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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I Have to Run a Marathon in 7 Weeks?

Hey all,

In seven weeks and a few days, I'll be standing at the start line of the Rocket City Marathon trying not to barf on my shoes out of nervousness... or something like that.

So far, training has gone well.  I'm doing my long runs with my aunt, and we're having a great time.  On Sunday, we did our first 18 miler.


We did a 3 mile loop, followed by a 6 mile loop x 2, and then a different 3 mile loop.  I had water every 3 miles, and snacks every 6.  I'm still LOVING the applesauce packets.  The berry flavor is one of my favorites.  I also have a bite or two of a Zone bar to keep me full.  One thing I've learned about these runs over 10-12 miles, I get hungry!  The last thing I want to happen is to get hungry/low blood sugar during the race, so I'm practicing eating little bits at a time.  I'm currently thinking that I'll need a wagon full of snacks for this marathon.  

During the week, I'm running 2-3 times per week.  Only running 4-6 miles at a time.  Many training plans call for more, but I'm trying to come out of this beast injury free.  If I live through this marathon and decide to do another, I'll work on upping my mid week mileage.  

I'm loosely following Amanda's training plan that looks like this: 

I can't pimp this girl enough.  Go check out her blog!

Here is my version:


I want to try to get in two 20 milers, but we'll see how it goes.  I've started to develop a few minor injuries that aren't really causing me too much trouble, but I need to watch them.  My right inner part of my knee started to really hurt after the Iron Horse.  Now, it is just sore after runs, but I'm keeping a close eye on it.  I'm also having some right heel pain that is probably a touch of bursitis.  Again, icing the crap out of it and popping Aleve.  Currently, I'm too chicken to do an ice bath, but I feel that the time is coming.

So there is my running update.  Anyone see any major flaws in my plan so far? Haha


(P.S. Don't forget about the Favorite Things Linkup on Nov. 1st.  More info in my "Favorite Things" tab.)

5 comments :

  1. You are doing awesome girl!! Congrats on the 18 miles!!

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  2. I've read that knee paid can sometimes happen because hips and glutes aren't as strong as they should be. I have the knee issues too. Try some hip exercises...they've helped me! http://www.active.com/running/articles/hip-strengthening-and-mobility-exercises-for-runners

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  3. Such an inspiration - way to go! It's so great that you carry little snacks to fuel you throughout the race. I need to get more into the habit of drinking water when running longer distances.

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  4. I am way too excited to read the recap of your marathon. You are going to do awesome! I think ice baths really aren't as terrible as you think, because after the initial searing pain your bottom half goes numb and you can't feel anything! Haha. Hope your minor injuries go away soon! You got this!

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  5. What app are you using to record your runs?

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