Week 13 brought the highest mileage of marathon training thus far, even with a looming injury and a few missed miles! After trying and failing to run a weekly 5 miler due to some random ankle pain, I was pretty nervous heading into the 16 mile long run this weekend.
Luckily, my ankle held out and hopefully an extra day off will do the trick! I am unsure whether this random ankle pain is from running, or is one of the symptoms of these ridiculous autoimmune diseases. Either way, I think taking an extra day off this week really helped out (still working on not feeling guilty about it;).
There are less than 2 months to go until race day, and the excitement is really starting to settle in. After booking our hotel and planning a few logistics this week, I am getting really excited to see what race day brings!
Here is the marathon training recap from week 13.
Indianapolis Marathon Training Recap: Week 13
Monday, 9/10 – Yoga
I put this yoga workout all day long, but as soon as I got started I settled right in. It’s funny how the easy workouts are sometimes harder to find motivation to complete than the tough ones! These yoga poses are really helping speed up my recovery after long runs and helping keep my legs feeling fresh during the week. I’ve always heard that yoga is a secret weapon for runners and now I definitely see why!
Tuesday, 9/11 – 4 miles
This run was a slow, easy run. The temperatures this week are creeping back up, but it’s getting cooler at night so morning running is a bit more bearable. I can’t wait for fall weather to finally stick around! These miles felt great and I was happy to feel no extra aches or pains.
Wednesday, 9/12 – 8 miles with 1 x 400, 1 x 800, 1 x 1, 1 x 800, 1 x 1
I got nervous during this workout because it ended a mile before I was home, so I thought I might have accidentally programmed it into my watch wrong. But luckily I didn’t miss any intervals – just miscalculated the warm up and cool down distance! Ironically the extra 1 mile cool down at the end was the hardest part of this run. The intervals still pushed me but are starting to feel much more attainable. I am really starting to enjoy these weekly speed workouts!
Related: Break 4:30 Marathon Training Plan
Thursday, 9/13 – Strength workout
This was another workout that I put off all day long – I guess the at home workouts give me more room to procrastinate since I know I can complete them anytime. I woke up and was unable to put weight on my right ankle, but as the day went along it started to feel a bit better. It only hurt when I moved my foot side to side, so there was no pain from running or walking (luckily). I taped it for the day and modified some of my strength moves to avoid adding any extra stress to the joint.
Friday, 9/14 – 0.75 miles + 15 minute core workout
My ankle felt much better when I woke up, so I headed out for my scheduled 5 mile run. As soon as I started running though, I knew I should stop. I could feel pain with each step on my right foot, and while the pain was definitely bearable, I figured it was probably better to cut this run short to avoid injuring it further before my long run the next day. I completed a core workout at home instead!
Saturday, 9/15 – 16 miles
This 16 mile run was the longest of marathon training so far, and it went really well! My ankle felt even better today and I didn’t notice any pain until the last few miles. I plan to ice and tape it for the rest of the weekend! The temperature was not quite as high for this run but it was really humid and could feel the thickness of the air right away! It was cloudy when I started out but the sun came out during the last few miles which really slowed me down. Other than the heat and sweat, this run went surprisingly well! My legs felt great and I was able to stay in the game mentally throughout the run.
Sunday, 9/16 – Rest
With just over 6 weeks until race day, I am really looking forward to the longest runs and seeing what type of progress I can make! I have never actually followed a speed workout plan when training for a marathon, so I’m excited to see what type of results I can get for this distance.
Here’s hoping the fall running weather returns this week and sticks around. Racing season is right around the corner!
Previous Running Recaps:
- Indianapolis Marathon Training Recap: Week 12
- 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