Week 28: Marathon Training

This was THE week! The week that I did my longest training run, the week that I had to really dig deep, the week I put in the extra work. The toughest week until marathon day!

I’m so happy to report this week to you guys, knowing in confidence that I worked my little booty off and am ready to take on this last bit of training and DO THIS THING! IN ONLY 2 WEEKS I will be running 26.2 miles down the Las Vegas strip!

[ week 28 / 2 weeks until 26.2 ]

Sunday – Long run, 20 miles, 3:24:52, 10:14 min/mile.
Longest long run yet again in the books! It feels amazing to have broken into the 20’s. It wasn’t easy – mostly mentally – but I did it. The last 2 miles were especially grueling. Also, oddly enough, the FIRST few miles were tough – mentally. It was a bit hard to wrap my head around how many miles I had ahead of me. I had to adjust my mindset and just take it one mile at a time.

Monday – Rest day!

I felt pretty good after yesterday!

Tuesday – 3 miles, 27:14, 8:59 min/mile.

Easy, nice, lovely, enjoyable miles. My legs felt great! I felt under the weather last night for just a few hours – I got my flu shot the day before. I was glad to feel better in the morning and even better after my little run. Apparently the flu is going around the school of the kids I tutor for. So, it seems as though I just missed it and hopefully got my flu shot just in time.

Wednesday – 5 miles + strides, 5.5 miles, 50:29, 9:16 min/mile.

Easy 5 miles with strides. Strides are short bursts of energy or exaggerated running at the end of the run to help loosen up (not quite a sprint). I felt a little sluggish today, especially to start, but the strides felt good (hooray for a little speed!) and I felt great afterwards.

Thursday – 6 mile tempo run, 51:23, 8:33 min/mile.

1.5 miles easy, 6x (800m @ 7:50-8:00 min/mile), 1.5 miles easy. This was a tough run! I was EXHAUSTED today, had to drag myself out there (and I’m usually excited for tempo runs!) but I got the run in and kept it up… it was hot and muggy (what’s going on, Texas?!) so that was fun. I thought the cool weather was here, but instead I burned my hand on the front door today.

Friday – Cycling + easy 4.4 miles + strides, 40:11, 9:13 min/mile.

I was really excited to do a spin class today! Popped out of bed at 4ish am ready to go. It was tough, but I had a great class and it was good to get out of breath and get a sweat on (all before 6am!). I can tell I haven’t been cycling as much because it’s harder than it used to be.

As for the run, I did a quick 4 mile lunch run with strides again. It was nice out (warm, but nice) and I just enjoyed a short run.

Saturday – Rest day!

Miles for the week (running) – 39

Thank you all so much for your support and encouragement. I can’t stress enough how much I absolutely love the running community. Runners are the nicest, most encouraging bunch I’ve yet to meet.

HUGE thanks to my coach, Andrew Simmons, for guiding me to where I am today!

October running miles – 150.5 (242.2K)

How was your October?

Do you have any races in November?

As always, tips for a first marathon are appreciated!

17 thoughts on “Week 28: Marathon Training

  1. Can’t believe how fast time has flown by! Only 2 weeks away?? You have been so dedicated and uplifting with your training and are going to do so well.

    How was your October? Wish it was better but I’m staying optimistic!

    Do you have any races in November? Only a Turkey Trot 5K for BibRave. I’m probably walking it since surgery will be the next week after!

    As always, tips for a first marathon are appreciated! Pictures, good nights rest, proper eating and hydrating the week before, and your great smile!

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    1. Thank you so much, Frank! That means a lot. I know it’s just flying by!! Is the surgery for the knee?? Sorry I’m so behind, I should know this! Will recovery be pretty quick?? I hope so!! It will still be fun to walk it. Thanks again for the tips and I hope to get some good photos!

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  2. Great job on getting through the 20 mile run…it’s always good to get that done and out of the way. Now you can settle in and look forward to the paranoia that is taper time! Enjoy the last 2 weeks getting ready for your marathon, you’ve done all the hard work, the race is the reward. As for November, we are heading to Tulsa for the Route 66 marathon in just under 3 weeks!

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  3. The Vegas run looks awesome, you’re going to have a great time! I want to do the half there in ’17 🙂
    I just did my first full last month and would just recommend enjoying the experience! It’s crazy to work so hard for that one day, so savior the entire journey. Miles 22-24 were tough for me and I really had to focus on staying positive and reinforcing the fact that I was so close to finishing this goal. Can’t wait to see how you do, enjoy the taper, it’s a bit unsettling but absolutely necessary!

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    1. Yes! It looks fun! And yes it is a crazy thought – that I’ve done all this for one day… I’m excited and know it will be an amazing experience. I am sure those miles will be tough for me as well. Thanks for sharing your experience and for the encouragement!!!


  4. Sounds like you are well prepared for the Las Vegas marathon! Congrats on doing all the hard work this week and the weeks prior. I think you will do awesome. My best advice on the first one is to remember you are guaranteed a PR so just focus on having fun and enjoying it. You’ll never have another first!

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  5. I’m stressed and just want this marathon DONE!!!! Nice pic- but maybe u should work on work at work instead of the blog :). And u call yourself a top 100. Hope that the taper is giving u the rest you need. I had a great trip – No cold yet.Had to check in and see how Ms Texas was doing – So now you have a war with the Geese LOL. I have to rest – I just want my sub 2:50 so I can end my marathon’s on a good note. Good luck in your race as I will be in the hospital when you go.

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