There are just 6 weeks left until race day! I can hardly believe it. Marathon training has a way of making time pass even more quickly than usual, and this training season has been no different.
Week 14 of marathon training brought a bit lower mileage, but some harder workouts. I entered the week feeling fairly confident about my fitness level but a little nervous about being able to maintain it. I am happy to say that this week was a success!
I just can’t even believe how quickly race day is approaching, and since booking our hotel last weekend my excitement has sky rocketed. There is nothing quite like putting in the hard work to prepare for a long term goal.
Here is my marathon training recap for week 14.
Indianapolis Marathon Training Recap: Week 14
Monday, 9/17 – Yoga
I expected this yoga session to be pretty painful after Saturday’s long run, but it felt normal as usual. My left legs seems to be significantly tighter than my right, which seems strange to me (but good to know)! These yoga poses always leave me feeling a million percent better than before I began. I am loving this yoga routine to help speed up recovery!
Tuesday, 9/18 – 4 miles
This run felt great! Again, I was expecting things to feel a little tight and sluggish after the weekend’s long run, but everything felt good to go. There were no aches or pains in my legs and the ankle pain from last week seems to be completely gone. These miles were slow, but felt great.
Wednesday, 9/19 – 10 miles with 6 @ tempo
I swapped a few runs around this week and completed my longest run on Wednesday instead of the weekend. I felt fairly confident heading into this run but was still a little nervous about being able to maintain tempo pace for 6 consecutive miles. This run ended up being a great one! The 6 miles of tempo didn’t require a great deal of physical work as long as I stayed focused. The 10 miles went by quickly and felt much easier than I expected!
You can learn more about goal paces and workouts in this training plan: Break 4:30 Marathon Training Plan
Thursday, 9/20 – Strength workout
Another strength workout complete. This workout starts to feel easier as time passes, but always reminds me of the spots I’ve been neglecting. I added this core workout to the end of this strength training session and could still feel the burn even after a few weeks of completing it!
Friday, 9/21 – 6 miles with 5 x 800s
Since I switched some things around this week, I ended up completing my 800s during my 6 mile run on Friday. I could definitely tell that my legs were still recovering form the workout on Wednesday, but they adjusted pretty quickly! The weather was abnormally hot and humid, and after a few fall-like runs it was pretty tough getting back in the swing of running in the heat. The last couple 800s definitely took more mental will power than I expected, but I was still really happy to clock them all under my goal time.
Saturday, 9/22 – 9 miles
This run felt so much like fall! My parents were in town so I ran these miles with my mom. We drove out a to start a little further on the trail than I had been for the past few long runs, and we made it all the way to the water before we turned around. Running on trails in new places is so excited! The run went by really quickly and I am more excited than ever to get used to running in our new city.
Sunday, 9/23 – Rest
The excitement is really starting to settle in for race day now, and there are officially 6 weeks to go! The last month or so of marathon training is always my favorite, and I can’t believe we are nearly there. Fall running season always seems to go by so quickly but I can’t wait to see what these next few weeks bring!
Previous Running Recaps:
- Indianapolis Marathon Training Recap: Week 13
- 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