Richmond Marathon Training – Week 6

Another week down, and another week closer to Richmond!! This week, I had some work travel and given how tight my legs had been, my coach gave me an extra rest day.  It was just what my body needed! Here is how this week went:

Monday: 6 miles @ 11:50 pace.  I tried a new route and I loved it! This run felt super easy, it was probably more of a recovery pace.  My legs were finally starting to feel better, and it was a great start to the week.

Tuesday: 4 miles @ 12:00 pace. This was the first run of this cycle for which I really didn’t want to get up.  I still managed to get out the door in time and the run was great (of course).  Here’s a little secret: when I have a case of “I don’t wanna”s, I do my morning routine in stages. Get out of bed and go to the bathroom. Put in contacts. Get dressed. Eat & drink juice. The next thing I know, the only thing left to do is actually go run!

The run was really great, and then when I was about a quarter mile from the house…I totally tripped on the sidewalk and scraped up my knees.  Thank goodness bare-leg season is almost over!


That morning, I rode down to one of our facilities in Florida (about a 5 hour ride in the car).  After a delicious dinner, I did some foam rolling in my hotel room and promptly went to sleep.

Wednesday: Rest Day.  Since I was having issues with my legs last week, my coach and I decided an extra rest day would be ideal.  We had to leave the hotel by 6:30 for our meeting, and drove back to Atlanta that afternoon, so the rest day fell on one of the best days it could have.

Thursday: 6 miles @ 11:30 pace.  The first mile was around a 12:00 pace, the balance were around 11:15-11:20.  This run felt really great! My legs were finally feeling back to normal and I felt strong.  Besides the tightness I had last week, this cycle has been really good.  I’m not having my usual aches and pains which is a great sign – I’m really trying to keep myself healthy!

Friday: 45 minutes stationary bike. I did the rolling hills program on the bike to start the day, and ended the day with an epsom salt bath to loosen up my muscles.  Brian was out of town, so I was on my own to make my usual steak and potatoes.  I don’t know how to use the grill, so I made my filet on the stovetop and it turned out pretty good….I was very proud of myself!


Saturday: 14 miles @ 11:59 pace. A solid run! Of course, it’s still hot and humid, but I feel like we are all getting used to it.  I got to run with Carrie and catch up with her – she went to running camp a few weeks ago, and now I want to go, too!

We did the first 7 miles on a hilly route through Smyrna, and the last 7 miles on the Silver Comet Trail (flat with a slight incline/decline).  The first 10ish miles were around a 12:15 pace, the last 5 were around 11:15-11:30 as they were on the “decline” section of the comet.  My legs felt good and didn’t really start getting tired until the last two miles, but nothing like what I have been feeling at the end of long runs so far.  I think my coach is right that I had been burning out my legs a little too much with the barre classes.  I still need to do strength training, but need to go easier on the leg stuff.

My fueling seems to be working well, as my energy levels on my long runs have been good as well.  I’m also running them at what I think is the appropriate easy run pace.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m still tired after the run, as well as hungry!

I had a sport massage and then binge-watched Netflix the rest of the day.

Sunday: Rest day! I went over to Carrie’s house to watch the marathon.  She has a set of the Nordatec Recovery Boots and so I got to enjoy them while drinking coffee and watching the men fly through that course.


I also spent some time prepping food from the new cookbook by Shalane and Elyse, Run Fast Eat Slow.  If you’ve been thinking about getting this cookbook….do it! The recipes are amazing and I’m really excited to make more of them! This week, I made the kale-radicchio salad (note that this link is the same recipe by one of the authors, just on a different website) and superhero muffins!  They are both super delicious and are recipes that you can easily make up for the entire week.  I’m excited to eat them all week!

Kale-Radicchio Salad with Farro and Lemon Miso Dressing

Kale-Radicchio Salad with Farro and Lemon Miso Dressing

Cooking Superhero Muffins!

Cooking Superhero Muffins!

Total Miles for the Week: 30

I’m feeling good about my training 6 weeks in, though I’m embarrassed that I skipped my strength training this week.  In fact, I was feeling so guilty about it, that when my coach posted on her blog about a quick strength workout, I thought for sure the post was directed at me! (I know it wasn’t, my coach isn’t passive aggressive like that…haha…it was just a coincidence and I was feeling guilty).  At any rate, I’m back at it next week.  I’ve also been a little inconsistent on my nutrition, mostly because work travel makes a convenient excuse for not food prepping.  Now that I’m getting into higher mileage and more intense workouts, both strength and nutrition will really be important.  Also, work travel will die down here soon…I should have just one more trip at the end of September, and that will be it.

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In other news, can we talk about how incredibly sad I am that Pearl Izumi announced that they are exiting the running business? I just joined their Run Champion team this year, and it’s been an amazing experience.  It took me a long time to find shoes that work for me, so I’m also really sad that I have to search again.  I ordered a few pairs to get me through the marathon as well as some of my offseason while I start looking.  I’m also so sad for the folks at Pearl Izumi who have lost their jobs over this.  I know what it’s like to be laid off, and it sucks.

In an effort to not end this post on a sad note, I’ll also share what I’m reading, listening to, and watching right now!

ReadingGoing Long: Legends, Oddballs, Comebacks & Adventures by the Editors of Runner’s World

This is a collection of 40 stories from the Runner’s World archive that is incredibly inspirational.  Since the stories are only 15-25 pages long each, it makes it easy to pick up and put down!  I’m about halfway through this book (it’s about 500 pages!) and I’m enjoying it so far.

Listening: “Coaching for Leaders” Podcast. I listened to one episode on my run last weekend and really enjoyed it, so now I’m catching up on back episodes.  If you are in a leadership position, I highly recommend this podcast!

Watching: Pretty Little Liars.  I’m almost done with season 1.  It’s completely mindless TV and I’m okay with that!

How is your training going? What are you reading, listening to, and watching right now? Have you checked out Run Fast Eat Slow yet?

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  1. An extra rest day is always appreciated! Sorry that you scraped your knees on the Tuesday run 🙁 but glad you were not seriously injured. Congrats on rocking your long run yesterday and I love that you recovered in style today 🙂

    I have been hearing GREAT things about that cookbook and I can’t wait to pick up a copy!

    • Thanks for stopping by! Yes, you must pick up the book, I can honestly say I’ll be making a lot of recipes out of here!

  2. Can you do a post about the Nordatec boots? I don’t know much about them, but I swear they are popping up all over the place. Did you feel that they helped?

    Great job on your training this week, especially your long run! I can’t imagine how tough the weather is in Atlanta right now. Very impressed how well you manage in it!

    • I actually don’t know a ton about them either, but they are often at expos if you want to try them out! I do feel like they help, but honestly, they just feel good!! Haha

  3. I’m training for Richmond as well (my first marathon!) and you’re blog and posts are so inspiring! Do you have any advice about not feeling guilty when you miss a run? I’ve had a crazy week at work and missed one of my runs and I’m already beating myself up over it! It was lower mileage (just around 4 miles) but I’m still giving myself a ahrd time!

    • Sarah! Congrats on training for your first marathon, that’s so exciting!!!! I’m so excited for you, and Richmond is a great course for your first time!

      Missing a run is not a big deal at all! Sometimes your body needs a break, sometimes you are sick or injured, and sometimes you just don’t wanna. I will say that you should remember that feeling the next time you “just don’t wanna” and make sure you do it anyways. Always balance it with listening to your body!

      Since it was a work thing, don’t stress! I try to plan my weeks ahead so that I have no excuses. Also…running in the morning helps!

      Just know that your energy levels and motivation will start to drop as you get further in the cycle. That’s normal. It will all be worth it on race day. One of my favorite quotes right now is “you won’t always have motivation, that’s why you need dedication”. Trust me, training for and finishing a marathon will change your life! Keep me posted on how it goes 🙂

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