I had to keep checking old posts and the calendar this week to figure out what week of training it was. I can’t believe week 16 is complete! Thursday marked just a month until race day, and I couldn’t be any more excited.
One of my favorite parts of marathon training is the last month where everything starts to feel real. After training for so long, it sometimes feels hard to believe that there actually is a race at the end of it all. But lo and behold, time always goes by quickly and before I know it it’s just about time to taper.
Week 16 was a pretty low key week. There was a cutback in mileage and a few extra speed workouts thrown in. With some random ankle pains and a very needy puppy, I was grateful to have to spend less time on my feet. All the better heading into next week’s 20 miler! Here is the marathon training recap for week 16.
Indianapolis Marathon Training Recap: Week 16
Monday, 10/1 – Yoga
I thought last week doing yoga with the puppy in his crate was tough, but this week turned out to be much worse! I’m not sure if he got all off schedule this weekend when we were home all day or what, but he barked and cried constantly for the entire yoga routine. Needless to say, it wasn’t the most relaxing yoga session I’ve ever completed. But even so, I could still tell that these yoga poses were really helping after 18 miles this past weekend, and I was glad to be able to fit them in.
Tuesday, 10/2 – Rest
I had 4 miles on the schedule but woke up with the same random ankle pain on my right side as a few weeks ago. At this point in training, sudden pains start to worry me a lot because there’s no time left to recover from an injury. I decided to skip my run for the day in hopes that stay off my ankle would help it recover and get back to normal, just like last time.
Wednesday, 10/3 – 9 miles with 1 x 800, 1 x 1, 1 x 800, 1 x 1, 1 x 400
My ankle was feeling better but for some reason I was very tired during this workout! It felt like my body forgot how to run fast and really give effort during a run. The first part of each interval took a lot of mental focus to really increase my speed and get up to those goal paces. Once my legs settled into the speed it went a little better, but when I got home my Garmin told me that based on my heart rate the recovery time was 3 days. Oops. Not sure why that was so long, but the recovery time frame it usually gives me after speed workouts is between 24 – 36 hours.
You can learn more about goal paces and workouts in this training plan: Break 4:30 Marathon Training Plan
Thursday, 10/4 – Strength workout
I was happy to be able to add in some arm exercises with the dumbbells again! I also completed this core workout once again and am loving the fact that it’s still a challenge. Since I was still home, I felt pretty guilty having our puppy in his crate and tried to complete this workout really fast. It turns out that getting rid of all the breaks in between the exercises makes the workout a lot more intense! I was definitely feeling the burn after this one.
Friday, 10/5 – 5 miles
These 5 miles were pretty uneventful, but I’ll take that as a good thing. Nothing ached or gave me random pains and the miles went by quickly without struggle. These easy runs during the week are a great break from the stress of long runs and speed workouts.
Saturday, 10/6 – 10 miles with 6 @ tempo
I was able to complete my 6 tempo miles a few seconds faster than my goal pace, but doing so was definitely more challenging than the past few times. It felt like my body was dragging today and my legs were having a hard time moving quickly and getting up to speed. There were many points during the tempo miles where I caught myself relaxing and had to kick it in to gear to get back up to speed. The last few cool down miles went by slowly but weren’t terrible. Overall this run wasn’t a bad one, it just took quite a bit more focus than usual! I’m excited to have my last tempo run under my belt before the marathon.
Sunday, 10/7 – Rest
These is officially less than one month until race day! I could not be more excited. I usually try to hold off obsessively looking through all the race logistics, weather and plans for the weekend until we are within a month of the event… and we are finally there! Next week brings my final long run and 20 miler of the training plan before taper begins. These next 3 weeks are going to fly by!
Previous Running Recaps:
- Marathon Training Recap: Week 15
- Indianapolis Marathon Training Recap: Week 11 – 14
- Indianapolis Marathon Training Recap: Weeks 6 – 10
- Indianapolis Marathon Training Recap: Weeks 1 – 5
- New York City Marathon Race Recap