Marathon Training – Week 17

Marathonoia is the fear of inuring yourself or getting sick or having something happen that will prevent you from running the race you’ve spent the last 3 – 4 months training for.  I actually made that word up, but that feeling…whatever you want to call it, is quite real.  Last year, my marathonoia was pretty bad.  This year, I’ve been able to keep it under control.  As there’s been a lot of rain this week, I’ve imagined myself slipping on leaves, getting the flu, and since I live in Arlington…getting hit by a car.

Fortunately, I’ve made it unscathed this week.  I just have seven more days to avoid injury.


  • Planned:  6 miles easy @ 10:52 – 11:38
  • Actual: 4 miles easy @ 10:53

Mondays are run + gym workout.  I got stuck at work and got the gym late and only got in 4 miles before my trainer got there.  I wasn’t worried about shorting 2 miles – I figured I could make up easy miles in the next few days.


  • Planned:  Strength workout 6 x 1 mile w/ 400 recovery, 1 mile wu and 1 mile cd @ 9:40
  • Actual: :  Strength workout 6 x 1 mile w/ 400 recovery, 1 mile wu and 1 mile cd @ 9:40

This was my last strength workout of the training cycle.  I was planning on running it at the gym after work.  I was already tired and sore (pretty much the status quo for the last 2 months.)  Then, I got stuck at work (again) and got the the gym later than I expected.  I opened up the gym bag and realized I’d left my running bra at home.  As I drove home (fuming), I considered not running, I considered doing easy miles instead…long story short, I had to shut out my whining and go get the workout done on the crappy treadmills in the gym I have in my building.  This was probably one of the hardest workouts for me this training cycle, just because I was so tired, those treadmills are so awful, and it had been such a crap-ass day.  I’m not always able to push things aside and get the workout done – but today I was. Full disclosure – I may have let a post-workout glass of wine (or two) provide some motivation to get this done.  I think I earned it, though.


Give me an R…give me an E…give me an S…give me a T…you get the point.  Rest days are awesome and I do a happy dance (in my mind) when I wake up and realize I DON’T HAVE TO RUN TODAY!!


  • Planned – 10 mile tempo run w/1 mile wu/1 mile cd @ 9:50
  • Actual – 7 mile tempo run w/1 mile wu/1 mile cd @ 9:50

My work schedule this week didn’t permit for a morning tempo run.  If I had one complaint about the Hanson’s Marathon Method – it’s that getting 9 – 12 mile morning runs in during the week are really difficult.  I don’t like to run in the dark – for both personal safety and fear of tripping.  A 10 mile tempo run translates to about three hours of pre-run readiness, running and then stretching – and I normally take an hour and a half to get care of business as usual to get to work.  You do the math – that’s a lot of time to get in and still get to work at a respectable hour.  I had to muck it out on my treadmills at home after work again, but today I didn’t fare so well.  I threw in the towel at 7 miles – my back was twinging, it was late and I just didn’t have the run in me.   I was disappointed about heading into taper on a bad tempo run, but dwelling on that isn’t going to do anything.


  • Planned – 6 miles easy @ 10:52 – 11:38
  • Actual – 9 miles easy @ 10:46

Got in 7 miles @ 10:58 in the morning and then 2 miles @ 10:06 before another gym workout.  My lower back was seriously twinging by the end of the day – call it marathonoia but I started to get a little concerned as it was hurting to pick up groceries and bend over. This day marked the end of month…220 miles.  Holy ish that’s a whole lotta running!


  • Planned – 8 miles easy  @ 10:39 – 10:36
  • Actual – 60 minute therapeutic massage and rest

I woke up for running group.  I put on my running gear and started to do some stretching – and the twinging in my back was just bad.  I was fairly convinced that running was just going to make it worse, so I decided to take a rest day and go get a massage.  I was on target to break 40 miles for the week, and at this point, a little bit of rest and recovery isn’t going take away from my training.  I feel like my body was telling me to dial it back today, so I decided to listen.


  • Planned – 7 miles easy  @ 10:52 – 11:38
  • Actual – 9.25 miles easy  @ 10:41

I was supposed to do my last long run pace yesterday and today was supposed to be easy mile – so I decided to hit a pace that was right in-between the two.  Ok, not really.  I just went out and ran what felt right and got in a few more miles than planned since I took yesterday off.  My back felt better when I woke up – it wasn’t twingy and I felt better than normal since I’d gotten some extra rest, but after my run and a day of cleaning house, running errands and cooking for the week – it’s twinging again.  I think it’s going to be a week of foam rolling, stretching, ice baths and epsom salt baths to keep everything feeling good for Chicago.

One week to go! I’ve decided on my race plan and will make all the final hydration pack and gear decisions this week.  Bring on Week 18!!


Running for Medals. And Bacon.

2 thoughts on “Marathon Training – Week 17

  1. You’re doing awesome! Smart move to back off on Saturday. You’ve got to get ready for that race. You should treat yourself to some Epsom salt baths this week. Good luck in Chicago!

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