Mountains 2 Beach Marathon: Week 5


Another week, more miles. Mom was out to visit and help out with William while Colt was traveling for work, so each run took a lot of motivation to get out the door; I just wanted to hang out with them! I didn’t have a long run this week since I did it late last week. I successfully completed BOTH workouts and ran a bunch of easy miles. I remembered I signed up for a half marathon next week and silently wondered if I was ready for that, I guess time will tell.

Workout: 6 x mile

The workout was 6 miles at 8:40 pace with 1 minute of standing recovery between each mile. I know I am capable of 8:00 minute miles, so I knew I would have to be patient with myself. I didn’t want to burn out in the first couple reps. I actually started off too slow and had to pick it up a step to fall into my desired pace range - I had set my watch for 8:20-8:40 range. I started the rest of miles too quickly and had to slow it down just a bit to fall into my pace range but for the most part I was able to stick within the range. I'm slowly learning how to pace myself based on feel, it’s been difficult to not go all out and hold back a bit.

I ended up averaging 8:29 for the 6 miles (8:36, 8:29, 8:31, 8:25, 8:28, 8:30). My personal goal for this workout was to get the splits all relatively close to each other, I told myself I wanted the splits within 15 seconds of each other. I knew that my pace range had the potential for 20 seconds so I really wanted to reign in my internal pace. I told my coach that despite hitting all the miles in under 8:40 I felt slow and I think a big part of that is that I’m so use to going all out on workout days. I didn’t completely deplete my energy levels and I think that left a sour taste in my mouth.

Workout: 3 x 2 miles

The workout was 3 sets of 2 miles with 3 minutes of easy recovery. The goal was to start around a 9:00 pace and progress down through the sets. During my last marathon I started out so GREAT. The miles were flying by and I was cruising. Then I hit a wall and died. I learned (despite being told multiple times before the marathon) that patience is key. I had to learn to pace myself early on so I would have the energy and strength to crush the last 10k. I knew practicing patience and pacing myself in this workout would be a mental challenge but I was up for it.

I went in with no expectations, other than to negative split the miles. I told myself If I could run an 8:59, 8:58, 8:57, 8:56, 8:55, 8:54 I would be satisfied. Since the workout only had 1 pace tied to it I was pretty free to run and hadn’t put pressure on myself to hit a certain number. I was also very aware that I hadn’t nailed 2 workouts in a row in quite a while, so there was a little bubble of doubt in my mind.

The park near our house takes up the better part of a city block and is 1.98 miles around, so i headed over to get my laps in. I started the first set and my watch was reading a 9:02 pace through half of the first mile. I wanted to be so patient, but I also wanted to get a good workout in, so I decided to kick it up a step for the second half of the mile. 8:56 buzzed my watch at halfway through the first set. Perfect, right where I wanted to be. I knew exactly where I would be finishing the set since the loop is perfect for 2 mile repeats - I pushed the pace just a little for the second mile of the set - 8:50. Good first set, and the recovery didn’t feel necessary. I debated skipping it, but decided to jog the 3 minutes, so that I would be right next to the water fountain after the next set. Garm (i’ve named my watch since she’s my most loyal running partner.) started beeping, letting my know the next set was close. I set off too quick- Garm was reading 8:10. That was too much of jump for me, so i slowed a bit (running headfirst into the wind helped too) and found a good cruising pace around 8:45. The first mile clocked in at 8:40, I was thrilled and didn’t feel like I was working too hard, so I pushed the pace a little bit more. Second mile was an 8:35. This was going better than I expected.

I stopped for a quick sip of water during my 3 minutes and got into a good mindset for the last set. I knew I had more left in my tank and I knew I could handle 2 more miles pushing myself. Garm let me know I was around an 8:28 pace right off the bat, I got comfortable in that pace with my first mile at 8:25. I pushed it a little too early and started to run out of steam with half a mile left. I battled the wind and kept telling myself ‘get under 8:25 for the perfect workout’. I pushed hard but fell a couple seconds short at 8:27. The workout was still great and was a big confidence booster for me.


  • Food: Since Grandma was visiting we had a few staples - steak and potatoes, salmon and asparagus, quinoa and veggie bowls, and we went out for Fish and Chips. Lucky for me, she LOVES fresh veggies so I got in LOTS of good nutrients this week.

  • Reading: We went to Barnes and Nobles so of course i had to pick up 26 Marathons by Meb i started reading that and I’m itching to get back to it. It’ll probably be finished in the next couple days. We were on the go a lot this week so I didn’t get any other reading done. Roar by Stacy T. Sims & Sweet Expectations by Mary Ellen Taylor are still on my bedside table.

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Running a double means I get to see the sunrise, it makes getting up before 6 AM totally worth it.

Running a double means I get to see the sunrise, it makes getting up before 6 AM totally worth it.

Jessica Kennelly