Pre-Marathon Training Week 3

This was another great week of getting ready for marathon training. I’m so excited to kick off training for my third marathon, the Richmond Marathon in mid November.  Here’s how this week went:

Monday: Peachtree Road Race 10k. This is a great Atlanta tradition and a wonderful way to spend the holiday! Chrissy and I dressed up in red, white, and blue and ran along 60,000 other participants through the heart of Atlanta. It’s the south in July, so it was very hot! We had decided to do this as an easy, fun run and I’m so glad we did. It was a great race.

Ready to Run!

Ready to Run!

Patriotic outfit...check!

Patriotic outfit…check!

The AJC gave free photo downloads this year, I love it!

The AJC gave free photo downloads this year, I love it!

I also finished setting up some stuff in our home gym.  We had our stuff on an old end table before, and I finally got some storage solutions for all my running stuff and various equipment. All that’s left is for Brian and I to agree on some wall art….it sounds simple, but trust me, it won’t be.


Tuesday: 1 mile warmup, 5k test, .7 mile cooldown. After last week’s failed 5k test, I was nervous about this.  When I woke up and saw that it was 78 degrees out already (with around 85% humidity) I was even more nervous.  I did a light 1 mile warmup down to the trail and then stopped and did some dynamic stretching before starting my test.  The first mile felt hard, the second mile still felt hard, and the third mile I thought I was going to die (ok, not really….but you get the point).  However, Eminem’s “Til I Collapse” came on during the last mile and it really helped.  Is that song about speedwork? Because I think it may be.  I was so happy with the result — 27:42. This is a few seconds off of my 5k time last year, so I know I’m in similar shape.

I had the day off of work, so I got caught up on some housework.  That evening, I did a 45 minute strength routine focusing mostly on lower body.

Wednesday: 4 miles recovery pace. I was glad to have some very easy miles on the schedule, especially since it was really hot even at 5am.  I feel like a broken record saying it, so I’ll try to stop.  We’re in the worst part of the summer, so 80 degree runs are going to be the norm for the next few weeks.

Thursday: 30 minutes stationary bike, 15 minutes rowing machine. Cross-training day! I put on a new Rock My Run mix and pounded this one out.

I also worked on an easy craft project this weekend! I bought a chalkboard from Target and some chalk markers to make a PR board:

Friday: 4.8 miles. Oh boy, this was bad. I have no idea what happened,  but my body totally revolted on this run.  A couple of miles in, I got some really bad lower stomach cramps and it went south fast. I had to stop a couple of times to use the toilet, and Carrie went and got the car to pick me up.

Saturday & Sunday: Rest. I haven’t mentioned this, but Brian has been out of town the past few weeks. He came home late Friday night, so I took this weekend as a rest weekend. We have been spending a lot of time together and it’s been great!

Total miles: 19.8

This was the final week of pre-marathon training! I start officially training for the Richmond Marathon tomorrow. I’ve been getting myself all ready to start. I got a new training journal for this cycle. I’m so excited to get started, put in the work,  and see what I can do on race day.

How was your week? What do you use for keeping track of your training?

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  1. I love your PR board! I’ve been wanting to do something similar and hang it with my race medals. I generally just keep track of my training using a running app and my blog. I bought a training journal and never used it.

    Good job with your training despite the heat and humidity (it’s rough out there right now)!

  2. I love your patriotic outfits and I also love your PR board! I have terrible handwriting so I couldn’t create something so beautiful 🙂

    Sorry to hear about the “crappy” run. Happens to all of us and its not fun. Good to hear you had a friend to give you a ride.

    I have the same journal! I share all my training on the blog, but I still like to physically write it all down and reflect on it throughout the training season 🙂

    I can’t imagine training in Atlanta during the summer! Very commendable!

    • Thanks Jessie! There are a lot of PR boards on Etsy if you want to purchase one, that’s where I got the idea. I’ve been toying with the idea of making some to sell myself because I got so many compliments on it but really, who has the time for that?? LOL

  3. I love your home gym and PR board. I dream of living somewhere where I could have a home gym room with a treadmill and decorate it with fun stuff like that.

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