Richmond Marathon Training – 1 week to go!

One week to go! I’ll be honest in that this first week of the marathon training taper was a big, fat, struggle for me.  I still have been working very long days.  It’s not just the hours that are draining me, it’s the TYPE of hours – in meetings all day that I’m leading.  I’m very introverted and it just totally exhausts me to be “on” all day, every day.  Brian has been out of town all week, so it’s also been hard not having him around.  Additionally, my runs haven’t been great and it’s had me questioning my goals for this race.

I’m happy to say that the week ended on a better note and I’ve figured out my goals for the race.  I’m going to wait until later this week to finalize and post them, so be sure to stop back by Thursday!

Monday: 6 miles @ 11:01 pace.  This was a decent run – not great, but not bad. A nice way to kick off the week.

Tuesday: Rest day. I felt soooo sluggish and tired so I decided to switch around my rest day.

Wednesday: 1 mile warmup, 5 x 1000m repeats (2:00 rest in between), 1 mile cooldown.  I almost made this an easy workout and my coach whipped me back into shape.  It’s been very easy to have a “the hay is in the barn”mindset (because it is!), particularly since work has been so busy, but these last workouts DO make a difference.  I didn’t get a chance to go to the trail so I ended up doing this on the roads around my house which are hilly.  Very tough workout, but so glad I got it done!

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Thursday: 5 miles @ 11:48 pace.  These were supposed to be “easy” but even at this pace, they were HARD.  My guess is that my body was still recovering from the hard workout the day before.  Also, it had creeped back up into the mid 60s in the morning which is a lot warmer than it has been.  This was that run that seems to happen every training cycle where you seriously question if you can hit your goals of the race because it seems impossible in that moment.  I just reminded myself that it’s part of the taper!

Friday: 3 miles @ 11:25 pace.  I worked a “normal” day on Thursday and went to bed crazy early, so I got solid sleep on Thursday night.  I took these easy and they were the first miles all week that truly felt easy, for which I was grateful!


I worked from home, and took a long lunch to go vote early.  Georgia has had a record turnout for early voting, and I anticipate the polls will be very crowded on Tuesday.  Make sure you vote, it counts!

Saturday: 8 miles @ 10:44 pace.  AHHHHHHH what an amazing run! A cold front moved in Friday night, so it was nice and chilly in the morning (in the 40s when I woke up!). I had NO plans for the day, so I relished just sitting on the couch and drinking coffee for a couple of hours before heading out.  By the time I got out there, it was in the low 50s, and honestly, it was so lovely! My run felt EASY, which is exactly what you want to feel a week before your marathon.  I hit the trail and saw my friend TJ out training for the Thanksgiving Half Marathon.  I just couldn’t believe how great this run was!


The rest of the day, I ran a few errands and wandered around Target window shopping all the Christmas decorations.  This will be our first Christmas in our house, and I didn’t think I would want Christmas decorations, but boy I was wrong! Haha.

Sunday: Rest day.  Did you guys know that the Hallmark Channel is showing Holiday movies already? Talk about feel good television.

Total Miles: 27

I’m soooo excited for Richmond now.  There have been some great photos of how beautiful the city looks right now with the fall colors, and I hope this all is still around next weekend! The weather is looking great right now, I hope that the forecast holds out!


How was your training? Are you getting excited for race day?! Don’t forget to link up below!

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  1. Good job! I’m running the full in Richmond too! It’s my first full. I’ve enjoyed your blog. I hope the forecast holds out too!!

    • MELISSA!! Best of luck on your first full! You will do amazing! Just remember to enjoy the day and don’t put a lot of pressure on yourself. Training for a marathon is an amazing achievement. Enjoy your victory lap!

  2. Thanks! I’m more excited right now, I’m sure nerves will follow later. I did the Savannah half yesterday, which is longer than the run in the schedule but paced a friend in her first half so it was a nice slow pace for me. My ultimate goal is to finish (which I always have had a time goal but really feel this is an instance it’s ok not to)…I have a secondary time goal but trying not to put pressure on it…but it is admittedly difficult. Can’t wait to see yours!

  3. Hey Jess! I’m excited that I just found your blog…you’ve actually inspired me to start posting about my training too…just starting to gear up for Boston in 2017 right now so perfect timing. I’m looking forward to hearing how great you do at Richmond

  4. I’m getting so excited for you! I know you have trained hard so don’t let the runs last week get to you. You’re going to do awesome next weekend and I can’t wait to cheer you on virtually!

    • Thank you Kim!!! BIG CONGRATS on officially becoming a marathoner! Hope you aren’t walking TOO funny today 🙂

  5. You looked great out there on Saturday! Nice to see a familiar face on my 1st trip to the Silver Comet! #imadetheblog

    • You looked great too! I hope you enjoyed the comet, it’s a great place to run if you want a break from the hills!

  6. Jess, though I don’t always “reply”, I’ve looked forward to your posts since Week 1 of the training blog (about 16 weeks ago, right?). Thanks for sharing your trials, tribulations and successes. I’m sure you are going to have a fantastic race! It will be my first time running Richmond and I couldn’t be more excited. In fact, though it’s only Monday, I can feel the nervous tension starting to build. 🙂 Enjoy the race and thanks for making my training cycle that much more enjoyable.

  7. I have to say Hallmark Holiday movies are one of the only reasons I miss having cable. I’m so jealous.

    I’m glad you finished the week on such a good run. Sometimes all it takes is one good run to really boost your confidence.

  8. Oh my gosh, only a week to go! You are so ready. I’ve so enjoyed following along in your training and doing the link-up with you! Can’t wait to see all your hard work pay off.

  9. Wow! mid 50s. I’m just shivering at that temperature!
    I hope you have a blast at the marathon and I know all your hardwork will pay off!!!!!
    Gorgeous photo of the city.

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