3 week marathon training plan

Let me start off by saying we are not starting at zero, we have been running pretty long distances most of the summer, but we never came up with an official training plan for the  Silver Falls Marathon. Instead we both went on vacation for a few weeks in September and decided to trail for the marathon in 3 weeks after we got back. 

Week 1 - 15 miles 

After getting back from vacation and not seeing each other for almost 3 weeks, a cold and rainy 15 miles went by incredibly quickly. 

We ran from Springville to Wildwood all the way to Birch to NW 53rd, climbing over and under trees to get close to 15 miles. 

Tree blocking the trail.

Down tree on Birch

Week 2 - 20 miles (~20.78)

Susan was out of town this week, so I was going to invite Dana or Kat to run with me, but I forgot the Portland Marathon was going on and they were both running it. So instead I got to run my furthest solo run to date, I queued up several Trail Runner Nation and Ultra Running Podcasts to keep my mind occupied while I ran. I started a little later than Susan and I normally start which let me miss some of the early morning chill. I had perfect running weather, I think it was 55-65. I started out in long sleeves but changed half way through into a short sleeve shirt.  

I started out at the Newton trailhead and ran Newton to Wildwood with the intention of running to Birch then home. This would of only gave me a little over 18 miles. For some reason mentally 20 miles seemed too far for me to do alone, but 18 was ok. As I got closer to Birch I was feeling fine and realized I was being silly about 18 versus 20 miles and decided to run a little further to Holman and home, which ended up giving me 20.78 miles.


Yay sun!

Mushrooms in the tree crack
Week 3 - 22 miles

I had been pretty sick most of the week and Sunday when we ran I was only feeling slightly better. I was pretty stuffed up and not able to easily breath through my mouth; when we started out I felt like I was running at altitude because of my shortness of breath. I probably shouldn't of been running but I made it through and it wasn't quite as tough as I thought, but it wasn't incredibly easier either. I lost count of how many times I had to blow my nose and stop and tie my shoes. Most of the run was a haze, literally and figuratively, we started off in a lot of fog which finally broke the last 30 minutes of the run and my I really don't remember most of the run because of my cold. 

Route: 
saltzman - ww 1.12
ww - springville 6.5
springville - leif .38
leif - maple (mm 6.45) 2.9
maple - leif 2.73
leif (4.20 - 5) .8
leif (mm 5) - Koenig .5
Koenig - ww .14
ww - birch 6.75
birch - 53rd .23
total : 22.05
Saltzman Rd trailhead on a foggy Sunday
Mushrooms blooming
It's definitely mushroom season

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