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Feb 6, 2012

Hyland Post #6 - Month recap and keeping consistent

Rest day on the schedule today.


Here's a recap of week #5 of 18 weeks of marathon training:

Miles Run:  30.25 miles
Days Run:  5 days
Cross Training:  10 miles on the bike and lifting weights on the Bowflex
Time Training:  5 hours and 30 minutes


These weeks are flying by.  I can't believe I'm only 13 weeks away from running another marathon!  Wow!  The weather here in Michigan has been unbelievable.  I actually was able to do my long run(12 miles) on the Paint Creek Trail.

Those of you that have run a marathon know that it's nice to do some long runs on nice soft trails.  Not that the trails were really soft since the ground was frozen but it's much better than the concrete I've been running on.  It's really surprising that it's already February and I've only run in the snow a couple times.  This is the year to train for a marathon in the spring in Michigan.
Ok, this was not yesterday but was a nice trail in Michigan.
Here's my recap for the month of January, which happens to be when I started marathon training again:

Miles ran:  105
Miles biked:  30
Weights:  3 times

A good start to the training.  I looked back over the last year and I have not run under 100 miles in a months since.  The most miles I had was 181 miles back in April 2010, a month before I ran my first marathon.  I have kept track of my miles on Dailymile for quite some time now so it makes it easy to look back.  Just a little tidbit.  I have ran 0.10 around the world since I started running.  That's 10%!

The best way I have found to keep consistent with my running?  Run with someone.  Ok, nobody is likely to run with me at 5am before work but I regularly run with my running buddy on the weekend for our long run.  In fact, he just committed to running the same marathon with me in May so it will make it that much easier to complete the training and the race.  Even though we run our own race, it's nice to know that there's someone there going through it with you.  No running buddy?  Consider running with a running club.  We saw one on Saturday's run.  There must have been at least 20 people getting ready to run.  Another way to get through things?  Run with a group like Team in Training.  There's a great group of people out where I run and they are out there every weekend - rain, shine, snow, you name it!  Plus you can join a group that running in some incredible places around the World and it's for a great cause too.

Here's the link if it's something you might have an interest in:  Click HERE.

Have a great day and....Keep Running!!!!


  1. Hey, thanks for the shout out about Team in raining! Our group is getting bigger and the weather is a big part of that.... Remember, you're always welcomed to join us.

  2. 2 feet of snow here in Colorado but my Detroit inlays made a point to call and tell me all about their lovely weather. :(
    TNT is such a wonderful organization!

  3. Thanks Ken - It's a good organization plus they have you! I appreciate the offer! If I started when you guys did, I would probably join you but usually we start at 8am.

    Kathy - sorry! looking good in Michigan for the next week. Yeah!