Marathon Training Week 15

Hi All!  I just finished my week 15 training.  I only have three more weeks until the race!!  I am a ball of nerves!  My attitude this week about running has not been very good.  I just was not feeling it.  I hope it’s just because I’ve been extremely tired, but I have not been motivated at all to run.  My legs have also been sore from my long run last weekend, so that played into it a lot too.  (Not so much sore, but they just hurt!)  If you read my post on Friday about all of my failures this week, then you already know that I made some really bad decisions and that my week was not so great.  But, if you missed it, you are going to see that I made some unhealthy choices as far as eating, working out, and running goes.  But, that’s just life.  Not every week is a great week, and not every choice is a great choice.  You just have to deal with it and move on! 

Monday – I called Garmin first thing this morning to find out what was going on with my watch.  We were able to determine that one of the pins on my charger is broken, so they sent me a new charger.  It got here Friday and I got to wear my watch on Saturday! 

Monday was a rest day from running.  I rested from everything.  My knee was still a little swollen and sore from my run on Saturday, so I wanted to give it one more day to rest before I ran on Tuesday.  I did take Jake for a walk, and thankfully he didn’t want to run.  The weather was so beautiful, that we sat outside for most of the afternoon! 

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I got some really exciting news Monday.  I found out that I won a giveaway on Anne at Fannetastic Food’s blog.  I won a new pair of Brooks!  Since I didn’t have any lunches prepped for the week, I had a turkey sandwich for lunch.  That afternoon I also ate a lot of candy, (failure #1) and it just went downhill from there.  I don’t even really like candy, but it was good. 

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I did try to make up for it later that afternoon.  I baked some ground turkey and prepped my lunches for the rest of the week.  

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And, I ate eggs with bell peppers, toast, and bacon for dinner. 

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Tuesday  – I had 5 miles scheduled.  I also had a meeting for work later that night, so I did not think I was going to have time to get my run in.  But, as soon as I got off work that afternoon, I headed out for my run.  The weather was beautiful, and I felt pretty good about this run.   My knee was still sore, so I went really slow, and walked several times when it started to hurt.  It took me almost an hour to finish it, so I was disappointed with my time, but I was glad I got it in. 

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I finished it, did 25 minutes of Insanity Abs, and took Jake for a quick walk, and still had time for a fast shower before I had to head to my meeting.   It lasted until about 8:30, and I was really tired when I got home.  I fixed a grilled cheese for dinner and fell asleep on the couch watching TV.  Oh, and I just remembered that my father-in-law dropped off a pizza on his way home, so I had a piece of it before I fell asleep.  (failure #2!)

Wednesday  – Today I had 10 miles scheduled.  I try to plan my meals as far as what I’m going to eat and when I’m going to eat it when I am running more miles.  So, I took some yogurt and a banana to work with me for breakfast, but when I got there, there was a huge spread of breakfast food in our break room.  I fixed a big bowl of fruit, but once I started eating it, it was all bad except for the pineapple.  So, later that morning I grabbed a croissant to eat too.  (There’s another bad choice!) 

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I also took my healthy lunch with me.  But, when my co-worker said she was running to Subway, I thought that sounded much better than ground turkey and broccoli.  So, I had sub with turkey and ham.  (Probably not a really bad choice, but not a great choice.)

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 As soon as I got off work, I headed out to run.  It was sunny when I started, but about a mile in to it, the wind started blowing and the sky got really dark.  A couple more miles in, it started thundering.  I kept going hoping that it would hold off, but it didn’t.  Right before I hit mile 5, it started storming.  By the time I made it home, I had at least run 5 miles.  I honestly was glad that it started raining, because I used that as an excuse to stop. 

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I even look tired!

I was not feeling that run, and I was struggling to get it done.  My body just would not cooperate with what my mind was telling it to do.  I showered, and when I got out, the sun was out again.  The good choice would have been to go back out and finish the other 5, but of course, I did not make that choice.  I kept telling myself that I would just change around my running schedule and do the 10 miles after work on Thursday.   I did do some strength training, and an upper body workout.  (It was very short though).  I was so tired, that at 6 pm, I could barely keep my eyes open!  I know I am full of excuses, and it makes me angry at myself, but it’s also frustrating when I know what I need to do, but my body won’t let me get it done.  (Another failure!)

Jeremy and I fixed a big dinner that night and my father-in-law came over to eat.  We fixed eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits, and gravy.  I did not get any pictures. 

Oh, and my new Brooks shoes that I won came in the mail today!!  I’m so excited!

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Thursday – I planned on running 10 miles today.  I actually ate pretty healthy too.  I had a leftover biscuit for breakfast, and then for lunch I had ground turkey and broccoli.  Later that afternoon, I had a Bear Naked bar for a snack.  I ended up having to work an hour late, and by the time I got home I had a horrible headache.  I rarely get headaches, so I thought maybe it was from stress at work, or from an Herbalife product that I tried that afternoon.  My friend brought me some Herbalife fitness drink powder to try. 

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Either way, I was thinking that maybe when I started running, it would go away.  It has happened before.  I ran Jake for a mile first, and then took him home and headed out to run 10 miles.  From the very beginning, my legs were hurting bad.  They weren’t sore, they just hurt.  With every step, they hurt more, and the pain got sharper.  I tried to walk for a minute and then run again, but it didn’t help.   Seriously, everything hurt – my shins, my knee, my left hamstring, and one of my ankles.  I don’t know what was wrong, but every step was shooting pain through my legs.  I think my body was screaming at me to rest.  As much as I hated to not get in that 10 miles, I thought I better listen to my body.  I was afraid to push through 10 miles that I knew would be a painful run.  I thought if I did it, I would end up with even more pain in my legs, and probably a swollen knee again and would have to try and run 20 miles with that on Saturday.  So, I listened to my screaming legs and went home and foam rolled, stretched, and rested them.  I was really upset that I didn’t get that run in, but at that point, I really believe that it was not physically possible.  I kept trying to tell myself that it was all in my mind, but this time it really wasn’t. 

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So, after I got done foam rolling, I put a heating pad on my hamstring and just rested my legs.  I fell asleep by 9:30, but… 

Friday – I was woken up at 3:30 am by the neighbor’s dogs.  They barked the entire rest of the night, and I could not go back to sleep.  They were still barking at 6 when I got up, and were still going when I got out of the shower.  I went out with a flashlight to see what their problem was.  They had a cat up in a tree.  I tried twice to call them away so the cat could get down, but it was so scared that it wouldn’t.  I had to go to work, but I asked Jeremy to go over and get it before he left.

All week long I felt like I was just hungry all the time, hence all the bad eating choices.  Finally on Friday, that feeling was gone.  I did not feel hungry until about 10:30 that morning, and even then nothing sounded good.  But, I ate a granola bar.  Then for lunch, I ate ground turkey and broccoli.  Well I picked at it.  

Friday was a rest day from running.  After work, I ran a couple of errands and then met up with my best friend at Applebees.  Her daughter was playing in a softball tournament and she took her and a friend to eat after the games.  I don’t like Applebees, and I wasn’t hungry so I just had some water.  

Friday night for dinner, Jeremy and I fixed some spaghetti with meat sauce and some small round steaks.  

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The package said thin cut, and they weren’t kidding.  They looked like beef jerky.  But, they were good!  

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I also went to bed early so I could run the next morning.  

Saturday – I got up early to eat and get ready to meet my dad to run 20 miles!! I cannot believe that we ran that!  I never imagined I could go so far!  Anyways, he ran in a 5K before our run, so I went ahead and ran 3 miles before we met up.  Together we ran 17!  This wasn’t a bad run, but it wasn’t as good as the 18 miles last weekend.  I could tell a difference from not running much during the week.  My knee was also sore, but I wore a brace and that really helped.  It didn’t swell up too much.  Our time was not great, but I did have to stop a few times to adjust my brace, and stretch my leg.  And running through town affected that too because we had to stop at stoplights.  I’m so excited that we ran that far, and I’m excited that it was the last really long run before the race.  But, I’m also nervous that we only ran 20.  I just would have liked to have done the full 26 so going into the race I could have that confidence that I could do it!  But, all I’m aiming for is to finish, so I know I can do that! 

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When I got home, I decided to take an ice bath.  My knee was sore, and I thought it would help.  Unfortunately, I’m a big wimp, and I didn’t even last 5 minutes in there!!  So I just used an ice pack and the foam rolled my legs. 

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This week wasn’t my best week, but I was able to see what I need to be doing for the next three weeks.  (Not skipping workouts and eating healthy!)  It’s almost here!  

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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.


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14 thoughts on “Marathon Training Week 15

  1. HoHo Runs

    How exciting your race is in three weeks! We’ve all had weeks that we consider failures. I call them life. You got an excellent 20 mile run in with your Dad. I’d be very proud of that. Last year, I ran over 20 miles twice, just feeling I needed those runs for mental preparation — and then I didn’t even run that race due to injury. My one piece of advice at this point would be to stop while your ahead. You’ve done the training. You are strong and healthy. You will have a wonderful race. Thanks for linking with us Tara.

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      Thank you for that advice. I really needed to hear it because I have been debating on running the 26 this coming weekend, and then taper. But, I’ll just stick to my plan so I don’t over do it or get hurt!

  2. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    The whole idea of running 20 miles for marathon training is to condition your legs for the distance to come. You don’t want to run 26 miles for training. It’s too hard on your body. For my last 2 marathons, my longest run was 18 miles. And I did fantastic with that. You will be fine. You’ve done the work. Focus on the positives, not the failures. Focus on what you’ve done. You will be fine.

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      Thank you! That helps a lot!! I think I’m just nervous, but I know that I will do it! I’m really not sure that my legs could hold up to the full 26 and then turn around and try to run it again at the race. I think these next two weeks, I’m going to concentrate on upping my cross training.

  3. Meagan

    Marathon training is such a grind. It will definitely wear you down, chew you up, and spit you out and it sounds like you’re kind of at that point. But now you’ve got that longest run in the books and you can start cutting your mileage back to let your body recover for race day.

    Do not let ‘only’ doing 20 miles get in your head about your ability to cover 26 .2 miles on race day! You’ve got weeks of training under your belt and that builds up cumulative fatigue. So that 20 miler was completed on legs that are already tired from so much training. Come race day you will have decreased your mileage allowing your body to recover and get strong and energized for race day. The hard work is in the books. Take it easy, play it smart until your big day, and then enjoy the race. It’s a celebration of months of hard work. You’ve got this!

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      I love how you described training. I am at that point! And everything you said makes perfect sense! Thank you so much, I was not thinking of it like that.

  4. Tricia@MissSippipiddlin

    I”m going to second the advice you’ve gotten, you’ve done your training! Try not to second guess it you’ll do fine in your race and I promise running the distance before the actual distance ups your risk for injury!
    Do you usually run in Brooks stability shoes? I have been wanting to get the new Ravena’s. I had the model from a couple years ago and loved them. Will these be what your running your marathon in? Just curious. Thanks for linking up!

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      Thank you Tricia! I’m going to listen to all the advice! I always run in Brooks. They are the only shoe that I have found that’s comfortable. I tried running in the Glycerine’s, but that’s when I hurt my shin. So I got fitted again and they put me in the Ravenna’s. They are amazing! Yes I will be racing in these…probably my new pair!

  5. Christine @ Two Runners Travel

    20 miles!! That’s awesome! I was nervous before my first marathon too having only run 20 but you will be fine. The adrenalin and taper will take you the rest of the way. Now rest, and be good to your body. Nice job! 🙂

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      Thank you! I’m nervous but I’m also so excited! I never thought I could do this!!

  6. Amy @ Life to the Full

    Great job on your 20-miler! It’s so special that you and your dad could run that together – you are both running beasts! My dad used to bike with me for some long runs and I really enjoyed the company. Now I’m always solo and I really miss his company! And winning shoes from Brooks is totally awesome. You’re going to rock that 26.2!

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      I don’t think I could’ve done the long runs without him! I was super excited about the shoes!! Thank you, I’m getting excited!

  7. Dee @ The Hesitant Runner

    It’s so easy to get burned out before a marathon! I’m doing 21 miles in three weeks and am feeling very tired and unmotivated! Good for you for listening to your body — you will not regret it on race day!

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      That’s how I was before 20 miles…I was dreading it! But now That’s it’s done I’m a lot more motivated!

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