Marathon Training – Week 5

This week was a little tough, I’m not going to lie.  The mileage increase was 3 miles – which isn’t too drastic but coming off a fun-birthday weekend required a little bit of recovery time, which caused me to have to re-arrange my training runs to a somewhat sub-optimal schedule.  Damn you, Sunday Funday!  You get me every time!

In all seriousness, I’d gone from a month of super-clean eating of no dairy, sugar, or alcohol to several days of gluten-free desserts, wine, champagne and cheese.  My poor digestive system just didn’t handle it very well.  I won’t go into detail, but let’s just say that while I’d planned to not run on Monday, I needed to take Tuesday as well to let everything….settle down.

The original running plan with a total of 24 miles for the week was:

  • Monday:  Off
  • Tuesday:  5 Miles
  • Wednesday:  Off
  • Thursday: 4 Miles
  • Friday: 5 Miles
  • Saturday: 6 Miles
  • Sunday: 4 Miles

What actually happened was:

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  • Monday:  Off
  • Tuesday:  Off
  • Wednesday:  3 Miles.  I was going for 5 miles but ended up getting wicked awful shin pains and stopped at 3.  I believe that I may have just been a little stiff for not running for two days.
  • Thursday: 5.3 Miles
  • Friday: 5 Miles
  • Saturday: 4 Miles
  • Sunday: 6.7 Miles

So, I got in all my mileage but my ass was dragging by Sunday and  I think my glute meds were in a constant state of achiness by Friday night.  When I finished that run on Sunday, I was both relieved and definitely proud that I’d been able to stick to my mileage.  Next week is back to normal – well, if you call speed work and tempo runs normal.

I did decide that with the mileage, I should start doing my post run ice baths again.  Ice baths are AMAZING.  And HORRIBLE.  But definitely necessary during training for me.  Last year, I did them after every long run and I was rarely every sore.  One of my running buds and my trainer gave me a few tips to make them a little more bearable.  One thing I find helps me get through them is to distract myself to make the time go by faster.  I’ll end the wrap up with my ice bath story off snapchat.



Running for Medals. And Bacon.

5 thoughts on “Marathon Training – Week 5

  1. Agree with you so much on the ice baths. Such a love/hate relationship. I miss doing them every week (like I did when I was a high school xc runner). Now if I get one during a training cycle, I’m lucky. Good luck with training!

  2. Great blog entry. I am thinking about using the ice baths after golf here in Savannah – hot, hot, hot!!

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