There’s only 2 weeks left until I run my second full marathon and at this point in training, I just want to get it done and over with. LOL. I’m super impatient. Can you tell? Here’s how training went for this week.
Scheduled Mileage – Actual Mileage
Monday (5 miles) – 5.1 miles
I started my new job on Monday and was very fortunate to finish early and get in the easy miles with my run group at Movin’ Shoes.
Tuesday (4 x 1.5 miles with 1 mile WU and CD) – 8.9 miles with intervals of some sort
Since I’m shorter on time with my new job, I decided to try and use my lunch hour as my run/lunch (runch) hour. I haphazardly created a route on Strava around my workplace that would give me 4.5 miles and ran out the door when lunch time came. What I didn’t realize was that the route I created was fairly hilly. Because 4.5 miles would have taken me a little less than 45 minutes and I only had 15 minutes to change, eat, and stop sweating before my meeting with my manager, I booked it up the hills. Never will I do that again. LOL. I checked out the gym and ran another 4.4 miles after work.
Wednesday (Rest) – Rest
Thursday (10 mile tempo run with 1 mile WU and CD) – 5 mile tempo with 1.5 mile WU and CD
Remember about a month ago, I had difficultly breathing on my runs. Yeah, it’s happening again. I’ve been plagued by what I think is severe allergies to something in the air. I thought the allergies would be better indoors and on a treadmill, but it wasn’t. I had to keep stopping because my throat was clogging up and I couldn’t breathe well. I had to keep blowing my nose and spitting out stuff. To say it sucked is an understatement.
Friday (5 miles) – 5 miles
TGIF! Ran an easy 5 miles on the treadmill after work. Allergies were still in effect unfortunately.
Saturday (8 miles) – 11.7 mile long run
Since Thursday,’s fiasco of a run, I had been trying to keep my allergies at bay by taking medication for it. By Saturday, they were a little more manageable and I was able to knock out 11ish miles.
Sunday (10 mile long run) – 5.1 miles
I was debating with myself the entire week whether I could do another 50 mile week, but by Wednesday, I settled for 44 or 45 miles. My shins and knees were acting up on Sunday so I decided to opt for 44 miles.
Total mileage (50 miles) – 44 miles
Thoughts of the week: I don’t like missing mileage, but with my current situation, I think that I did the right thing by opting for lower mileage. I think I forgot to mention it last week, but my knee freaked out after a run and I couldn’t extend my leg without my knee feeling like it was going to pop. I had to extend my leg extremely slowly and even then, my knee felt locked. My knee was better this week, but I could feel that it’s still not 100% so I don’t want to risk putting more stress on it. The rest of training will most likely consist of easy runs with mileage in the high 30s or low 40s. Hopefully, that will be enough recovery and I’ll be able to finish strong in the marathon.
Question for you: Do you have any advice for tapering? Or even for the week before the marathon? I’m all ears!