With five weeks remaining before the Philadelphia Marathon I have reached the point where I am hitting the peak mileage in my training cycle. This week and next week my plan is to hit 100-110 km per week.
I find this to be the toughest point of the training cycle for a marathon as it is more exhausting both mentally and physically. However, it is also a rewarding point of the training cycle when you manage to get through the increased mileage as it can leave you with more confidence heading into the final weeks of training.
Hitting my mileage targets for the next two weeks will involve a couple of two run days each work meaning a run at the crack of dawn and a run home from work in the evening.
Once the next two weeks are out of the way I will be able to drop my mileage as I taper before race day.
Do you find the peak mileage periods in your training cycles more difficult? How do you keep yourself motivated to get through them?
With 90 + km logged last week and a similar pace this week I am reaching the peak point of my training for the Ottawa Marathon.
My legs are starting to feel it too. I cut my speed work short last night because my legs felt tired although that probably had more to the fact that I ended up playing indoor soccer at work on Tuesday which probably was not the best way to spend what was supposed to be a rest day following my long run Monday.
The good news is that after a shorter than expected run yesterday and some use of the foam roller my legs felt better tonight when I headed out for my 12 km easy run. I ended up finishing the run in 1:01 tonight.
As I have already mentioned a couple of times, I did not get into the New York Marathon via the lottery yesterday. As a result, I am considering other options for another fall marathon. Right now I am leaning towards the Philadelphia Marathon in November. From the feedback have received so far it certainly sounds like a fun event. Have you run the Philadelphia Marathon before? If so I’d be interested in any feedback you can provide.
I am also still open to other options that are not too far from home. Let me know if there are other fall (October or November) races you would recommend.