This past week of marathon training was peak week! It brought the longest weekend run and the last high mileage week before taper begins. While this upcoming week won’t bring any drastic cuts in mileage, things will start to get easier and easier from here until race day.
I was a little nervous having only one 20 miler this training cycle, but after completing some hard workouts and long runs already I was feeling pretty confident that this run would be no different. The week started out with some extra humid and abnormally warm weather, so I was especially grateful for the cool temperatures by the weekend!
It’s hard to believe that taper is already starting to begin and race day is just around the corner. With peak week under my belt, I’m feeling even more excited and eager to hit the starting line on race day! Here is my marathon training recap for week 17.
Indianapolis Marathon Training Recap: Week 17
Monday, 10/8 – 4 miles
I switched the first two workouts around this week since it made more sense timewise, so I headed out for my easy run on Monday. After nearly 4 months starting each week with yoga, it felt pretty weird to be running on a Monday. But even so, this run was an easy one and it went by quickly! I’m really happy with how easy all of my recovery runs are feeling and keeping my fingers crossed that the next few weeks continue along without any aches and pains!
Tuesday, 10/9 – Yoga
This week felt like a huge accomplishment because I was able to successfully complete this yoga routine with the puppy in the same room! I completed all the poses on my own without the DVD so I could start and stop as needed. It went better than I expected and I was able to get in a pretty good stretch. My left leg always seems much tighter than my right when I complete these poses, which is interesting because my right leg is the one that gives me trouble on the run. Huh. Either way, I can feel this yoga routine doing it’s job and relieving lingering soreness each week!
Wednesday, 10/10 – 10 miles with 4 x 1
I was definitely not motivated to get out for this run but once I did it went by quickly. The weather was hot and humid again and it felt like another summer run! These mile repeats felt easier than I expected and significantly better than last week’s speed workout. Yay! It is so satisfying to look back through training and see that mid-week mileage and workouts have increased and watch how my body has adapted. This was one of the last tough workouts before taper begins!
You can learn more about goal paces and workouts in this training plan: Break 4:30 Marathon Training Plan
Thursday, 10/11 – 4 miles
I swapped my Thursday and Friday workouts for timing purposes this week, which was just fine because I think my legs definitely needed a recovery run after Wednesday’s workout. These 4 miles felt easy and the weather was back to feeling like fall, which was great. I have no major complaints about this run and was happy to fit in some slow, easy miles.
Friday, 10/12 – Strength Workout
This was another milestone for me – I completed the entire strength workout with the puppy in the same room! Having a puppy around forced me to complete this workout quickly and not dilly dally between each set, which really seemed to increase it’s intensity. I was surprised how much more challenging it felt without the added rest in between each exercise. I was able to fit in most of the moves from this complete core workout as well!
Saturday, 10/13 – 20 miles
The longest run of marathon training is complete! I drove a little over an hour to meet my mom at a trail so we could run together (and she biked with me for the second half). It makes SUCH a difference having someone there to motivate you during these long runs! The weather was perfect today, just a little chilly at the start, and the colors were in full swing. I started to drag in the middle of this run but got a boost of energy near the end and finished strong – which usually never happens to me during long runs! I’d say this turned out to be my best 20 miler ever.
Sunday, 10/14 – Rest
And with that, taper is beginning! I am running a half marathon next weekend which will be a fun way to break up training and fit in that last double digit run of training. After the half marathon, taper will be in full force.
I really just can’t believe how quickly the past few months of marathon training have gone by, and can’t wait to spend my extra time researching race logistics and reading recaps before race day. Here’s to a new week!
Previous Running Recaps:
- Marathon Training Recap: Week 16
- 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