Marathon Training – Week 14 Recap!

by Her Happy Balance on October 13, 2015

Thank goodness this week was a recovery week because I was definitely riding the struggle bus. I got hit with a cold pretty hard and my long run ended up being somewhat of a flop. I’m hoping for a full recovery so that next week can be stronger.

Marathon Training

AM – Gym date with my mom to crank out some biceps and triceps.

AM – 25 min. arc trainer

AM – 20 min. elliptical

AM – 4 treadmill miles. BORING – I will be happy when the treadmill and I can have a little time apart. I actually meant to do this run on both Tuesday and then Wednesday, but my alarm never went off on those days and I woke up late. I just had to squeeze what little cardio/cross-training in that I could on those days and push the short run to Thursday.

Rest – I knew I had a late night of work ahead of me and I was really dragging. I could feel a cold coming on all week and it hit me really hard when I woke up on Friday. Woof.

AM – 9-ish miles. I still wanted to get a long run in, but with having a head cold, I knew I’d have to play the distance by ear. My training plan had 12 miles on the schedule and I was shooting to hit 10. Turns out the cold wasn’t much of a problem, it wasn’t the easiest to breath all the time, but I felt really good on miles 2-7. But once I hit mile 8, my left knee started to really bother me. Manfriend was kind enough to let me borrow his knee strap, but it was a struggle. I took turns between walking and running. When I’d start running again I’d feel a sharp pain in my knee and realized that it would be better to walk the rest of the route. It’s getting too close to race day to risk an injury over an extra mile. I’m worried I may be experiencing runner’s knee due to overuse, so I’m really going to focus on stretching this week. I think a knee support strap purchase is also in my future.

Rest. Woke up with my knee feeling better, but still a little off. This week I am definitely going to try and take it easy all around.

Send good vibes, friends. This girl needs her knees to be in working condition!

Towards the end of training did you ever start to feel burnt out on running? I can’t wait to lift again more regularly!
Ever skip a run here and there? I have, I just always try to make sure to get the long run in.
Ever deal with runner’s knee? What helped you most?

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Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie October 13, 2015 at 8:58 am

I think skipping runs every now and then is actually good for you. It’s so easy to get burned out especially towards the latter part of training. Sometimes, your body just needs a little break. I hope your knee starts feeling better soon!

Her Happy Balance October 13, 2015 at 2:58 pm

Thanks, Stacie! I agree. I still try to get a couple runs in each week, and always a long run, but I’m starting to feel like running and I need a break – for the physical aspect and the mental fatigue its causing. I’m hoping to rest my knee and be good for my long run this weekend.

Kristin October 13, 2015 at 9:24 am

I always feel burnt out towards the end of marathon training. It just feels like taper town won’t come soon enough. For whatever reason. And I always question why I do this to myself and put myself through this much torture! But in the end it’s all worth it. The accomplishment and the bling!

Have you tried KT Tape for your knee? I’ve used it for other things, and it’s worked wonders for me.

Her Happy Balance October 13, 2015 at 2:59 pm

Hi Kristin, thanks for your tips! I have KT Tape, so I should definitely give it a try. I was thinking about purchasing a support strap, but maybe KT tape would be more helpful. I’m definitely starting to look forward to the taper but I have two more really long runs between then and now, cross your fingers for me!!

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