I guess I'll talk about how Philly Marathon training is going so far.
After our Ironman, we took the first week "off". We did ride once and we raced a 1 mile open water swim, but other than that we didn't do anything. While making our marathon training plan, I knew that we only had 13 weeks in between Ironman Louisville and the Philly Marathon - and we would only be training for 12 of those weeks.
So long ago, and my tan is almost gone (though I still have weird tan lines, ha)
Luckily, it has worked out really well. The first week or so of running felt a bit rough but after that Mike and I have really worked hard. Our speed has increased a lot, without really even doing anything! I think that our legs were so tired from all of the miles that we were putting on them during Ironman training, that once we reduced our weekly mileage we have seen great results.
An underwater selfie!
While our "total" weekly mileage has decreased a lot, our running weekly mileage has increased. We were only running three times a week during Ironman training and now we are back up to four times a week. While I have enjoyed the break from cycling and swimming, we do need to get back at it a little bit because that helps keep me injury-free!
The one big difference between Ironman training and Philly Marathon training is that we aren't training with friends as much as we were over the summer. The goal during our Ironman was just to finish, with some time goals in mind but very, very loose time goals. As this will be our fourth marathon attempt, we have somewhat of a better idea on how to tackle those 26.2 miles (though, I still feel like I don't know what I am doing at times). Since we have specific goals in mind when we set out for the majority of our workouts, it doesn't always make sense to run with friends. Sometimes it doesn't even make sense for me and Mike to run together, specifically when doing a marathon pace run (which we have only done once so far, but there will be more).
Mike pushed me to run faster miles 10-14: 9:11, 9:07, 9:10, 9:06, 9:00, 9:00, 9:01, 9:06, 9:04, 9:09, 8:39, 8:37, 8:34, 8:38, 9:09, 8:57, 8:54, 8:54, 9:02, 8:59
While I love running with other people, I am happy that we have done the majority of our runs lately by ourselves. Back when we started the Couch-to-5K program, that's what it was all about - something that we could do together.
I love finishing a long run and high-fiving Mike because we accomplished something great. I also love having him there when I need a push to do better and, hopefully, he feels the same way. I never would have thought that I could run sub-8:40 miles in the middle of a 20 miler for four miles and still finish the run without blowing up the last 6 miles, but because of Mike I did!
I still don't know my exact "plan" for Philly, but hopefully marathon #4 will be really special for both of us!