Richmond Marathon Training – Week 8

Wahoo! Two months of training down for the Richmond Marathon! This week was full of hard work, but I’m proud that I was able to get my workouts in.  Here’s how this week went:

Monday: Rest Day.  It felt strange to have a rest day on a Monday! I enjoyed sleeping in though, and also enjoyed the extra energy I had.  Since I worked from home, I was able to use the extra time to do some cleaning around the house.  Also, I FINALLY finished my motivation running wall in my home office!! I’m so happy to finally have this stuff hung, and got to update my 5k time on my PR board!


Tuesday: 7 miles at 11:47 pace, strength training.  This run was okay.  I was able to keep my heart rate down, but my breathing still felt labored.  It was just one of those runs that just felt hard.  I pushed through and did not stop except for the traffic lights.  I did my strength training in the evening.

Wednesday: 4 miles at 11:56 pace.  I was up part of the night not feeling well, so getting up for this run was really, really hard.  I very seriously considering skipping the run, but ended up going out and had a very good run! This was a recovery paced run and it felt nice.  I capped off the night with an epsom salt bath and some reading before putting myself to bed nice and early.

Also, after last week’s run-in with a coyote, I finally got myself some pepper spray! I got one that goes on my wrist.  I was afraid it was going to feel too bulky, but it’s actually really lightweight!


Thursday: 1.5 mile warmup, 6 x 400m repeats (400m recovery),  .75 mile cooldown.  My first official speedwork of the cycle! I actually haven’t done repeats since I moved to this part of town, so I was a little unsure about where to do them.  I ended up going to the parking lot of the grocery store, which is just a couple of miles away.  The store is 24 hours and on a major road, so very well lit and very safe.  The parking lot is flat and just over a quarter of a mile around the perimeter of it, so it’s a GREAT spot for speedwork!

After my warmup, I started.  My goal time for each repeat was 1:58 (7:52 pace), and here were the times for each repeat: 1:57,1:56, 1:51, 1:56, 1:54, 1:55.  I had a hard time figuring out what the right pace felt like, and by the time I hit it the repeat was over.  If I’m being honest, this workout was certainly hard, but not as challenging as I was expecting.  I finished with a slow cool down.

Friday: 45 minute stationary bike. I did this one later in the afternoon and tried to take it easy, but my quads were definitely burning towards the end.  Friday night, my best friend from college and her husband came into town.  We grilled up some steaks and roasted some potatoes and had a fantastic meal. I even had a glass of wine (a rarity for me the night before a long run).

Saturday: 16 miles at 11.23 pace.  Since we had company in town, I got up really early because I wanted to get this out of the way before we started our day.  It was finally a little cooler outside, my first run under 70 degrees since the beginning of May! The humidity had dropped too – it was about 68 degrees with only 80% humidity.  It was such a nice change to the oppressive heat and humidity we’ve had.

I got started a 5am and ran through the streets of Smyrna for about 7 miles, and then did the last 9 miles on the Silver Comet Trail. I listed to music for most of the run, but also did listen to a podcast.  I felt pretty good during this run, though my legs were tired around mile 9 or so, and it only got worse towards the end, particularly my quads and my glutes.  I’m guessing they were still tired from speedwork earlier in the week.

I finished my run before our guests got out of bed! We had a big breakfast and then my friend and I went outlet shopping for fall clothes! The deals at the outlets were insane this weekend, probably as good as black friday shopping.  We spent nearly 4 hours shopping, so my legs were very, very tired by the end of the day.

Our haul...!

Our haul…!

Sunday: Rest Day.  We decided to make this a “day of drinking” and went to a the cidery and a brewery during the day, followed by stops at some of our favorite restaurants and card games to cap off the night!

Peach Apple Cider at Urban Tree Cidery!

Two months down of training for the @Sportsbackers Richmond Marathon! Click To Tweet
Total miles for the week: 32.5

This was another solid week! It’s been fun having friends in town and I’m glad I’ve been able to balance marathon training with life. This coming week is exciting, because I am running a half marathon on Saturday! It will be a great check-in to my training.

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  1. What a great week! That’s so awesome that 1) your 400m repeats felt easy! 2) you were done with a 16 mile long run before your guests woke up. What a great feeling and then you were able to fit in so much fun stuff. I didn’t think I liked ciders, but I’ve recently tried a few that weren’t too sweet for me and I think I’m becoming a convert. I guess if I head to Atlanta for a marathon, I will have to check out Urban Tree afterwards 🙂

    • Yes, I love ciders that aren’t too sweet. This cidery actually has a full bar so Brian is able to get beer which is nice. Are you considering coming to Atlanta for a marathon? Our big one is in March.

  2. I love your motivation running wall in your home office. If I had a home office I would definitely do the same thing!

    Congrats on another successful week of training, including your long run on Saturday! I think it’s awesome that you were able to get it done before your guests woke up! Ending the weekend with shopping and drinking seems like the perfect way to finish out the week!

    • Thanks Kimberly! My motivation wall makes me super happy, especially since I spend a lot of time in that office!

    • How could I not?! I love visiting cideries and breweries. We are actually planning on doing the same after Richmond!

    • Ha-ha well not all of it is mine, but we did do some damage! I will have to do a post about capsule wardrobes and what is in mine!

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