Week three of my Fargo Marathon training is officially in the books. I ran 31 miles this week with a long run of 13 miles on Saturday.
I started off the week in a new pair of shoes: Hoka One One Clifton 2. The shoe is just as light as the original Clifton but the tongue is thicker and the overall fit is snugger (in a good way).
I made the decision to start using the new shoe because, after 560 miles in my last pair, my calfs were beginning to feel sore. Plus, I usually don’t wear a shoe for more than 500 miles. Hoka One One is a solid shoe, and I firmly believe they can withstand upwards of 600 miles, but I get nervous about potential injury when my shoes exceed 500 miles. Better safe than sorry, right?
Anyway, if you are looking for a shoe recommendation, Hoka is a sure bet. I am now on my fourth pair and I don’t plan on switching brands anytime soon. They promote a mid-sole landing, have ample cushion and are a great shoe for road racing or trail running. Running with them on roads and sidewalks feels like running in grass. Since switching to Hoka, I have been injury-free. They are pretty incredible.
Now, here’s a recap of my workouts this week.
Monday, Feb. 29
I ran an 8-mile tempo run on the treadmill today. The first 4 miles I went 8.6 mph (right at marathon pace), then I kicked it up 0.1 mph every mile for the final 4 miles, finishing the eighth mile at 9 mph. It was a great, confidence-building workout.
Tuesday, Mar. 1
I ran a 3-mile recovery run on the treadmill at 8:35 pace after lifting weights. These slow runs are brutal due to their slow nature, but I know how important it is to get in easy miles in-between hard efforts.
Wednesday, Mar. 2
Speed work today was the same as the last two weeks. I ran a 4-mile fartlek at 3 minutes off, 3 minutes on (10 mph) for 30 minutes. This workout gets easier every time I do it.
Thursday, Mar. 3
I took the day off, moving my recovery run to Sunday after my long run.
Friday, Mar. 4
I took the day off today, as well. Megan and I had family in town (good to see you, David and Natalie!) and we spent much of the day meandering around the city.
Saturday, Mar. 5
This week’s long run was a 13-mile effort, the longest I have gone since the Chicago Marathon in October. As usual, my strategy on the long run is to take the first two-thirds easy (8:00 pace or slower) and finish the final one-third at marathon race pace. My first mile clocked in at 7:20. I knew I had to slow down, but struggled to do so. I’m sure that sounds weird, but I’m so used to running at a certain pace, that running slower is quite difficult. My mile splits finally got close to 8:00 by the final miles of the relaxed portion, then it was time to pick it up to marathon pace. I increased the effort slowly at first. The last 4 miles I averaged marathon pace. It was pretty tough. Next week’s long run, and every long run in my training period, will only increase by 1 mile until I hit 21 miles. I’m sure the long runs will start to feel easier as I get used to the high mileage and spending 1.5+ hours on my feet at one time again.
Sunday, Mar. 6
I ran a 3-mile recovery run around my neighborhood, rounding out the week at 31 miles.