I start to taper.

My plan for this week was for another solid week in terms of mileage and I managed to accomplish that despite the fact I ended up having to drop my Tuesday night threshold run.

On Monday night I started off the week with an encounter that was a first for me…

On Wednesday my run ended up being cut short due to something we do not deal with often here. The remnants of Hurricane Patricia passed through brining strong winds and a lot of rain.

After non-stop rain for most of the day the was a brief pause late in the day and I thought it would give me the opportunity to run home. However, the heavy rain started not long after I left work and I found myself running into strong winds and being pelted with rain. It was not a pleasant experience and I ended up taking the shortest route home.

Thursday night was a much better experience as the weather was much better and I was able to fit in my speed work. The schedule for this week called for a 3.2 km warm up, 6 x 200m hard/200m easy, 7 km @ 4:30/km, 3:00 easy, 6 x 200m hard/200m easy, 3 km cool down.

Today I ended the week with a different workout. When I reviewed The New Rules of Marathon and Half-Marathon Nutrition by Matt Fitzgerald back in July I said that one of the ideas in the book that caught my attention was running a 26.2 km race simulator. I tried that workout today with 26.2 km done in 1:53. I’ll know if a few weeks if it was useful but it felt good to doing the run today.

Next week will be my last week of full training before I cut back on my mileage and taper for race day. So far my training cycle has gone really well so my primary focus now is to stay healthy.

How did your week go?

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