Week 38 Training Recap

So, I think I have been a little too hard on myself.  Maybe.    It’s been 50 days since I ran a marathon and I’ve been over sitting over here pissed that my long runs haven’t hit 16 yet.   This coming from the person who took 3 months off after her first half marathon years ago.     I think I momentarily lost my mind.   So, I am trying to get it back.   My legs are achy and I am more tired now than I was during marathon training.    I also have 6 races in the next 8 weeks.  Oops.   I have the opportunity to work with Ekiden Coaching though, so I am hoping that having someone to report to will reign in my craziness.  Fingers crossed!

Training for:

  • City to the Sea 13.1
  • Harvest Marathon 13.1
  • Golden Gate Half

So let’s get to last week!

Monday- 2.34 miles Another short Monday.    Not entirely my fault though.  You can read all about the creep fest here.

Tuesday- 8 miles bike, plank, pushups, bridges.  I had an appointment with my gastro and it was more of the same old, same old.  Decent cross training after though.

Wednesday- Rest.  I had planned on running but I fell off/ on my stool at work and it felt like I broke my foot.   The top swelled and turned purple.   Destructo girl, that’s me.   My planks had to be broken into 30 second sections- it hurt to bend my foot.

Thursday- 4.25 miles  Not the best but could have been worse.  I determine my last pair of PureFlow 4’s were dead dead though.   Calf pain, shin pain, foot pain, you name it this run had it.    I changed into my Nike’s for the last 1/2 mile or so.  I just really wanted to hit 4 miles!

Friday- Rest First early shift Friday in over a month- it was awesome.   Except the computers were down for the first 6 hours.   Oof.

Saturday- Rest  Well, does shopping and trying on shoes count as exercise?  I did clear 10, 000 steps without running though.  Woo hoo!    The PureFlow 5’s went back to the store.  I hate returning shoes!  I went in with an open mind and asked for help.  I tired on 10 pairs of shoes!!!  10!   I was torn between a pair of Nike’s, New Balance and Hoka’s.  I left with the Hoka’s.   Fingers crossed!

Sunday- 10 miles In my original schedule for myself, I really wanted to run 16 miles today.  But since I didn’t pull off 14 last week or 12 the week before, I decided to be smart.   After last week’s tunnel of dark and pain 8 miles, I headed out early and with a full Camelbak.   It wasn’t early enough.  The predicted high for the day was 102.  Ouch.  I optimistically hoped for 12 but knew 10 was more likely.  Especially since I was running this in my Nike’s.  I didn’t want to test the Hoka’s on a long run.   My Nike’s may be the least painful pair of shoes I own but they are not a distance shoe.   10 miles is their limit.  Truthfully, today I wanted them off my feet by mile 9.    The run was hot and long and I was tired.    I found a lone shady spot at the end and sat down.  Cool concrete post run feels kind of amazing.  😛

Rookie moment- My mom had planned on meeting me halfway so she could walk some miles but had texted that she wasn’t feeling well.  Which I got because I was thisclose to saying screw it when my alarm went off.  Anyways, while I was waiting for her to pick me up so we could do lunch I drank more water from my Camelbak then part of water bottle when she picked me up.   Too much water, too quickly.   I got so nauseated I thought I was going to lose my cookies.  Guess it’s a good thing I don’t eat breakfast before running right?   I know better!

16.6 miles for the week.   It is what it is.  There was a time when I would have called this a very solid week.  That was also the time when I lied to myself and said I ran long runs but rarely did.  I was also faster than so hmmm…..

How was your week?

Ever tried to run in Hoka’s? Thoughts?

How is it almost October?!?!?


13 thoughts on “Week 38 Training Recap

  1. I have also been struggling with motivation to get out the door and complete my workouts lately. This seems to always happen to me around this time of year, as life gets busy in the fall and it’s hard to stay focused on running.

    I have to admit, I don’t think I’d ever run 16 miles as a long run if I weren’t training for a marathon. I know a lot of people go that distance for half training, but I just can’t. If those 1-2 extra miles are the difference between achieving and not achieving a PR then I guess a PR is just not meant to be for me! So kudos to you for even aiming for that goal!


    1. The heat is killing me, Sunday hit 104, even going out early I didn’t miss it. I spent the next day with a killer migraine. It’s leaving me with no motivation to run long.

      Yeah, when I crafted my “training plan” for my upcoming halves I may have bee crazy. I wanted to do 2 16 milers. 2! I’m realizing that my legs were not on board with that idea.😛


  2. Definitely have to give yourself a break. You ran a marathon!! 26.2 miles!! Yes your body is going to be angry and sometimes for a while after the marathon lol.

    I tried Hokas, they weren’t my thing. To big and clunky for me. But they are amazing for so many people.


    1. Yeah, I felt fine after the race and I think it helped trick me. Every run is so much harder than I think it should be.
      I’ve never been a fan of the look of the Hoka’s plus I was always afraid I would fall. These are a lower profile so I am hoping they work out. I am so over shoe issues!


  3. Great week! I’ve tried Hokas – loved the Claytons MINUS the huge bump for an arch which gave me horrid blisters. If they had less of an angry arch, they’d def. be my go to. The others I tried were comfy but too heavy for my liking (I like a pretty minimal shoe).

    And I’m sorry if you stated this somewhere but which sunglasses are you wearing? I love them!!

    Keep up the awesome work! 🙂


    1. I swear I thought I had tried on this type of Hoka’s before and hated them but somehow I left with them this time. Tonight’s run wasn’t bad so I am slightly optimistic.

      They are Sunski’s (sunski.com). I love them, they are inexpensive and they stand up to my destructive tendencies. Plus I love that they are polarized. This is my third pair. 🙂

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      1. I’m glad you’re liking the Hokas now and feeling good about your runs! Thanks for the information on the sunglasses… I like inexpensive for the same reasons so I’ll have to look into them… I like that they are simple yet unique! They look great on you. Thanks again and keep up the great work! 🙂


  4. I’m looking forward to hear how you like the Hokas! (If you haven’t posted them about it already… longest game of catchup ever right now). They’ve intrigued me for a while but I’ve never had them suggested at my running store.


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