RnR Savannah Marathon Training + Post Hurricane Irma Update

It’s been over a week since I’ve been on my blog…mainly due to Hurricane Irma. Between prepping at my job for the hurricane and working long hours at the store by myself to losing power at my mom’s place during the storm, I haven’t been in the frame of mind to check my blog that often. Luckily I got through most of the comments from my guest host of the Weekly Wrap before the storm hit, but I was late on responding to a few. Sorry guys! (Linking up again with Tricia and Holly today)

Anyway, lots of changes have happened in the week and a half since I’ve written. I can’t go into too many details publicly because there are some things that have happened that I’m not at liberty to talk about but between some major setbacks in my personal life and the hurricane, it has become evident that I will not be able to travel to Chicago to complete the marathon as I originally intended. I have instead decided to defer it to next year and am planning on running the Rock n Roll Savannah marathon instead in November.

At first I was really upset by this decision, but I’ve made peace with it. It’s nothing I have control over and unfortunately sometimes life has other plans for us. I’ve learned to turn a negative into a positive, so doing this full in November instead of the Chicago full in October means that, while I’m extending my training for another month, at least it won’t have been for nothing! I still will become a full marathoner by the end of the year. However, one thing that I realized recently that I was a bit miffed over was the fact that now instead of getting to go into a glorious taper, I’m actually going to have to repeat much of the last 6 weeks of training! Sigh. You win some, you lose some I guess!

How I feel in multiple aspects of life right now…

Luckily we didn’t sustain any major damages due to the hurricane besides loss of work and loss of air conditioning (which sucks because Florida is hot still this time of year). I also suffered from 5 days of no running- one of which because I was just lazy but a full three of which because I was busy prepping for the Irma to bring her bitch ass over to my coast and dealing with the nasty high winds and rain we got here. Irma was down to a category 3 when she got to us, but was expected originally to hit us with category 5 winds. Many Floridians didn’t get so lucky though; southern Florida was practically decimated after the storm and is still without power in many areas.

My training resumed on Wednesday, the first day I got up and ran since the hurricane. Here’s what my week looked like:

Wednesday, September 13: 4 miles, bridge repeats

Thursday, September 14: 5 miles, pace workout

Friday, September 15: Rest day

Saturday, September 16: 5 miles, pace workout

Sunday, September 17: 15 miles, long run

Total Weekly Miles: 29 miles

All in all it wasn’t a bad week in running, just shortened due to the storm. I’m still hoping that I’ll have another 100 mile month like I did last month…despite taking the 5 days off from running, according to my training plan, I should be able to hit that mileage if I follow the rest of my workouts as planned. That’s the good thing about marathon training- a good chunk of your monthly mileage comes with weekend long runs so it’s easy to rack up the miles every month! I hope everyone else’s training is going well!

What are you training for? Are you excited for race season? What races do you have on schedule for this fall? 

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20 thoughts on “RnR Savannah Marathon Training + Post Hurricane Irma Update”

    1. Thanks Deborah! Yeah I had some friends impacted worse than me by it. Hoping all the relief efforts get done quickly so they can all be back in their homes with power soon.

  1. I’m sorry you had to defer your Chicago Marathon registration! But, at least you had the option. When I injured myself two weeks prior to it in 2015, it was too late to defer. I want to do RnR Savannah. I think it’s a great choice and should be a nice flat. I’m glad Irma had lost steam by the time it got to you. Thanks for linking!

    1. Thanks Holly! Yeah I got the “final chance” notice to defer and after much discussion with the boyfriend it was decided this was the best for us. Hopefully next year I’ll be able to make it! Damn hurricanes disrupting life for us. They need to go away!

  2. I’m glad that it seems you were mostly spared from the major impacts of Irma. I’m so sad for the islands and South Florida. I live in Charleston, so we weren’t sure what Irma was going to do. It ended up being a major flooding event (more than last year’s Matthew) and lots of the beaches and dunes are wiped out, of course, lots of people’s homes were flooded. And now Marie is lurking out in the Atlantic? Sigh. This hurricane season needs to be over.

    I’m currently training for the Kiawah Half. Hopefully, I’ll be able to set a goal to PR, but the jury is still out on that one at the moment.

    1. Yeah I’m ready for Hurricane season to be over with as well. I’m sad for the poor islands…lots of them got decimated by Irma and now Marie is coming right behind it. Those poor people won’t have homes to go back to at all. I’m glad we were spared lots of damage, but if you saw pictures of the bay it was freaky how it sucked all the water out before spitting it right back in!

      Good luck on your half! I was intending to try for a sub-5 on the Chicago marathon, but now that I’m doing Savannah I might be modifying that a bit…it’s rather hot in Savannah compared to Chicago.

  3. I’m sorry to hear about everything you have been thru re Irma, and having to defer Chicago. I actually did Savannah RnR last fall for my first marathon. It’s a nice, flat race, and Savannah is a fun city to explore after! Wishing you the best of luck. I’m sure you’ll be ready to taper when it actually gets here!

    1. I will SO be ready for taper when it gets here! I’m actually enjoying most of my training so far though…it’s taxing but I’m feeling stronger every run.

  4. What a week and a half, you’ve had… I’m glad you survived Irma and that you also found another race to do. As you say, all that training won’t be for nothing now and it’s going to be so much fun. Love your attitude of turning a negative into a positive.

    1. I was really trying to keep a positive attitude! As they say…life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it, right?

  5. I’m so sorry to hear about the damage you experienced from Irma…hopefully things get back to a sense of normalcy soon!

    And I’m sorry you’re not doing Chicago but it’s great that you can defer to next year and take on Savannah! I’ve never run the race but I’ve visited and it’s so beautiful! Great job with the training you’ve been able to manage and I’m sure those 5 days won’t hurt you long-term!
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    1. Thanks! No I don’t think they will hurt long term, especially since now I have another 6 weeks until my taper for race day. I’ll be able to recover just fine. 😉

    1. Thanks Tricia! Yes, Savannah is a beautiful city so I’m glad to be running there. I just hope it’s not too hot on race day!

    1. Me too, but yes it was fortunate that they had the deferral program so I didn’t lose out on the opportunity.

  6. I’m so sorry you have to postpone Chicago until next year. I at least hope it’s nothing too serious, without know the details. Good luck repeating some of your training, and good luck in Savannah.

    1. Not really serious, just a bunch of small things that added up to us not being able to go. Hopefully we will be back on the plus side soon enough!

  7. I’m glad you didn’t get hit too hard by Irma! I’m sorry you have to miss Chicago this year but you are definitely making lemonade out of Lemons here! The Savanah marathon is going to be great and yay for more training time and you don’t have to travel so far either which is always a plus in my book!
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