Marine Corps Marathon Training – Week 7

This whole week of training took place while on vacation at the beach. In fact, I’m still at the beach! It is more hot and humid here than it is at home. But after I run each morning I get to hang out on the beach all day 🙂

Monday- 4 mile easy run on the paved path along the main road our campground is off of. The temperature was mild, for beach standards, but it was still pretty humid. My legs were feeling really tired, but that’s to be expected towards the end of 6 days in a row of running.

Myrtle Beach Travel Park

Tuesday- 8 x 600m track workout with 400m recoveries, for 7 miles total. I was worried about this workout because I have never done 600’s before, and my interval was getting longer with a shorter recovery period. My dad rode over to the local high school track with me and walked and cheered me on while I ran. I was aiming for 3:20 and my splits came in at 3:10 / 3:14 / 3:18 / 3:19 / 3:15 / 3:15 / 3:17 / 3:18.


The high school football team was practicing on the field during my entire workout. They had some music blasting in the stadium, so I got to listen to typical “pump up” songs the whole workout. The track was a really nice surface, too. The one I run on at home is an asphalt track.

Wednesday- Rest day. My one, glorious day off.

Thursday- 5 mile tempo run (remember tempo = marathon pace = 10:18/mile) with a 1 mile warm up and cool down. I managed to average 10:13 / mile for the tempo portion, despite some wicked heat and humidity. A little faster than I needed to go, but I’m still learning how to properly pace tempo runs.

Myrtle Beach Travel Park

Friday- 4 mile easy run out on the same path as Monday. It was overcast and in the low 70’s, which was nice, but the humidity was at 90%. My legs felt really good, though, and I had to make a conscious effort to stick to my easy pace. I ended up averaging about 20 seconds per mile faster than I should have. Oops.

Myrtle Beach

Saturday- 6 mile easy run. My legs were a bit tired and my right lower leg was pretty sore throughout my calf and ankle. It was also really humid outside during this run. Just one of those ones where you get it done and move on.

Myrtle Beach

Sunday- 10 mile long run. This was actually my first official long run during training. Like every other type of run with the Hansons program, long runs have a specified pace. For me, that pace is 11:05/mile. Despite my calves being a bit sore I felt really good during this run. I had a hard time holding myself back, and ended up running about 15 seconds per mile faster than I’m supposed to. That may come back to bite me during tomorrow’s track workout.

Myrtle Beach

Once again I had a relatively cool day for beach standards, but the humidity was around 98%.

Total Miles: 38 miles

8 thoughts on “Marine Corps Marathon Training – Week 7”

  1. Awesome week of training, Meagan! I love reading your training re-caps and I am so impressed you managed to stick to the plan to a T while on vacation! Good work!

  2. 38 miles, wow! I seem to remember you doing a long run on a quarter-mile loop around the campground last year (is it creepy that I remember that? Probably) – at least you didn’t have to do that again!

    1. Yes I have done that before, and no I don’t think it’s creepy you remember. That’s a different campground, thank goodness! I would lose my mind if I was doing 38 miles worth of training on a quarter mile loop.

  3. Great job! It’s nice seeing the Myrtle Beach pics. That’s where I’m from. I just finished my first week of SOS runs with Hanson’s. Hope my upcoming week is as good as yours!

    1. Thanks, Jill! That’s cool that you’re from MB. We come here every year 🙂 How did your first week of SOS workouts go? I think it’s a bit daunting, but its manageable if you just take it one day at a time.

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