Grandma’s Marathon Training – Week 3

Week 3 wasn’t so tough in terms of mileage, but the combination of miles and the amount of cross-training I’ve scheduled for myself is definitely challenging.  However, I do feel its paying off because I’m starting to feel stronger, that I can push myself harder or longer, I’m seeing my resting heart rate go down and the feeling that I want to fall over after a run or a workout is significantly less.

I’m current training for Grandma’s Marathon in June using the Hanson’s Marathon Method training program, with a goal that is still TBD.  I have found this bog helps with accountability – it’s much harder to skip a run when I know I have to fess up online at the end of the week.  In addition to the blog, I post my daily workouts on Instagram. I also have linked up with other running blogs and reading about how other people are training and doing is also definitely helpful.  I’m currently joining a linkup with Courtney and some other fellow runners in training for Spring/Summer races.


  • Planned:  Orangetheory workout
  • Actual: Rest day.  My day just ended up taking an unexpected turn, so I decided to move my OT workout to Tuesday and take a rest day.  While I know it’s not a good idea to switch around workout days last minute, since I’m still only doing Easy Miles, it’s really not a big deal.  Incidentally, I was also tired as hell today.


  • Planned:  4 miles – Easy Pace (between 10 – 11)
  • Actual: Orangetheory workout with 19 Splat Points and half hour strength/weights.  I wasn’t going to try and add mileage on top of two workouts, so I’d added mileage to Wednesday, which was my scheduled rest day.


  • Planned:  Rest
  • Actual: 5 miles – Easy Pace @ 10:10.  Had the rare treat of running with a friend in the morning during the week.  It’s always key to try and make at least one running date a week – because running 5 to 6 days a week by yourself is a DRAG.


  • Planned: 4 miles – Easy Pace (between 10 – 11) + Strength/Weights (1 hour)
  • Actual: 2 miles – Easy Pace @ 10:25. I got stuck at work and didn’t get to the gym in time for anything more and my trainer very rarely leaves anything left in my legs to run post-workout.  He’s TOUGH.


  • Planned:  4 miles – Easy Pace +Orangetheory workout
  • Actual: 5 miles – Easy Pace @ 10:38 and 10:00 + Orangetheory workout with 13 Splat Points.  Whoa – this day was tough.  I did OT in the morning and probably did two miles of speed walking on 8 – 12% inclines (but that doesn’t count towards weekly mileage.)  Then I split my mileage between two treadmill runs, probably about 3 – 4 hours apart.  This wasn’t because I was tired, but because I really, really hate long treadmill runs.  However, I was now caught up on mileage heading into the weekend.  Needless to say, I was super tired by the end of the day.  I was literally struggling to stay awake at 8:30 PM.


  • Planned:  8 miles – Easy Pace (between 10 – 11)
  • Actual: 8 miles – Easy Pace @ 10:27.  This was a windy, chilly run that would not have happened if it wasn’t for my ARRC (Arlington Road Runner) crew.  Some mornings you need a little push to get out there.  Whether it be a commitment, camaraderie, guilt – or a combination of all – a running group provides that push for me when I’m tired or when the weather sucks.  It had been SUPER windy the day before, so we had some obstacles on the route to overcome.



  • Planned:  4 miles – Easy Pace (between 10 -11) +Orangetheory workout
  • Actual:  4 miles – Easy Pace @ 10:19 + Orangetheory workout w/ 15 Splat Points.  I decided to run BEFORE class this week (I ran in the afternoon last week) to get my miles out of the way.  This ended up being a good call because it was so nice to know I was done with my workouts after class was over.  I then headed to the couch for some well deserved downtime.

Weekly Summary

  • Mileage:  24 planned / 24 actual
  • OT Workouts:  3 planned (min 36 Splat Points) / 3 actual (47 Splat Points)
  • Strength/Weights: 2 planned / 2 actual

Mileage this Training Cycle:   59 miles

I’m feeling good about this start to training.  I’m going to be phasing back the OT classes in another two weeks once the SOS (something of substance) runs start, because I know I’m going to need to focus my energy on those.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep going at least once a week, along with my strength/weight training.

I’ve also been following a ketogenic diet and working towards becoming keto-adapted (not using carbs for fueling or needing to fuel for runs) which has been going really well, but I’ll be blogging about that separately.

How is your training going?  What kinds of cross-training are you doing and how much?

Have a great week, people!


Running for Medals. And Bacon.

3 thoughts on “Grandma’s Marathon Training – Week 3

  1. You’re kicking butt this training cycle. I’ve seen your other training recaps and you’re in a much better place this go round. Keep up the great work!

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