Boston Marathon Training: Weeks 3 & 4

I can’t believe I am already 4 weeks into marathon training. It’s flown by! I feel like it was just yesterday that I “officially” kicked off marathon training, but now I am already a 1/4 of the way through it. Eek! It’s going to be here before I know it!

Week 3 was a step-back week and included a fun trip to Canyon Ranch. I had planned to do my tempo run for the week there, but after a hike and a ShockWave class, I just didn’t have the energy to do it. I still got in a few miles on the treadmill, but I listened to my body and cut the run short. During Week 4, things ramped up again, and I finished the week with 22.4 miles, which brings my January total to 78.1 miles. Holy cow.

Boston Marathon Training weeks 3 and 4

Week of January 18th (15.6 miles)

  • Sunday: Off
  • Monday: CrossFit
  • Tuesday: 15/7 hills/15 (6.32 miles)
  • Wednesday: KFIT (30 Curtis Ps @ 85 pounds = so sore)
  • Thursday: 60-minute long run (6.26 miles)
  • Friday: Off
  • Saturday: 30-minute hike + 45-minute ShockWave class + 30-minute run (3.03 miles)

Week of January 25th (22.4 miles)

  • Sunday: Off
  • Monday: 20/25/15 Tempo (6.64 miles)
  • Tuesday: Off
  • Wednesday: CrossFit
  • Thursday: 1:45 long run (10.86 miles)
  • Friday: Off
  • Saturday: 15/8 hills/15 (4.97 miles)

If you’re not familiar with tempo runs and hill workouts, here’s a quick explanation!

Boston Marathon Training: Weeks 1 & 2

P.S. Here is that recipe for those Oatmeal Cranberry Almond Bars that I mentioned the other day. They are deeeeelicious!

36 Comments

  1. Hi Tina! I’m going to be training for my first marathon after a hiatus(similar to you) and I’ve really gotten into strength training during this time away from distance running. I know you briefly mentioned that when you went to Canyon Ranch, you discussed with the exercise physiologist how to not lose strength when training for a marathon. Would you mind sharing some snippets from that conversation? I start my official training in June!

    1. She suggested doing more traditional strength training (i.e. HEAVY, low reps, 3×3). She was happy I am doing CrossFit, but thought I would benefit from more heavy stuff.

  2. I am training for my first marathon just a few weeks after yours so it is so fun to watch you train . I can see what to look forward to- I just completed a long treadmill run and it was rough!

    I know you are working with a coach- I would love a post on the benefits of training with timed runs vs distance runs . I have only ever done a distance plan but with kids there is definitely an appeal of knowing exactly how long a long run would take !

  3. Hi Tina! I am a long time reader of your blog but this is my first comment!! Just wanted to suggest POSH Entertainemnt DJ Podcasts for those long treadmill runs. It will make the time fly!! Best of luck with your marathon training.

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