Marathon Training Week 3 Recap

Marathon Training Week 3

Week 3 of Marathon Training is over.  My short runs during the week were easy and I got them done with no problems.  However, my long run this weekend has been a challenge to get it done.  Here’s how my week went: 

Monday – Rest day – I did take Jake for a walk.  

Tuesday – I had a 3 mile run scheduled.  I didn’t have a lot of time on Tuesday, so I ran a fast.  The weather was beautiful.  I’m loving this 60 degree weather in December!  I ran 3.4 miles with a pace of 8:35. Week 3 Marathon Training Done!

Wednesday – I ran 4 miles.  I spoke to soon yesterday about the 60 degree weather.  Today it was cold!  I guess a cold front came in during the night.  It was 49 degrees, and there was a chilly wind blowing really hard.  Once my lungs adjusted to the cold, I had a really good run!  I had a pace of 9:55.  I think I run better when it’s cold.  Once I get adjusted, I think the cold makes it easier to breathe.  My run seemed pretty easy.  I’m only in my third week of training, but I’m already feeling stronger.  Two weeks ago I felt like I was starting from scratch.  I had no base, and I felt like I was so out of shape.  But, now I am feeling a lot better, and each run is getting easier. 

Week 3 Marathon Training Done

Thursday – I ran 3 miles.  It was cold again!  It was 48 degrees. I had to wear a headband and gloves.  I also got chased by some dogs. They are friendly once they get close, but I still get nervous when they come running at me. I had a pace of 9:43 today. 

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Friday – This was a rest day.  I didn’t run, but I took Jake for a walk.  It was so cold!  

Week 3 Marathon Training Done!

Saturday – I was supposed to run 5 miles today, but we had a family Christmas out of town, so that didn’t happen.  We had to leave town by 9, and in order to get myself and everything ready I had to get up at 7.  I don’t like running in the dark, so there was just no way to get those 5 miles in.  

Sunday – I had planned all week to get up Sunday and run the 5 miles.  But, that didn’t happen either.  I woke up at 3 am throwing up, and was sick most of the night.  I spent most of the night in the bathroom floor, so my body is sore and achy today.  I don’t know if I’m sick, or if it was something that I ate.  I took some nausea medicine, but that really didn’t help much.  I laid in bed until 12:30 because I was too nauseous to get up.  Once I finally got up and showered, I felt better, but not well enough to run.  So, I will run the 5 miles on Monday.  

This is one reason why I really like this training plan.  With 3 days off each week, I can move my runs around when things come up so I can still get them in.  This next week is going to be a huge challenge to get all of my runs in with Christmas, but I’m going to try my best.  This is one reason why I picked the 18 week plan, when I actually had 21 weeks until the race.  So, if I miss several runs, I can do a week over and I will still have a little extra time before I start tapering. 

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.

Merry Christmas Everyone!  I hope you have a wonderful week! 

What challenges do you face in your training?

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12 thoughts on “Marathon Training Week 3 Recap

  1. Jennifer @ Running on Lentils

    That’s one of the many benefits of having a dog–every day I’m guaranteed to do at least some activity with all the dog walks! Have a great week and holiday!

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      That’s for sure! He never lets me miss a walk!

  2. Kelli

    I have so many workouts to get in that getting slightly off schedule or sick or busy at work makes it difficult to prioritize if I have to miss a session. I usually get my coach’s input on what to do. Hope you feel better and that nausea was very short lived.

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      I am already feeling much better! I think it must have been something I ate. I hate missing a session, it really stresses me out. But, I guess sometimes there is nothing you can do about it!

  3. Paula

    Being sick sure has a way of interfering with training, doesn’t it! I’m just getting over a chest cold that knocked me out for a week, and I’m too close to my race to give up that kind of time. Hope you have a wonderful holiday and successful training cycle!!

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      Being sick is just a pain!! Good luck with your race and have a Merry Christmas!

  4. lindsey

    This mild “winter” is great – but those cold mornings are for the birds! I start my marathon training next week! Eeeekkk!

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      I agree! I hate really cold weather!! Good luck on your training!

  5. Tricia@MissSippipiddlin

    It turned off really cold here too as in the upper 20’s Saturday morning. Way too cold for me, I was secretly liking the mild winter too. 🙁 I’m officially in taper and with my upcoming travel plans it is going to be a challenge to stay on track and get in my last two long runs. We will see. Merry Christmas to you too!

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      I like running in the cold but not that cold!! Good luck with your race!

  6. HoHo Runs

    It so much easier for me to run in colder weather, so I’m not going to complain about that. It’s the wind I don’t like. You’ve got to be flexible with a training plan. Things come up and we all get sick occasionally. I hope you are feeling better! I think you are wise to pick a longer plan. This week will be a challenge for all of us, but we’ll just do what we can when we can. Thanks for linking Tara and have a Merry Christmas.

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      Thanks for having me! You have a Merry Christmas too!

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