Marathon Training – Week 8 Recap!

by Her Happy Balance on September 1, 2015

And we {the royal “we” of course} are officially 40% finished with training! I don’t know why, but I love always breaking things down into percents and ratios…strange considering I hated math class. Any-who, only 12 more weeks until race day! 

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This week’s recap will be short and sweet because I don’t have too much to actually recap with y’all. I spent this week on vacation down at the Jersey shore and I didn’t have access to my usual gym. I guess I could’ve purchased day passes to use a local gym, but I decided I was going to let my body have a real rest and just focused on my running. So aside from my weekly miles, I spent lots of time walking the beach and the boardwalk and continuing to stretch and do my daily push-ups.

Running down the shore was so invigorating. The heat of PA was really starting to get to me and my legs felt so heavy on recent runs. But the mornings at the beach felt like fall and a nice little breeze helped push me along and remind me that running really can be fun and isn’t always a chore. 

AM –  4 semi-speedy miles! Back in the 10 minute mile range which seemed near impossible a couple weeks ago.

AM – I was looking to do 7 miles, but ended up doing 8! I ran over the OCNJ 9th street bridge and back and it was just a great run.

AM – 15 miles – woot woot! I shaved 4 mins off my half marathon time and added an additional mile onto my distance PR. The run got kind of hot towards the last 5 miles and a bit tough, but I pushed through and I’m feeling pretty good about it. 

These last two long runs are starting to make me believe in myself and know that I can push 26.2 miles out. At the beginning of training I felt like I was playing at preparing to run a marathon and doubted that I would actually be able to accomplish it. But the 14 and 15-milers I completed recently finally have me thinking that this goal is attainable and it has reinvigorated my love for the sport.

When did you KNOW you could complete a marathon?
Do you ever allow yourself a week away from strength training?

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Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie September 1, 2015 at 9:11 am

Woohoo! You are killing this marathon training! Isn’t it so amazing to get to that point where you are in uncharted territory with your mileage, but you can still completely handle it. See, marathon training really is all mental.

Her Happy Balance September 1, 2015 at 2:38 pm

It totally is! I actually wasn’t dreading the 15 miles so much because I knew that it was possible. It’s such an awesome feeling. Once I hit 20 miles I’ll really know that it’s gonna happen!

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