Disney Marathon Training Plan: Week 3

Week three of my Disney Marathon training plan is done and you won’t believe this, but I didn’t miss a SINGLE run!  I did my long run with my husband this weekend and after our run, we had a little chat about how it went.  I’m struggling with something and I thought maybe you guys could help me figure out what to do.

If you remember last fall when I was training for the Space Coast and Disney marathons, I did a lot of my long runs with my friends running group, a Galloway group.  They do 4:1 intervals and it worked really well for me.  I finished both races, slower than I wanted to, but I finished and I was good with that.  Then I ran three more halfs, a 10K, 15K.. and I was totally burned out.  I took a break from running and didn’t start again until about a month ago.  Coming back has been rough – it’s hot and so humid, which makes running kind of miserable.  My endurance is awful, I want to walk two minutes after I start running.  My overall times are slower too.  All to be expected, I know.

disney marathon training plan week 3

Here’s where I’m struggling – when I started back, my first few runs were rough.  Then, I settled into the 4:1 run/walk intervals and I’ve been doing ALL of my runs using those.  I don’t really want to do it during the week on my shorter runs, but I felt like I couldn’t finish the miles if I didn’t.  When Adam and I first set out on Saturday morning, he asked me why I was running so fast.  I wasn’t trying to, it was just the natural pace my body wanted to go (it was like 9:45ish, so not crazy fast or anything, I try not to watch my pace on long runs).

After we finished our run, I was talking about using our elliptical a few times a week to try to build up my endurance and he asked me why I don’t just go out and run slower but without the walk breaks during the week instead of trying to use the elliptical.  I told him that’s easier said than done, I can’t run that far.  He pretty much called BS on me and told me I can if I want to, I just need to slow down some and make myself do it instead of getting inside my head and making myself think I couldn’t (he said it nicely).  I guess I’m scared that I won’t be able to do the week day runs if I try to run the whole thing without a walk break.  I’m training for the Disney marathon again and most of my friends that are running it (so my long run buddies) are training to run it straight and not use intervals.  I want to be able to run with them and train with them, but.. how?  I have nine miles to run this weekend and I know I can’t get through that without walking.  Once we get up to the double digit runs and race day, I don’t want to hold them back.  So what do I do?  How do I bridge the gap?

I know I need to start by sucking it up and pushing myself to just run during the week and not stop, no matter what my head keeps screaming at me (it’s always my head, then my chest, then my legs – I swear I think my legs would go forever).  Slow down, so I can breathe, and just run.  I’m stuck on the long runs though.  How do I get there?  I’d love any and all suggestions you may have!

Disney  Marathon Training Week 3

This week went really well – I missed my run Tuesday night because I had to work late, but I made it up on Wednesday and pushed Wednesday nights yoga off until Thursday while I watched Greys, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder.  I haven’t done yoga in a while and I forgot how good it feels, especially after a good, sweaty run!  I still have a subscription to MyYogaWorks and their post-run yoga sequences are really great.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
3 4 XT / Rest 3 XT / Rest 5 Rest
3 @ 10:49 Rest(Made up on Wed) 4 @ 10:42 3 @ 10:26Yoga Rest 5 @ 10:50 Yoga

We’re off to Disney on Friday after the kids get out of school, so I need to figure out how/when to do my long run this weekend because I know it won’t happen Sunday when I get back with my tired legs!

How did your training go last week?  Any suggestions for my little dilemma?

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16 thoughts on “Disney Marathon Training Plan: Week 3”

  1. I know all about how tough it is to get out of your own head (and your own way!) On my shorter runs during the week I try to not pay as much attention to the intervals as to just running as much as I can, no matter how slow I go! I like Patty’s suggestion on Facebook to try to run the first mile of the shorts then intervals…I might have to give that a try this week!!

    And I have my weekend long run at Disney this week too — will be strange to run down there without 25,000 other people!!
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        1. Ohh fun! I want to volunteer at a Disney race sometime, it seems like it would be so much fun! I volunteered at a local marathon last December and LOVED it! We’re going so the kiddos can run the kids races this weekend, Adam and I aren’t running either.

  2. I wish I had an answer for you. Unfortunately, I am a pretty devoted interval runner and I am slow slow slow, so I often have to handle my long runs alone. The time off makes it so much harder to come back, and I don’t feel like it ever gets easier. :hug:
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  3. Could you try running your short, easy runs straight through and then work up from there? Start with the 3-milers and then build to 4, 5, etc. I bet once you reach 5 or 6 you’ll be able to go even longer without the intervals because you’ll have built up your mental strength. But then again I use intervals on all of my long runs so I am pulling this advice out of a hat :) I know the walking breaks are a big mental crutch for me though and I hope to ween off of them too!
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    1. I think that’s what I’m going to try tonight – I am supposed to do four. I’m going to shoot for the first mile and see how I feel. I just need to get it through my head that I can do this, I think.. the walk breaks are definitely a mental crutch for me.. I know I should be able to do it. It’s just hard and I get so worried that if I push too hard early on then I won’t finish.

    1. I do too, I think that’s why I’m scared to not do it. Last year, anything over a half I did the intervals or the run was broken up (one of my 20 milers I did 3, 10, 7 — all in the same day but with a break to change locations). I felt so much better on long runs with the intervals but I really don’t want to run the training runs alone :(

  4. Maybe try running the shorter weekly runs at a slower pace to see if you can finish without intervals. Or run the first mile or mile and a half, and then start your intervals. That is how I started to build endurance when I first started running. Eventually I was able to run the entire distance. Although the mental aspect of the run is the hardest part in my opinion. I am constantly battling my mind.
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    1. I think the mental part is what is really holding me back, I’ve always struggled there.

      My plan tonight is to run the first mile, then switch to intervals and see how I feel. We’ll see how it goes!

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