Richmond Marathon Training – Week 12

Hello and happy October! I’m currently laid up on the couch with a nasty sinus headcold thing, a sure sign that fall is here.  If I had to sum up the past week of training in one sentence, it’d be “just get it done”.  I had work travel, my monthly female time, plus this headcold thing….not to mention work was just crazy in general.  I was really glad when Friday finally rolled around.

Luckily, this week as a slight cutback week in training.  Overall mileage was consistent but my long run was shorter, which couldn’t have come on a better week.  Here’s how my training went:

Monday: 4 miles at 12:27 pace, glute exercises. A nice and easy recovery run to start the week.

Tuesday: 8 miles at 11:04 average pace.  I had to do this before going to the airport.  It was in the low 70s, but I knew this would be one of the last runs in the 70s I would have for awhile, which made it a little easier to bear.  After the run I headed to Arkansas for work.  I had a day full of meetings, followed by a work dinner, followed by promptly going to bed.

Wednesday: Warmup, 5 x 1000m repeats with 400m recovery jog inbetween, cooldown. I had a hard time getting out the door because I woke up with serious cramps (sorry if TMI for my male readers…).  It was only 55 degrees outside in Arkansas so I forced myself out of bed to do this.  The hotel I was staying at is attached to a convention center with a large parking lot, so I decided to do my speedwork there.  The warmup felt super easy and I was able to nail my paces on each repeat with jogging inbetween all but one repeat.  I was really proud of this workout, especially considering the fatigue from the work travel.  It was a huge confidence booster! I had meetings all morning, then flew back to Atlanta in the afternoon.

Speedwork in the parking lot

Speedwork in the parking lot

Thursday: Rest day.  I had the option for cross training or a rest day, and I happily took the rest day.  I was feeling very run down from the previous two days, and my sore throat started on this day.  Skipper agreed with the needed rest:


Friday: 3 miles at 10:43 average pace.  I woke up with a SUPER sore throat and debated on if I should do this run.  I was working from home, and decided that the run may make me feel better.  I just watched myself and committed to cutting it short if needed.  It actually wasn’t bad except for how bad my throat hurt.  The weather was in the low 50s and I kept my heart rate very low for this run.  I ended up signing off of work early, taking an epsom salt bath, and crashing early.

As a side note, I got some swag from Sarah Marie Design Studio that I ordered last week.  I just love this shirt and mug!



Saturday: 12 miles @ 11:02 average pace.  I originally had 14 miles on the schedule, but woke up with the full symptoms of a bad headcold so decided to make this one a little shorter.  I loaded myself up on meds and hit the trail.  The weather made this less miserable.  Truthfully, I felt fine running as far as breathing/heart rate thanks to the wonderful weather, but I was just miserable from the cold.  I had to blow my nose at least every quarter mile, my throat was scratchy and sore, and my eyes were watery.


After the run, I got a sports massage, and then that evening we went to the Braves game with some friends.  It is the last weekend that the team is playing at Turner Field; they are moving to a new stadium outside the city limits next season.  It was bittersweet to be at the game, we have a lot of great memories at Turner Field! It was an amazing evening for a ballgame (weather around 70 degrees with a light breeze), we had awesome seats, and the Braves won.  If it had been any other weekend, I probably would have bailed on this game.  However, I just took it easy and drank about 5 bottles of water!




Sunday: Rest Day.  My symptoms are progressing and I’m afraid I may have a sinus infection situation on my hands.  If I’m not feeling better by tomorrow I’m going to need to take a trip to the doctor.

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Total miles for the week: 32

Next week starts the peak of my training, so I’m really hoping to kick this sickness sooner rather than later.  I know that I have a solid base of training under me, so if my plan next week gets revised it won’t be the end of the world.  I’m going to focus on getting myself healthy.  Luckily, Brian is home now so he’s able to bring me stuff on the coach all day.  Being sick when someone else can take care of you is so much better!

41 days until Richmond! How is your training going? Do you run while sick?

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  1. I’m so sorry that you aren’t feeling well. I really hope that you start to feel better soon. Kudos to you for still getting in all of your runs even though you are feeling under the weather!

    I really need to order some items from Sarah Marie Design Studio! I think I might add some items from her on my Christmas wish list 🙂

    • Thanks Kimberly! It’s always hard to decide if you should push through or take a rest day, you know?

      I just ordered a “marathoner” sweatshirt from her. You should definitely plan to get some 26.2 gear after your marathon!

  2. Cut back weeks always come at the perfect time, hope you are felling better soon. And love that Sarah Marie Design shirt. I have a list of wants and one of her shirts is on it.

  3. I have the “Netflix and Treadmill” shirt and the “I’d Rather be Running Shirt.” Bought the bRUNch shirt for a friend. Her stuff is awesome 🙂

    I hope you feel better- colds are the worst. But still a strong week and your 1k repeats were AWESOME! So impressed.

    • Yes, a lot of people are sad about the stadium move! The new stadium is actually only 15 minutes from my house, so we will see what that does to my commute. I may be pulling the work from home trigger more often.

    • Oh yeh, same for my family members, there are so many great designs on there! She is constantly adding new stuff, too.

  4. Sounds like a miserable week, I hope this one is much better! It’s so impressive you got so much running in, I think I would have just watched netfix 😉

    • Thanks Beth! I definitely just watched football all day on Sunday. This week has been a little more miserable. I’m hoping to get a good run in this morning!

  5. You did awesome given the work travel and head cold! Cool that you are running Richmond. I considered doing that as my first full marathon this fall but was unsure how warm it would be.

    • Thanks! I did Richmond last year and the weather was quite literally perfect! It was in the upper 30s to start and low 50s when I finished!

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