Thunder Road Marathon Training – Week 6

A full week of vacation running in the books. All in all it went well. I stuck to my running schedule because that’s what I wanted to do. That meant all morning runs to beat the heat (as much as you can at the beach) and to leave my days open for beach and family time.

Monday-  4 mile sunrise run on the first full day of beach vacation.

Tuesday- Cross training day. Rode 8 miles on my bike with Dad and Barry.

Later in the day I recruited Barry for some beach Frisbee. Then Barry swapped out and tagged my little sister in, who played with me for awhile longer. Dad played a few times, too, on his way to and from the ocean.

Wednesday- 4 miles with 2 at marathon pace in the morning. Also ended up going for another 8 mile bike ride with Dad and Barry shortly after my run…. so a brick workout, I guess?

Thursday- Rest day. Hank and Scout took that to heart.

I was also informed my calves are “meaty” but at least I don’t have cankles (my dad says it’s spelled with a “k” because there’s no change from the knee to the ankle, but I’m sticking with a “c.” It’s my blog!)

Friday- Tough 4 mile run in the heat and humidity. The weather said it was 79 degrees with 90% humidity, but it felt like 83.

Saturday- A surprisingly enjoyable 8 mile long run in the morning. Surprisingly enjoyable because it was already 80 degrees with 97% humidity by 7 AM. But I felt good (aside from the headache and achy heel the last 2 miles) and my overall average pace was actually faster than Friday’s 4 mile run.

Sunday- Morning 3 mile run with the last 2 miles on the beach. I was really tired when my alarm went off at 6 AM so I shut it off and slept in until 7. Then I paid for it as the sun was already high in the sky and it was hot when I headed out for my run. My heel bothered me right from the start, but it felt better running on the sand for the last 2 miles. Barry thinks I have a bruised heel from all of the barefoot and flip flop walking. I plan to ice it and wear actual shoes when we walk the dogs (instead of the flip flops I’ve been wearing).

Total miles: 23

This week’s schedule:
Monday: 4 miles
Tuesday: XT
Wednesday: 4 miles w/ 2 @ MP
Thursday: rest
Friday: 4 miles
Saturday: 10 miles
Sunday: 3 miles

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  1. Way to stick to your training plan at the beach! We are headed to Maine at the end of next week for a wedding followed by a week of vacation. We’ll still run but will probably alter our training plan and enjoy a recovery week of sorts. Not sure if it will really be a recovery week with the amount of hiking we have planned! Can’t wait!

    1. Hope y’all have a great vacation! Sounds like the perfect time for a recovery week.

  2. Way to go Meagan! I’m glad you mostly had good runs! As Bill and I were packing up and cleaning the house this morning, we talked about how we always find time to run at the beach. Some days early in the morning and some days late, but we always make it a priority!

    1. It’s a priority for me as well on vacation. Even if I wasn’t in training for something I enjoy getting out there and being active. Plus it’s such a great way to explore!

  3. Congratulations! I’m trying to think how my training would go during a week at the beach… I’m pretty sure I’d manage to get it all in, but I would be majorly complaining the entire time! You’re a champ.

    I’m still in awe of your mid-run photo (and a fan of the shirt you’re wearing there!).

    1. Haha, thanks! I wouldn’t judge you if you complained the entire time. That’s actually my new favorite running tank. Believe it or not I got it for $5 at Wal-Mart.

  4. If it’s your heel all the way at the back of your arch (like almost where you don’t walk), be careful – sounds like it could be early PF? Stretch your calves really well, and roll your foot on a ball, maybe. And…erm…maybe give the flip flops a rest for a few days? 🙂

    And great job getting in those vacation runs! Not an easy thing…

    1. Thanks for the warning! I have been icing it a few times a day and it’s feeling better. But I have also been hyper-aware of any PF symptoms.

  5. That is some solid vacation running/cross training! Good for you for sticking to it and not letting Hank and Scout lure you into more rest days =).

    1. Hank and Scout do enough resting for all of us 🙂

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