Marathon Training – Week 10 Recap!

by Her Happy Balance on September 15, 2015

I’ve reached the official half way point of marathon training! It’s both exciting and nerve-wrecking to think that in another 10 weeks I will actually be standing at the starting line for the Philadelphia Marathon. Week 10 brought with it my greatest weekly mileage to date (29 miles!) and my longest, long run.

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PM – Chest

AM – 4 treadmill miles

AM – Biceps/triceps, still one of my favorite body groups to workout!

AM- Almost 8 miles in the rain. At times it felt cleansing, at other times it just felt wet.

AM – 35 mins. on the arc trainer

AM – 17 miles. I’m realizing more and more that long runs are more mentally exhausting than physically exhausting. Sure my knees get sore, but fighting off the boredom of running and running for hours on end seems to be much harder. But I tackled my furthest run to date, so that’s always a happy ending.


What is the longest distance you’ve ever run?
How do you deal with mental fatigue?
How often do you refuel? I usually eat chews about half way into the run or a little later.

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heather September 15, 2015 at 8:16 am

28 miles is the longest distance I have ever run. Mental fatigue I loathe you!!! I just try to think about an ice cold Coke, or Starbucks or something that I know I am really going to enjoy when I get done. I refuel about every 6 to 8 miles, usually with a gel. Good job on your run.

Her Happy Balance September 15, 2015 at 6:43 pm

OMG I am so with you! Sometimes I fantasize about a cold glass of water and a chair to sit on at the end of a run. Those two things alone are heaven after hours of running!

Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie September 15, 2015 at 8:42 am

17 Miles – go, Leslee!! That is so incredible. Fighting the mental boredom really is the hardest part. That’s why I really try to only listen to music during the last half of my runs, or sometimes I’ll split my run up into two parts.

Her Happy Balance September 15, 2015 at 6:44 pm

Splitting a run in two is so appealing! Do you find it influences your performance come race day at all?

Heather @Fit n Cookies September 15, 2015 at 12:32 pm

Woo woo! longest I’ve ever run was about 13.4 during a half. I don’t have any desire to go further than that. Mental fatigue is definitely tough. I try to divide my run into different distances. When I had 12 to do for the half, I did 3 up, 3 back, and then 3 up again and 3 back. That way, I just had 3 in my mind instead of 12. I really did it because there was only one bathroom on the trail and it was about 1.5 miles up the road lol needed it when I was training and pregnant! I just ended up loving breaking it up. I’ve also done it on the treadmill where I’ve restarted it after so many miles.

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