Week 2 Marathon Training


Week 2 Marathon Training Recap

Week 2 of marathon training is done!  This week I was really stressed and feeling a lot of anxiety about getting my runs in.   I think it was because we were so busy and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to get them done.  Then of course I start worrying that if I miss some, I will not be ready for a race in April.   I told myself that was ridiculous!  Even though it stresses me out, this is why I like having a training plan, because I will do it instead of finding excuses not too. 

Here is what my plan was supposed to be this week:

Mon              Tues                      Wed                      Thurs                     Fri                           Sat                          Sun

Rest               3 mi                        3 mi                        3 mi                        Rest                       7 mi                        Cross


Here is what my week actually looked like:

Mon              Tues                      Wed                      Thurs                     Fri                           Sat                          Sun

Rest               3 mi                        3 mi                        Rest                       7 mi                        3 mi                        Cross


Tuesday’s run was really good.  It was slow, but I felt good and I didn’t have any pain or get tired.  I ran 3.2 miles at a 10:30 pace.  It was a great run!  The weather was perfect.  It was 72 degrees, and I got to wear shorts!  When I was finished, I went home and iced and stretched. 

Week 2 Marathon Training

Wednesday’s run was not as good.  It started out bad, and I struggled the whole time.  My body felt tired, and my foot was bothering me.  It wasn’t painful, it just felt uncomfortable.  I ran 3.1 miles with a pace of 11:26.  I did stop to pet and take a picture of this mini cougar!  I have never seen a cat with this coloring.  It is pretty.  It was really sweet too. 

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When I was done, I took Jake for a walk and then iced and stretched.  I did not take a picture when I finished because it was such a bad run, and I was just ready for it to be done!  

Thursday I just could not run.  When I woke up that morning, I felt like I had been hit by a truck.  My whole body ached.  My back hurt, and it was hurting down my hips and into my legs.  I hurt my back a couple of years ago, and every now and then it bothers me.  Usually it isn’t a big deal.  My foot was also hurting.  I took some ibuprofen and hoped that it would feel better later in the day.  Unfortunately, it didn’t.  So, I decided not to run and make it worse, but to rest and hopefully it would get better.  I stretched a lot and iced my foot. 

Friday morning when I woke up, I felt 100 times better!  My body wasn’t hurting anymore at all, and neither was my foot.  I decided to run 3 miles to make up for Thursday, but I once I hit 3, I felt like I was just warmed up.  I knew I was going shopping on Saturday, and we were leaving early.  I had been stressing all day about what time I was going to have to get up to fit in my 7 miles.  So, I just went ahead and got them done!  I did have a couple of breaks during my second mile.  It lasted 16 minutes!  First, my neighbor stopped me to talk, and then I had a phone call that I had to take. 

One of the couples that live near me is always so encouraging!  I love running into them when they are out working in their yard or walking.  They always tell me what a great job I am doing!  Friday I ran into the man, and he said that he looked up the word discipline in the dictionary, and my picture was next to it!  I thought it was sweet! 

They finally started pouring asphalt on my road on Thursday.  I was the first one to run on it on Friday!!  It was pretty nice, but there isn’t any traffic because my road is still closed unless you live on it.  So, it was really nice to be able to run and not have to jump in the ditch! 

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I took Jake for a walk until it was too dark to be out.  He ran and ran!  I love getting to see him running around happy.  Then I went home and iced, stretched and massaged both of my legs. 

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I was really proud of myself for this run.  I was nervous last week about my 6 miles, but this one seemed to just come easy.  I think I had so much on my mind, that it was more therapy than training.  It was exactly what I needed! 

Marathon Training Week 2

Saturday morning my alarm went off at 7:00.  I was going to get up and get in 3 miles before I went shopping with a friend, but I had the WORST headache!  I had woken up at 4:30 with one, and I took some tylenol hoping it would make it go away, but it was still there when I woke up.  So I laid in bed for another hour before I had to get ready to go.  I never have a headache, so I don’t know if I just didn’t eat enough after my run Friday night, or if I was just really tired, or getting sick???  It was weird, and I fought it all day long Saturday.  

Sunday was a cross training day, so I went for a walk.  I still had a headache on and off all day.  

I’m ready for next week.  It’s going to be a challenge because we have so much Christmas stuff going on, but I’m looking forward to it all, and I WILL get my runs in!  

Here is what next week looks like:

Mon              Tues                      Wed                      Thurs                     Fri                           Sat                          Sun

Rest               3 mi                        4 mi                        3 mi                        Rest                       5 mi                        Cross


For this weekly update I’m linking up with Holly of HoHo Runs and Tricia of MissSippiPiddlin for their Weekly Wrap. I’m also linking up with the other Weekly Wrap bloggers.



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19 thoughts on “Week 2 Marathon Training

  1. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Sounds like a tough week! Hopefully this upcoming week will be better for you. I think it’s tough to train this time of year.

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      Thanks! It is so hard to train this time of year! It’s so busy and the weather is bad, and there are so many yummy treats!!

  2. Kelli

    Nice work on the training this week! That cat is so crazy looking! I would have been a little freaked out. Keep up the good work!

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      Thank you! I was a little nervous to get close to it, but it let me pet it and started purring.

  3. HoHo Runs

    I have those hit by a truck days. Way too many than I’d like to admit. Actually, it’s every Monday. LOL. Is that mini cougar going to grow up and be a full sized cougar? I would have definitely been surprised to see that. You did a wonderful job of getting your miles in when you didn’t seem to feel the best. It is hard anyway at this time of year with so much to do. I completely ditched Christmas shopping today to ride 4 hours. Priorities! Thanks for linking, Tara!

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      LOL If that cat does grow up to be a big cougar, I’m going to keep it! It was really friendly! You should shop online, then you don’t have to worry about it!

  4. Jennifer @ Running in Lentils

    What a pretty kitty! Isn’t it funny how a run can feel so awesome one day & such a struggle the next?! It’s definitely tough to get training in at this busy time of year. Nice job!

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      Thank you! It is so weird how you can feel so good one day and awful the next. I hate that! But, I guess that’s just how it goes!

  5. Kim Hatting

    Great job getting it done. Smart move on mixing up the plan a bit (resting on Thursday when you didn’t feel great, then running the longer run on Friday because you did). So many people think the training schedule needs to be followed to perfection, but it’s OK to switch some of the workouts around once in awhile. I would be too afraid if I saw a cat like that!

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      I like this plan because it is easy to switch it up if I need to. It makes it a little easier to follow. Thanks!

  6. Sherry

    Nice job on week 2 of your marathon training! Sounds nice to run on new asphalt and have no cars on it yet! Hope your headache issue is gone and have a better week!

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      Thank you! The new road was perfect! I can’t wait until it’s completely finished!

  7. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy

    Good job on listening to your body!

    That cat looks like an Abyssinian, maybe.

  8. Jessie @ The Acquired Sass

    Isn’t new pavement the best? Especially when you’re truly the FIRST person on it. It just feels so special.

    Great job getting those 7 miles in & rolling with the punches to move your schedule around. It’s what marathon training + living life at the same time is all about.

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      The pavement was awesome!! Thanks for reading!

  9. Tricia@MissSippipiddlin

    I’m seriously suck on the petting of a cougar! That just amazed me and I’d be like you I want to keep it! lol. Great job on sticking with your training. I know for me I think I missed a long run early on in my marathon training, it couldn’t’ be helped, but it was good it was early on. You do have a challenging time ahead of you the next few weeks with the holidays but hey after that you will love having a schedule and something to train for. How nice of your neighbors to give you so much encouragement, it does really mean a lot. Keep you head in the game and do what you can when you can. It is ok to do like you did and swap a few days around, Great job on doing that and getting it done. I look forward to keeping up with your training and seeing you to your race in April! 🙂

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      Thank you!! I’m loving this training, it’s really helped me get back on track!

  10. Sam @ MobileBayRunner

    Looks like you had a good week of training and I’d say you are way ahead of schedule if your race isn’t until April! Is this your first marathon?

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      Yes this will be my first marathon! I wanted to give myself a little extra time in case I got hurt or something prevented me from training.

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