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Marathon training week 17.

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Week 17 in an 18 week training program. That’s ten weeks further than I made it last time I tried to train for a marathon (and ended up injured). I’ve logged a lot more miles than I’m used to,  gone through a lot more shoes, and spent a lot more time alone than is probably good for my psyche. But it’s been fun.

Week 16 recap.

Rain has been killing my vibe this week. It drove me inside to the treadmill Tuesday and Wednesday. Have I mentioned I hate the treadmill? My five mile run was cut short on Tuesday because about two miles in my achilles started acting up again and I didn’t want to push it. Same on Wednesday – trimming my 8 miles to 6.

It must have been the treadmill, because the sun came out Thursday and I was able to do my 30-20-10 progressions outside and was pain free. This is my favorite new speed work out. I know, you’re not supposed to add different training during tapering – but I already do some spadework so figured it wouldn’t be a big deal. I just replaced my usual intervals.

My long run – 12 miles on Sunday – brought out some knee pain I haven’t felt much this training cycle but after a little icing it was fine so I’m not too concerned. My hamstring is still a bit tight from last weekend’s half and I’m learning why you don’t run a half all out three weeks from a full, but I think a couple taper weeks will be enough to get it back to baseline. It’s not nearly as bad as it was last October.

Week 17 schedule. 

  • Monday – 50 minutes on the bike, light strength training
  • Tuesday – 4 miles
  • Wednesday – 5 miles, light strength training
  • Thursday – 4 miles with light speedwork
  • Friday – rest
  • Saturday – 3 miles
  • Sunday – 8 miles

Week 17 goals. 

This week it’s all about the mental game. My stress level lately has been off the charts and while a lot of that has to do with my schedule, part of it is that I’m still not totally sure I can push through those last 6 miles. And I don’t want to just push through – I want to do well. You only get one first marathon and it want to make it count. But at this point, I really have no clue what is going to happen. This training season has brought great runs, horrible runs, missed runs, nagging injures, and everything in between. I guess I won’t know until I step up to the starting line – or cross the finish line, really. In the meantime, I’ve made a list of running movies to watch over the next two weeks for inspiration and I’m excited to watch Boston today! Go Shalane and Meb!!!

Any advice on staying motivated/inspired these next two weeks?

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