Thunder Road Marathon Training – Week 13

I’m not superstitious, but for unlucky week #13 of training, things went pretty well. I had a solid week of training and my long run went really well. That doesn’t mean I was running on clouds all week and my runs were without effort, because there were some tough moments during each of them. But I finished this week with a new personal distance record and a new weekly mileage record. And I’m not even that sore!

Monday- Solid 7 mile track workout, in the form of 7 x 800. I dropped my Yasso 800s goal time down to 4:25 and was able to meet my goal on each interval: 4:23/4:25/4:22/4:22/4:20/4:18/4:09. I was really happy with how this workout went, and finished feeling accomplished and strong. I love that feeling you get from a well-executed track workout. It also felt great to be outside breathing fresh air after that morning’s skunk incident.

Tuesday- Rest.

Wednesday- 7 miles with 4 at marathon pace. My legs were feeling really tired, so I used that opportunity to pretend I was in the later miles of my marathon and practice pushing through. I had a tough time hitting my 10:18/mile marathon pace goal, but I did get in some good practice mentally dealing with tired legs. My marathon pace miles came in at: 10:21, 11:01 (no idea what happened there), 10:43, 10:04.

Thursday- 7 miles at Bisset Park in Radford. I decided to move my Friday run to Thursday to give me a rest day before Saturday’s long run/10 mile race. The first mile I was feeling as rough as I did on Wednesday, but then I started feeling a lot better and ended up having a pretty good run.

Friday- Rest.

Saturday- 16 mile long run, a new personal distance record! Barry and I traveled to the Lynchburg area for the weekend and ran the Virginia 10 miler. We tacked on 6 pre-race miles for a total of 16. This was the furthest I have ever run, and probably one of the hilliest runs I have ever done (hello “hill city!”).

Total elevation gain: 2,189 feet

Overall I had a great day and a solid long run. It was much needed after last week’s less-than-solid 11 miler. I still had a smile on my face at the end, which says it all.

Holding up 6 fingers for 16 miles.

Sunday- Rest.

Total miles: 37 (new weekly mileage record)

This week’s schedule:
Monday: 7 miles
Tuesday: rest/XT
Wednesday: 7 miles w/ 4 @ MP
Thursday: rest
Friday: 7 miles
Saturday: 18 miles
Sunday: rest


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  1. Way to keep building up your mileage! I think you are going to rock your marathon!

    1. Thank you for that πŸ™‚ I still feel like I am not prepared for the marathon at all, but hopefully I will get there.

  2. Coming right along.

    Working on my bike/support route and trying to get in a few long rides myself.

    Run Hokie Run!


    1. Sounds good! What did you do, close to 20 miles when I ran the Richmond half last year? Wonder how many miles you will put in chasing me around town while I run a full.

  3. So much mileage!! Well done!!! Keep on going!

  4. Way to rock Week 13! Congrats on a personal distance record. A running coach once told me if you can do 16, you can do the full 26.2!! You’re going to ROCK it!

    1. The Hanson brothers agree with that running coach. Even though a 20 mile long run is daunting, I’m glad it’s on my schedule. I think it will help my mind get on board.

  5. So glad you had a great 16-miler! Keep up the good work! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Deb! I’m glad it went well, too. That would be a long way to go on a tough day.

  6. 16 miles?!? That’s awesome!!! Way to go with your training πŸ™‚

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