Thunder Road Marathon Training – Week 5

This week was the week of morning workouts. Every workout I did this week was done in the morning. Every. Single. One. Don’t be fooled and think that I’m morphing into a morning runner, I just had a lot of stuff to do in the evenings to get ready for our trip to the beach.



Type A list-making to the max

Don’t expect this trend of morning workouts to continue… Except that it will over the next week and a half because morning workouts are what works for me while on vacation.

Monday- AM run, 4 hilly miles on the roads around my house. It was actually pretty chilly (51 degrees with a lot of moisture in the air) so I ran in a long sleeve… In Virginia… In July. I know. I did roll up the sleeves during the second half of my run, though.

Tuesday- Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred level 3 workout before work.

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Last week Jeano told me that people make their legs look thinner by leaning almost all the way over for leg/shoe pictures (at least according to one blogger, she says). How did I do? On second thought… don’t answer that. I don’t know why I felt the need to take that picture anyway. But I did discover that I have a tendency to wear the same shoes and shorts when I cross train, since I have two nearly identical pictures on Instagram documenting 30 day shred workouts.

Wednesday- AM 3 mile run on the treadmill. Contemplated potential treadmill names. Current contenders: Igor, Oscar, Hugo, and Sven. They all have Nordic inspiration… after all it is the NordicTrack. I know machinery is usually female (all of my cars have been girls). But for some reason I feel like my treadmill is a boy, so I’m going with it. I also tried out both of my new running shorts, both of which passed my initial test.


Thursday- Rest Day.

Friday- 4 miles with the sunrise before work. I think I am starting to adjust to this morning running (without eating or drinking beforehand), as I have felt better or at least more accustomed to climbing out of bed and hitting the pavement (or gravel).

Saturday- 6 mile long run on the Dora and New River Trails. I had a tough run. I think it was a combination of the humidity and just being tired from the week. I did try out some new fuel that tasted alright and sat well in my stomach.

That evening Barry and I attended a friends’ wedding. Barry got to be a groomsman for his close friend (who was also a groomsman in our wedding). They had a beautiful ceremony under a pavilion and then the reception was held in a renovated barn.

Sunday- Quick two mile run on the treadmill before we hit the road for the beach! I did this run without any form of entertainment (TV, music, something to read) and even though it was just 2 miles I found myself just staring at the numbers willing them to go by faster. I bumped up the speed every 1/2 mile or so to fight the boredom.

Total miles: 19

This week’s schedule:
Monday: 4 miles
Tuesday: XT
Wednesday: 4 miles w/ 2 @ marathon pace
Thursday: rest
Friday: 4 miles
Saturday: 8 miles
Sunday: 3 miles

I’m planning to post here and there, but probably not every day while we’re on vacation. I’ll be sure to update you on my beach running escapades, though!

Now that I have narrowed it down to four names, I need your input! Hugo, Oscar, Igor, or Sven?

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  1. Sven! I love Sven. Or Igor. Because they both sound like hard core personal trainers…and they will WORK YOU OUT.

    You are a strong willed person for being on a treadmill with no form of entertainment. Props to you for that.

    Ha, I love all your lists. That’s what my life looks like, too =).

    1. Sven is my favorite, too. My lists are what keep me sane 🙂

    1. Ha, thanks for your vote!

  2. Too bad you’re so far south of us on the beach (we just got here); otherwise we could meet for morning runs along the water! Have a great week!

    1. Oooh are y’all at your beach house this week?? Too bad we’re too far apart to meet up for a morning run!

  3. P.S. I vote for Sven. Going to spend time with Sven sounds like you might be getting a massage. Heading downstairs to meet Igor sounds like you’re going to be tortured!

    1. Hahaha good point about Igor! Sven has been my favorite thus far, too.

  4. Totally Sven!! I’m with Deb Runs on Igor.

    Ahaha, I’m glad you clarified that I heard it from another runner (Rose Runner, I think?)-I swear I don’t sit around all day wondering how to make my legs look thinner!

    1. No problem. I figured you’d appreciate the clarification 🙂

  5. I’m kinda partial to Igor, personally. But at the end of the day…YOU have to feel it, or else it won’t work. Follow your heart! Feet? Whatever… 🙂

    1. I will be sure to follow my feet as I make my final decision, haha.

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