Week 27: Marathon Training

It’s almost time!!! Only SEVENTEEN more days until MARATHON!

Rock n Roll Las Vegas, here we come!

[ week 27 / 3 weeks until 26.2Β ]

Sunday – Long run, 18 miles, 2:56:21, 9:48 min/mile.

Longest long run yet again! It was not easy. Miles 14-18 were practically unbearable. In fact, I thought this might be the first time I let myself down by not completing a long run as planned. I pushed through, though, because I just couldn’t bear to quit. I could barely pick up my legs the last two miles. I got emotional. I questioned all of my life choices. Mostly the one where I decided to run a marathon and wake up this morning and run 18 miles. I felt pretty poopy afterwards, too. It was a hot and humid day, so I’m thinking that contributed to the poopy feeling. Yes, I said poopy. Three times now. It was one of those runs. But I was stronger for it and able to do TWENTY miles yesterday! (That’s not supposed to be revealed until NEXT week’s update, but I couldn’t hold it in)!

Monday – No run. Strength training.

I felt fine after a night’s sleep. I don’t get sore from running anymore (muscle soreness), but I just get achy after a really long run. So far, it’s gone away within a few hours each time. The back of my hips and feet are achy in particular. This is cured with some couch time. Anyway, I felt fine today so I did some strength training. Nothing too intense, and only did arms just to be safe. Dips, flys, and some other exercises I don’t know the names of, to be specific.

Tuesday – Easy 3 miles, 28:44, 9:33 min/mile.

Easy early miles!

Wednesday – 3 easy miles, 27:55, 9:16 min/mile.

Sunny and hot today, but it still felt nice and had a nice, short run. My legs felt so great that I also did a spin class after work! My arms were sore from yesterday’s strength training (good sore) and I was feeling great after spin class!

Thursday – 6 mile tempo run, 52:56, 8:49 min/mile.

3 miles easy, 3 miles tempo. This run felt AH-MAYY-ZING! First of all, I LOVE tempo runs, I like being able to go a little bit faster and just a little bit longer than 3 miles, but not too long. I just felt perfect during this run. The weather was perfect, my legs felt great, I was in a great mood, and excited to RUN! I was so excited I almost tripped over a squirrel while waving to a lady and apparently became a run-vlogger! With the cooler temps (80ish or a little below), I felt SO energetic. I had to slow myself down!

& I found a rock on my run that looked like a piece of steak, so that’s a bonus.

Friday – 5 easy miles, 45:53, 9:09 min/mile.

This was supposed to be a 4 mile run, but I found a stray dog. Again. Guess WHICH dog? Yes, the same dog I found last week!!! I know it sounds like I’m making this stuff up. But, if you kept up with the details, the pup escaped from my yard before I could take him to the animal shelter to see if he was chipped and try to find his parents. For some reason, this morning I set my alarm a little earlier than usual. Not even a mile into my run, I see him! I can’t believe it. I crouch down and he comes sprinting towards me with a huge smile, gives me a big hug as to say “thank you! thank you! take me!!!” Poor baby was scared, hungry, and incredibly thirsty. Long story short, I get little Houdini in a crate until I can take him to the shelter. I take him, and unfortunately he’s not chipped. They are currently holding him for a few more days to see if parents claim him, if not he will be up for adoption. I’m just happy he is off the streets! (I found him near a highway). So, I had an eventful run to say the least! I went ahead and started my run over after all of this, because I ran about a mile, then spent about an hour doing stray puppy things, then back to my run.

Saturday – Rest day!

Total running miles for the week – 35.03

I am so excited for the marathon and cannot thank my coach, Andrew Simmons, enough for getting me to where I am now. I can’t imagine where I’d be, training-wise, if it weren’t for him. I have no doubt that I would be way less prepared. With Coach Simmons’ help, I feel 100% confident going into this that I can, and WILL, finish that 26.2 miles. Thank you.

What’s a memory you have from your first marathon (good or bad)?

18 thoughts on “Week 27: Marathon Training

    1. That’s awesome! I feel like that’s what I’m expecting! I’m thinking “how will I be able to even participate in post-run shenanigans?” 😳😱 but there will be so much going on, hopefully the adrenaline will take over πŸ˜„ and yes my one goal is to finish!!! THAT is an amazing accomplishment! Thanks for sharing πŸ˜„πŸ˜Š have a great week too!

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  1. Hey Ms Jenna so you made it to the big time with a 20 miler. How many times have I told you to act like you’ve been there before :). Honestly, great job. I think you are READY SET GO for your race. My only advise is to START THE RACE SLOW! It is a long race which gives you time to settle in an run your time. Go for negative splits. I would argue that advise against anyone.If you go fast in the Marathon it seldom ends well. I really doubt that you will have any life revelations at mile 17 or thereafter. You’re very well trained and should actually be in a nice rhythm at that point. Of course you might get a rough spot.However, well trained runners like yourself come out of it. I love the last 10 of a marathon -BEST PART OF THE RACE! That .2 gets me every time ( Kidding). I will wish you the best on race day since I will be leaving for a quick 5 day vacation to Costa Rica Wednesday,then race week prep for me! I have stayed away from Twitter since it distracts from work, study and running. Surgery two days subsequent to the marathon, recovery and the LSAT’S. So I think this will be my last check in for a while. Thank you for sharing the funny journey you have had this summer. I’am pulling for you to have a great race! Run safe and smart, it always works out. No fear- All fun!


    PS: Don’t forget to smile as you cross the finish line like you’ve been there before LOL :)!

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    1. Thanks so much! Costa Rica, huh?! Now that you’re Dr. Joey you do what you want, eh? Sounds fun! Thanks so much for the encouragement, have fun on your trip, and smart to stay away from distractions. You will do great on your marathon and no doubt you will be back from surgery in no time. I’m sure I will feel as if I’m graciously gliding across the finish line with a huge smile and wind in my hair, when in fact I will look like I just got stabbed and will be struggling to life my legs. πŸ™‚ but that’s the point, right? Us runners are a different type of crazy. Thanks as always for the encouragement!

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      1. Been a while since I felt the wind in my hair LOL. You win the battle of wits :). That’s what a 200 gets for sparring with a top 100 LOL. HA HA – Yes runners are a different kind of crazy-I have always called it good crazy! I have never been to Costa Rica, but I know it’s beautiful. Thanks for the well wishes in my race – I’am, thinking 2:46 to 2:49.If the plan works it should be a lock. Ok Ms Jenna 10-4 and again thanks for providing us with so many laughs. I know you’re story will have a great ending! Just start slow !!!

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  2. Great job on your long runs! Does this mean you’re starting your taper now? Enjoy! Or try not to go too stir crazy. πŸ˜› Have fun in Vegas! I ran it one year and running down the strip was one of the best moments of running-life!! There are sooo many people cheering along it! Runner’s high from the start.

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    1. Oh that’s so awesome! I’m really excited! I can’t even imagine… I’ve never done a big race like this! And yes, I guess tapering is what they call it πŸ™‚ I still have daily runs (minus a weekly day off), but as far as long runs go – this one was my last LONG long one… next week’s is 14 then next week (right before marathon) it’s 3. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much!


  3. So cute you were kind to that dog. Wish he was in U.K. As would adopt him right now! You are doing so well …. love reading your blog
    And if you were running in U.K. Would be happy to photograph you!

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    1. Thanks so much! I would adopt the sweet pup, but I’ve already adopted one baby and I’m not sure we could handle his energy (me and current pup). He needs space to run free! I have no doubt he will get adopted. He’s adorable, friendly, and tan. (it’s just a fact that lighter colored dogs are more likely to be adopted). Anyway, speaking of photos – look out for some better ones coming soon – I just ordered a gopro session and I cannot wait to play with it! Love your photos!

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