Twin Cities Marathon Training – Weeks 3 & 4

Whew, last week got busy, so I’ve got a 2-week recap for you!

Week 3

Monday – 3 miles (9:40/mile)

I was supposed to run with a friend, but it was raining most of the day, so I cancelled in the afternoon so we could each do our own thing. Of course the rain stopped when we were supposed to meet, so it would’ve been fine. đŸ˜¦ I did 3 miles on the treadmill instead.

Tuesday – 5.02 miles (9:40/mile)

It was a hot one! I braved the heat for 5 miles.

Wednesday – 25 minute walk

I stepped out for a quick walk after work and then met up with a friend to see Wonder Woman. It was really good!

Thursday – rest day

I had a quick happy hour on a patio and then ran a couple of errands.

Friday – 3.11 miles (9:14/mile)

Saturday – 7.05 miles (9:31/mile)

It was a step-back week for the long run. The weather was still a little warm, but not nearly as hot as it had been the previous two weekends. I technically only needed to do 6 miles, but I was feeling good and decided to do a little extra. It felt good mentally and physically to finally have a good long run in this training cycle. I know it was only week 3, but still.

In the afternoon, I headed to a friend’s wedding. It was an outdoor ceremony on farm with the reception in a barn. The decor was cool, and we had a great time dancing the night away!

Sunday – 4.15 miles (9:40/mile), 25 minute walk

It was my cross training day, so I did an easy run followed it up with a walk to hit an hour.

Week 4

Monday – 3.1 miles (9:44/mile)

I had an overnight work trip on Monday and Tuesday. I thought I’d take Monday as a rest day and get up early on Tuesday to work out before day 2 of our training. The weather on Monday evening was lovely and I had a little extra energy, so I headed out to explore the area for a short run. There was a lake just off the grounds that I ran to and I found some trails close by to finish up.

Tuesday – rest day

We finished our training and then drove home, so it was a long day.

Wednesday – 6.04 miles (9:21/mile)

I headed home and got in my 6 mile run before book club.

Thursday – rest day

Friday – 3.02 miles (9:22/mile)

I got in a few morning miles before work since I had a haircut scheduled for the evening. It was actually nice to run along the river as the sun rose.

Saturday – 11.01 miles (9:27/mile)

After several weekends of hot, summer weather, I was so excited for the temps to be in the 50s on Saturday morning. It felt more like fall!

I headed to the chain of lakes to do my long run. I sailed through one lap around each lake to knock out this run. It felt really good! It was soooo nice to have another strong long run. And one where I felt like I could certainly keep going if I had to.

In the afternoon, I headed to a friend’s baby shower and then met up with my family for dinner. It was a fun day, but I was exhausted at the end of it.

Sunday – 3.67 miles (9:33/mile), 37 minute walk

I set my alarm to maybe get up and do my hour of cross training before I met up with my family for church and brunch, but I just did not want to get out of bed. I took the extra rest and headed out for a run/walk in the evening.

Thankful for the beautiful weather this weekend. Definitely did not feel like late June, but I’ll take it. Also, I can’t believe July is already around the corner. Summer is going by too fast!

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