When recapping this week, I actually had to look to see what week it was of marathon training. And then after I looked, I still wrote that it was week 6. I’d say that about sums up how marathon training is going so far – it’s going by fast!
This week involved a lot of stress for me, as we’re preparing to move and I’m attempting to keep up with all of the work and life obligations for a new month. It seems that stressful times are always when I wind up completing every run as scheduled, and then when there is nothing going on I somehow find some excuses to skip runs or adjust my training plan. It’s funny how life works.
Week 7 was another successful week of marathon training! This week brought my first longer speed workout and another double digit run. As training intensity increases, I actually find myself more motivated to get out there and challenge myself to keep up.
One of my favorite parts about marathon training is how workouts and long runs sound like they will be impossible when you’re looking ahead in your training, but once you get to them you surprise yourself with what you’re able to accomplish. This week brought a few moments like that for me, making me even more excited to continue. Here’s my marathon training recap from week 7!
Indianapolis Marathon Training Recap: Week 7
Monday, 7/30 – Yoga
Still loving this recovery yoga routine. It’d probably do me some good to change things up, but they if something isn’t broken not to fix it – so that’s exactly what I’m doing. These yoga poses start my week out with little stress and bring a workout that I always know I’ll be able to fit in.
Tuesday, 7/31 – 4 miles
It took a little while for me to get in the groove during this run, but once I did it went well. My hip pain seems to have subsided so I am crossing my fingers that it doesn’t return! It was much warmer and more humid than it had been the past few runs, so these miles brought a shocking reminder of what summer running really feels like!
Wednesday, 8/1 – 7 miles with 4 x 400s and 3 x 800s
I was so nervous and excited for this run. I usually complete speed workouts with only one type of interval at a time, so I was anxious to see how it felt to incorporate two different intervals. The beginning of each interval felt like a major struggle, both mentally and physically, as I wondered how in the world I would maintain this pace for the rest of the interval. But then each time after just a few seconds I would settle in and get used to the pace.
My goal for the 400s was to complete each of them in 2:11, and each 800 in 4:30. Aside from one incident where I had to stop because a dog was chasing me, I was able to complete each interval in my goal time or less! While this speed is not fast for most, it is exciting for me to push myself mentally and aim for some speed goals during a marathon.
Thursday, 8/2 – Strength Workout
Here I am again completing the same workout each week – but I love it. We are in the process of packing up our house, so quite a bit of the equipment I needed for this workout was already packed, which meant I needed to change it up a bit. I added this 15 minute killer ab workout after a few bodyweight strength moves and could definitely feel the burn!
Friday, 8/3 – 13 miles
This run was all over the place! I needed to swap my long run because my husband and were heading out of town for the weekend to celebrate our anniversary. I didn’t have time to drive to the trail on Friday, so I was stuck running 13 miles through the neighborhoods. I completed 5 loops of our block and 5 loops of another block that’s slightly over a mile in length, before coming home and running loops around our house to get that last little bit of mileage.
I was really dreading running loops for 13 miles, but it actually made the run go by pretty quickly. I felt great for most of this run, but started to die out a bit during the last few miles when the sun came out and there was no shade. Overall I’m really happy with how this felt, and proud of myself for completing the full distance even though I had a chance to quit after each loop when I passed our house. 😉
Saturday, 8/4 – 4 miles
My legs were sure feeling it today! This run was a slow one, with heavy, tired legs. I didn’t feel any pain though, which is great because I usually find that my knee hurts the day after a long run. There was nothing special about this run, but I’m glad I was able to fit those miles in before we left town.
Sunday, 8/5 – Rest
I’m feeling pretty good about training after the past few weeks and really hoping it continues. As mileage and intensity continues to increase, I can’t wait to get back to those all consuming long runs.
There are less than 13 weeks to go now and race day was officially 3 months from Friday! Cheers to the last month of summer running.
Previous Running Recaps:
- Indianapolis Marathon Training Recap: Week 6
- Indianapolis Marathon Training Recap: Week 5
- Indianapolis Marathon Training Recap: Week 4
- Indianapolis Marathon Training Recap: Week 3
- Indianapolis Marathon Training Recap: Week 2
- Indianapolis Marathon Training Recap: Week 1
- New York City Marathon Race Recap