Marathon training was a bit more challenging this week with the addition of a new puppy! On Sunday, my husband and I adopted a 3 month old golden doodle puppy. We had both been wanting a dog for so long, but were waiting until we were a bit more settled in our new house with a fenced in yard.
We came across Charlie from the suggestion of a friend, and when we went to meet him we knew he was meant to be. We adopted him even with having no supplies or plan in place! Needless to say, getting out the door running this past week was a bit of a challenge.
It got a bit easier as the week went on and I am happy to say he is no longer traumatized to stay in his crate while I go on my run. Challenges are what marathon training so rewarding, and this week definitely did the trick. Here is my marathon training recap for week 15.
Indianapolis Marathon Training Recap: Week 15
Monday, 9/24 – Yoga
This was probably the least relaxed I’ve ever been during yoga, as I heard our puppy whining and barking the entire time I was trying to complete the routine. Nevertheless, I persevered and got the entire yoga routine in before giving in to his barking. These yoga poses always seem to start my week off in the best way possible, and I could never skip them!
Tuesday, 9/25 – 4 miles
It felt SO good to get out the door after being stuck in the house with a not-house-trained, hyper-about-everything puppy. Getting started on my run was a much needed break from the puppy madness, but as soon as I got going I started to feel guilty that I left him crying and barking in his crate. I was happy this run was a short one, and even though it was a bit stressful, the miles turned out to be really great ones! No aches and pains on this run.
Wednesday, 9/26 – 7 miles with 10 x 400s
I felt a bit better heading out the door for this run, as the puppy seemed to be adjusting to the crate and less traumatized by being left alone. The weather finally cooled down and it was a gorgeous day for a run! After completing longer tempo workouts, I felt like my legs forgot how to turnover quickly and the first few 400s took a bit more focus than usual. Staying focused was a bit more challenging on this run and all of my paces just barely came in at my goal!
You can learn more about goal paces and workouts in this training plan: Break 4:30 Marathon Training Plan
Thursday, 9/27 – Strength workout
I was excited to fit this workout in and get some alone time while our puppy chewed on his bone in his crate. I was able to complete all of the exercises, this 15 minute core workout and these dumbbell arm exercises. This is the first time in a long time that I’ve been able to do an arm workout – after so many weeks with permanently bent arms from this autoimmune disease, it was great to extend them all the way!
Friday, 9/28 – 4 miles
It was another beautiful day to head outside for a run! It seems that fall running just might be here to stay now (knock on wood). These miles felt easy and were much needed! I am focusing on staying present in the run and enjoying the beautiful weather and colors that I so look forward to each year.
Saturday, 9/29 – 18 miles
This was such a great run! Having the dog all week really helped keep my focus elsewhere, so I had no time to obsess over the upcoming long run. The temperature was so much cooler for this run and stayed cool even until the end! I felt so much better in the last few miles than I did during my 16 mile run, which was a great confidence builder. It’s really starting to feel like fall now and my marathon excitement is definitely building!
Sunday, 9/30 – Rest
This next week marks just one month until race day, and less than 5 weeks of training left! I know these last five weeks of training will go by quickly, so I plan to enjoy all the mileage and workouts before taper begins. The month leading up to a marathon is always my absolute favorite time of training, and I know this year will be no different. I can’t wait to see how race day turns out – 33 days to go!
Previous Running Recaps:
- Indianapolis Marathon Training Recap: Week 14
- Indianapolis Marathon Training Recap: Week 11 – 13
- Indianapolis Marathon Training Recap: Weeks 6 – 10
- Indianapolis Marathon Training Recap: Weeks 1 – 5
- New York City Marathon Race Recap