Sunday, September 18, 2011

Marathon Training Week #10

Only 8 weeks to go! I would describe this past week as alright. Synopsis: I didn't get my cross-training in on Sunday/Monday and I was sad that I didn't get to ride my bike. Tuesday's run was good. I felt terrible after Wednesday's run (although the run itself wasn't too awful), and I was mentally and physically defeated by a 4 mile run on Thursday. Saturday's 17 miler went really well, but I'm pretty tired right now.

I'm heading into the peak mileage week next week (36 miles) and I'm just a little worried about getting fatigued and not having good runs. I don't really like running 3 days in a row during the week. I understand that I'm training for a marathon and I need to build up my legs, but by the time I get to Thursday's run I'm too tired to care enough to make it a good run...which leaves me asking myself, "what's the point?".

For example, this past Thursday I was supposed to run 4 miles. After 2 miles I called it quits; my toe hurt, my back hurt, I was tired, and I didn't want to be out there running. So I stopped at 2.25 miles (25 minutes). If I had been biking, I probably could have gone for at least an hour. I obviously prefer running only 2 days during the week (with a long run on the weekend), and being able to do more cross training (2 days of biking). But again, I don't know if that would hurt me or help me.


Here's how this week's training went:

On the schedule: rest/cross-train
I made this my rest day. We bought new furniture and we spent most of the day moving out our old stuff to make room for the new! I didn't do much lifting though so I can't really say it counted as cross-training ;)

On the schedule: rest/cross-train
Since Sunday was a rest day this was intended to be a cross-training day. I was just so excited about getting my new furniture that all I wanted to do was sit on it!! So I did. Can you blame me? (note: our old furniture was my parents' 30+ year old This End Up furniture that has, to put it nicely, been around the block a few times. After being married for 3 years and with my incessant complaining about how much I didn't like it, we finally got new furniture).

I love my new furniture!

On the schedule: Run 4 miles
Ran 4 miles in 38:20 (9:35 pace) on the treadmill. I started my run at 6 mph and gradually increased my speed and ended at 6.7 mph for the last 1/4 mile. It was a progression run, but with no real rhyme or reason. I felt pretty good about this run.

On the schedule: Run 8 miles
Ran 8 miles in 1:22:52 in a hilly neighborhood (719 feet of elevation gain, 709 feet of elevation loss) (10:21 pace). It was HOT. Even though I walked 3 times, I pushed myself pretty hard (maybe harder than I should have). My usual pace for this neighborhood with the hills is closer to 11 minutes/mile. When I got home I made the mistake of not eating anything right away and after I had showered I felt like I was going to vomit. Not cool.

On the schedule: Run 4 miles
Ran 2 miles and walked .25 miles in 24:34 (10:54 pace) outside. It was nice and cool out and my plan was to run EASY. After about a mile I just started to feel tired. Then my toe started to hurt, my back hurt, and I wanted to go home and curl up on my new couch. After 2 miles, I was defeated. I gave up. I began to wonder how in the world I would run 17 miles on Saturday. I was defeated both physically and mentally and I'm not really proud of it. It took some pep talking when I got home to make myself feel better. I was reminded that we're not defined by our bad runs because we all have them every now and then, and it's okay!

On the schedule: rest
Rested! We actually ended up having to take our cat to the emergency vet on Thursday night because he wasn't going to the bathroom and was obviously in a lot of pain. He ended up having a urethral obstruction, which can become deadly if it isn't treated quickly. We didn't get home and to bed until almost midnight. On Friday morning I had to pick him up from the emergency vet and take him to our regular vet, where he still is and will be for a few more days. He should be okay, but I sure do miss him! Yes, I know this has nothing to do with running, but my point in telling you this was to let you know I was very glad Friday was a rest day!

"I didn't do it!"

Poor baby needed a catheter :(

On the schedule: run 17 miles
We did it! We ran 17 miles in 3:06:42 (10:58 pace). The weather was much cooler and we feel that this really helped us out. In comparison to our hot and humid 15 miles two weeks before, we ran at a 20 second per mile faster pace, which was really encouraging! Along the way I drank about 66 ounces of nuun and I ate 3 Gu gels. At our second pit stop, I also ate a fig newton (I'm trying to experiment with eating some "real" food on my long runs). Since it was cool, I also chickened out and didn't take an ice bath because I didn't want to be cold again! I made sure to do some extra foam rolling and stretching to make up for this though. Besides being a little sore and tired (no more than usual), I'm feeling okay today. I know I was super hungry yesterday, and I see why it's not unusual for people to gain weight during marathon training :)

Another thing that's not unusual to see while marathon training?

Loads of unfolded laundry. Can anyone relate?


  1. Woo! 17 miles is amazing! Congrats on getting through it! Feels amazing, doesn't it?

  2. Congrats on 17 miles, you are awesome! i love the new furniture!

  3. Great job on your 17 mile run this weekend! I feel the same way about back to back to back runs--it's one of the reasons I started the Run Less, Run Faster plan!

  4. Could you maybe switch it so you run on MWF and have your rest days on Tu/Th? I don't think I'd be able to run 3 days in a row like you've been doing.

    Congrats on the 17 miles. You're doing great and the marathon will be here soon. :)

    Love the new furniture and hope your cat gets all better very soon. Poor thing.

  5. love the furniture :)

    training seems to be going well, and don't get upset about a few off days, guess we all have them! Awesome mileage though, I hope to one day be at that point!!!

  6. Thanks for visiting my blog. I can't wait to catch up on yours and see how your marathon training is going!

  7. Love the new furniture!

    And great job on the runs. Sounds like you had good reasons to have a few off days!!

  8. haha yes - I hear you on the crazy amount of laundry! Good job getting all of those miles in

  9. Just came across your blog. Sounds like a good 17 miler! I hope that the rest of your training goes well. Now I'm off to fold my mountain of laundry!

  10. I have so much laundry all the time! great job on wks 10 and 11 and the pumpkin cookies look great!


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