Marathon Training Week 13

Hi Everyone!  I just completed week 13 of my marathon training!  I can’t believe I’m so far into it!  This week was a so/so week in training.  That seems to be a pattern with this.  I have great weeks where I nail all of my runs, and then I have weeks that aren’t great, but also aren’t bad.  This week was one of those.  Life just keeps getting in the way, and it makes it tough to always get in a run, or even the amount of miles that I need.  But, you just have to roll with it and go on!  So, here we go with a recap of my week.

Monday – This was a rest day, and that’s what I did.  I took Jake for two long walks, and then I just hung out with him all day.  It was the perfect low-key day!

Recap Post Run and Live Happy (10)

Tuesday – I had 4 miles scheduled for today, and that’s what I ran!  I also had a first on this run.  I snorted a bug up my nose!  I have eaten bugs before, but have never had one go up my nose.   So, I had to stop and pick it out, which I’m sure looked lovely!  LOL 

Wednesday – I had 9 miles scheduled today, but I was struggling because of the pollen count.  I literally couldn’t talk without wheezing all day!  So, I cut it short at 5 miles since I couldn’t breathe.  I planned on getting up early Thursday morning and running then, because the pollen count was supposed to be down. 

Recap Post Run and Live Happy (16)

Thursday – I got up early to run 9 miles.  I got 2 in before a random thunderstorm hit.  I tried to finish on the treadmill, but it recently has started having a mind of it’s own.  It wants me to run intervals constantly.  And, it is making my knee hurt to try.  I can set the speed on 5, and it will jump up to 7 and then down to 2 and then back up, and then sometimes it will just stop with no warning.  I never know what it’s going to do, and the changing speeds is only hurting me.  We’re going to have to get it fixed, or get a new one.  I had planned on running again later in the day to get in the 9 miles, but I had some family stuff come up.  I spent all day and most of the night in a hospital with a family member.  Everything’s ok now.  But, this is where life hit, and it was all out of my control. 

Friday – Today was a rest day.  I didn’t want to run today because I had 18 miles to do on Saturday.  But, that worked out because we spent all day and all night in two different hospitals with another family member.  This one has diabetes, and went into a diabetic coma.  She had to be medi-flighted to another hospital in Texas.  It was 1:30 am before they had her stable enough to move to a room, so we didn’t get home until close to 4 am.  And, I really hate to admit it, because I absolutely am NOT a fan of this food – buuuuut, we ate Taco Bell at 2 am on the way home.  Neither of us had eaten since breakfast, and it was the only place open.  And if I’m really being honest, it actually tasted good!  Probably because I was so hungry. 

Saturday – I had 18 miles scheduled today.  But, I only ran 15. 

Marathon Training Week 13 Run and Live Happy (4)

However, I am proud of that 15!  After going to bed at 4 am and then waking up at 10 am, I was exhausted, not only physically but emotionally drained as well. 

Attack of the birds?
Attack of the birds?

I probably could have finished the 18, but it was getting dark and really cold, so I quit.  I only have 14 miles scheduled next weekend, so I will do 18 then. 

Marathon Training Week 13 Run and Live Happy (7)

Sunday – Today is a cross training day.  I got up early and did an Insanity workout!  Holy Cow!!  I hate these workouts, but they help so much!  I got to thinking about my training this week, and was comparing it to the training I did for my first half marathon.  I was in such better shape, and the runs were so easy.  Now, even though I am running the long miles, I still don’t feel like I’m in great shape.  The runs are still difficult.  So, I figured out that the only difference between then and now is Insanity.  I have 5 weeks until my race, and I am going to work hard at adding in these workouts as often as I can.  I really think doing these helped me to build up endurance and strength for my first half, and it was the best run that I have ever done.  So, I’m going to apply that same logic and hopefully it will help this time as well! 

This week was not a great week of training, but I also wouldn’t consider it a bad week.  I just think there were so many factors that I couldn’t control that got in my way.  But, I’m going forward and not worrying about it.  I’ll save the freaking out until the week of the marathon!   I’m looking ahead next week and already trying to plan my runs around all the craziness we have going on right now.  On to week 14!  We are doing this!!  (Thanks Lindsey at for that quote!)

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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16 thoughts on “Marathon Training Week 13

  1. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Yikes, that picture of the birds is like something out of a movie!!!

    You are doing great with your training!

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      Those birds were awesome! Every time I would run by the tree they were in, they would all fly away! Thank you, I’m really trying!

  2. HoHo Runs

    I think you had an awesome week. It’s all about how you handle what life throws at you and if you can make the necessary adjustments. You handled it like a champ!! Jake looks like the sweetest dog! I bet he loves his walks like mine do. I can’t remember the last time I ate at Taco Bell. But ages ago, I loved their Mexi Melts. I have no idea if they still have them on the menu. Thanks for linking with us Tara. I hope that pollen count cooperates with you this week.

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      Jake is the best! All he ever wants to do is walk, and find any kind of puddle to get in! Lol

  3. Pam

    Congrats on getting in 15 even though your plan was 18. During every marathon training cycle, there are always up and down weeks and doing your best is really what matters. I love training for races, but also know that some cycles will be better than others. I’ve never tried Insanity workouts but everyone raves about them. Not sure my body oculd handle it.

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      Insanity is hard!! It’s hard to do a whole workout at one time! But I like feeling like I really worked hard!

  4. Gina

    Even though life through all that crap at you – you still got it done! Nice work! Attack of the birds…. where’s edgar allen poe?? Can you say bird poop bombs? HA!

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      Lol I kept waiting on some to fall on me! It was really cool watching all of them!

  5. Tricia@MissSippipiddlin

    I hate all the pollen! I have been doing more runs in the afternoons, mostly with my family and it’s like a cloud of yellow!!! We had rain and a lot of it Friday night but I don’t think it helped at all!! I’m afraid we got a few more weeks before it’s gone!
    You’ve done great on your training and getting in your miles, don’t sweat it too much, I swapped around my weeks and mileage so much til I didn’t know if it was the original plan or my modified plan most weeks. I can tell you in the end, I was fully trained to run my marathon. My knee well it had another story but had it held up I was in great shape to finish the distance! You’ll get there! How many more weeks it?

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      LOL that makes me feel better hearing you swapped your weeks around. I have 5 more weeks!

  6. meljo @ a year in running shoes

    OMG! The birds would have stressed me out!! Probably would have made me run faster, though! 🙂

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      LOL I stopped every time and watched them! They were pretty entertaining!

  7. Crystal Renaud

    You will do awesome Tara! Your training is going good and the mix of the strength training will help for sure. Race day you will have all those amazing endorphin’s running through your body and your will rock it! Excited for you and look forward to hearing more about your training!!
    PS OMG…Bugs in your nose!!! I have definitely eaten a few 😉

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      Lol the bug is my nose was disgusting! Thank you for all the encouragement and thanks for following along!

  8. Wendy @ Wholistic Woman

    You know, I have that too. Some weeks I nail it and others . . . not so much.

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      I love hearing that! It makes me feel so much better!! 🙂

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