This past week was a surprisingly successful week of marathon training. The weather had many ups and downs, and within a matter or 24 hours it felt like we went from the peak of summer to the end of fall. I definitely didn’t start this week with a ton of motivation but it turned around once the week got going.
One of the most motivating things for me during training has been being able to write down my interval splits and mile times in a training log. Hitting goals and completing tough workouts definitely keeps me going during marathon training, and those little successes really helped me stay on track this week.
Marathon training is nearing the final quarter and I can’t wait to start getting in the notorious long runs of the training plan. Here is my marathon training recap for week 12.
Indianapolis Marathon Training Recap: Week 12
Monday, 9/3 – Yoga
This recovery yoga routine was especially helpful after running on Sunday instead of taking my usual rest day. These yoga poses always leave me feeling better than when I started, and just can’t say enough how much of an impact they’ve had on my recovery during marathon training. I am slowly starting to really enjoy yoga!
Tuesday, 9/4 – 4 miles
These 4 miles were pretty slow and sluggish. We were in the middle of a heat wave with temperatures in the mid 90s and nearly 90% humidity – yuck. My midday runs really start to catch up to me when the weather gets mucky and I definitely should have gone out earlier for this run. The started to feel really hot and I was glad to get this run over with!
Wednesday, 9/5 – 7 miles with 8 x 400s
This run took place on the second day of the heat wave. I left earlier in the morning to try and avoid running during the hottest part of the day again, but the heat still managed to catch up with me. The first half of this run felt just fine, but the last few 400s were a real mental challenge. I was happy to fight that mental battle and complete the 400s at my goal pace, and then I was really happy to be done!
Thursday, 9/6 – Strength Workout
We finally finished unpacking our workout equipment and I was able to complete the full strength workout today, with accessories and all. Adding a few weights and some resistance made the exercises a bit more challenging, but still felt pretty good. I added the core exercises from this 15 minute complete core workout at the end and could really feel the burn!
Friday, 9/7 – 6 miles
The weather changed drastically today and I was very grateful! The temperatures were in the high 60s when I left and the skies were cloudy. These 6 miles went by really quickly and I was reminded just how excited I am for the return of fall running season. It is right around the corner! My watch died during this run so I was really thankful that I was running a route where I new the 3 mile turn around point. Although I don’t have record of it, I know I completed the distance!
Saturday, 9/8 – 8 miles with 4 @ tempo
While this run was shorter in length, I was nervous getting started because I wasn’t sure whether or not I’d be able to maintain the tempo paces for 4 full miles. The temperature was still perfect, the sky was cloudy, and the weather felt almost ideal for running! I was so happy that I was able to maintain my goal tempo pace for 4 miles, and this workout left me feeling even more excited for race day. These are the workouts that really motivate me to keep going.
Sunday, 9/9 – Rest
Next week brings the first 16 mile long run, and from there things will only increase. I am happy that this last week of lower mileage brought challenging workouts and confidence to propel me into the final months of marathon training. There are officially less than 2 months to go until race day!
Previous Running Recaps:
- Indianapolis Marathon Training Recap: Week 11
- Indianapolis Marathon Training Recap: Weeks 6 – 10
- Indianapolis Marathon Training Recap: Weeks 1 – 5
- New York City Marathon Race Recap