It’s been really hard for me to believe that marathon training season is underway! The beginning of summer running season always makes fall races feel so far off. This week was particularly challenging to stay motivated to train as we ventured up north for a camping trip. I decided to count our hiking mileage towards my running mileage since it would probably be too much to try and run before hiking – and I’m certainly glad I did!
Running on vacation can be challenging, which is why I love keeping my vacations active so I don’t feel guilty about missing runs! This trip up north was no different, so although my running mileage was less this week, I was happy with the activity that I got in. Here is the marathon training recap for week 2!
Indianapolis Marathon Training Recap: Week 2
Monday, 6/25 – Yoga for Runners
I got in such a great groove starting my week off with yoga these past few training cycles, and I definitely want to continue that. This yoga came at a great time after getting a fever and body aches last week. The poses were really helpful and I could feel them loosening up tight muscles throughout my body!
Tuesday, 6/26 – 3 miles
Motivation was tough to come by today, but I was glad I got out there and did it. I am in the process of changing my diet in an attempt to heal some of the autoimmune flares and symptoms I’ve been dealing with. This includes giving up a great deal of carbs, which left me feeling really sluggish and slow the first few days. These 3 miles were really challenging as I felt very hungry and lethargic the entire run!
Wednesday, 6/27 – 3 mile hike
We traveled up to Empire (near Traverse City, Michigan) to camp at Sleeping Bear Dunes. We spent the majority of the day traveling, but were able to get in a short hike to Lake Michigan once we got our camp set up. This hike wasn’t very strenuous, but did include some climbing in the sand near the end. I counted this hike as my run for the day since I didn’t have time to get in much else!
Thursday, 6/28 – 4.5 mile hike
We headed out to hike the Dunes Trail, mistakenly thinking that it started off with one big dune and that was the extent of the climbing. We could not have been more wrong! My watch clocked this trail at around 5.5 miles but I think it was a little off with my steps since I was taking smaller ones as we climbed. The entire trip was constant ups and downs! Walking in the sand is so much more challenging than flat land, and boy were my calves feeling it the next day.
Friday, 6/29 – Rest
We visited a lake in the morning and spent the rest of the day traveling back home.
Saturday, 6/30 – 8 miles
This run was HARD! I headed out at 7:30 am thinking I would beat the heat, but I definitely did not. It was around 80 degrees when I started and the temperature continued to climb as a ran. The humidity felt ridiculous and there was not a cloud in the sky! These 8 miles were completed considerably slower than I had anticipated, but I was happy to get the full distance in. Running in the heat definitely adds another mental challenge to any run! This was my longest run since the Bayshore Half Marathon over Memorial Day weekend, and I’m excited to see the mileage continue to climb.
Sunday, 7/1 – Rest
I am so excited to be back to marathon training, and hopeful that next week will be the week where things start to fall into place and I’m able to get back to regular running during the week. Summer is a tricky time to run with the heat and travel, but it’s certainly satisfying when you make it work.
The Rock n Roll Half Marathon in Chicago is coming up in just about 3 weeks! Next week will bring an increase in mileage before a small, modified taper to get ready for the race. Here’s to a new season of marathon training and summer running!
Previous Running Recaps:
- Indianapolis Marathon Training Recap: Week 1
- 25k Training Recaps
- NYC Marathon Training Recaps
- New York City Marathon Race Recap