Marathon Monday Week 4

The weeks are flying by in marathon training!

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This past week was one that made me the most nervous. Well, maybe the second most nervous. The 20 miler (which is coming up this week! Holy cow!) is #1. Before I get to 20, I needed and 18 miler. The distance that I was trying to achieve back in July when my knee went bad on me. That day I only made it to 16 before throwing in the towel and calling it a day. Was the same thing going to happen again?

I know I mention my knee injury a lot but after Saturday’s run, I feel even more confident that I can do this. Every mile marker I hit, it’s a boost. From now on, that’s the past. I’m done talking about knees.

Here’s how last week’s workouts looked:

Sunday: 4 mile recovery easy run + yoga

Monday: 50 minute bike trainer ride + total body strength

Tuesday: 6 miles – 3.1 miles as part of 5 by the 5th Virtual Race for March + yoga

Wednesday: The Countdown Workout + 30 minute bike trainer + evening yoga

Thursday: Easy 4 miles + yoga

Friday: REST

Saturday: 18 miles!

I should note that not all of my yoga sessions are long. On Tuesday and Thursday they are only about 20 minutes. I would love to do more but that’s all I can squeeze in before my kids lose interest in their own down dogs and start trying to jump on me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Something is always better than nothing.

I mentioned it above but I’ve got another big week on the schedule. 20 miles! Coincidentally, my birthday is on Sunday. Should I do the run on Saturday so I can rest on Sunday and fully enjoy the day? Or should I run Sunday as a way to celebrate turning one year older?

Hmmmm…what would you do?

  1. Congrats!!! I agree with the group running. When I run with my group my pace is so much quicker and I really am not thinking about all my woes! 20 on your birthday? Sounds like a great way to celebrate!!
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  2. Yes for 18 miles! So glad to see you jamming with this training. You’ve got the 20 in the bag…two more measly miles! I like that you are “done talking about knees.”

    Don’t worry about your pace on these long ones..you’re just putting miles in the bank right now.

    I’d go for the 20 on Sat. and then rest and enjoy your birthday on Sunday.
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  3. You are definitely inspired me because I’ve been running Five days a week and then I’ve been told that my previous coach wants me to run 6 days a week and it’s just too much I feel like my body is going to keel over and die and seeing you run three with the recovery is exactly what I’m shooting for so you’re definitely inspiring me keep up the great job!
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    • My body can’t handle more than 4 days of running. Four works for me with 2 days of cross training and one full rest day. Don’t force it if its not working for you. You’ll just hate running and maybe get injured.

  4. Yay for the pdr!! I totally get the knee thing hanging over you… I felt the same way with my shin for most of the fall marathon cycle. It’s valid too, you know you’re walking that thin line, but I also think it’s important to start gaining confidence in your body, as you’re doing. Excited for you! I’d probably do the 20 Saturday and relax on the birthday.
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    • Thanks Laura! I think knowing that my knee pain could pop up at any time again is what keeps me questioning my abilities. But that’s doing nothing for me so it’s time to stop dwelling on the ‘what ifs’ and live in the present.

      I’m leaning toward Saturday – I can partially run with the group again whereas on Sunday I’d be solo for the whole 20 miles. Plus, I don’t want to be totally exhausted for my birthday dinner!

  5. Yay! How exciting. Isn’t that an amazing feeling to think that you really can run 18 miles at a time!? So glad you had a group with you for part of the run to keep your pace up. I think I trained myself to think so much about running long runs slow that it would, in a sense, be an excuse to me for keeping training runs slow. I think keeping the pace slow is fine for some miles, but also having some good, solid paces in there is helpful as well ๐Ÿ™‚
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  6. Yay for 18!! That’s awesome!! You are doing so great with training and totally have got the 20 miler this weekend. Yes, do it on Saturday so you can enjoy your birthday. I totally get the knee thing too. I feel it hanging over my head sometimes and that it makes me doubt myself and be overly sensitive to every ache and pain. Let’s leave it behind, OK? And trust our bodies?
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  7. I would usually say run 20 on your birthday to celebrate, but since this is your first ever I say run your 20 on Saturday so that you can enjoy your birthday. When I first ran 20 milers they used to wipe me out for the whole rest of the day.

    I love the thought of your kids tiring of their down dogs and jumping on you. It makes me smile ๐Ÿ™‚
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  8. Tough decision, but I think I’d do the 20 on my birthday, because birthdays are about doing things you love, and running is something I really, really love! Either way, if your 18 went well, I’m sure your 20 will, too!
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  9. Yay for 18!!! You are so close now! As for the birthday, I always love running big on my birthday to celebrate…it just feels like a good way to set the tone for a new year.
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