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Marathon Monday Week 14

Hey everyone!

It’s here – the last marathon Monday in training. Eeeekkkk! It’s been a crazy, crazy week to say the least.

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I’m not even sure where to begin. Veteran marathoners told me the taper will mess with your mind. It has and then some! My blister issues have gone away but now I am dealing with another issue. My right foot is not feeling right. It feels fine until I’m running. I wouldn’t call it pain, just noticeable and different. My gait is off because of it. I’ve been trying to take it easy but mind keeps telling me – you need to run! You’re running a marathon soon! When I have been running, I feel slow like molasses. On top of the foot issues, we’ve also been traveling this week. Different routines, food and terrain have all been messing with my head and body!

Here’s how the week looked in workouts:

Sunday: Rest

Monday: 60 minute bike trainer + total body strength

Tuesday: Easy 5 miles + yoga

Wednesday: 50 minute bike trainer + total body strength + yoga

Thursday: Easy 3 mile run

Friday: Easy 4 mile run

Saturday: 8 mile run + yoga

6 days to VCM!

Marathon Monday Week 13

Happy Marathon Monday!

Well, I survived my first week of the taper. It wasn’t bad. I embraced it fully to let my blister heal and my muscles recover from 2 weeks of races and a 20 miler. I did have my first marathon disaster dream the other night. In it, the race was timed by your own Garmin. Mine couldn’t find a satellite at the starting line! Finally after 20 minutes it did and I was able to start. I woke up sweating and in a panic. So bizarre!

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The big drama from this week in training continues to be my foot blister situation. Watch this short vlog for all the details!

Here’s how the week went in workouts:

Sunday: Rest

Monday: 60 minute bike trainer + total body strength

Tuesday: 3 mile easy (ha. ha.) double stroller run + yoga

Wednesday: 7 mile speed: 1 mile warm. 4×1600 @ 7:19 with 800 jogs. 1 mile cool + total body strength

Thursday: 2.5 mile easy run + yoga

Friday: 12 mile easy run

Saturday: SurfSet Fitness class (more to come on that later this week!)

13 days till VCM!!!

Marathon Monday Week 12

Hey Friends!

Happy Monday! After weeks of training and building mileage, it’s finally time to taper. I’m sooooo ready!

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This past week was a tough. Physically I felt battered. My knees were achy like I was 90 years old. I felt really fatigued so I cut out all my usual bike workouts. The blister on my foot from last weeks half was an issue all week. I cut back my planned 7 miler on Thursday to 5 because of it. I stocked up on moleskin and a type of body glide specifically for the foot and blisters in preparation for Saturday’s 20 miler. Someone even recommended I use duct tape on the blister but later said medical tape might be a better option.

Needless to say, none of it helped. I got another blister on top of that blister. Sorry to share but this thing is so nasty that I just had to.

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Not pretty and definitely not something you want to be dealing with for 20 miles.

I’ve been trying to figure out what caused the blister. My shoes fit good. I wear dry wick socks. Maybe my feet were more sweaty than usual since it is getting warmer? Fingers crossed that it won’t happen again and I’ll be running smoothly from now on.

Workouts from the week

Sunday: Wallis Sands Half Marathon + 2 miles warm up

Monday: Light yoga + total body strength

Tuesday: 7 easy miles + yoga

Wednesday: 8 easy miles + total body strength

Thursday: 5k for 5 by the 5th Virtual Race – May (recap up tomorrow) + 2 miles + yoga

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 20 miles

This was the first week that I missed my mileage goal according to my training plan. I was off by 2 miles so I’m really not that upset about it. Now that it’s taper time, I’m all about getting my foot healed up, eating right and resting more.

Twenty days till marathon day!!