Marathon Training Week 18

This just might have been my best week of training yet. I ran a lot, much more than I think I have ever run in one week.

Date

Scheduled Run

Actual Workout

Sunday, 11/13/11 13 Mile Run Monson Memorial Classic Half Marathon(13.1 miles)
Monday, 11/14/11 6 Mile Run 6 Mile Run
Tuesday, 11/15/11 Rest Day Rest Day
Wednesday, 11/16/11 8 Mile Run 8 Mile Run
Thursday, 11/17/11 Strength Training Light weights upper body strength training at home
Friday, 11/18/11 4 Mile Run 4 Mile Run
Saturday, 11/19/11 20 Mile Run 20 Mile Run

I ran a total of 51 miles this week. To put it in perspective that would be like me running from my home in the Springfield, MA area to Worcester, MA which is about halfway between where I live and Boston.

The weather has been cooperating nicely with my training schedule. I purposely scheduled my 20 mile run this past weekend because I wanted to have some wiggle room in case of snow and icy conditions. You just never know what you’re going to get here in New England. I have a 22 mile run on my training schedule for the first weekend of December, weather permitting. I know you don’t have to go as high as 22 miles. I’ve discussed it with my cousin who has run a number of marathons and trains a group of Team in Training runners in Florida, and she agrees that psychologically I need the 22 mile run.

My runs were seriously great last week. I felt really good. I had a really bad 8 mile run the week before. This week I enjoyed an awesome 8 mile run. I did a lot of stretching this week. The half marathon on Sunday did a job on my calves with all the hills. I wanted to make sure I was in top form for my 20 mile run on Saturday. Twenty miles is a heck of a long way and deserves a post of its own. So I’ll be back with more on that in a day or two hopefully.

I’m not known for bragging or tooting my own horn if you will. I tend to undermine my achievements or let others take the credit. For some reason my running accomplishments make me so proud I want to shout it out at the top of my lungs. I’ve been so inspired by other bloggers to push myself to new fitness levels, to run races, to try new exercises on the gym and explore new foods and recipes. My words are in no way meant to intimidate anyone. I really hope that’s never the case. Quite the opposite, I hope to show others who have always wanted to run or become more physically fit but don’t think they can that anything is possible. I used to tell myself that I would run when the weight finally came off. Well the weight wasn’t going anywhere but I made the decision to start running anyway. The weight isn’t totally off, but I’m running and accomplishing fitness goals I never dreamed of accomplishing. It sounds so simple, but if I can do it then anyone can. I mean it!

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