Wow, it’s been a hot minute since I did a marathon training update.  Life has been busy with my summer semester coming to an end and having the privilege of becoming an aunt! 🙂  Despite the craziness, marathon training is STILL happening and I have made it halfway!  I have run into a few more aches and pains that I haven’t dealt with before but nothing that has stopped me from running. (thank goodness)

baby zeke

I’ve definitely  learned some lessons in the importance of taking care of my body through proper nutrition, hydration, stretching, foam rolling, warm ups, and cool downs.  It’s amazing what a difference these factors can make with my running and recovery.  I’ve also put in some extra time in learning about correct running form and strived to implement what I’ve learned into every single run.

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I’m eight weeks in and honestly, I’m loving it!  Sure, there are days when sleeping in or cuddling with my puppy sounds better than going for a run, but for the most part I am still feeling very motivated.  I’ve been enjoying the balance I’ve created between running and other forms of fitness.  I LOVE having a goal to work towards and find it extremely helpful in discovering motivation on the days I’m lagging.  I have eight more weeks to go and while my mileage won’t change too drastically, my long runs will be increasing to distances I have never gone.  I’m slightly nervous for the next couple of weeks but mostly excited to see what my mind and body can do!

zoey 2

Now, on to the good stuff…


Week Five

Monday: 50 min swim + resistance training

Tuesday: 6 miles – intervals

Wednesday: 4 miles – regular run + resistance training

Thursday: 8 miles – pseudo long run

Friday: 60 min hot yoga

Saturday: Christmas in July Half Marathon

Sunday: rest day


Week Six

Monday: 5 miles – easy run + resistance training

Tuesday: 7 miles – hills

Wednesday: resistance training + 60 min hot yoga

Thursday: 6 miles – regular run

Friday: 35 min rowing workout + 60 min hot yoga

Saturday: 13 miles – long run

Sunday: rest day


Week Seven

Monday: rest day

Tuesday: 7 miles – run as you feel + resistance training

Wednesday: 6 miles – run as you feel + 60 min hot yoga

Thursday: 6 miles – regular run + resistance training

Friday: 60 min bike ride + 60 min hot yoga

Saturday: 14 miles – long run

Sunday: rest day


Week Eight (no yoga or resistance training due to shoulder injury)

Monday: 30 min bike ride (workout cut short to meet my new nephew! 🙂 )

Tuesday: 8 miles – intervals

Wednesday: 60 min bike ride

Thursday: 7 miles – regular run

Friday: 4 miles – regular run

Saturday: 11 miles – long run

Sunday: rest day