New Jersey Marathon Training: Week 13

Another week has passed in marathon training land! This is the week where I really started to get excited for running the marathon, despite running only three days. Emotionally (and work-wise) I was up and down this week, but the running was great!

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Seeing as I only ran 3 days (whoops), I’ll save you all the rest days.

Tuesday: 4 miles, slow. My body was.not.moving. I know it was just my body’s way of telling me it wasn’t quite ready to run after the 18 miler. Thankfully my heart rate stayed low enough that it was a recovery run.

Thursday: 6.1 miles. 1 mile wu, then alternating miles of mod/hard (close to HMP) effort and 1 interval hard/1 interval easy. Intervals were 90:30, which I plan to run in the marathon. Then one mile of an attempted cool down – which I’m still not very good at.

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Saturday: 20 miles, with a 9 minute negative split. I was in a great place for this whole run and felt so much better than last week’s 18 miler. It was a great confidence booster and I felt like I could have kept going at the end. But I won’t lie – a 30 degree swing in the temperature added some difficulty and laying on some ice at the end felt wonderful.

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Sunday: Some simple strength with Jake while watching the Walking Dead. I was surprisingly sore from Saturday and after we got back from running errands I wasn’t in the mood to leave him to run. 19 zombies killed in one scene = a LOT of jump squats.

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I hope to get in a solid 3 runs this week before a half marathon on Saturday and hopefully a recovery run on Sunday. 2 “races” (that aren’t being “raced”) before the big dance!

How did your long run go this weekend? 

Are you one for an ice bath after a long run? I’m not normally, but that snow/ice felt good!

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