Weekly Workouts: 10 Weeks Out

March 17, 2024

10 Weeks to Go!

It was a really good week of training despite call. Except for the fact that I failed to do any strength. Will get back on that this week! I am in a “hill block” with weekly hill workouts and without a lot of aggressive speedwork right now, and then it looks like a month out from the race I’ll get in more speed. I find the speed workouts MUCH more fun than hill training but I know they come with a higher injury risk so this plan makes sense to me.

M: 8 mi with J, 8:30/mi ave. This felt SOOOO early OMG.

T: 8 mi total with treadmill hills – 5 mi outside then 3 mi with 8 x 40 seconds @ 5% grade. Ave ~9:20/mi.

W: Run with J + J – some light speedwork in there (Jen’s workout) and strides. 9 mi @ 9:20/mi ave.

R: Felt TERRIBLE! I assumed I was getting sick, my legs felt like lead and my breathing felt labored. 7.13 mi @ 9:37/mi.

F: Felt inexplicably much better. 6 mi @ 8:44/mi.

S: 16 mi, 5 warmup / 3 marathon pace effort / 1 recovery / 3 marathon pace effort / 4 cooldown. This ended up being 8:26/mi average and I felt REALLY good on this run, like I could have easily kept going. Weather was neither great nor terrible (69F, 93% humidity).

TOTAL = 52.2 mi // 0 strength although perhaps I will get on that today . . .

(The time to do strength training for me is as a break during the day on Tues / Thurs, and on a call week I lose that flexible time entirely so here we are.)


  • Reply Lisa’s Yarns March 17, 2024 at 10:55 am

    Something has to give on call weeks so it makes sense that you couldn’t fit in strength. Your race is fast approaching! I didn’t love hill workouts either. But I also didn’t love speed. Ha. I really loved the weekly long run when I was marathon training as it wasn’t aggressively paced. I would have some MP miles but maybe 2-3 at a time if I recall? So it was mostly a more conversational pace. But I was not trying to BQ! I hope you continue to stay healthy!!

  • Reply Coco March 17, 2024 at 7:21 pm

    I like speed workout more but they drain me much more than hills, and more injury prone.

  • Reply Stacy March 18, 2024 at 1:00 pm

    When does BLP live close for signups? I’m thinking of joining this year as a newbie but long time follower of Laura and your blogs.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 18, 2024 at 1:16 pm

      Stacy there is literally ONE SLOT remaining so it’s open until that one is taken!

  • Reply Stacy March 19, 2024 at 9:18 am

    Ugh I waited too long! It’s full now. ;(

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 19, 2024 at 11:52 am

      Im sorry Stacy! Yes it did fill. We will start a waitlist just in case spots open!

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