After a rough “long run” the week before, I was nervous heading into this week. My body seems to be adjusting much more slowly to the increase in mileage than it usually does, and marathon training has felt significantly different this time around.
It’s interesting to me how our bodies change throughout life – sometimes even when outside circumstances don’t change. My pace has slowed since last training season and my motivation to really push myself physically is significantly lower than usual.
But I am reminding myself that that’s okay. There is a season for everything. Last marathon training season was all about pushing myself to get that PR and gain both physical and mental strength. While this training season certainly won’t result in a PR, there is always something new to learn or strength to gain.
After switching to the 3 Day Per Week Marathon Training Plan, I am feeling much better with training but still finding myself in a bit of a funk. I powered through as much as possible this week, though.
Here is my marathon training recap for week 8!
Bayshore Marathon Training Recap: Week 8
Monday, 3/11 – Yoga
This yoga sequence has been a staple in my training plans for the past three marathons. Regardless of the training plan, I will always incorporate this yoga routine on a weekly basis. Since I began including it regularly into my training, I have yet to become injured (knock on wood). It targets all of the most needed areas for runners and really helps me mentally prepare for the week ahead!
My legs were really feeling tight since I didn’t spend too much time stretching after my long run the previous weekend. Each pose felt really painful in the beginning but I felt my muscles loosen up as I held each position. This yoga routine was definitely needed after the 10 miler on Saturday!
Tuesday, 3/12 – 6 miles
Recovery from the 10 miler on Saturday went a bit more slowly than I expected, so I was definitely skeptical heading out for this run. However, it turned out to be a great one! The weather was beautiful and it was so nice to see the sun. My body felt surprisingly good after all the pain during yoga the day before, and I was able to take the dog with me for a walk after finishing.
Wednesday, 3/13 – Strength Workout
This strength workout is another one of my favorites. I love how these exercises target the most neglected and injury prone areas of the body, and have found a great deal of injury free success since I began completing this workout on a regular basis.
Each week these strength workouts are feeling a bit easier! My body felt pretty strong during these exercises and I was able to complete them all in less time than usual. I ran out of time to add any extra core exercises, but am finally starting to feel like I can hold a 60 second plank without shaking like crazy. I will definitely be focusing on core strength during these next few weeks!
Thursday, 3/14 – 30 Minute Cross Training Challenge
I think I forgot how intense this cross training workout was when I decided to complete it this week! These exercises really had my heart pumping and muscles burning after just a few minutes. I really pushed myself to finish this workout in under 30 minutes and was feeling very motivated, which was great. It didn’t take long for my legs and glutes to get sore after this workout!
Friday, 3/15 – 5 miles
I ended up switching my run from Thursday to Friday due to rain and storms on Thursday, only to discover that it was still raining on Friday. Ha! I guess this was a sign that I needed to just suck it up and get out there. The temperature was in the 40s which felt like a massive heat wave! These miles were easy and slow, but overall pretty decent. I was grateful to be running in a warmer drizzle as opposed to wind and ice like the past few months!
Saturday, 3/16 – 0.75 miles
Throughout the entire week, all I could think about was the upcoming 16 mile long run. 16 miles were on the training schedule today, which for me always feels like the first real marathon training distance. After dreading this run all week, part of me felt secretly excited on Friday night when I started to notice pain in the top of my left foot.
After sitting around for a while, this pain seemed to intensify, and by the time I got up to get ready for bed I could barely walk on it. The pain seemed to appear as if from no where and I wasn’t really sure what caused it. I woke up Saturday morning to find that the pain was still there and was unsure whether or not I’d be able to run on it.
I headed outside to give it a try and was surprised to find that it felt TERRIBLE as soon as I started running. My run turned into a limp but I kept going to see if I’d be able to run through it and loosen it out. After about a quarter of a mile I knew it wouldn’t be getting any better, so I finished walking around the block and called it quits.
Sunday, 3/17 – Rest
My mom and I had planned to run this Bayshore marathon together to celebrate her 60th birthday, but I think it’s no secret that I’ve been struggling both physically and mentally this training season.
My paces have slowed, my heart rate has increased, and my motivation is no where to be found. After a discussion with my mom, we decided that it was in both of our best interests to put this marathon on hold and set our sights on a shorter distance this spring. My mom is returning from a break due to a respiratory illness and we are both feeling some sort of mental funk.
Injuring my foot seemed to be the final sign that this race just wasn’t for us. We are putting this training plan on hold and are tentatively planning on running a 25k instead. We both ran this 25k last year and loved it, and I am thinking this distance and timing seems much more manageable. I feel SO relieved after making this decision!
It’s always tough to know when to power through and when to take a break, but I think we both knew deep down that we needed a break. I am looking forward to a few days or weeks off to reset and then resuming training to get ready for this 25k!
Previous Running Recaps:
- Bayshore Marathon Training Recap: Week 7
- Bayshore Marathon Training Recap: Week 6
- Bayshore Marathon Training Recap: Week 1 – 5
- Indianapolis Monumental Marathon Recap
- New York City Marathon Race Recap