Marathon Training Week 7

Marathon Training Week 7 Run and Live Happy

Going into week 7 I had a new determination to do this training.  After having such an awful week during week 6 of training, I was going to make week 7 better!  Thank you to all of you who commented last week with encouraging words or advice.  It really helped feel better!  I did a lot of thinking this week about all of the training and the marathon.  I read a lot of recaps about the Disney World Marathon, and I found a lot of inspiration in those posts.  I wrote it all out to help me make sense of it, and you can see it here

Monday – Monday was a rest day.  The weather was beautiful and I just could not stay inside, so I took Jake for a walk.  We walked for an hour. 

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Tuesday – I had 3 miles scheduled today.  I had planned on running right after work, but my dad needed me to help him, so I only had time to walk Jake before he picked me up.  Then, I didn’t get back home until after dark.  I started on the treadmill and made it about a mile and a half and my foot started hurting.  It was sharp pains and something that I could not ignore.  So, I cut the run short and iced my foot. 

Wednesday – I had 6 miles scheduled today.  I was anxious because my foot had hurt so bad the night before.  But, it wasn’t hurting on Wednesday so I decided to run.  I did it close to home in case it started hurting again.  I had an awesome run!   It made me feel so much better about week 6!  I ran without any aches or pain!  After my run, I went home and got Jake and took him for a walk.  By the time we got home, my foot was hurting again.  So I made sure to stretch, massage, and ice it. 

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Thursday – I had 3 miles scheduled for Thursday.  When I got up, my foot was hurting so bad that I could not put much pressure on it.  I wrapped a heating pad around it for awhile and then it didn’t bother me the rest of the day.  I ran my 3 miles, and it was the best run I have had in a while.  I felt great, and I ran fast and didn’t get tired.  The weather was absolutely beautiful, and I just really enjoyed this run.  When I finished, I took Jake for a walk and then went home and iced my foot and leg. 

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Friday – Today was a rest day from running and I needed it.  My foot hurt, so I was glad that I had a scheduled day off to rest it.  I iced it and wrapped a heating pad around it and that really helped.  I also wore compression socks and my running shoes all day, and that helped too.  After work, I took Jake for about an hour long walk. 

Saturday – I had 12 miles scheduled today.  All week I was looking forward to this run.  I am really happy that I am back up to this mileage.  It didn’t take near as long as I thought it would to get here!  However, when I woke up and got dressed it was 26 degrees outside and it was supposed to start snowing.  Instead of running it on the treadmill, I opted to wait until Sunday when it was supposed to be warmer and sunny.  So, Saturday was full of stretching and foam rolling. 

Sunday  – I am so glad that I waited to do my long run until today!  The sun was out!   When I got up, I had a banana and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  After about 45 minutes, I headed out the door.  I decided to run by my house in case my foot started bothering me.  Luckily it didn’t, but I got bored really fast.  I alternated miles between the two side roads near my house.  This run wasn’t as easy as last week’s run.  My body was tired, and I had a hard time adjusting to the cold.  It’s been in the upper 50’s and 60’s here, and then today it was 36.  My lungs were burning and I felt like I could not catch my breath!  I took several walk breaks, and halfway through I ran home and got a drink. 

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It took me a lot longer than I expected, but I got it done. My legs were aching, so the walking helped with that.  I was so tired when I got home.  I just wanted to lay in the floor and sip my water, and I did for a minute.  

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Then, I foam rolled my legs and then put heat on them.  They are feeling much better.  I honestly wanted to quit around mile 9, but I knew that I would be mad at myself.  I kept going, and kept repeating, “I am doing this!”  And, it got me through the last 3 miles! I was starving when I got done!  I fixed me a plate of turkey, pickles, and muenster cheese.  

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Then, we took Jake for a walk.  It was so cold!  I had to wear one of Jeremy’s dad’s coats because I wasn’t bundled up enough.  

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As I go through this journey, I’m seeing how every run is different.  There are going to be good runs and bad runs, and everything in between.  I wouldn’t classify Sunday’s run as a good or bad run.   It was just okay, but I’m so happy that I was able to do it!

I’m ready to start week 8 of training and see what it brings. 

I am doing this!

i am doing this


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.

How was your week?

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18 thoughts on “Marathon Training Week 7

  1. HoHo Runs

    I’m not sure where your foot hurts, top or bottom? I’m just throwing this out there. One of the things my wonderful podiatrist told me was to never walk bare foot and never wear heals. She has done nothing but support me through my injury and help me get back to it. I lived in my running shoes for 3 months. I wore them with dress clothes and didn’t care. My sole focus was to heal my foot and fashion went out the door. Hopefully, it will feel better soon but if it keeps bothering you, I’d definitely get an opinion. You need to know what you are dealing with so you know what to do to fix the problem. Good luck as you continue to train. You are doing this!! Thanks for linking with us Tara!

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      My foot hurts from the side of my arch up around on the top of my foot. There really is no pain in the bottom, it’s weird! I’m going to wear running shoes every day this week and see if that helps. It’s just weird that it will hurt for a couple of days, and then it doesn’t hurt for a couple of weeks….The last doctor that I saw said I would have to see a foot and ankle specialist, so I guess that will be my next step if it keeps bothering me. Thanks for letting me link with you!

  2. Amy

    Wow good job getting all those miles in. The foot pain sounds unpleasant though. Good luck figuring it out. I hope the pain goes away soon.

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      Thank you!! It’s weird because it doesn’t hurt when I run, only when I walk. But, hopefully it will go away soon!

  3. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    You are doing this. I’m dealing with foot issues too. Onward and upward!

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      Thank you!! Good luck you too! I hope your foot issues get better soon!

  4. Sarah @ BucketListTummy

    Great job getting through the week and the run. I know how you feel about having nicer weather – it totally gives me more motivation to run and makes my outlook more positive. I hope your foot feels better!

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      Thanks Sarah! I love being outside when it’s nice, it makes it so much easier to run!

  5. Christy

    Just popped over from the weekly wrap! Hello!
    I agree the sun makes all the difference in the winter, I will delay runs or reschedule them on sunny days sometimes too, it has been so overcast and cloudy here. I know it’s only January but I am feeling quite over winter. Sorry your foot has been bothering you, hope that gets better soon. I find listening to audiobooks and podcasts help alleviate boredom on long runs, have you tried that?
    Have a great week!

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      Hi Christy!

      I’m with you on the weather. I check it at the start of each week and sometimes plan my runs on the warmest days, and the warmest time of the day when I can! I have tried podcasts – I really like Serial. I need to get a book to listen to. I’ll try to find one before my run next weekend. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Pam

    Congrats on getting in the 12 miles. During any marathon training cycle, I find that there are always some horrible runs, some mediocre ones and then the fabulous ones. At first it used to bother me when I had a not so stellar run, but now I embrace them as part of the training cycle and know a good one will happen soon! Hope your foot is nothing serious.

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      Thanks, that makes me feel better! I am kind of hard on myself, and when I don’t have a great run sometimes it bothers me. I like that – knowing a good one will happen soon. That is perfect for me!

  7. Debra @HappyRunningSole

    Great week of training! I hope you can get to the bottom of your foot issues.

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      Thanks for reading! I hope I can figure it out too!

  8. Karen @ Fit in France

    Hope you are feeling better… injury is not much fun.

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      Thank you Karen! I’m feeling much better today that I was last week!

  9. Tricia@MissSippipiddlin

    Yes, ma’am you ARE doing this! And you CAN do this. Take care of that foot, maybe it’s nothing. I totally agree every run is different and you need those challenging runs. Great job on sticking with it and finishing! I’m so excited to see you through this! You will do great and it will be so rewarding! Believe me if I can do it I know you can!!

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      Thanks for following along with me, and thank you so much for the encouragement! I know it will be worth it…it’s just getting to that finish line. I can’t wait to read your recap of yours! It makes me get excited for mine! Actually, it just really makes me want to run a Disney marathon! LOL

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