Marathon Training – Week 6 Recap!

by Her Happy Balance on August 19, 2015

Hey, folks! Today I’m coming at you with my weekly recap of workouts leading up to the Philadelphia marathon. This week I switched it up a little bit. Having ran 4 times a week during weeks 1 – 5, I realized it was time to ease up a little and give myself a break. I was feeling a bit too fatigued for my liking and instead of increasing my pace with each run, each run had a successively slower pace. So I’m coming in with 3 runs this week. My pace is still a bit too slow for my liking, but it is also still hot as blazes. I cannot wait for the return of colder weather and hopefully the return of my speed.

 marathon training

AM – Biceps/triceps
PM – Biceps/triceps

AM – 3 mi. on the treadmill

AM – Shoulders
PM – Chest

AM – 6 miles of pounding pavement – just a  so-so run. I didn’t bring my Camelbak water bottle pack on this run and I had a serious case of dry-mouth. #soattractive

AM – 35 mins. arc trainer

AM – 9 miles. Pretty slow, pretty hot, pretty happy these miles are behind me.


My arms were pretty sore on Thursday after Wednesday’s workouts. It’s not too fun to run when you feel like your arms can’t really hold up their end of the bargain and swing. So I made sure to keep Friday’s gym session light so that I could do my best to get through my long run Saturday morning. I also incorporated lots of stretching into week 6. So I’m treating this week as a recovery week and hoping to come out strong in week 7.

Do you try to schedule your strength-training and cross-training sessions so as to avoid soreness on runs?
Best advice for keeping a steady pace in the heat?

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Nicole @ simply Nicole August 19, 2015 at 6:06 am

This heat has been overwhelming. I’m sweating just walking to my car in the mornings, idk how you’re running 9 miles!

Her Happy Balance August 19, 2015 at 7:43 am

The worst is when you take a shower and get out, but it’s so humid outside you never really dry off and you just start sweating. Ugh. Can’t wait for sweater weather.

Sarah @ Sweet Miles August 19, 2015 at 9:21 am

You are doing awesome! Once that cooler weather hits I guarantee your speed will come back! Running in the heat and humidity is the worst!

Her Happy Balance August 21, 2015 at 4:36 pm

Agreed! I cannot wait for October, running on crunchy leaves 🙂

Heather @Fit n Cookies August 19, 2015 at 9:19 pm

I always did runs on T/R/S and then lifted MWF. Sunday was a day off. Honestly, my body doesn’t handle 4 days a week running well at all. My pace slows, my body hurts, and I do worse. I always made one speed, one easy and then one long. Typically I did a lighter strength training on Friday, or kept it to arms so my legs were rested for Saturday!

Her Happy Balance August 21, 2015 at 4:37 pm

Yeah, I’m trying to listen to my body and figure out what it wants. It definitely did not want 4 runs a week, so I happily oblige it with 3 instead 🙂 And I’ve been doing mostly light cross-training Fridays so I’m not too sore for Saturday, we think alike!

MCM Mama Runs August 20, 2015 at 6:29 pm

Heat has a huge effect on pace. I find that I have to start my runs slower than I’d like or I’m dying by the end. I also try to schedule my runs during a time when there’s shade for at least part of the run and I carry water for anything over 3 miles.

Your pace will improve when the temps drop. Just keep up the work until then, even if you aren’t happy with the current pace.

Her Happy Balance August 21, 2015 at 4:38 pm

Great tips. I usually bring water on runs of 5 miles or more, but the way the weather has been it just might be better to bring it on lower mileage runs too. I’ll just try to remember to start out slower than usual and hope for the best.

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