Marathon Training: Week 8

9 Sep

I can’t believe I’m already done with TWO months of marathon training!  I’m really starting to feel the difference from training for half marathons and it’s kind of exciting to complete paces and distances I haven’t done before!  This week was a little tough for me, as my social life forced me to rearrange my workouts.  And I had to complete my long run alone on a Friday afternoon!  But I survived and I’m ready to kick butt this week!  But let’s recap week 8 first…

Monday: REST

Tuesday: 4 miles-Coach ordered up a 1 mile warm-up, followed by 3 miles @ 9:10, 8:55, 8:45. When I woke up, checked the weather and saw 71* and 93% humidity, I knew I was going to have a tough time with this run. I’m not comfortable pushing my pace and it gets that much harder when it’s disgustingly humid out. My warm-up was super slow and actual mile splits are as follows: 9:10, 9:01, 8:46! They were pretty darn close to what coach asked of me and I’m pretty surprised I was able to hit these paces. The last two miles were especially miserable and totally out of my comfort zone. Supposedly that’s a good thing!?

Wednesday: AM-Easy 4 miles (9:57 pace) + 6 strides (6:33 pace), PM- 45 min Real Ride @ Revolve

I really love taking Jason’s class at Revolve.  He always mixes it up and has a great playlist, so the class just flies by!  My legs were pretty tired after a run and spin class, but in a good way!

Thursday: REST.  I was pretty nervous about Friday’s long run, so I made sure to take a serious rest day.  I ate well, hydrated, foam rolled and even wore my compression sleeves to work!


Friday: Long run-18 miles-10:43 pace.  I usually do long runs on Saturday mornings, with my running buddies.  But life gets in the way, and this week the only time I could fit it in was Friday after work.  I was super nervous about covering this distance (a PDR for me) all alone.  I’m not sure if it was just nerves, but my stomach was off all day Friday.  I felt miserable, had a headache and was dreading this run!  I wasn’t sure I could do 18 miles alone, but I got a ton of encouragement (thanks, friends!) and I knew I had to at least try!  I mapped out a route that covered three boroughs and two bridges so I wouldn’t be bored.  I went from Queens over the Pulaski Bridge into Brooklyn, over the Williamsburg Bridge into Manhattan, up the East side and back over Queensboro Bridge to go home. 

Beautiful city views!

Beautiful city views!

To keep myself entertained along the way, I decided to “live tweet” my run.  I really loved getting encouragement back from my followers (especially my amazing Coach!) and it helped the miles fly by. 


Chocolate milk = Serious motivation!

In case you didn’t follow my tweets, I finished the run!  My stomach behaved and despite some achy feet, I felt pretty good.  I definitely didn’t like running #allthemiles by myself and missed my long run buddy like crazy! 

Saturday: Rest day.  Boyfriend and I went to a wedding, so I did a little dancing to shakeout the old legs! 

Sunday: Unplanned rest day.  I was recovering from both the 18 miles and the wedding, so just never got around to running my recovery miles.  And I’m totally fine with that.  🙂

Total weekly miles: 26!

Tell me…Do you run solo or have running buddies?  How do you keep yourself entertained during long runs!?



6 Responses to “Marathon Training: Week 8”

  1. Joey September 9, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    I prefer running alone. I try to keep my mind in the present moment to entertain myself, or rather not let my mind drift from the task at hand.

  2. Kara September 9, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

    That’s so awesome – 18 miles after work on a Friday?! Alone!? That’s incredible!! Love the live tweets too 🙂

  3. Beth September 10, 2013 at 12:55 am #

    This post made me tear up a little (shocking, I know). I missed you like crazy this weekend too. If you can run 18 miles, alone, after work on a Friday, this marathon ain’t got nothing on you, friend! SO PROUD OF YOU! I’m not sure I could have done it. Amazing job getting it done. AND not just getting it done, but kicking major butt too! NO MORE LONG RUNS WITHOUT EACH OTHER EVER AGAIN. Well except this week, unless you want to do it Friday morning with me {hint, hint}. And your strides just continue to make me insanely jealous. Keep up the amazing work. You are seriously kicking some marathon training ass!


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