Week 19: Marathon Training

So, I’m starting to feel more confident on my long runs. I can do this! 26.2 miles.

No problem.


[ week 19 / 11 weeks until 26.2 ]

Sunday – 12 miles, 1:51:45, 9:19 min/mile.

I was a little intimidated – twelve miles seems really far. Yes, I have done 13 before (half marathon) on a whim (right before I started training for this marathon) and with no training did it in 2 hours (brag moment) but still, this was my longest training run and it’s still a hefty distance. BUT! I did it! AND! It felt great! Today’s 12 miles seemed even better than last week’s 11… and best of all, nothing hurt! Yay yay yay!

Monday – Rest day!

Tuesday – 6 miles, 54:28, 9:04 min/mile.

2 miles easy, 2 miles of hills at 5K effort, 2 miles easy. Now I remember why I’ve been waking up at 5:00am every morning… I didn’t today and I paid for it. I went in the afternoon – it was hot but I survived. It felt good to get out there. I tried out my Aftershokz (review here) and ended up loving them despite my being skeptical.

Wednesday – 3.11 miles, 29:31, 9:29 min/mile.

3 easy miles. I went early, so it wasn’t too hot but it was incredibly humid. I felt tired/fatigued at the start but felt better afterwards.

Thursday – 5.01 miles, 45:47, 9:08 min/mile.

Oh, wee! It was really humid today. It was a sweat fest… even my knees were sweating. It was a good run, though. Nothing hurt and I took it easy!

Friday – 4 miles, 36:34, 9:08 min/mile.

Easy 4 miles. Went early again (I really learned my lesson on Tuesday’s 6 miler in the heat of the day).  I took it easy and it wasn’t too hot. Overall uneventful (which is a good thing) and just easy run.

Saturday – Rest day!

Total miles for the week (running only) – 31.1 (first 30 mile week!)

THANK YOU, THANK YOU to my super-mega-awesome coach, Andrew Simmons with Lifelong Endurance for all my workouts and for aiding in where I am now and where I will be on marathon day. I thank you for my newfound confidence in running long runs and just overall running abilities!

Did you race this weekend?

What is your favorite handheld water bottle (if any)?

Who is your favorite runner (pro, famous, friend, anyone)?

24 thoughts on “Week 19: Marathon Training

      1. The Rock and roll Las Vegas one! Go big or go home right?! 😂 First marathon and first Vegas trip! I think I saw one of your tags say Vegas… Is that the one you’re doing too??

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      2. Yes!!! Awesome!!! Yeah, a few friends are doing the half and invited me – figured the same thing… If I’m gong to Vegas I’m going all out! 😄


  1. Really strong running – well done! No races for me last weekend, but I have the Disneyland Half Marathon coming up this weekend and am excited out of my mind 🙂 My favorite handheld is my Camelbak, but in the heat and humidity of the summer anything over 10 miles requires my Camelbak Marathoner pack. Keep up the great runs!

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    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate the encouragement! I’ve never tried camelbak packs but the handhelds are good – mine is a bit odd shaped to hold in my left hand but not a huge deal. And that run sounds so fun!!! I’d love to run Disney one day. Sounds like an experience. Have fun, enjoy it and thanks again!!


  2. Great week of major progress Jenna! If the long runs don’t put you on your back in pain, then you are making great strides. Congrats on your hard work.

    Did you race this weekend? Two races (5K and 10 Nautical miles) and 32 miles of running. Probably why my legs and hip flexors are in agony.

    What is your favorite handheld water bottle (if any)? I’m still in the market for one and am looking at the Orange Mud now.

    Who is your favorite runner (pro, famous, friend, anyone)? Anyone who will run with me!

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    1. Thanks so much Frank! I guess I’m doing alright then. Love your answers! Wow, that’s some serious mileage. I can imagine with the hip flexors – mine get a bit fatigued with the long runs. I imagine they will even more as the mileage creeps up. I love all OM stuff… just ordered an Ultimate Direction handheld tho – looks interesting… It’s like a bladder/soft bottle. We shall see. And that’s a good runner to be your favorite! 🙂 Thanks again, Frank!

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  3. LOL, Now that’s the Ms Jenna I have come to enjoy :). Sarcastic and somewhat – yes somewhat 🙂 quick witted LOL. You ruined it by saying you were kidding ! I understand – Suffering from PTSD due to the lesson those ducks taught you :).

    Have a great week! BTW- If I recall you were just an upper end 101 :).

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    1. Lol – nope top 100 for sure… and as far as which end of the top 100… well, that doesn’t matter! Just wait for this week’s update – I’ve already encountered a swarm of geese!


  4. LOL – I ‘am doing a Politico fact check on that ranking :). You’r starting to grow on me.If you play you’r cards right,I just might keep you on as a friend when I do receive that PhD LOL.

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  5. HA HA. If I recall your rule book also referenced so meting about all running shoes being made in different colors ! Perhaps that was volume1:). Fact check confirms you coming in with a four way tie for 52nd. I have been shut down by Ms Jenna lol. I guess Rule #2 is never to doubt a top 100 when you come from a 125 !

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  6. LOL – I will be up all night completing my final argument. STRESS!!!!! Actually ran 20 on Monday with my co – worker, 7 Tuesday, 10 Wed, and an easy 4 tonight. I really needed the runs to relax. OK OK it ‘s regional 125 ranking lol.I was to afraid to look at the national LOL. Happy now – Good work, you broke the confidence of a student submitting the their final argument of a Thesis. Never mind you fact checking me – I have enough worries with fact checks of this thesis LOL.

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