Week 8 of marathon training is in the books! This week was…challenging. All my workouts just felt “off” for lack of a better word. My legs felt heavy during all my runs this week and I even skipped my run on Tuesday. My knees were really not happy with me at all this week so that’s concerning me a little bit. I may just need an extra rest day here and there to feel better – I’ll figure it out! Now onto my week or workouts!
6 mile tempo run. I usually do my tempo runs on Thursdays but switched things around this week.
Body works + abs class (60 minutes)
Boot camp class (60 minutes). Before class, I volunteered with my job at a mobile food pantry. It was a great experience but it was super busy! Between that and the boot camp class, I was beat!
5 mile run, nice and easy pace.
This was a much needed REST DAY!
14 mile run. This was my longest run since the NYC Marathon- can you believe that?!
Skipped my normal Sunday workout to give my knees some extra rest. 1 mile walk + jumprope + PT exercises + corework + foam rolling and stretching. I was nice and sweaty by the end so I call that a win-win.
Total Weekly Miles – 25
Total Training Cycle Miles – 161.8
Grade – B
I’m giving myself a B this week. Like I mentioned earlier, it was a hard week for me. I didn’t enjoy any of my runs or workouts this week. It just seems like no matter what I do (foam rolling, stretching, icing) my legs still feel heavy and my knees are still sore. My gut it telling me I probably have a small case of runner’s knee in my right knee (hopefully it won’t get as bad as it did last year), but I’m trying to not to worry too much about it or I’ll drive myself crazy. I skipped my 2 mile run on Tuesday hoping that would help a little bit but it didn’t really make a difference.
Saturday’s long run was another struggle. I feel like a broken record at this point, but of course, it was hella humid..AGAIN!! Like 100% humidity to be exact. Luckily the temperature was in the lower 70s so I was thankful for that. I’m putting out a prayer to the weather gods to just give me one Saturday without humidity. Is that too much to ask? LoL.
But besides the weather, the run wasn’t great. I only hit my paces for 3 of the 14 miles (boo), my knees were sore and my legs felt like bricks. I ran at a slower pace than normal just to get through the run, but I was proud of myself for finishing. I wanted to quit at mile 7, and then again at mile 10, so I guess I need to call this run a “win” since I did actually finish! I took am epsom salt bath after my run and that seemed to help with some overall soreness.
Going into next week, I might take an extra rest day, or skip a run – I just don’t know yet. I have “longer” long runs coming up (16 and 18 milers) so I need to make sure I can get through those runs this month and next month. I still have 3 months left of training so I know I need to train smart to get to the start line of the Chicago Marathon.
Before I go I just wanted to say congratulations to everyone that rocked Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago this weekend. I had serious FOMO looking all the posts on social media. I LOVE that race so much and was bummed to miss it this year, but at least I’ll be back in Chicago in October!
Did you have a good week? Are you currently training for any races?