Richmond Marathon Training – Week 13

34 days to go!! This week was my first peak week of training.  However, a really nasty headcold sinus thing unfortunately sidelined me most of the week.  I was terribly sick and tried to deny it, but my body totally revolted when I did.  I ended up with a lot of rest instead of running this week.  Here’s how it went:

Monday: 3 miles @ 11:31 average pace.  I call this my denial run.  I pretended like I was feeling better (I wasn’t) and went out for a few miles.  My heart rate spiked early and I had to take more walk breaks than I would have liked.

Tuesday: Rest day.  I was THAT PERSON in the office hacking and blowing my nose all day.  Really quite a delight to be around.

Wednesday: Rest day.  Finally actually started feeling better but decided to take it easy again.

Thursday: 4 miles at 12:00 average pace.  Ugh.  My symptoms were (mostly) gone but my body was clearly still wrecked.  It was a pretty morning though so I tried to stay positive.  I reminded myself a lot after this run that I can do hard things and my body would be fine for my long run on Saturday.


Friday: Rest day.  I considered more miles but decided against it for two reasons.  First, I wanted to rest my body up as much as possible for Saturday’s run.  Second, if it went poorly I would have totally freaked myself out for my 21 miler.

Friday was Brian’s birthday! I’m very proud of the fact that I pulled off a birthday gift surprise that he was THRILLED about! I got him a smoker!! My coworker’s husband helped me pick one out, and Brian had no idea that I had it up my sleeve.  He’s been “seasoning” it this weekend and doing research on different recipes, etc.  Next weekend we are going to make ribs in it.  Yes, I will benefit from this gift too and I’m very excited about it! Skipper on the other hand, isn’t so sure about it yet….


Saturday: 21 miles at 11:15 average pace.  Don’t let the average pace fool you, this was a HARD run.  I actually felt fine endurance-wise, but my legs did NOT feel good.  They felt heavy from the start and I entered strugglesville around mile 12.


My IT band started tightening up, and by the end of the run it was very in rough shape.  However, I finished the entire 21 miles (albeit with a few walk breaks).  I had a bunch of excuses to cut this run short but I didn’t.  I completed the longest training run I’ve ever done!!  I treated myself to an ice bath right after and let me tell you, it really hit the spot!


Saturday night Brian and I checked out Stockyard Burgers in Vinings (about 15 minutes from our house).  The weather was perfect to sit outside, and I got my post-long-run burger and beer!

Dinner at Stockyard Burgers

Sunday: Rest day.  My IT band was still feeling locked up so I focused on anti-inflamatories, stretching, rolling, etc.  However, we had a VERY fun day on tap! We took Skipper to the Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta’s “Rescue Romp”.  It was basically an entire day of activities for dogs out in Canton, GA.  We didn’t adopt Skipper from this particular rescue, but it was open to anyone and I just love golden retrievers! Skipper spent a lot of time saying hi to other dogs and checking out all the activities.  They had a lure course (Skipper was totally not interested), dock diving (hahaha yeh right, couldn’t even get Skipper up the ramp), professional photos (got those done, can’t wait to see them!!), food (smiles all around), and an agility course.  I was skeptical that Skipper would humor us and try some of the stuff, but they had a trainer there with treats so Skipper gave it a good try.  He did a few of the obstacles and seemed to have fun! Here are some pictures from the day:






Total miles for the week: 28

Walking around on Sunday helped loosen up my IT band so I’m hopefully it was just a scare and I can get myself back on track this week with my training.  I’ll be very diligent with my stretching and rolling, and I have a sports massage on Wednesday.  My coach switched some things up to help with my recovery from my illness and my long run on Saturday.

I’ll be honest that I was really bummed to not be able to train last week.  I know that realistically, I didn’t really lose any fitness, but I lost momentum and that upset me.  After my run Thursday, I really had to talk myself off the ledge.  I kept waiting for my coach to give me an out to my 21 miler…to tell me to only run 14 or something, but she never did (dangit).  She told me to do the best I could.  I reminded myself of the time I got the flu before my first marathon and that I would be fine!  It wasn’t pretty, but I got it done and I’m very proud of that.

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Going into next week, I’m stressed about my IT band and I’m trying to tell myself that it’s fine, it’s fine, it’s fine.  Just a few weeks left of focus and then I’ll be in the taper.  I can do this!!

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  1. Sorry to hear about that cranky IT band – I can totally relate! I hope that it will be okay for your training this week. I am glad that you are feeling better and I give you so much credit for being able to knock out 21 miles at an awesome pace after being sick for a week!
    It looks like Skipper had a ton of fun yesterday!

    • Thanks Kimberly!!! I know you can relate with the IT band stuff. I did my run successfully yesterday so I’m crossing my fingers it was just cranky from being sedentary all week!

    • Thank you! Yes, Skipper had so much fun (as did we). I may need to build him an agility course in the backyard 😉

  2. Oh my gosh that event is so adorable 🙂 Skipper looks like he had a blast, I love it!

    Way to go on your long run! Richmond is so close! 🙂

    • Thanks Jessie! Yes, it’s not often we find events that are centered around dogs, so I was thrilled to be able to attend!

  3. Very great job on your long run!!!
    A smoker sounds like a great gift 🙂
    I hope the rest of your training goes by smoothly for you.
    I think I am out for this year but I will definitely be cheering and running through you guys!

  4. Hello Jess. I’m sorry to hear about your week. I’m frustrated as well. On September 18, I ran my 18 mile run like I was suppose to according to my training. After, my foot was in excruciating pain. I went to the doctor and had no stress fracture. Ever since then I’ve done short runs, between 3 to 5 miles. Today, my foot still hurts and we’re a month away from the Richmond marathon. I’m unsure if I should continue to run short distances or if there was a better strategy because I am concerned that I will lose the endurance I have built up. Do you have any advice on how to tackle this situation? Thank you.

    • Hey Skye. I’m so sorry to hear this! I think you should go back to the doctor (or maybe find another one). If it makes you feel better, last year I missed one of my 20 milers and about 2 weeks of training due to a foot issue – and I still had a great race (you can read about the issue here: I think the best thing you can do is go to the doctor, ideally, one who is also a runner 🙂 Don’t throw in the towel yet!! At the end of the day, taking care of yourself is the most important thing. Keep me posted.

      • Thanks, Jess. I appreciate that. I think I had tendonitis in my foot. It’s been 4 weeks since my 18 mile run and I tested out my foot today. I ran 8 Miles and my foot did not hurt. Later on it ache a little bit. I’m scheduled to run the last 20 mile this weekend. I might try to do it but take it easy. I really want to run the marathon in November and don’t want to push my foot too much. If I don’t have the endurance to run 26.2 Miles, I can always walk and try again next year. 🙂

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