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Marathon Mondays – Getting into a Groove

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And just like that, 3 weeks of marathon training has gone by. If you’re just tuning in, I am training for the Honolulu marathon in December, which will be my 4th full marathon, which is kind of amazing. Four years ago, I could never imagine running a full. I was one of those “I’m only half crazy” people and now I’ve gone “full crazy.” LOL. Who knows. Maybe I’ll decide to run an ultra in 2019/2020. Maybe.

Week 3 Honolulu Marathon Training

(Planned miles) Actual miles

Monday (4 miles) 6 miles – Every third Monday of the month, there is a 10k challenge up a mountain hosted by Movin Shoes. Movin Shoes, after 40 years, will be closing its doors at the end of this month so seeing as this was their last 10k challenge, I decided I’d go all out. Little did I know that my calves had something else in mind. The 10k route is an out and back course that has an elevation gain of 689 feet and of course about 300 feet up, my calves cramped and I had to take walk breaks and stretch them out before continuing. It was really tough, but once I made it to the top and caught my breath, the downhill portion was easy peasy.

Tuesday (Rest) 3 sets of 10 reps Medicine ball squat throws/Medicine ball slams – My arms were almost back to 100%, but I didn’t want to risk injuring it again so I had a really short workout. Not going to lie. The first time I did it, I threw the ball into the air and it almost hit me on the head. LOL. Oops?

Wednesday (6 miles) 6 miles – I had no intention of running 6 miles, but after meeting up with my run group at Fleet Feet, they somehow convinced me that 6 miles would be a good idea. LOL. Spoiler alert: It was.


Okay, I had a few mishaps along the run. There were a few gnarly hills and my stomach decided to be stupid at the end, but I enjoyed the longer run overall.

Truth time: Every Wednesday, I make the excuse to run the shorter distance because I don’t want to be the last one to come back. This Wednesday, Adam, a staff member at Fleet Feet, assured me that he’d make sure that we weren’t left behind and he stayed true to his word. He waited for my friend and I at a critical intersection and ran with us the rest of the way. It was very much appreciated. 🙂

Thursday (Rest) 12.5 lb dumbbell plank row with box step ups for 15 min – Another short weightlifting workout.


Friday (6 miles) 4 miles – 4 easy miles on the treadmill.

Saturday (10 miles) 10 miles – This was my first double digit run since June and I was pretty nervous about it. On top of that nervousness, I completely forgot to bring my phone with me to run, which meant I had no music. ACK! I am someone who always runs with music unless I’m running with friends. Unfortunately, none of my friends ran the 10 miles so for a good chunk of the run, I was by myself with no music. It was an interesting experience, but it’s not something I’ll repeat any time soon. Too many thoughts in my head for a 10 mile run. Heh.

Sunday (Rest) Rest – The intention was to do yoga, but after waking up, I decided against it and actually rested.

Total mileage: 26 miles

Overall, despite the ups and downs, I honestly feel like I’m finally getting back into the swing of marathon training. My first double digit run was strong and I think I found a nice balance of running and cross training. This upcoming week will be a week of cutting back the mileage to give my body some more rest so hooray! 🙂

Question for you: Do you listen to anything while on a run or do you prefer to just hear the sound of your own feet hitting the ground? If you don’t listen to music or podcasts, what do you focus on? Listening to my thoughts for an hour and a half was brutal and it’s not something I’d like to revisit any time soon.