Marathon Training Week 17

Hi guys!  I hope you all are having a great weekend!  Running this week was not great. My weekday runs really were a bust, but my long run was pretty good. I was exhausted the entire week. Actually I think that is an understatement! After reflecting on this week, I think there were several factors that played into it. Since I didn’t have as many miles scheduled this week, I cut back on the amount of calories I was eating. I also didn’t get any rest last weekend, and not much this week either. Plus, work was extremely draining this week too. So, I think all of that impacted how I ran this past week. I have one week to go until my race! I did continue my plank streak this week, so now I am up to Day 13! Here’s how my running went this week.

Here’s what my training plan looked like for this week, and under it is what I actually ran.

Mon       Tues       Wed          Thurs        Fri            Sat       Sun

Rest             4               6                3                 Rest            8          Cross

Rest             4              Rest          4.4               3                  8          Rest

Monday – I had the best experience, and I want to share! I went with a friend to a track meet out of town. She needed chaperone’s for her group of 5th and 6th graders. I went to several last year with her, and they are a lot of fun! There is a girl that runs the 1600 race, and she is the only one from their group. She and I talked a lot last year because she found out that I run. On Monday, she kept asking me to run the race with her. She asked several times if I could just run around the outside of the track with her. Some of her friends were teasing me that I was short enough to pass as one of them. I thought she was just joking around. When it was her turn to go down to the field to get warmed up, she really looked nervous. I don’t know why, but I decided to go stand down there at the finish line to cheer her on. When I got down there and she saw me, she came running over and had tears in her eyes. She said she was so nervous, and didn’t think she could do it. I gave her a little pep talk, and then the race started. She started out strong, and was in third place. The first three were way far ahead of the others, and there was no chance anyone was going to catch her. The first lap around she was doing great! The second lap around, she passed the girl in second place and was gaining on the first place. When she came around the third time, she was crying and saying she couldn’t breathe, and wanted to stop. I ended up running the last lap with her, next to the track. She was telling me that she couldn’t do it. I kept telling her you are doing it, you’re going to finish! She ended up finishing second. It was the first time that she had been beat this year. As soon as she came off the track, she ran right over to hug me. She did amazing! She ran it in 6:20, and that was a PR for her! That was just such a great experience to share with someone. I was so happy to have been there for her!

We got back to town around 5:30, and I still had to go grocery shopping! It was pouring when I came out. But, there was a beautiful rainbow!

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When I got home, I got busy prepping my lunches for the rest of the week. I have been reading a lot lately about the vegan lifestyle. It sounds interesting, and I think I might like to try it out. But I just don’t know if I can give up eggs! I don’t want to do it all at once; I would rather ease into it. So, I cooked a bunch of sautéed veggies and made salads with those and chickpeas. You can see it all in my post from Wednesday, What I am Eating Now.

After planning vegan lunches, I fixed some tacos for dinner! I told you I would have to ease into it. I was exhausted Monday night. I literally did not sit down until I went to bed!

Tuesday – I got some news at work that kind of stressed me out. I went home, and I hate to say it, but I did some emotional eating. I am an emotional eater, and I really hate it. I try hard to pay attention to whether I’m eating because I’m hungry, or if I’m eating because I’m bored or stressed. I did want a snack before I went to run, but I ended up eating three peanut butter cookies, and was looking for something else before I realized what I was doing. Then I was just mad at myself, so I went out to run and try and clear my head. 

This little thing chased me, but it was too scared to get close to me.
This little thing chased me, but it was too scared to get close to me.

It helped a little, but I actually had a hard time zoning out during my run. I ran four miles and then took Jake for a mile walk and did some planks and squats. After that, I fixed some eggs and toast for dinner. Then I went to bed. It was seriously around 7:00 when I laid down. I was exhausted for some reason, and I just wanted to sleep.

When Jeremy came home around 9, we discussed my news, and I felt a little better. Okay, here’s what stressed me out. My boss told me that a position has opened up in another building. It is an administrative position, and he said that someone had already called him asking about me. He thought I should apply. I know this should be a good thing, and it would be. But, any kind of change stresses me out. Like major anxiety! I would have to move away from all of my friends, and would be over of a lot of people, which I have never done before. But, it would be more money! And, if I was even hired, it would be the first time a woman has held that position, which makes me worry that I won’t be respected. I know I am over thinking it, but the initial thought of it really stressed me out. But, we decided that I should just apply, then that way they know I’m interested in a position like that, and if one opened up in my building maybe I would be the one they hired. After talking through it, I was able to go to sleep and not worry anymore.

Wednesday – I was supposed to run 6 miles today, but one of Jeremy’s umpiring partners was coming on Thursday to stay the weekend with us while they umped a tournament. So, I had to go home straight after work and clean my house. It took a little longer than I planned, and by the time I got done Jeremy was home and needed my help with some stuff. So, I didn’t get my run in. I ate a grilled cheese for dinner, and went to bed around 10. I slept all night!

I also got my longest time on planks today!

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Thursday – The weather was great today! It was cloudy and a little cooler than it’s been, but still warm. I set out straight after work with plans of running 6 miles. I started out strong and too fast. My first miles were 9:05 and 9:18. During the third mile, my body started feeling really tired, and I just wanted to walk. My third mile was 10:25. Even though I wanted to stop there, I pushed on and ran 4.4 miles.

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I went home and took Jake for his mile walk. He wanted to run for most of it, so I got to run some more. When we got done running, I went home and fixed some dinner and also some pasta for my lunch on Friday. I thought if I ate a bigger lunch, then maybe I could run better and wouldn’t be so tired.

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For dinner I fixed some scrambled eggs, hash browns, and toast. Then I sat in my recliner and watched TV until Jeremy and his umpiring partner got there. I visited with them until about 10:30 and then I went to bed. They stayed up until after 1!

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Friday – I had to share a picture of what I ate for breakfast today.  Look at the size of that blackberry!

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Today was supposed to be a rest day, but I still had one more run to do this week. I headed straight home after work. The weather was beautiful and I couldn’t wait to get outside. I took Jake for his walk first, and then I went for my run.

Marathon Training Week 17 New Blog Post Run and Live Happy (12)I got to run my favorite route, and I have really missed it! I haven’t been able to run it in a long time, because it’s the road where the dog is that bit me, and now that the weather is nice, he’s out all the time, and he always chases me. But, I took Jake for a walk there first because he is scared of Jake, and I didn’t see him anywhere. I took my pepper spray with me just in case.

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About half way through my run, I heard him barking and he was running right at me, but I yelled his name, and he stopped. He sat on the side of the road and watched me, so hopefully we have gotten past the chasing and biting! lol I ran 3 miles today, and then Jake and I sat on the porch enjoying the weather.

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Actually he took a nap in the sun.
Actually he took a nap in the sun.

When we finally went in, I did some planks.  

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Saturday – I got up at 6:30 this morning so I could meet my dad to run 8 miles. This was our last long run before the race. The forecast was showing rain, but it wasn’t supposed to be here until later in the morning.

Mom's cat trying to steal my earbuds!
Mom’s cat trying to steal my earbuds!

When we started out, it was sprinkling. But, it was so humid and muggy, that I kept wishing for the rain! A couple of times during our run, it rained on us for a few minutes, but it was mostly just a really heavy mist the entire time. When we got finished, I was soaking wet! I went home and fixed a strawberry smoothie with frozen strawberries, BeFit Whey protein powder, and almond milk.

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I was so glad to get that run done! Now I only have one week until the race!! I can’t believe it’s here. It doesn’t seem real yet.

 Sunday – Today has been all about rest!  I slept in, and I was just lazy all day!  It was raining hard all day, so that made it very easy to be lazy!  My knee was swollen, so I stayed off of it and iced it.  It was a much needed lazy day!  

I hope you all have a great week!  The next time you hear from me, I will have run my first marathon!  🙂

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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28 thoughts on “Marathon Training Week 17

  1. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Looks like we are both ready! Hope your knee settles down. And good luck next weekend!

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      Good luck to you too!! I can’t wait to hear how your’s goes!

  2. Meranda@Fairytalesandfitness

    I remember being so exhausted the last few months of marathon training so I know how you feel! Love the yellow lab pics! I have one too!

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      That’s great to hear! I didn’t know if this was normal or not. They are the best!! Mine’s pretty spoiled! Lol

  3. Sherry

    Hope your knee is okay! Great job helping that girl out in the 1600! Good luck in your first marathon!!

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      Thank you!! It’s starting to feel real!

  4. Karen @ Fit in France

    Crazy busy week you had. I would go for the job interview ! I think any opportunity is good to go for, or at least think about. You never know where it could lead you.

    Good luck in your home stretch ! Exciting.

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      Thank you! If I’m called, I will at least go to the interview and find out what all my responsibilities would be. I know it would be a good change, it would just take some getting used to.

  5. Pam

    So sorry about the swollen knee. Hopefully a couple days of rest will make it feel fine again. Race week is always exciting and good luck with your job interview. It sounds like a great opportunity!

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      I am so excited! I know this week will fly by too!

  6. Meagan

    I hope your knee is alright! I always feel really tired and sluggish when I cut my mileage down before a race. Hopefully that’s all that’s going on with you. I’m glad that dog did not give you any trouble – good you had your pepper spray just in case, though. Maybe he just needed a reminder about Jake and who he’d have to answer to if he messed with you. 🙂 Still, it stinks that it often keeps you from running your favorite route.

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      Lol maybe he was just too scared of Jake to come after me! What’s really funny though is that he’s scared of everyone except me. I don’t know why, but it does annoy me! My knee is so much better today!

  7. Ana

    Yay for Marathon Training! What Marathon are you running? Have a great race!!

    I am right there with you, I consider going vegetarian, then I realize that would mean I give up tacos… can’t give up tacos!

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      I’m running the OKC Marathon. I didn’t even think about tacos! There’s no way I could give those up!!

  8. Sonia

    Good luck at your first marathon at OKC!! Another good friend is running that one (her 4th time at OKC). Hope you’re enjoying the taper. If I could give up cheese, bacon, and eggs, I could totally do the vegan diet. lol. Have a great race.

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      Thank you! Lol I don’t think I can do without eggs!

  9. HoHo Runs

    Tara, I’m so excited for you! You can line up full of confidence knowing you completed a great training cycle! Is your Dad running the marathon too? Good luck with the job position. Always keep your options open — great opportunities come along sometimes when you least expect them. Enjoy your rest week and be good to that knee. Remember, you only get one first marathon. Above all, enjoy yourself and make a wonderful lasting memory. Good luck! Thanks for linking with us.

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      Thank you for all the encouragement through all of this training! Yes my dad is running the marathon with me. So, that will be something we will share from now on! My only goal going into it is to finish, and enjoy the sights along the way!

  10. Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    I eat mostly vegan because I can’t have dairy and I dont like eating a lot of meat. BUT there’s no way I’m giving up eggs. I love them so much! Ive made tofu scrambles and it tastes really good but its not the same as an egg! I just consider myself plant-based and not vegan or vegetarian….the labels stress me out! haha

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      Lol I like that!! I love eggs so much!!

  11. Jenn

    Oh, best of luck to you! I hope it’s a great experience – everything you hope it will be and more!

    Your week sounds great, and I love your track story. The running community is truly the best!

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      Thank you! ? I agree, the running community is the best!!

  12. Crystal Renaud

    You got this girl! You will do amazing!!
    As for your job, just breathe, let things happen and know that life is full of new beginnings and journeys.
    That first story you shared about the girl you ran with, loved it! So sweet and inspirational.
    Best of luck on your marathon! Can’t wait to hear about it!

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      Thank you!! And thanks for the advice about the job, that’s what I needed to hear. I’m excited about the marathon and can’t wait to share it!

  13. Tricia Vaughn

    Wow what an amazing story of the girl running the 1600 and one you got to share with her!!
    Take care of your knee! I am so excited for you and your marathon! Oh my it is almost here! I wish you great luck and a super run. Can’t wait to hear how it goes!

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      Thank you so much for all the encouragement throughout all my training! You have no idea how much it has helped!!

  14. Christina Ekonomi

    Good luck on your marathon! I’m running my first too next month 🙂

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      Thanks! Good luck to you too!

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