Nashville Marathon Training: Week One (28.59 miles)

First week back in official marathon training mode and I couldn’t be happier. I know marathon training is a big time commitment (a lifestyle really), but it’s my favorite way to spend my time. Early mornings, tough speed workouts, weekend group runs…it all makes me feel like myself. Happy to be back at it!

Here’s how my first week went:

Monday – Torch class & 3 miles

I kicked off the week with an interval class at Studio Three. One hour of rowing, strength, and running intervals. I covered 2 miles on the treadmill during class, but I ran another 3 miles outside afterwards to hit my 5 miles for the day!

Tuesday – 3 miles

A late night easy 3 miler on the treadmill. One goal I have for this training cycle is actually keeping my easy runs an easy pace, so I’m aiming for 9+ minute average pace. It’s nice to have 3 miles feel like no big deal.

Wednesday – Cycle class & 5.59 miles (speed workout)

I got myself up at 5:30 AM and to Studio Three for a 45 minute cycling class. I love starting my day like that. After work I had my first speed workout of training! A two mile time trial. We did a warm up and cool down with two quick miles in the middle at 7:35 and 7:19. It was freezing cold. 10 degrees. But it felt good to be back with a group and I enjoyed running fast again. The workout totaled 5.59 miles.

Thursday – Rest day

Moved my rest day from Friday to today since my run streak had reached 42 days and I needed some rest. It was weird not to run at all, but I look forward to rest days during the week.

Friday – Hot Yoga & 5 miles

Started my Friday with a hot yoga class in the morning! I am awful at yoga. I’m not flexible and I have horrible balance, but I still like going. I’m trying to get out of my comfort zone more this year and yoga is one way to do it! Plus, I really needed an hour of stretching. After work I ran 5 miles on the treadmill at 9:30 average pace. I didn’t feel like braving the 5 degrees knowing I’d have to again in the morning, so I was thankful for the treadmill.

Saturday – 10 miles

First group long run of training in 3 degrees!! It was brutal and I definitely wouldn’t have gotten through it alone. We stuck together for 10 miles and had an 8:17 average pace. I actually felt really strong the whole run despite the cold, but I’ll be happy if no other long runs happen when the real feel temperature is in the negatives.

Sunday – Cycle class & Yoga Flow 75

Cross training day! Double day at the studio. A 12 PM 45 minute cycling class and a 75 minute yoga class in the evening. Perfect way to recover from a great first week.

I’m doing a lot of extra cross training this month because of my membership, but that’s a good thing! January is a great time to focus on it since mileage stays low. My legs are sore, but I’m feeling strong. And I have a really good feeling about this training cycle!

Week one = 28.59 miles

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