Marathon Training Week 8

I finally did it!   This week was my third attempt at my week 8 of marathon training.  I wasn’t expecting much coming into this week since I was still recovering from being so sick.  I thought I would just be able to do a few miles and then I would really have to start building back up.  But, that was not the case.  I really surprised myself! 

Marathon Training Week 8 Run and Live Happy

Here is what my week was supposed to look like:

 

Mon      Tues      Wed      Thurs     Fri           Sat          Sun

Rest          3              6              3           Rest              13           Cross

 

Here is what my week really looked like:

 

Mon      Tues      Wed      Thurs     Fri           Sat          Sun

Rest          Rest       Rest              6           3               13           Cross

 

Monday and Tuesday I wasn’t 100 percent, so I didn’t want to push it and relapse.  Plus, it was extremely windy and cold both days and I didn’t want to be out in it long.  I did take Jake for a really quick walk both days.  But it was too cold to stay out long.  On Tuesday, I ran him a half mile – mainly because I was freezing and ready to go home!  But it did feel really good to run!

CLeaning Out My Closet New Blog Post Run and Live Happy (2)

By Wednesday, I was feeling so much better, but we were going to dinner and having company for Jeremy’s birthday so I didn’t have time to run. 

CLeaning Out My Closet New Blog Post Run and Live Happy (10)

When Thursday got here, I was super excited all day about my run.  I knew I wanted to try for 6 miles, but being realistic, I was expecting to only be able to do a couple after being sick.  After work, I mixed some BeFit pre-workout in my water and drank it before my run. 

Marathon Training Week 8 Run and Live Happy

I could feel it immediately!  I have used other energy supplements before, and they either don’t work, or they don’t last, or they have a bad crash when it wears off.  This one had none of that.  Within 10 minutes, I could feel it.  I got a huge burst of energy!  I ran the entire 6 miles and never felt tired at all!  I was shocked!  I really thought that this first run would be difficult and I would have to walk a lot.  But, it felt so good to finally be running after being off for so long!  Once I got home, I still had a ton of energy!  I could not sit still.  I kept thinking that it would wear off, but it didn’t.  I had a really difficult time going to sleep.  That was the only downside of the drink mix.  But, now I know to drink it early in the day.  After my run, I fixed a shake with BeFit’s protein powder, a banana, and silk milk.  It was really good!  Then I foam rolled and stretched for a long time! 

Marathon Training Week 8 Run and LIve Happy

Friday afternoon I got in a quick 3 miles before I went with Jeremy to his basketball games.  Since I was planning on running 13 miles on Saturday, I wanted to eat some pasta.  I always like pasta the night before a race or a long run.  So, after Jeremy’s games, we ordered dinner from Dominos.  I ordered pasta with meat sauce and pepperoni.  It was good!  

Marathon Training Week 8 Run and Live Happy

Saturday, I had plans to meet my dad at noon to run.  I ate a banana and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich before.  I also had a BeFit pre-workout energy drink.  My dad had mapped us out a new route.  The one that he likes to run is the 10k course that our town uses for races.  Most of it is uphill, and at one point there is a steep hill straight up that is 3/4’s of a mile.  Once we leave his house, we hit that hill around mile 4.  I told him that I didn’t want to run that course and be worn out so early in the run.  So, he mapped us out a new route.  We ran all over town!  

We stopped around mile 8 to have a GU and a drink.   Once we got to 13 miles, we were still a couple of miles from home!  I walked another mile while we waited on my mom to pick us up.  This run wasn’t hard, but it wasn’t easy either.  I didn’t feel like I struggled, I just felt out of shape.  But, I guess that’s to be expected after not running much in the last three weeks.  I was so excited that I was able to finish it!  

Marathon Training Week 8 Run and Live Happy

I did more this week than I expected, so this was a really good week of training!  I am getting more and more excited about the marathon!  

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.

 

 

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40 thoughts on “Marathon Training Week 8

  1. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    You are doing it! Great way to bounce back after feeling so yucky! It’s been cold and windy here too. I’m still trying to warm up after today’s long run.

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      Tara

      Running in the cold is the worst!! Good luck! 🙂

  2. Lisa @ Running Out of Wine

    Great job this week! I got sick during week 3 of my marathon training last August, and it was tough to adjust back to running after being really sick. But it looks like you are getting right back where you need to be, and will be right on track for your marathon! And that’s awesome that you were able to do your long run with your dad!

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      Tara

      Thank you! I love running with my dad because I can run different routes that I wouldn’t normally do by myself! Plus, it’s fun for us to spend that time together!

  3. HoHo Runs

    I’m glad you are feeling better and could get back to training. I’ve never heard of BeFit. Does the PRE Workout supplement have caffeine? I’m just wondering what gives you the boost. It’s wonderful you could run your long run with your Dad. Do you always do that? Thanks for linking with us Tara.

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      Tara

      The BeFit Pre does not have caffeine. It has a lot of natural ingredients. I’m going to be doing a review and giveaway about it in the next couple of weeks. It really does work well! My dad and I try to get our long runs in together, but it usually just depends on our schedules if we can or not. 🙂

  4. Kelli

    Glad to hear you are feeling better. Seems like you were very smart about letting your body recover. Glad to hear you were able to finish the week strong.

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      Tara

      Thanks! I was worried about how I’d do this week, but it turned out great!

  5. Kim Hatting

    That’s great you can run with your dad…and 13 miles!!! My dad applauds my runs, but has no interest in lacing up and coming along. And I’m OK with that 😉 Congrats on a great week!

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      Tara

      Lol my dad thought I was nuts when I told him I was going to do a full marathon! But once I started training, he wanted to do it too!

  6. Sherry

    Way to go! Great job bouncing back into things! Cool that you get to run with your dad!

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      Tara

      Thank you! I really enjoy running with him!

  7. Christy@ My Dirt Road Anthem

    Great job with week! I try to remember that plans are just plans and need to be adjusted if things aren’t going well. I had a crappy long run last week, which I can only assume means this week will be better 🙂 That cake.. my favorite!

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      Tara

      This week will be better! I get so discouraged when I have bad runs, but then I always think my next has to be better! Lol That’s my husbands favorite cake too!

  8. Christine @ Two Runners Travel

    I always find that I get excited to run after I’ve been sick. I felt a bit run down at the end of last week and took a few extra rest days…which isn’t necessarily an issue since I’m not training for a race now but I do still like to workout and get my sweat on. Nice job getting in your runs at the end of the week!

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      Tara

      Thank you! I’m bad about trying to push through sickness or injury, so it was hard taking off but it paid off in the end! Hope you are feeling better!

  9. Cassi

    Great job listening to your body and taking those extra rest days!

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      Tara

      Thank you! It really needed them!

  10. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy

    It’s not easy to come back from being sick, but I’d say that you did a really good job of listening to your body. Remember to not jump right back into your training plan, but continue to ease back into it.

    Sounds like you’re doing great!

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      Tara

      Thank you! I made sure I was feeling really good before I started back! I am really bad about not waiting so I wanted to be sure this time!

  11. Runaway Bridal Planner

    Sorry you were sick, but glad you were feeling better by the end. Marathon training and sickness just never go together well, do they:) Sometimes I have found once the sickness hits a certain point that going out for a run and powering through tends to knock the rest of the cold right out of my body.
    Nice to meet you though the Grow Your Blog hop, thanks for linking up and joining with us this month, hope your having fun with it!!!

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      Tara

      Thanks for having me!! I’m so excited to meet everyone! And I’m having a lot of fun reading all the blogs!

  12. Karen @ Fit in France

    Hope you are feeling better. No fun being sick. I would have waited too !

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      Tara

      Thank you! I’m feeling so much better!! 🙂

  13. Diane

    I know I’ve said this before, but I love that you run with your dad! That’s so cool. We love when our daughter runs with us. Great job on getting all those miles in. What a GREAT idea…pepperoni in your pasta! Why have I never done that? I have no good answer for that. I am glad you are enjoying the BeFit products. I am enjoying them as well. I keep forgetting to take the BURN though. I just can never decide which meal will be my largest, the one you are supposed to take it before. Enjoy the week ahead and glad you are feeling better!

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      Tara

      I keep forgetting to take the Burn too! I’m usually done with my meal when I remember it! LOL The pepperoni was awesome on the pasta! That’s the first time I had tried it, but I will definitely be getting it again!

  14. Lara @ Uptite Mamas

    Hello from the blog hop! Great week of training after recovery from being sick! It’s very impressive. Sorry you has to find out the hard way that the Be Fit doesn’t work for you in the afternoon. Well it does – but probably too good. At least you know now! And I love that you run with your dad. Super cute and special. Good luck with the rest of your training!!

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      Tara

      Thank you! I actually thought it was funny that the Be Fit wouldn’t wear off! I was really productive that evening because I couldn’t sit still! LOL

  15. Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    So glad you’re feeling better this week! 🙂

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      Tara

      Thanks! It’s nice to be able to get out of bed!(sometimes) LOL 🙂

  16. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets

    Congrats on getting back to training, you did a great job! It’s so frustrating when you’re sick and can’t run but it sounds like you got the rest you needed. And that’s awesome that you and your dad run together.

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      Tara

      Thank you! I hate not being able to run, and I’m so bad about trying to anyways! But I did rest alot! It is fun to run with my dad! Thanks for reading!

  17. Kristen

    Great job on your runs this week! I might need to try that drink supplement, I need all the energy I can get when I run long like that!

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      Tara

      Lol it really helps a lot!!

  18. Ruth C

    You need to rest sometimes , we really can improve when we give you bodies time to heal. And yes you are doing this and you will do great.

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      Tara

      Thank you! 🙂 I’m learning to not be so stubborn and listen to my body more!

  19. Tricia@MissSippipiddlin

    I am super glad to see this week went better for you! Wow on the energy drink I will have to see about that! I didn’t know Dominos as in the chain has pasta? I guess it’s been awhile since I’ve had it. Glad to see you back Tara and again thanks for linking up with us!

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      Tara

      Thank you! This week was great! Yes the chain dominos. I didn’t know either, but they are the only ones that will deliver out to our house so I saw it online a few weeks ago! It was surprisingly really good!

  20. Shannon @GirlsGotSole

    Nice job on week 8 of your marathon training! The long run is the most important one anyway. It’s good you knew to take it easy earlier in the week so that you would be better recovered. Always best to err on the cautious side. Love how you run with your dad, that is so cool! No one in my family runs, so I love hearing some people run with members of their family.

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      Tara

      Thank you! I am really trying to listen to my body and rest when it needs it. I have been bad about that before and it always makes it worse when I don’t listen! My dad and I are the only ones in our family that run, so it’s something that just the two of us can do together.

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