Marathon Training Week 8


I finished week 8 of marathon training!!  Most of you already know that I was originally supposed to do week 8 last week, but I was sick all week and unable to run.  So, I did week 8 this week.  I now have 13 weeks until my first marathon! 

Marathon Training Week 8 Run and Live HappyHere’s what my week looked like. 

Monday – This was a rest day.  I was still sick, so I just slept. 

Tuesday – I still didn’t feel great, but I powered through 3 miles on the treadmill because it was cold outside.  I honestly didn’t want to, but I didn’t want to miss anymore runs.  I hadn’t run in a week.  But, it wasn’t bad like I was expecting.  I thought my body would be sore and hurt from being in bed for a week, but it actually felt really good to run. 

Wednesday – It was cold outside, so I ran on the treadmill again.  This run was a little more difficult because I still wasn’t feeling very good.  I had 6 miles to do and I did them.  I had to stop a couple of times to use my inhaler, my body was tired, and my legs ached.  But, I got it done and I actually finished quickly.  I kept telling myself, “the faster you run, the faster you’re done”.  This was not an enjoyable run just because I didn’t feel 100 percent.  But I was glad I got it done. 

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Thursday – I had 3 miles to do, but by the time I got home it was almost dark.  So, I ran on the treadmill again.  I felt pretty much back to normal today, and these miles were easy and quick! 

Friday – This was a rest day. 

Saturday – I had 13 miles scheduled for today.  This was the first day that I had run outside in two weeks.  Luckily the weather was really nice and it was in the 60’s.  I slept in a little, and then I fixed some eggs and an English muffin to eat before I ran.  I waited about an hour and then headed out to meet my dad.  I felt really good going into this run, and was really excited about it.  We started out strong, but around mile 4 I started having a really hard time breathing.  I tried to walk and slow my breathing, but my chest was super tight and I couldn’t get any air.  I actually had to completely stop and try to breathe.  We called my mom to bring my inhaler, and it helped a little.  I wanted to get in all of my miles so badly, but my lungs just would not cooperate.  Every time I started running, my chest and sides would tighten up and I was gasping for air.  I kept having to stop and wait until I could get enough air.  We ended up walking back to my parent’s house.  We made it 7.5 miles.  This was, hands down, the absolute worst run I have EVER had, not just during this training, but ever! 

Week 8 Marathon Training Run and LIve Happy

I had to go home and do a breathing treatment, and it didn’t help much.  I guess I still am not completely well.  I am breaking down tomorrow and calling the doctor.  I’m tired of not being able to breathe and it’s affecting how I’m running. 

Next week is a step back week, and I have 10 miles scheduled for Saturday.  I am going to try and complete my 13 miles then. 

Sunday – Today was a cross training day.  When I got up, my legs were so sore that I could hardly walk.  That showed me how hard I worked yesterday to try and run when I obviously wasn’t well.  So, for my cross training today, I took Jake for a really long walk, and then I walked a little on the treadmill.  Then I did a lot of foam rolling!  I tried to not to do anything too strenuous, so I wouldn’t have an asthma attack.  

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Even though I didn’t finish my long run this week, I did the other runs and I am moving forward to week 9.  I knew going into this that training would be up and down, and it is to be expected.  My dad kept telling me that I can’t help it if I’m sick.  I know he’s right, but I was still so disappointed.  Next week will be much better, and I know it will be worth all of this when I cross that finish line!

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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 did your training go this week?

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12 thoughts on “Marathon Training Week 8

  1. Diane

    I hope you get to the bottom of the breathing problem so you don’t have to endure a worst run ever again! It’s so good that you weren’t alone. That’s cool that you run with your dad. My husband and I love when our daughter runs with us! Happy Marathon Training Tara!

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      It’s fun running with my dad! I talked him into doing the marathon with me!

  2. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Glad to hear you are feeling better. But take it slow, and if you need to use your inhaler, don’t hesitate! You have to breathe.

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      My inhaler has gone everywhere with me since Saturday!!

  3. HoHo Runs

    I’m sorry you had a bad run. But, they happen and also help us appreciate the good ones! It certainly won’t hurt to go back to the doctor just to make sure everything is OK. If you skip a few runs, or even another week, it really will not hurt your training! The most important thing is to get well. Breathing is very important for running! LOL. I bet Jake enjoys his walks! Thanks for linking with us Tara!

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      While I was having a pity party Saturday, I thought about how you said you only started running 4 weeks before your marathon and that made me feel better! I’ve still got 13 weeks, so I’ll be okay!

  4. Tricia@MissSippipiddlin

    I hate you were sick an had a bad run it is still plenty of time to get your runs in. Did you say you talked your dad into running the marathon with you? This is so neat!!! Take care of yourself!! Appreciate you Tara.

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      Lol yes! But I pretty much just told him he was doing it!

  5. Wendy @ Wholistic Woman

    It’s so disappointing when we can’t do what we wanted because our bodies don’t cooperate. But they know more than we do, it’s important to listen to what they tell us!

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      I know, but I am so bad about trying to push through it. But, I went to the doctor and now I don’t have a choice, I have to rest. 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  6. Debra @HappyRunningSole

    Sorry you’ve been sick. It takes a while to fully recover from being sick. Don’t stress that rough run. You still have plenty of time left on your training schedule to bounce back. Right now just focus on your breathing and feeling better.

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      Thanks! I really needed that advice today! I had thought I would be able to run this weekend, but I’m not going to be able to… 🙁

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