Richmond Marathon Training – 7 weeks to go!!

I can’t believe this training cycle only has a few weeks left until the taper! I’m getting so excited for race day.  Here’s how this week went:

Monday: 7 miles @ 11:24 pace, 20 minutes strength training.  My quads were still sore from the weekend, and it was HOT and HUMID (still!), but this run still felt pretty good despite all that!

Tuesday: 3 miles @ 11:37 pace.  It cooled off a bit, and I really enjoy these shorter runs during the week!

Wednesday: 1 mile warmup, speedwork, 1 mile cooldown (5.75 miles total).  For this workout, I did four 800m repeats and a couple of 400m repeats.  I worked from home so was able to run on the trail after the sun came up, which was a nice treat. This workout was HARD, so I was so glad when I finished it, and I was able to hit all my paces.  I had to walk for a few seconds during most of my recovery breaks.  I’m going to try really hard next week to not do that.  I treated myself to an epsom salt bath and some reading in the evening.


Thursday: 30 minutes stationary bike, 10 mins rowing machine, PT exercises.  This was a good cross training day.  I was feeling a bit sore from the speedwork the day before, so I spent some extra time stretching.  Grey’s Anatomy was back on, so naturally I watched that while eating some ice cream.


Friday: 3 recovery miles @ 12:47 pace.  My coach told me I needed to start running my recovery miles slower, so I tried really hard to pay attention to pace as well as how I felt to run slow.  It made for an enjoyable run!

Also, my marathon shoes came! I ordered them a bit early this year since Pearl Izumi is exiting the running business (wahhhhhhhhhh!!).  I’ll save them until November and break them in in the couple of weeks leading up to the marathon.


Saturday: 18 miles – 6 easy, 6 @ marathon pace, 6 easy.  THIS RUN WAS AWESOME!!! I totally nailed this.  I ran the first 6 with an 11:30 average pace, middle 6 @ 9:47 pace (goal was 9:50…yeah!) and last 6 at 11:03.  I did this entire run on the Silver Comet Trail – so the first 9 were a net slight uphill and the back 9 were a net slight downhill.  It was a little cooler than it has been, but still hot, so I really had no idea if I was going to be able to hit the paces I needed to, but decided to give it a shot and see what happened.  I ran the first mile and a half with Alaina which really helped calm my nerves! The run turned out great and was a fantastic confidence booster! I capped off the run with an ice bath which felt awesome after a sweaty run.  The pace miles definitely felt fast, but I expected them to.  I still have a few weeks of hard workouts left, and hopefully the change in weather, which has to be soon, will help make these miles a little less challenging feeling.  I tried not to think about the idea of running that fast during the marathon, and instead just focused on the workout at hand.

Sunday:  Rest day.  I went to breakfast with my friend and ate all the food:


I’m signed up for yoga, but Brian is coming home today (yay!!) and I need to do some work, so I’m not sure if I’ll actually make it over there.  As a compromise I may just do a yoga dvd at the house to save time (the studio is about 45 mins away…)

Total miles for the week: 36.75

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I’m feeling so much better this week compared to last week.  My energy levels are back and my workouts are going well again.  I went back to the allergist for a follow up and he confirmed that I am, in fact, NOT allergic to anything that is released in the fall.  I asked him what he thought about my nasal congestion, sore throat, and headache (I was miserable the previous week) and he said it was likely just a headcold.  Which would explain why I felt like crap.  At any rate, I’m feeling so much better now.  I’m really looking forward to the next few weeks!  This will be the highest mileage I’ve ever run in a training cycle, and I’m near my previous peak of 40 miles already.  I am feeling so different this cycle, and I just can’t wait to see what I can do on race day.

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  1. I LOVE your epic breakfast after your long run on Sunday, lol . Great job on that run – especially hitting the marathon pace in the middle.

    I love the new sneakers – they look awesome. I too could not watch to watch Grey’s Anatomy this week, it was a really great episode!

    I like your idea of taking an epsom salt bath in the middle of the week. I might do that too!

    • Thanks Kimberly! I actually take 2-3 baths a week and follow them with rolling and stretching. It’s a nice treat and it keeps me loose!

  2. Such a strong long run Jess, way to go! You are going to CRUSH it at Richmond! So excited for you 🙂

    If my yoga studio was 45 minutes away, it would take a lot of commitment to get there. I’m impressed that you do!

    • Honestly I don’t that often, lol. But….driving is such a part of the culture down here in Atlanta, it’s a city that has a lot of suburbs and is very sprawling!

  3. Hey Jess. Congrats on crushing that long run! Perhaps, even better is how you felt afterwards. Nothing like feeling “good” after 18 miles. I can’t believe we are only 7 weeks away from the marathon. Time flies!!!

    I enjoy reading your posts, so keep up the good work. Have a great training week!

      • It’s going well. Thanks for asking. I often judge my training success by health status, more so than miles, pace, etc. Happy to report that I’ve stayed injury-free this year, so I’m very pleased. I’m probably a bit “over-raced” as I’ve completed about 12 different events since March (a few 5k’s, several half-marathons, etc.). So, a bit of the challenge has been to pace myself so that I’m not over-trained prior to Richmond (my last race prior to Richmond is the Baltimore half-marathon on 10/15/16). But I love race days so much, as I’m sure you do too.
        I was able to get in 21 miles this past Saturday and like you, I do almost all of my miles before the sun comes up or at sunrise. I’m up to about 50-miles per week, mixing in speed work once each week. While I enjoy long runs, I’m looking forward to the taper in a few weeks. 🙂
        I’m traveling to Pensacola Beach this week, and can’t wait to run along the beach for early morning training.
        Again, thanks for asking about my training. I wish you all the best this week in your training.

  4. Good work lady and hitting your goals.
    Also, can we talk about this book? I just recently read it. how did you like it?

    • Thanks! I just finished it and I liked it a lot. It was more about her personal relationships than I was expecting, but I thought her writing style was really nice. I enjoyed the read for sure.

  5. Hello Jess,
    I linked up with the Right Fits and I think I see my link on your blog page too. Please tell me if I need to add the link to your page as well (separately from the Right Fits). I’m so new to this- I’m not quite sure how to work this.

    Great training week for you!
    I should do the same as you did- split the long runs into two or three parts with different target pace. Such a great idea!

    • Hey Erin! If you add to one, it adds to the other. So you’re squared away, thanks for linking up!

      Yes, my coach has started doing this to help me build confidence for the marathon. It also takes the place of a second speed workout, which works well for me, as I’ve been very injury prone. I like the way it mentally breaks up the run, too. Let me know if you try it!

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