RnR Savannah Marathon Training Week 14: 10/2-10/8

It’s the FINAL COUNTDOWN!!! (Admit it- you just sang that line). I am in the final month of marathon training and I pretty much hate everything right now. I mean some mornings I wake up super motivated to get out and kill my run and the next morning I could be dragging ass…literally. I’m in and out of a groove, up and down, emotionally, mentally and physically exhausted and pretty much all over the damn place. But it’s the last month of training before the big day and I am so ready for it to be race weekend! (I say that now- on race weekend I’ll most likely be freaking out). Linking up with Tricia and Holly for the Weekly Wrap!

Monday, October 2: Plan- Easy 5 miles, Actual- Easy 5 miles

I think I’m getting used to running the day after my long runs. Getting the lactic acid out of my legs and keeping them moving feels so good. I honestly have come to enjoy the runs following my long runs. It’s going to be weird to not have to do that anymore come next month!

Quickly becoming my new favorite route on Monday evenings!

Tuesday, October 3: Plan- 2×3 miles speed, Actual- Rest

Keeping with the switch from Tuesday to Wednesday, I haven’t been doing my runs on Tuesday’s.

Wednesday, October 4: Plan- Rest, Actual- 4 miles tempo

I was supposed to do yesterday’s workout today, but I wasn’t in the mood to do 6 miles, so I cut it to 4. I know, I should have sucked it up and gotten in the full 6. But honestly sometimes I feel like if you’re just not into it you can do yourself more harm than good. So I cut it off after a good 4 mile tempo and called it a day. It was really nice weather this morning though, so that was a great thing! For the first time this season it felt like fall!

Excited for cooler weather!

Thursday, October 5: Plan- 9 mile tempo, Actual- 9 mile tempo

I nailed this workout. With the exception of a short difficult stretch near mile 8 when I had to run back up the bridge into a nasty headwind (which really turned into a short walk because the wind was so strong I couldn’t run anyway) that messed up my pace, I hit on or close to my goal pace every single mile. I felt pretty badass at the end of this run. Another really nice morning for a run…it was in the low 70s. It felt divine.

Friday, October 6: Plan- Rest day, Actual- Rest day

Today was a sad day for me…first of all it was the day I should have been flying to Chicago to run the marathon. So I was bummed to begin with after that. Then I literally was cussed out and screamed at for no reason by a customer at my job…it’s been a long time since someone treated me with that much disrespect right from the get go. Honestly I don’t understand why some people are so mean…everyone tells me its because they are miserable and need to make everyone else miserable too. But I can’t fathom ever walking into a store and treating a stranger with that much disrespect. My parents raised me better than that. Anyway, we ended up having a date night so it was nice to get out of the house for a bit today after everything that happened. To say it was a rough day was an understatement though.

Saturday, October 7: Plan- 8 miles easy, Actual- 8 miles easy

Well, I wouldn’t say today’s run was “easy” physically, but my pace was in the easy range. Today I just couldn’t get going. My legs didn’t want to work and they hurt pretty much the entire run. It wasn’t until mile 6 that I finally started feeling a little better. I ended up with a good overall pace on my run, but I can’t figure out why my legs felt so crappy this whole time. Some runs are just sucky!

Sunday, October 8: Plan- 10 miles long run, Actual- 6 miles

As of me writing this at the moment, I haven’t yet gone for my 10 miler, but I’m doing an evening run rather than a morning one. Last night I was just so tired that I honestly didn’t feel up to waking up early to go on a run. I decided to go for an evening run instead. What I didn’t bargain on was the fact that all the neighborhoods around here get EXTREMELY dark and have no street lights. So it kind of backfired on me in that I had to cut it short at 6 miles. Well, I didn’t have to but I didn’t feel safe being out by myself at night and to top it off I’m not super familiar with the neighborhood yet and worried about getting lost if I wasn’t with the group I normally run with. Oh well, at least 6 miles is better than no miles right?? And I was rewarded with the gorgeous sky in the pictures…it really was bubble gum pink like that! (I barely had to edit the photo).

This week was a pretty good week in runs. I cut down some of the mileage a few times, but still got all my planned runs in; I didn’t skip any altogether. I’m already almost at 50 miles for the month…oy vey! These are the “hardest” two weeks I’ve heard…when the mileage is at its highest and you’re peaking for training. If I can just get through this next week and a half I’ll be golden!

What part of marathon training is hardest for you?

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12 thoughts on “RnR Savannah Marathon Training Week 14: 10/2-10/8”

    1. Thanks! At the end of the week I feel great with my training its just during the week that I’m like “omggggg…is it over yet?” Haha.

  1. I hear you on the motivation. I was so excited when I signed up for Vegas, and still am, but there are some days during the week where getting out there is tough. I’ve already skipped two runs, on Thursdays, because I was tired.

    1. I skipped my run this morning…I’m going to get it in tomorrow, but today I just couldn’t get the energy to get out of bed in the morning.

  2. Oh yes, I’m singing that song. Marathon training always make me a little cranky toward the end. I think it’s the cumulative fatigue setting in. But once it is all over, I have a hard time not running like I did before the race. I miss it in some ways. You’ve had a great training cycle (with a few extra weeks thrown in). You’ll have a wonderful race. Thanks for linking!

    1. Thanks Holly! I’m hoping I’ll have a good race! Almost taper time…and yes I think I will find it hard to take some time completely “off” of running. It’ll be weird not having a run on the schedule post marathon!

  3. I totally agree those final weeks before taper are the WORST. I’m usually feeling tired all the time, and have that (dreaded) 20-miler lurking over my shoulders. But, once you conquer that final long run…ahhhhhh….the lovely, joyous taper is SO rewarding. Hang in there…you’re almost there!

    1. That’s where I’m at…final long run coming this Sunday! I did a Hanson’s style plan so I don’t have a 20 miler, but at this point I’m ready for a drastic reduction in mileage.

  4. Great job with your training!! Sometimes you have to make some tweaks to the plan but it’s smart to listen to your body and trust your instincts!

    My guess would be that the Thursday tempo run gave you a little DOMS for the Saturday run. Either way you’re working hard and getting stronger, well done!

    I only ran one marathon…I think the toughest part of training was how much time it took to get in all those miles. It really becomes a huge focus and other things take the backburner.

    And sorry about your rough day…hope you feel better with a few days passed!

    1. Thanks! I did feel better a few days later. It is tough to get in the miles, especially during the week. I’m doing the best I can though- only a few more weeks! I’m getting excited for my trip to Savannah.

  5. OMG are you like in my head I swear I feel exactly like your first paragraph!
    I hate you had a rough day on Friday of all days too! Your right no matter the circumstances, it is not ok to treat someone so bad. I hope that person meets Karma and they realize just how they made you feel! Your almost there hand in there a little bit longer !

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