Richmond Marathon Training – Week 16

This was a hard week.  Not in marathon training, but at work.  I’ve been putting in very long (12+ hour) days and it’s just a lot.  I’m definitely glad the taper is here! I’m working on a big project right now that will last through November.  To say I’m excited for the break over race weekend would be an understatement.  I’m keeping this recap short and sweet because honestly, I just don’t want to be on the computer! Here goes:

Monday – 6 miles at 11:04 pace.

Tuesday – 30 minutes stationary bike

Wednesday – 6 miles: 1 mile warmup, 5 mins at 10/mi, recover easy 3 mins. 5 mins at 9:20/mi, recover easy 3 mins. 5 mins at 8-8:10/mi, recover easy 3 mins. 5 mins at 9:20/mi, recover easy 3 mins. 5 mins at 10/mi, 1 mile cooldown. Thank goodness I programmed this one into my garmin.  I really enjoyed this workout! Also, I broke out my new shoes that I plan to wear at the marathon to start getting some miles on them.


Thursday – Rest. I had a full day of meetings/presentations starting promptly at 8am, so I switched my rest day to Thursday. I ended the day completely exhausted, but Brian and went out to dinner and it was the perfect way to kick off  the weekend!

Friday – 3 miles at 11:14 pace.  A nice easy run to start Friday.  I was absolutely exhausted so was grateful to go easy.

Saturday – 13 miles at 11:04 pace (middle miles at 10:20 pace). Solid run.  The weather was a little warmer than I would like (closer to 60) but I was still able to test out my race day outfit! I got a sports massage and then relaxed the rest of the day.


Sunday – Rest.  I have plans to meet a friend for lunch and foot massages! I also will be food prepping for the week and doing some work (boo)

Total miles for the week: 28

Less than two weeks until race day, and only 11 days until race weekend kicks off!! I talked to my coach yesterday and started thinking a lot about my race day strategy, which I’ll write about when it gets a little closer.  Until then, I’m just going to try to get through my long days as best I can and rest/recover as much as possible.

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    • I’m not the only one in the home stretch!! You’ve got to be so excited!!!!

      I live the shoes too. My whole race outfit is picked out around them!

  1. Man, I had a crazy week at work too! So draining. Good job fitting in your training. Take care of yourself during the taper- make sure you don’t get sick! 🙂

  2. 12+hours a day is hard! great job in fitting fitness in with work 🙂
    My work is pretty good about the hours so I do 8 hours a day but for me, the real job starts the moment I pick up the kids and head home. ha!
    But at the same time, I cannot wait to get back into running/exercising even if it means I’ll be waking up at 4:30am instead of 5:30am again.
    I hope you get some well deserved rest as much as you can!!!

    • Thanks Eri! You know, when I was lying around Saturday I thought “dang I’m glad I don’t have kids right at this moment”. I admire parents’ energy! Hope you get better soon!

    • Thanks! I’m glad to hear you say that, because I definitely feel like my dedication has been slipping a bit. I am looking forward to the offseason!

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