Happy Sunday! I hope that everyone had a great week! My staycation was pretty good. It wasn’t exactly “relaxing” but I got a lot of things accomplished – errands, shopping, laundry, cleaning, organizing, etc. I checked off a ton of stuff on my to-do list so I’m happy about that.
The weather during the week was horrible – crazy humidity, heat and high dew points. Any outside workouts were pretty much non-existent. Luckily we were blessed with some amazing weather this weekend which just makes me crave Fall weather even more. I was pretty happy with my workouts this week (although I should have done more core workouts) and my long run on Saturday felt very good.
Here’s how week 7 of marathon training went for me this week:
Monday, August 19
OrangeTheory Fitness – Endurance, Strength, Power (ESP) and 500m Row Benchmark (60 minutes)
One great thing about having the week off work was that I was able to take my OTF classes in the morning. It’s nice to start off the day, especially a Monday, with a hard workout. We also had a 500m benchmark row in the beginning of class. Hopefully I can beat my time the next time we do this benchmark in class.
Tuesday, August 20
5 mile run + core work (10 minutes).
I spent the whole day cleaning and organizing and then realized I didn’t get in my workout – oops! I didn’t feel like running at all since it was disgusting outside, but I laced up my sneakers and hit the treadmill for 5 miles. Surprisingly, it was a really good run!
Wednesday, August 21
Bootcamp (60 minutes).
Class was great! The instructor really focused on arms and abs which was fine with me since my legs needed a break! I was also supposed to run but I had really bad stomach cramps. It was a miracle I even made it to class so I decided to move my run to Thursday.
Thursday, August 22
OrangeTheory Fitness – Endurance (60 minutes).
Everyone knows that I love a theme. Every Thursday in August is #TBT at my OTF studio (each Thursday is a different decade). This Thursday was all about the 80s so my mom and I decided to dress up as Run DMC – I think we nailed it! The class was great too, even better since we were able to take it with our favorite, Coach Alison! Next week is the 90s so I’m currently searching Amazon for some ideas, lol.
Also, I’ve never run the same day as an OTF class – it’s hard! I had 5 miles on my plan but I could only get through 3 miles post-class. My legs were shot!
Friday, August 23
RST DAY! I felt a little sore from Thursday’s class so I did some stretching before bed.
Also the Chicago Marathon posted this on their Instagram account – it’s getting real!!
Saturday, August 24
17 mile long run + core work (10 minutes).
The night before my long run I checked the weather and I did a happy dance!
Honestly, what a difference between the weather on last Saturday and this Saturday. Last Saturday I was drenched in sweat and I could barely breathe right during my run. I got the miles done but it was a struggle from start to finish. This Saturday I actually wanted to stop mid-run and do a happy dance. Everything felt like it clicked, my legs felt good and I just had a lot of energy. I did slow down the last 2 miles with a few walk breaks but other than that I really can’t complain. I wish I could bottle up this weather for race day!
Sunday, August 25
Spinning (60 minutes) + core work (10 minutes).
My legs felt stiff this morning so I knew a spinning class was in order. I always like using spinning as recovery after a long run – helps to flush out my legs.
Total Weekly Mileage: 29.2 miles
Marathon Training Miles: 174.4 miles
Summary: 5 runs, 1 spinning classes, 3 strength training workouts, 3 core workouts
Grade This Week – A
Overall I have to say that marathon training is going well so far. I’m now halfway through my 14 week plan and I am happy with my progress. I was a little worried about fitting in all of my workouts but I think I’ve done a good job so far. Sure, some weeks I wish I could do more spinning, strength or core work but I know with marathon training that nothing is perfect.
I experimented with eating before my long run yesterday. I kept it simple with a piece of bread and a little peanut butter. I also worked on fueling at the proper times during my run. I used the SiS salted strawberry gels at mile 4, 8.5 and 13 and sipped water when needed. It all seemed to work well with no stomach issues! One thing I’ve noticed during this training is that I’m not hungry right after a long run. I’m thirsty so I drink all the liquids, but I won’t eat anything until a few hours later. This is a huge difference from last year when I could eat as soon as a I finished a long run, lol.
Looking ahead, this next week should be my cutback week, but I have a dilemma. If I follow through with my cutback week, my long run will be 13 miles on Saturday (8/31), but I have the Surftown Half Marathon the following Sunday (9/8). The weekend of the half marathon I’m supposed to do 18-20 miles. Originally I was just going to run the extra miles before the race., but now I’m thinking do I just switch these weeks and do 18-20 miles next Saturday and then just use the half marathon as my 13 mile training run. I’d love your thoughts on this – What would you do?
That’s it! I hope you had a great week 🙂
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