Richmond Marathon Training – Week 3

Hi everyone! I’m sorry this post is so late, last week was CRAZY and this past weekend my family was in town, so I just didn’t have a ton of time for blogging.  However, I did have another solid week, though it was challenging with everything going on.  Here’s how this week went:

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Monday: 6 miles @ 11:38 pace.  I had an 8am flight to Arkansas.  Truthfully I don’t mind these 8am flights, because with the time difference I get into our office there by 9:30, but it does throw a wrench in my training.  I was able to get a rare evening run in, as it was only 81 degrees with humidity in the mid-80s….so much better than what I’ve been running in here! As a bonus, I got to see a beautiful sunset as I ran along the trail there.

Sunset over the trail in Arkansas

Sunset over the trail in Arkansas

Tuesday: Rest Day.  This was a planned rest day because I knew it was going to be very challenging to get a workout in.  I had a couple of customer meetings and then flew home and had a hair appointment in the evening.

Wednesday: 30 minutes stationary bike easy, hip and glute strength exercises. I was very tired for this workout so I took it very easy.  The quick trip to Arkansas and back really took it out of me, so I was grateful that this was a cross training day.

That evening Brian and I went to one of our favorite pizza places, Antico Pizza, with some friends.  So delicious!

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Thursday: Six miles @ 11:52 pace, 6 x 20 second striders.  I was still feeling fatigued but pounded this run out. I had a car issue that morning that totally threw a wrench in my day.  My car is only 2 years old and has 34k miles on it, so I was super surprised when it wouldn’t start.  It turns out it was just a bad battery, so a jump got me going, and I took it into the dealership to be sure nothing else was wrong.  It was all covered under warranty, but the extra headache wasn’t welcome.  Luckily they got me all fixed up super quick and I had her back the same day!

Friday: 3 miles @ 12:00 pace.  My family got into town Thursday night, and my dad got up to do my recovery miles with me which was great! We went down to the Silver Comet Trail and it was so nice to share miles with him.

Saturday: 12 miles @ 12:02 pace.  Oof.  This was a super rough run.  Carrie and I decided to do this run down at river so that we could start at 5am (the silver comet is too dark to run before the sun comes up).  We also wanted to beat the heat….and it was still super hot and humid at 5am…around 76 degrees and 99% humidity.  I’m not going to lie, this was one of those runs that just never got good and mentally I struggled the entire run.  Thank goodness Carrie was there, because it kept me from giving in to the temptation to walk or cut the run short.  I was also grateful for the change of scenery! I was proud to push through this run, it was just really tough.

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Sunday: Rest Day.  I had the option of a rest day or 4 miles, and after the cumulative fatigue over the week and the rough run Saturday, I knew my body needed the break.  We took my 9 year old niece to Lego Land, which was super cool! My favorite part was the miniature version of Atlanta they had built entirely out of Legos!

The Capitol

The Capitol

Downtown ATL

Downtown ATL

Go Falcons!!

Go Falcons!!

Total miles for the week: 27

In a couple of other updates, I hit 114 miles for July! This was my first 100+ mile month since last October, and I definitely felt it.  However, my body is adjusting to the higher mileage nicely (I am only saying that based on how this week is going, had I written this Sunday night I probably wouldn’t have said that…haha).  I am excited to keep up the mileage over the next few months.

Also, the Richmond Marathon revealed their finisher blanket! I use mine from last year literally every day, so I’m excited to have another to add to the collection.  We also get a hat and shirt, though they haven’t revealed those yet!

How is your training going?

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Jess

2 Comments

  1. I really enjoy and look forward to your posts. I’m excited for Richmond & thanks for posting the finishers blanket as I hadn’t seen it yet. I’m running the Chicago Full in Oct so I’m hoping it will prepare me for Richmond. One question… You posted something positive before about the route of the Richmond Marathon but I don’t remember what it was. Do you recall what I’m talking about?

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